Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
So here's what I want from you. I have August's nominees and some other possible suggestions for future months, but I'm wondering what you are reading and what you recommend. I know I've asked for some book club recs already and you've given me some wonderful ideas. But hey it's been a few weeks, new stuff has come out, you've probably read some old stuff that you hadn't gotten to yet... Come on, what've you got for me? :)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
And here we go....
- Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a mom - my son just graduated from high school! I'm also a former English teacher, and I still keep in touch with my students. I've been writing for children for the past 8 or 9 years, and FAITHFUL is my debut novel, with a sequel to follow next year (FORGIVEN). I'm just finishing my MFA degree in Writing for Children at Vermont College of Fine Arts, so I'm a student, too.
- What got you started writing? What brought you to YA?
My son got me started. He has dyslexia, and at first I tried writing things for young kids, and specifically for kids who struggle with reading. But I had a hard time finding the right voice in younger fiction. It wasn't until I tried my hand at middle grade and young adult that I found myself as a writer. I think I'm mentally frozen at about 14 or 15, so I write for the teen reader that I was then.
- Tell us about your most recent/ upcoming release?
- Do you plot out in advance, or just start writing and see where things go from there?
I just start with a vague idea and a character. Then I begin writing. About halfway through I usually have to stop and create a vague plot plan. But I know that my best writing comes out when I don't plan too carefully. When I let it flow, my writing comes from my heart, and that's when it works.
- Many authors have told me their characters talk to them, and sometimes even have different ideas of where the story should go than the author. Do you hear your characters?
I hear their voice. But generally they don't "tell" me what they want to do...I'll try something and if it doesn't feel right I'll try something else. Once I put the character in a scene, it's pretty clear how they will act. When they act "true to character" I know it's right.
- Who is your favorite character (of your own)?
Each time I write something new, my favorite character is the character I'm living with. I tend to live deep inside my character's heads. So at the moment my favorite character is the protagonist of FORGIVEN. I have to like my characters in order to write them - they may not do likable things, but they need to be likable at heart.
- What hobbies do you have when you're not writing?
I love to garden. I also love to hike - we have a little cabin in the mountains of Montana and I do a lot of hiking. When I'm out in nature I get my best writing done!
- If you had not become a writer what would you have done instead?
I actually have a masters degree in geology - I wanted to be an oceanographer. I went to sea a bunch of times...but I needed to do something more creative and internal. And being out on a ship can be exhausting, and it's awfully hard to have a family. I'm happy with the choices I've made.
- Where can readers find you online?
My blog: http://kidswriterjfox.
blogspot.comMy website: www.janetsfox.comTwitter: @janetsfoxFacebook: http://www.facebook. com/janetsfox
- Your turn. What question do you have for readers of Want My YA?
What do you want to see in a historical YA novel? Is a happy ending important to you?Thanks so much for your answers Janet! It was great to hear from you. Beyond a fair amount of accuracy, I'm not sure what else I'd look for in a historical YA. I honestly can't say that I've read much of the genre though. Most historicals that I've read have been Romance novels. As for the happy ending, oh yes, I much prefer a story that ends happily. I've read and even enjoyed a few that didn't have very happy endings, but those were definitely the exception for me.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
by Heidi R. Kling
Release Date: June 10, 2010
But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn’t think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.
why it caught my eye:
Heidi R. Kling is another author who I've been following on Twitter. The gorgeous cover had me intrigued initially, but then I stopped by her site and the publisher's site for more information. Now the story has my attention too. It's kinda funny because I just read a Romance novel all about tsunami's that I'm sure was inspired by the events in Indonesia also. Sea is most definitely on my wishlist and I recommend you take a look at it too.
Monday, June 7, 2010
1.Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m an Arizona native, desert-rat born and raised. I’m back in school after a long hiatus -- there’s my Finish School pitch. It’s never too late to go back, and if you’re in it, stay there! I’ve been married for almost four years, and came up with the idea for my first published novel PARTY while on our honeymoon. (Nine months after we were married.) :)
2.What got you started writing? What brought you to YA?
I’m a storyteller by nature, and started writing in second grade. I just never really stopped! I write primarily YA because, looking back, I had the best time of my life in high school, where I met the guys who would become my best friends. We’re still best friends all these years later. There are so many stories to tell, and young adults generally have more exciting tales to tell than any other age.
3.Tell us about you
r most recent/ upcoming release?
PARTY is set in Santa Barbara on the night of a raging end-of-year party. It’s told from 11 different perspectives, with 11 teenagers getting one chapter to tell their version of what happened that night. The topics range from racism and violence to faith (or lack thereof) as well as, of course, getting the guts to talk to your biggest crush…
4.Do you plot out in advance, or just start writing and see where things go from there?
Generally I just start writing; lately I’ve started plotting out a little bit more than I used to. But I would never sacrifice story for an outline. Sometimes the characters have a different tale to tell, and I follow their hearts rather than mine. If that makes sense.
5.Many authors have told me their characters talk to them, and sometimes even have different ideas of where the story should go than the author. Do you hear your characters?
…I should have read all the questions first, I see. :) Yes, they do talk to me. Not all of them, not all the time, but I’ve noticed if I try to force them into a plot, or even a theme, they will rebel, and I get nowhere. It’s a very strange phenomenon.
6.Who is your favorite character (of your own)?
Don’t make me pick! Oh, all right…Beckett. There’s a part of me in all the characters, of course (for better or worse), but Beckett’s voice was one of the strongest in my head. I think she’d been in there for a long time - years, I think - and it was great to finally meet her. So to speak.
7.What hobbies do you have when you're not writing?
Up until recently, I’ve been running a nonprofit mixed-use arts venue and directing plays there. Theatre has been my other great love along with writing. But now I’m looking forward to hanging out with my friends more often, playing with my dogs, pretending to play guitar, and spending more time with my wife and her family.
8.If you had not become a writer what would you have done instead?
Probably something in library science. I still might, actually.
9.Where can readers find you online?
10.Your turn. What question do you have for readers of Want My YA?
How old are you? Seriously. Because I’m starting to wonder how many YAs read YA anymore! :)
Thanks so much for your responses Tom. I've been looking at Party at work, now I see this is definitely another title to add to my wishlist. I really like the idea of a story from so many different perspectives.
And to be the first to answer your question, I'm 26. I didn't start reading YA until I hit my 20's. I read a bit of it in High School, but back then I was reading more Romance than anything else (and I still read a lot of Romance). :)