Plotting a novel sounds easy, doesn’t it? After all, it’s just telling all the things that happen in a story.
The trick, though, is to make the story exciting enough for readers to keep turning the pages. That takes a lot of thought and consideration, and sadly, some tough decisions. Continue reading Plotting a Novel–Difficult Choices Authors Have to Make →
So far, 2009 is a great year. The big thing accomplished this week was to finalize all the stops on my Longhorns and Outlaws Virtual Tour for March!
We have lots of snow for good snowmobiling, so weekends are full. I’m making good progress on my next historical novel, Kidnapped By Outlaws, the sequel to Longhorns and Outlaws, so my planning is paying off. Continue reading Longhorns and Outlaws Virtual Tour →
Being shortlisted for an award is about the best kind of honor a book can receive, besides winning, of course. Run, my historical fiction novel from Raupo/Pearson Education New Zealand was a finalist for the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Young Adult Literature. Continue reading Run by Linda Aksomitis, Finalist for YA award with SBA →
Whew! The crazy eight weeks of picking up Longhorns and Outlaws, doing the book tours, school visits, and author readings has come to an end. I can breathe again…
I’ll admit, however, that it does feel a little anti-climactic.
But the big “next” is returning to that sequel for Longhorns and Outlaws — Kidnapped by Outlaws. Putting my faith in the wisdom of the other dozen wonderful members of my writing group, the Children’s Writers’ Round Robin, I workshopped the first ten pages of the new book a few weeks ago. Continue reading How Much Backstory to Add? →
The summer holidays have finally arrived! Now, on to planning the fall promotions for Longhorns and Outlaws, and creating the teacher guide and more Web site content. Seems there’s a lot to do now that the time is so near for Longhorns and Outlaws coming out. Continue reading Summer Holidays! →