Showing posts from February, 2016

Mid-Career Monday: Staying at THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH with Carol Snow

For those YA readers also reading adult books, please discover CAROL SNOW . Here I'm celebrating her  latest young adult novel but Carol has been racking up rave reviews and populating "best" lists in both YA and contemporary women's fiction since bursting onto the publishing scene in 2008. So, I asked her... At this point in your writing career, how do you choose (or plan) your next writing project? And, are you ever torn between young adult and adult writing projects? HERE'S WHAT CAROL SAID: Recently, while pissing around on social media when I should have been writing* I came across Henry Miller’s Eleven Commandments of Writing. I can’t** verify that Henry Miller*** actually wrote these rules; they may well have originated from an especially creative Pinterest user, though I doubt it****. In any event – and I’ll stop with the asterisks***** -- three of the rules (which, in my humble opinion, could have been condensed to one, leaving him with a more mana

Mid-Career Mondays: Charging through fear with VERONICA ROSSI

RIDERS, Veronica Rossi's follow-up to her New York Times Best-Selling UNDER THE NEVER SKY series, hit the shelves last week. It's an action-packed thriller that takes by the biblical notion of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse for high-intensity ride involving secret military divisions, the supernatural and an awesome mystery. SO, I asked her... What is it like to move on from a best-selling series and set your sights on a new project? How did you choose your next writing adventure? What advice do you have for other authors faced with saying goodbye to beloved series characters? HERE'S WHAT VERONICA SAID : It was actually rather scary to move on because RIDERS is pretty different from the UNDER THE NEVER SKY series and I was worried about disappointing fans. Ultimately, RIDERS was the book I needed to write at the time, so I did. I suppose you could say that I made a decision to write for myself first, and for the market (fans, publishers) second. I felt a lot of doub

WRITING TIP: Understanding Your Own Plotting Technique

The farther I journey down this path of WRITER-LIFE, trying to grow as an author, the more I appreciate the value of critique groups, of reading good books, and of being a forever-student of the craft. Recently, I came up with a new manuscript idea that didn't fit into the verse mode (or even the first-person narrative form) which I have employed in the past. So, to help flesh out my idea, I signed up for a WRITING CLASS with the inimitable Katherine Grace Bond .  The class is called THE PLOT THICKENS and my goal was to work up a plot outline of more breadth and depth than I had ever done before. The class is amazing--full of fantastic theories and tips and great advice and wonderful classmates. Nonetheless, I began to feel anxious about doing the assignments. So, I did what I always do: I wrote about THAT. And I discovered something AMAZING. What I am learning from this class is not so much that I can turn myself from a "pantser" into a  geniune, organized "

I'm on Instagram!

Thanks to technical assistance from my 15-year-old (and because Twitter seems to have decided to devolve into Facebook), I've decided to join up. I am also participating in the Instagram #AuthorLifeMonth fun. Hope to see you in the cyberverse! Click to connect on INSTAGRAM Looking for more authors and publishers on Instagram?  Check out this great list from YA Highway.

VOICE IN YOUR NOVEL: Free Writing Workshop at Woodinville Library this Saturday!

VOICE IN YOUR NOVEL SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Woodinville Library,  17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville, WA The next class in this FREE series of writing workshops  will be taught by yours truly! A great book needs a strong plot, great characters and evocative settings, of course. But after that, it's the elusive element of VOICE that elevates a manuscript from ordinary to extraordinary. Learn what that means and how to find the best VOICE for your novel in this intense, round table style workshop PACKED with writing exercises. Bring paper & pencil! This workshop open to writers in grades 7 to adult. Registration is not required but, if you're so inclined or want more details, visit Woodinville Library Program Information Page . I love this topic and am looking forward to a great session of learning and sharing our views on VOICE. I hope to see you there!

The year of reviewing mid-career novels

The publishing world is a sea of debuts. I remember those heady days myself. Before one had a sales record, an Amazon ranking, and a head full of doubts. Before one realized how many debuts pub each year and how few sophomore novels get bound between covers. But it can be done. Head down, rump glued to desk chair, fingers on keyboard, coffee at the ready. Despite the odds, you CAN rediscover the faith or naivte or (to speak plain) balls to write another book. In my case, I feel like the second was better than the first. I feel like I keep learning, getting stronger, getting braver. So, in honor of my jaded-yet-inexplicably-hopeful perspective on this TOUGH business, I have decided to commit this year here on the website to reading and reviewing SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH novels--mid-career novels--books published by folks who've been in the trenches for decades, putting out their best work, keeping the faith.  Any chance you could join me?  Don't get me wrong. Debuts are sexy
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