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When he loses everything he loves in a tragic fire and the modern world finally catches up with him, Alfie embarks on a mission to change everything by finally trusting Aidan and Roxy enough to share his story, and enlisting their help to find a way to, eventually, make sure he will eventually die. But Mistress Jane, in her warped 13th reality, has other ideas.
And when Chu decides he needs either Tick or Jane to fulfill his plans, the unlikely duo find themselves having to work together for the greater good. But what is it about Tick that has everyone, even Master George, determined to stop him? Now, 13 year old Tick has received a letter that invites him to solve twelve clues in order to stop reality from 'splitting at the seams'. Along the way, Tick has to face up to some of his biggest fears and suspend his disbelief. The obvious reward might be saving many lives, but the unexpected rewards include seeing how awesome his dad really is and making some real friends for the first time in his life.
Milla is covered with radioactive waste and her hazard suit is running out of air. Otto is in the darkest depths of the ocean, where something hungry is circling. Ten dangerous situations, ten brave kids and thirty minutes to escape. During each full forty minute count down, the dangerous situations play out right down to the last crucial moment. Find out who will live and who will die.
When temperatures soar to 47 degrees one hot summer day, year-old Zeelie hopes the nearby bushfires everyones talking about aren't heading towards her family's new home. What will they do if the wind changes direction? What about their belongings and their beloved pets? And why hasn't her mum and brother returned from Melbourne? Nothing can prepare Zeelie for what's to come.
Can Jazz and Phoenix save their friend's father and themselves from some very dangerous people? Her best friend Anika has been kidnapped over a 20 year old mystery. Can the annoying school rebel help her link the clues, within the first 48 hours? Ten dangerous situations. Ten brave kids. Fifty minutes to escape. A Tale of Fontania series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.
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When their friend, Jin Lo, washes up on a remote island and finds herself on the trail of a deadly threat in China, they must somehow reach her to help. Agatha Oddly: The secret key Agatha Oddly is a girl who has embraced her namesake and aches to be a detective just like Agatha Christie. And she's well-equipped to do just that, having read hundreds of mystery novels and collected disguises and all the tools of the trade. When a few events all line up to suggest that she has the key to solve a mystery that has the whole of London's attention, she springs into action.
Living in the groundskeeper's cottage in Hyde Park, Agatha's adventures are set in the beautiful and the dark parts of London. But things have changed. Nomad's secret is out. Her peers know she is a Witness; a sorcerer with the rare ability to read others' magic.
This causes ripples at HQ, especially when it means that Steel, the most popular cadet in her class, is no longer the centre of attention. But there are greater threats than new rivals. When the cadets are sent to New Zealand to investigate a top-secret case, they find themselves in more danger than they bargained for. With no one to trust and time running out, it's a race to stop the Inductors before they have enough power to destroy HELIX for good.
Agent Nomad: The eleventh hour Spies. Natalie Palladino was a normal fifteen-year-old, at a normal school, about to face a normal maths test. No one can know that sorcery exists. And no one can know that Nomad is a Witness, with a dangerous magical gift. The Inductors are hunting her. If they find her, they will kill her.
The problem is, Nomad hasn't mastered her powers. She can't levitate, fight or wield magic like her fellow recruits. If she's the only hope to stop a sorcerous bomb being detonated, the world is in trouble. The eleventh hour is coming. Airman Conor Broekhart was born to fly.
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How to play with point of view to create verisimilitude in your story. Becoming the omniscient narrator. Why inserting journal entries can enhance your story, and how to do it right. I also want to take a moment to mention that these three amazing women are only a tiny sample of the awesome members of DIY MFA. We currently have 21 members on our team, from columnists who contribute articles to people who work their magic maintaining our archives and helping to curate all the voices we feature on our site.
So a big thank you to all the members of the team for another awesome year! Melanie Marttila is a certified corporate trainer by day and fantasy writer by night. Brenda Joyce Patterson is a poet, writer, librarian, and lover of short writing forms. Stacy Woodson writes crime fiction and is the columnist behind Hook, Line, and Dagger, which dives into all things thriller and mystery. She is a U. Army veteran and memories of her time in the military are a source of inspiration for her writing.
The different conventions within genres and writing forms. Why reading with purpose in your genre is so important. Book recommendations to help you dive into each of their genres. Today I have the pleasure of hosting Caroline Donahue on the show! She is also the co-editor, with Dal Kular, of the essay anthology I Wrote it Anyway, which is all about writers overcoming obstacles in order to do the work they love.
I happen to be a huge fan of , having volunteered for several years at the NYC branch, so when Caroline put out a call for submissions, I immediately raised my hand. Now listen in as Caroline and I chat about this amazing project, and do a deep dive into the process of crafting an anthology from beginning to end. In this episode Caroline and I discuss: A step-by-step process of putting an anthology together.
The importance of choosing your editorial stance early on. How to handle the submission process. The biggest hurdles to look out for when crafting an anthology. Tricks to help you overcome blocks and write anyway. In fact, his Ender novels are read widely by adults and young readers alike, and are increasingly used in schools. This novel is about a small, rural town divided by a decades-long feud over which newborn baby should be the baby Jesus in the Christmas pageant. But at its core is a Christmas time romance.
So listen in as we chat about this awesome book, and how to craft a well told story for Christmas or any time of the year. In this episode Orson and I discuss: What makes a good Christmas story. Why writing within a formula can help you focus in on the heart of your novel. The importance of good dialogue. How to get readers emotionally invested in your characters. Worldbuilding techniques, large and small. Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Traci Lambrecht, of the mother-daughter writing team P.
Tracy, perhaps most well-known for their Monkeewrench thriller series. Traci spent most of her childhood riding and showing horses, then graduated with a Russian Studies major from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Traci and her mother P. Sadly, P. So listen in as we chat about the newly released ninth volume in their Monkeewrench series, The Guilty Dead, and how to ratchet up suspense throughout a story to keep readers on the edge of their seats.
In this episode Traci and I discuss: Multiple protagonists vs. Creating vivid descriptions without slowing down your plot. How to use reading to inform your writing. Today I am pleased to have Kallie Falandays on the show! Kallie is a poet and the founder of Tell Tell Poetry, a poetry resource site and editing company that helps poets get published. Listen in as Kallie and I chat about crafting a poetry collection that will keep readers flipping pages, and the specific of the poetry publishing process. In this episode Kallie and I discuss: Using titleless poems to immerse your readers in the heart of your collection.
How to combine three different poetic formats in one book. Why there is no right or wrong way to read poetry. Characters and narrative arcs in poems. The specific details of publishing in the poetry world. Together, they comprise the powerhouse team behind the heart-wrenching and powerful graphic novel Illegal. You probably already know Eoin Colfer as the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series one of my favorite middle grade series of all time!
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What you might not know about him is that before becoming a full-time writer he worked as a primary school teacher and he spent four years working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Italy. His books have been translated into thirty languages around the world and have sold more than eight million copies in the last decade. And the master behind the artwork of Illegal,Giovanni Rigano, is an Italian artist and illustrator, who may be most well known for his role in the creation of the Artemis Fowl graphic novels.
He has also created graphic novels for Disney books, including The Incredibles. Now listen in as we all chat about their latest and amazing graphic novel, and how the comic format offers ways to draw readers in unlike any other media. In this episode Eoin, Andrew, Giovanni and I discuss: The different steps in creating and completing a graphic novel. Combining words and pictures to create a greater emotional response in readers. Structuring a story with alternating timelines, and how to do it right.
Why it is necessary to represent the perspective of children in books. How to use the graphic novel layout to control the pace of your story. Plus, each of their 1 tips for writers and artists. Today I am so excited to have Camille Perri on the show! Camille is an author who has also worked in numerous book related fields. She has been a books editor for both Cosmopolitan and Esquire, a ghostwriter, and a reference librarian. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Assistants, was released in May of and was said to have captured the spirit of a generation: Millennials encumbered by student debt, struggling to rise through the ranks of their chosen careers, and completely fed up with the system.
So listen in as Camille and I chat about this awesome book, and how writing a fun read can be the greatest act of resistance. The importance of worldbuilding in contemporary fiction. Showing the fun side of the queer community. Subtle activism in romantic comedies. Why you can make a difference with your writing without being political.
Andrew is the bestselling author of several humorous works of fiction and nonfiction including the parody Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. He is also the owner and creative director of Order of St. Nick, the quirky greeting card company whose cards have been featured on The Colbert Report, and is the publisher of 8th Circle Press. Part noir mystery, part bromance, and part parody, this novel features Obama and Biden teaming up to solve a grisly murder.
Hooked yet? Well then listen in as Andrew and I chat about this awesome book, and the art of combining the dark elements of noir with the comedy of bromance. In this episode Andrew and I discuss: Why choosing the right point of view character is so important to your story. Crafting characters not caricatures. How to use public figures in your book without hindering your writing or getting sued. Parody, what it is and how to do it right. And welcome to our extra special Halloween episode, as today I have the pleasure of having the amazing mother-daughter writing team of P.
This mega popular series spanning numerous novels and novellas, celebrated its ten year anniversary in In honor of this milestone, P. The first novel, Loved, was released in , with the second, Lost, just releasing in July of this year. So listen in as we chat about these awesome Other World novels, and get a window into the whole House of Night series. In this episode P.
How to stand out in an oversaturated market. Plus, both P. Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Melanie Moyer. Melanie is a debut author and veteran ghostwriter. She regularly co-hosts a horror pop culture podcast called Splatter Chatter, serves as a co-host on the animation podcast Overly Animated, and regularly contributes pop culture pieces to Just About Write.
In this episode Melanie and I discuss: The process of going from a short story drafted in college to a novel written years later. How this unconventional point of view choice ultimately enriches the narrative experience. The different pairs of characters that frame the story. The art and craft of world building and how to create rules for your characters.
Navigating the workshop experience, with both its pros and cons. Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Ruth Spiro on the show! And now she writes innovative books for kids about science, technology, engineering and math…or STEM as is the buzzword right now. Ruth followed up this success with her awesome Baby Loves Science board book series. And the series features iconic and adorable illustrations by Irene Chan.
When an illustrator can make Quarks look cute…OMG! So listen in as Ruth and I geek out over this awesome series, and give you an inside look into the exciting niche of board books. In this episode Ruth and I discuss: Techniques to craft a book that is engaging to both children and adults. How to make abstract ideas accessible to young children.
Breaking into a specific publishing niche. Why you need to be smart in how you network. A step by step guide to producing a board book. Today I have the pleasure of having Jennie Nash on the show! Jennie is the founder of Author Accelerator, a book coaching service that has helped hundreds of writers complete their book projects by giving them the sustained editorial support they need. In this episode Jennie and I discuss: Making the right mindset shift needed to write a book. How to get through the pain points of the writing process.
Fear of failure vs. Why hard work is more important than raw talent to succeed as a writer. Today I am so excited to have Laurie Petrou on the show! This novel is a fascinating thriller about two sisters bound together by a series of secrets. Listen in as Laurie and I chat about this awesome book, how to craft gripping suspense, and how to always keep yourself writing. In this episode Laurie and I discuss: The unreliable narrator and how to do it right. Techniques to breathe life into your setting.
Pacing a thriller over several decades. How to handle the waiting periods in between writing and publishing. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Elisabeth Potts on the show! In fact it was her experiences at U. Berkeley in the late 's that formed the background for her book Berkeley Girl, which she self published in Listen in as Elisabeth and I chat about her novel, and the steps necessary to self publish and get your book out there. In this episode Elisabeth and I discuss: The value and importance of having a writing group you can depend on. Finding the right book cover design and the right cover designer.
Steps to format your book for publication. Crafting a marketing strategy that works for you. How to toot your own horn and get your book into the world. Her focus is on diverse children and cultures and this passion comes from being raised in South Korea as the daughter of medical missionaries. These books look at the story of three just-arrived immigrant children both from the perspective of those children themselves and from the point of view of their new classmates.
As the daughter of immigrants who has spent her life straddling two very different cultures, these books had a powerful impact on me. Listen in to hear me and Anne chat about these amazing picture books, the modern immigrant experience, and how to open up the world to children and everyone else through books. In this episode Anne and I discuss: Showing the experience of immigrant children from both sides.
Mirror books, window books, and why we need to read both. How to represent a culture that is not your own authentically in your writing. Developing empathy in children through diverse books. Today I am delighted to have Yang Huang on the show! Yang is an author and former engineer. Her debut novel, Living Treasures, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction, and her essays and short stories have appeared in several notable magazines and journals including The Margins, Asian Pacific American Journal, and Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine just to name a few.
Her latest book, My Old Faithful, is a collection of interlinked short stories centered around the five members of one totally ordinary yet thrillingly singular Chinese family. So listen in as Yang and I chat about this amazing story collection, and how and why you should always write dangerously. In this episode Yang and I discuss: The benefits of writing in your non-native language. Interlinked short story collections vs.
Why diverse readers need diverse writers. Risking it all, pushing your writing and your readers to the edge. Today I am so excited to have Steven James on the show! Steve is the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of sixteen novels. Best known for his psychological thrillers, he has received more than a dozen honors and awards for his books, including 3 Christy Awards and being nominated as a finalist for an International Thriller Award.
I have to admit, this book kind of scared the living daylights out of me and had me frantically turning the virtual pages on my Kindle. Listen in as we chat about this awesome suspense-filled story, and how to craft a novel that will keep your readers guessing until the very end. In this episode Steven and I discuss: How to craft a dynamic relationship over the course of a series. Four questions to ask yourself to help shape your story.
Breaking down the four elements of the perfect plot twist. How to pivot your story to give readers what they want or something even better. Today I am so excited to have Rebecca Behrens on the show! Rebecca is not only a fabulous middle grade author but also a dear friend. All of her books have garnered high praise from sources like Kirkus, BookPage, and School Library Journal, and some of her favorite things include: the beach, history, running, doughnuts, and laughing. In this episode Rebecca and I discuss: Weaving a famous historical figure into your fiction the right way.
How to work around legal red flags when writing historical fiction. Crafting supporting characters in a road trip story. The importance of representing real people accurately in your novel. Today I have the pleasure of hosting Adam Cayton-Holland on the show! Adam is an author and national touring comic who has appeared on shows including Conan, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, and Happy Endings just to name a few. His writing has appeared in places such as Spin and The Atlantic as well. Adam is also the author of the new heart-wrenchingly gorgeous memoir Tragedy Plus Time.
Listen in as we chat about this amazing book and how to tackle a tragic event with humor on the page. How to create moments that feel real on the page and get readers to respond. The broader impact of memoir, and how to navigate that responsibility. Knowing what to cut out and what to fight for in revision. How to choose the right structure for your memoir. I am so excited to be speaking with Lisa Gardner, Jon Land, and Karin Slaughter, and sharing our panel discussion on the show! So listen in as we chat about how to craft strong female protagonists that will bring readers back to your books again and again.
In this episode Lisa, Jon, Karin and I discuss: The problem with writing strong female characters, and how to deal with it. Why growing with your character makes you a better writer. The different ways of defining strength, and how to show them in your characters. How our writing ripples out beyond the page. Today I am so honored to welcome David L. Harrison to the show! His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for young readers have been anthologized in more than books, translated into twelve languages, sandblasted into a library sidewalk, and painted on a bookmobile.
He is also the poet laureate of Drury University, and he actually has an Elementary School named after him! David is here with us today to discuss one of his latest works, a picture book poetry collection he did with artist Giles Laroche called A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures that Build; which combines the science of how animals build their nests to mate and reproduce with the art of poetry. So listen in as David and I chat about crafting beautiful poems from equally beautiful science, for young readers. In this episode David and I discuss: The challenges of crafting scientific facts as a poem, and how to do it right.
How to focus your research to inform your writing. Matching the poetic structure and rhythm to the theme of the poem. Using spatial poetry in picture books to enhance the reading experience. I am so excited to be speaking with L. This year posed a bit of a challenge, however, since it would be repetitive to do something on that same theme. Instead, my team and I selected five debut authors where we saw a common thread running throughout their books. So listen in as we chat about various ways to play with time and setting in a novel to not only create a stronger story but also to really engage readers.
In this episode Laurie, Paddy, Cheryl, John, Joanna and I discuss: Different ways to play with time in your novel, and how to do it right. Techniques to write a story within a compressed time frame. How to bring your setting to life when you need to keep your pace fast. Using the interplay between character and place to engage your readers. Today I am thrilled to have Tami Charles on the show! Tami is a former teacher and current full-time author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, as well as nonfiction.
As a teacher, she made it her mission to introduce her students to all types of literature, but especially diverse books. It was then that she decided to reignite her passion for writing, and put those books she longed to see on the shelves herself. So listen in as Tami and I chat about this awesome book, and the importance for all writers to write what they want in an authentic way.
In this episode Tami and I discuss: Pouring your own experiences into your character. The concept of colorism. Writing in your authentic voice without being pigeonholed. Today I have the pleasure of hosting Maxine Rosaler on the show! Maxine has had fiction and nonfiction published in some pretty prestigious markets including but not limited to The Southern Review, Glimmer Train, and The Baltimore Review. Her first published long form work, Queen for a Day, has been called both a short story collection and a novel in stories, and is available now.
Listen in as Maxine and I chat about finding the story at your core, and how to meld your unconscious and conscious minds to enhance your writing. In this episode Maxine and I discuss: A novel in stories vs. Tricks to tap into your unconscious during the writing process. Why quality is more important than quantity in what you read. Discovering the right names for your characters. Today I have the pleasure of hosting Gail Honeyman on the show! Gail is the author of the novel Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, which hit shelves in May of last year and made a huge splash with readers.
It soon became one of the most beloved novels of , catching the attention of readers worldwide, including Reese Witherspoon, who made it one of her book club picks and bought the film rights. The love for this book has not let up since its release, and it has been heralded as a must-read for summer by The New York Times, People, and TheSkimm. So listen in as Gail and I unpack this quirky, sometimes difficult, but always lovable character of Eleanor Oliphant, and how to craft a story that really puts readers directly into the heart and soul of a character.
In this episode Gail and I discuss: Crafting a voice driven novel that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The learning curve of your first book. Creating empathy for an unlikable character through close first person narration. Building a compelling character with multiple layers. Plus Gail's 1 tip for writers. Today I have the pleasure of talking with author Grace Kennan Warnecke on the show! Grace is the daughter of George F. Kennan, one of the most influential diplomats of the 20th century, and as such had a very unique childhood. She grew up in the shadow of the Cold War and her larger than life father, but found her way into the limelight to forge a dynamic career for herself.
Listen in as Grace and I chat about crafting a broad scope memoir, and owning your own story. In this episode Grace and I discuss: How writing groups can lift you up and help you reach your writing goals. Keeping a memoir enthralling from beginning to end. Crafting your whole life into a story. Why you should never turn down an opportunity. Today I am delighted to have author Alison Walsh on the show! Right away I knew I had to get Alison to come on the show. I drink probably around 3 pots of tea per day, not to mention the gallons of iced tea I consume in the summertime. So when I learned that there would soon be a book of literary-themed teatime recipes I just about died and went to heaven and I say this as someone who absolutely cannot cook.
Alison actually started out as a food blogger at Alison's Wonderland Recipes, a blog dedicated to making recipes inspired by classic literature. Listen in as Alison and I geek out about books and tea, and dive into the craft behind creating a cookbook that not only gives you tasty treats to try but draws you into a story. In this episode Alison and I discuss: Extrapolating recipes from literature. How to craft a narrative arc in a cookbook. Building a book around your audience. What goes into a nonfiction cookbook proposal. An inside look at crafting a food blog that stands out. Welcome to the Epic BookExpo Recap episode!
Listen in as I chat with you about what the Reimagined BookExpo looks like, and some new and exciting trends I saw in the publishing industry. In this episode, I give you an inside look at: Then and now, how BookExpo has changed over the years. Knowing your audience, BookExpo vs. New trends and themes in the publishing industry that jumped out at me. The broadening definition of diversity. Plus a teaser about the types of books I was most excited to check out, and why. Today I am so excited to have Michael Zadoorian on the show!
Michael is an author and recipient of numerous awards such as the Michigan Notable Book award, and the Kresge Artist Fellowship. His writing has appeared in several prestigious journals including The Literary Review and American Short Fiction, as well as in multiple anthologies including Detroit Noir. Listen in as we talk about this amazing book, and how to enrich your story with sensory writing. In this episode Michael and I discuss: How to determine the genre label for your story by finding your audience.
Engaging all five senses of your reader. The role of parents in a literary coming of age story. Creating a strong sense of place in your writing. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author Cynthia Grady on the show! She is the author of a book of poetry for children and two nonfiction picture books. Listen in as we talk about this beautiful book, and how the power of story can comfort and connect us. In this episode Cynthia and I discuss: Using primary sources to assemble a picture book biography.
How to strategically negotiate for your illustrations as an author. Tips to write engaging nonfiction for young readers. Tackling serious topics in picture books. The benefits of productive procrastination. Today I am so excited to be speaking with NoNieqa Ramos on the show!
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She is also a passionate supporter of the weneeddiversebooks and ownvoices movements. Listen in as we chat about her amazing debut and how to create strong characters that elicits an emotional response from readers. Also, just a quick heads up, for the first time ever on DIY MFA Radio we have a teeny bit of explicit language towards the end of the interview. Due to the nature of the discussion I decided not to bleep anything out, but I wanted to let you know in case you have small children in the room or you, yourself, are not comfortable with explicit language.
Why you should make the reader work to piece the story together. The art of writing a realistically flawed character. The importance of knowing what you are not willing to surrender in your writing. Today I am so excited to have debut author Kimmery Martin on the show!