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Great book for Middle Grade Kids

Great book for Middle Grade Kids

Heart of a Champion by Ellen Schwartz  (Middle grade) Set in Vancouver, BC in the 1940s in the Japanese community Heart of a Champion  follows the experiences of a nine-year-old Kenny (Kenji) Sakamoto as his family is subjected to the racial prejudice of the times,…

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Organizing time

Organizing time

I have almost worshipful admiration for those writers who continue to hone beautiful prose while managing small children and a home. How do they do it? Probably between midnight and four in the morning. The actual writing takes time but so does the responses to…

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Whose Setting is it?

Whose Setting is it?

It’s not hard to be aware of setting on a beautiful spring day on the coast. Daffodils are splashing bright yellow under the trees and bushes; blue violets hide behind the white snowdrops; the early cherry trees are blooming.  How does the setting contribute to…

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Plans Change

Plans Change

My publishers are delighted with “Writing for Children and Young Adults,” so pleased that they want to put it out in a hard copy AND an e-book. Great news. This means they will be releasing both books in the fall 2016 and not just the e-book…

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The Details Make the Difference

The Details Make the Difference

One of the joys of producing a book about writing, Writing for Children and Young Adults, Self-Counsel Press,  is the continual contact I get with authors. Experienced authors contact me to talk about writing; new authors contact me to learn more. They all have an enthusiasm for expressing themselves, telling stories, pushing…

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