I keep finding wonderful bits and pieces of wisdom and information that I find helpful in this business of writing, so I thought I'd start a discussion and see what other ones the YaLitChat people…Continue
Since our fabulous Experts are a featured group this week when I read the article in the SCBWI Bulletin yesterday I thought this would be the perfect time to share what it contained . . . just in…Continue
I was wondering if it would be interesting for the expert group to do something like "feature" an expert each month. I think we could do it on the Blog page.The idea would be that the expert could do…Continue
C. Lee McKenzie is a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she lives with her family and miscellaneous pets—usually strays that find her rather than the other way around. She writes most of the time, gardens and hikes and does yoga a lot, and then travels whenever she can. Her favorite destinations are Turkey and Nicaragua, but because she had family in England, Switzerland, and Spain she goes there frequently as well.
She takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives. Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Her second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, dealing with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. In fall 2011 her short story, Premeditated Cat, will appear in an anthology of short stories titled The First Time.
I'm pulling together a workshop on dialog this week. I think I'm learning while on the job again. So much to consider when putting words into your characters' mouths.
I always have these questions rolling around in my head when I'm writing:
Would s/he say that?
Is it clear who's speaking?
Does this word, phrase introduce or heighten the tension I want?
Is this exchange taking the story where I want it go?
Whoops! Too much…Continue
One thing about writing books is you have to keep your sense of humor after you publish them and start promoting them. The promotion is exciting, but it's also a lot of work that takes you away from your quiet writing time. It's at this time that I need a clone.
Books Inc. was a great host last week and the audience made me very happy.…Continue