Today I have the privilege to welcome M.P. Kozlowsky on a stop from his blog tour for his middle grade book, Juniper Berry. He’s graciously composed a guest post and it’s very fitting to my situation since I’m at home right now with a 3 week old newborn.
I was sent a copy of Juniper Berry to read and review but unfortunately I’ve only been able to make it through the first few pages. Why? Basically because of the newborn. I hope to read it soon though!
Here’s what M.P. has to say about having a child and how it changes you forever.
A Creature of Habit Come Undone
Juniper Berry was written during a different time. B.C. 2009 B.C. (Before Child). I had a strict routine which I followed religiously, both a blessing and a severe thorn in my side – this included lunch at 11:12, walking the dog at 2:52, washing dishes at 4:54, among other odd intermissions. In the middle of all this, however, was a good full day of writing. But, that was assuming that I wasn’t interrupted by the super or a phone call or an errand. If something disrupted my routine I couldn’t write; I couldn’t get in the right head, so to speak, the trance was broken. To sit down in front of the computer I had to be in such a specific frame of mind, so focused, and, most importantly, I couldn’t have that damaged in any way. I had certain meals I ate on certain days and at certain times and if we didn’t have peanut butter this threw everything off. I would browse the internet in a predetermined order, I had to place phone calls at specific breaks in my day, and if I didn’t I couldn’t think straight. But this was my ritual and I perfected it and I accomplished incredible amounts of writing because of it. Then I had a baby.
This changes everything. Suddenly my routine was gone, snatched away overnight. I had to conform to the erratic whims of my daughter. I could only write when she was napping, but this time was brief and ever changing, and the responsibilities piled up all around me. I was so tired. My mind wasn’t allowed to focus. I had to accept constant distractions, I had to write through them, adjust my thinking, my writing method. I understood this and accepted it. As a parent, I knew I now had to become selfless. It wasn’t about me and my idiosyncrasies anymore. It was about her, my daughter, my Margeaux. To be the best father and husband, I had to change who I was as a writer. And I learned that I didn’t control my routine, my routine controlled me. Sure, my output has slowed, but I have grown. My baby is new; I am new.
M.P. Kozlowsky (very short!) Biography
M.P. Kozlowsky was a high school English teacher before becoming a writer. Juniper Berry is his first book. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter. www.mpkozlowsky.com
Thanks so much M.P.! I couldn’t agree with you more, that’s for sure. I’m the last stop for M.P. but you can go back and see his other stops!
Juniper Berry Blog Tour: Part II
Tuesday, May 10th – Interview and Giveaway at Another Gray Day
Wednesday, May 11th – Interview at Bri Meets Books
Thursday, May 12th – Interview at Book Yurt
Friday, May 13th – Review and Giveaway at The Book Maven’s Haven
Saturday, May 14th – Review at MundieKids
Sunday, May 15th – Guest Post at Kid Lit Frenzy
Monday, May 16th – Review and Giveaway at Kid Lit Frenzy
Tuesday, May 17th – Interview and Giveaway at MundieKids
Tuesday, May 17th – Guest Post and Giveaway at The Cozy Reader
Juniper Berry Writing Contest: To celebrate the release of M.P. Kozlowsky’s debut novel Juniper Berry, Walden Pond Press is inviting all writers aged 9-14 to write their own tales of terror and temptation in at least 500 words. One grand prize winner will receive an iPad, a library of Walden Pond Press eBook, paperback and hardcover novels, and his or her story published online at Walden.com. Author M.P. Kozlowsky will select the winner. To learn more: www.walden.com/win/juniperberry.
| Juniper Berry by M. P. Kozlowsky240 pages, Walden Pond Press, (2011-04-26)
Enter to win a copy of Juniper Berry!
Congrats to Meredith Miller on winning!