Monday, February 27, 2012
Author Interview: Chris Baldauf
Chris Baldauf, graduated from McNeese State University with a BA in English. She is retired from homemaking while writing and living on the river with her husband in Southwest, Louisiana. Chris is the current Treasurer of the Bayou Writer's Group, active in BWG's Thursday morning critique group, and reads with the Pulpwood Queens of Southwest Louisiana book club. A volunteer with a passion rooted in prison ministry, Chris is on the Board of The Open Door Re-entry Center, a mentor, and serves as director of the literacy program for women within the local parish jail.
2) Please tell me a little about the novel you’ve written. Autonomy’s Asylum started out as a statement about the charity healthcare system in Louisiana. Frustrated for people I knew who had no voice, I let my imagination create Annie Miller, a bipolar eccentric who suffers with the bureaucracy and inconsistencies that the system generates. Creating Annie as a quirky, fun loving individual with mental illness opened up other issues of co-dependency and personal freedom. It’s been an eye-opening journey and truly a labor of love.
3) How long did it take you to write your current MS? Like my college education, I’m the tortoise type—slow and steady. I developed the story over the past five years and finished the current MS in 2011. I’m in the editing and revision process now. Enrolled in a synopsis workshop through the Writer’s League of Texas, I plan to start querying agents in April.