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Re-Imaging Shakespeare or Creating a Shakespeare Re-Mix

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Re-Imaging Shakespeare or Creating a Shakespeare Re-Mix

To make re-mixed Shakespeare exciting for young readers as well as older readers, get your hands dirty and have a field day in that Shakespeare toolbox.

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Creating Settings: Bringing the Sounds, Sights and Smells Home

| March 6, 2015 | 5 Comments
Creating Settings: Bringing the Sounds, Sights and Smells Home

The Berenson Schemes are a madcap adventure series. I hope that because I spent time in these far-off places, and brought the sights and sounds and smells home with me, some young would-be traveler thinks, “Someday, I’ll go there, too.”

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Becoming an Author Means Embracing a Life of Crime

| December 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Becoming an Author Means Embracing a Life of Crime

Before I became a writer, I had no idea being one also meant embracing a life of crime. I don’t know why. All the signs were there – the saying “every great lie has an element of truth”, T.S. Eliot’s immortal “Good authors borrow, great authors steal”, and the infamous Faulkner adage, “Kill your darlings” (Faulkner actually stole that saying from Arthur Quiller-Couch).

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Strong Female Characters in Dystopian Worlds

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Strong Female Characters in Dystopian Worlds

I want to talk about strong female characters in dystopian worlds, but right off the bat, I’m going to be difficult and say, “Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. What do we mean by strong exactly?”

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Writing Multiple Points of View | Writing Tips

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Writing Multiple Points of View | Writing Tips

The main challenge in writing multiple points of view is helping the reader keep everybody sorted out.

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How to Motivate Readers to Keep Turning Pages | Writing Tips

| September 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
How to Motivate Readers to Keep Turning Pages | Writing Tips

It isn’t easy to tackle tension when writing a story, but keeping these things in mind can point you in the right direction.

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Character Development: What Makes a Villain a Villain?

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Character Development: What Makes a Villain a Villain?

What makes a villain a villain? I’ve always been a fascinated—and a little bit terrified—of villains, especially in fairytales. As a child, I couldn’t get enough of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs even if the old witch sent me diving into our couch cushions to hide my eyes.

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Screenwriting Vs. Writing Young Adult Novels

| July 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Screenwriting Vs. Writing Young Adult Novels

A screenplay is a blueprint for a story to be carried out in another medium, by a bunch of other artists. A novel is a finished work, and it’s all yours.

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How to Make a Home-Grown Book Tour

| June 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
How to Make a Home-Grown Book Tour

When I published my first novel in April, I knew that a) I wanted to go on a book tour, and b) New authors, with a few exceptions, don’t get book tours anymore.

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The Art of Writing YA Thrillers

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Writing YA Thrillers

If I were to write this tale, I’d have to research hauntings, of course, and children who grow up with surrogate parents, and anxiety issues and medications. Assuming I’m comfortable gathering this information, there are few things I’ll look at to see if I have the makings of a YA psychological, suspenseful thriller:

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