How My Eleven-Year-Old Character Changed My Mind about Traditional Narrative, a guest post by Louise Hawes

I never start with a story. It’s always a character, instead, who persuades me to build a book around them. When Hazel, whose road “handle” is Hazmat and who is the protagonist of my new middle grade novel, BIG RIG, first popped into my head, I knew that if we were going to write a … Read more

Solving the Mystery of Character and Point of View, a guest post by author AL Tait

When I started writing The Fire Star, the first book in the Maven & Reeve Mystery series, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the whole novel-writing caper. after all, The Fire Star was my seventh middle-grade novel, and my eleventh published book! Surely I knew what I was doing… I already knew … Read more