Archive for March, 2011

Ghost Over Boulder Creek wins CIPA EVVY Fiction Award

Last night at the CIPA EVVY awards, GHOST OVER BOULDER CREEK received a first place award in Juvenile Fiction and a Tech Award in Cover Design.  Sometimes, it takes a little longer for something to blossom.  With a lot of perseverance and determination, a fantastic editor and cover design illustrator (Cathy Morrison), numerous edits and various people helping to groom the manuscript to perfection, ten years can seem like the blink of an older, yet wiser eye.  Like Pinnochio, Run Through Fire’s character has grown before my eyes and become a real boy, and Rebecca a real girl, though both “lived” over 140 years ago.  My ghost “came to life,” as well, a tragic figure who needed Run Through Fire to vindicate him.  And the terrible truth about The Washita River Massacre, almost as terrible as the Sand Creek Massacre, but lesser known, hopefully is brought to light for young readers.

One of the judges had this to say…”Wow. What an incredible book to read.  I cannot imagine the amount of research that went into this story.  I love the historical fact and details, the characters, the integration of the language and the authenticity of the voice.  The language is beautiful– even when describing a chamber pot– how vivid and clear.  It is so well written…I wish you the best of luck with this fabulous book.  I am sure it will be a big success.”

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March 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

Technical Aspects of Writing, Rules & Tips – 6 Common Plot Fixes]

Technical Aspects of Writing, Rules & Tips – 6 Common Plot Fixes].

The above link posted on Assoc. of Independent Authors newsletter is a quick overview of plot problems.

March 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Picture book character in real life

At yesterday’s book fair/signing at B&N, I met my picture book character in real life.  I’ve written a holiday picture book “Who took my Christmas lights” that I’m currently pitching to editors.  I love my character Talie, for her innovative ways to solve the mystery and her independence and maturity.  But, I’ve wondered if I’ve over-drawn her character to the point of being unbelievable as a seven year old.  Sure, we’re supposed to create strong, exciting characters that readers can look up to and grow to love.  But when does the credibility stop and the implausibility begin? Luckily, Talie, convinced me she was real in Cassidy, a pint-sized second grader I met, who carried on a fascinating conversation with me during my author visit.  I had to keep reminding myself she was seven, as she told me all about her day, the books she was reading, how she loved to illustrate, then proceeded to draw a very convincing dachsund.  I had no doubt after that special encounter,  that my character, Talie, is not only real and fun to be with, but that children will relate to her and be drawn into her world, just as I was drawn into Cassidy’s.  Message to you: Interact with, listen to, and above all else, absorb and remember how different children act and talk so that your character will finally come to life!

March 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm 1 comment


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