Author Interview (February 2012)
Chris Baldauf graduated from McNeese State University with a BA in English. She is a retired homemaker, writing and living on the river with her husband in Southwest, Louisiana. She is the past president of BWG and active in the club’s Thursday morning critique group. Over the past ten years she has written two novels, a mystery and women’s lit, and is currently working on a series of children’s story books.
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.