I’ve been reading interviews with debut YA authors and thought it would be something of interest to other writers. I found this one to be very interesting. I found it on, “Scribblers on the Edge."
When I Was Joe, tells the story of 14 year old Ty, a London boy who has witnessed an incident of knife crime. Doing what he believes is the right thing, Ty gives the police evidence. As a result, he and his mum are forced into the witness protection program, are given new identities and Ty becomes Joe. As Joe’s life spirals out of control he attempts to cling to some semblance of normality and his own identity, all while events and his own decisions seem to do nothing more than lead him further down a path of destruction.
An interview with Keren David:
When I Was Jo
by Debut YA Author
The first thing that struck me when I started reading When I Was Joe was the strength and integrity of Joe’s voice, so I’m intrigued to know, what came first, the character or the idea?
The idea came first. I’d started an evening course in Writing for Children at City University so I was looking around for things to write about. At that point I thought I might write something for 8-12s.
I saw an item on the news one night about a young boy who’d been caught up in a robbery and had to be taken into witness protection and given a new identity. I was struck by the paradox that the witnesses suffered almost a worse punishment than the criminals, and interested in the possibilities that a false identity offered. I realized quite quickly that it fitted a YA book best, because it’s such a good metaphor for adolescence. To continue reading: http://scribblersontheedge.com/2010/04/an-interview-with-debut-ya-author-keren-david/
If you missed Lisa Shroeder’s Five Conference Tips check it out. It is very informative:
1. Try not to be shy!! If you see someone you recognize from on-line, go up and introduce yourself. This is the best part of the conference, meeting people you've only known on-line. And you can even introduce yourself to someone you don't know if you're hanging in the lobby and no one is around you recognize. I know it's hard for us introverts to reach out, but usually, you'll be really glad you did. http://lisa-schroeder.livejournal.com/
As for me, I’ve had an interesting week. I’ve discovered some old friends, old relatives and new foreign friends. I read, “Wake” by Lisa McMann which I thought was a fabulous page turner.
Throughout the week, I save things I am planning to share in a file. Sometimes they get mixed up. When I went to obtain my bible verse, it had been replaced. Though, it is not my words, and I have no idea where I got this from, I thought it was funny. It said:
I don't believe in the republican or the democratic party, I just believe in parties!!
Now that my manuscript has left the nest, I plan on reading and researching for the rest of the summer as well as enjoying my family and summer parties. :)
Mathew 15:4 KJV
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.