“One girl in all the world…”

June 9th, 2010

I tweeted this the other day: “I think I’m completely over DESTINY as a plot device.” I expanded it a little more to say, “Destiny, Fate, Birthright… all are too often used as a crutch for legitimate character development.” But what do I mean? Well, in looking at another hundred or so queries today with […]

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Ask Daphne! About Older Characters

April 20th, 2010

Vintage shoes today for Leslie, who asks: I have a new book idea, and before I outline, I’d like your thoughts. The MC is 16, but there is an older adult that factors heavily in the premise. If I have a couple chapters where it’s the older woman’s POV, is the book still considered YA, […]

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Ethnicity in Novels

March 17th, 2010

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all! I’m a proud half-Irish American, and so of course I’m wearing green today. (I debated green shoes for this post, but the ones above go better with the real reason behind my writing, as you’ll see below.) We often talk a lot about ethnicity in novels, and how […]

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Sports Talk

February 15th, 2010

Every couple of years, like so many people, I become obsessed about sports I otherwise pay very little attention to. Mostly, it’s figure skating and gymnastics, but as Neil Patrick Harris tweeted this morning, “I never thought I could care so much for people or sports that I just learned about six minutes beforehand.” Moguls […]

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Spy Novels and Reintroducing Characters

January 26th, 2010

I finished reading Daniel Silva‘s latest Gabriel Allon thriller The Defector last night, and I wanted to talk about it. If you’re reading this blog, you probably know I don’t represent thrillers, but I do enjoy reading them, and Silva is one of those authors I like to keep up with. With a multi-book series […]

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