Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Attractive Woman with Her BooksIn writing, genre is just a fancy word for categories of books.

A few fiction genres are:  historical, romance, graphic novels, mystery, fantasy, and horror. Genres can be mixed or combined to make a melded genre, like historical fantasy.

There are categories within Nonfiction too.  A few of those are biography, history, science, or animals.

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Orange Man Talking BubbleSPEAKING OF DIALOGUE…

I have a friend who speaks easily and with lots of expression.  It’s as if the thoughts swirling in her head are pushing the words out of her mouth. She can do this for a long time! Her husband however, doesn’t say much.  When he does, I lean in to listen. He speaks so quietly and so carefully that sometimes I want to finish his sentences.

When writing fiction, it’s important to make your characters sound different from each other.  But how?

One way I do this is to give characters certain expressions that they repeat fairly often. In my novel, BLUE, Bessie Bledsoe responds to bad things by saying, “Have mercy.”  That suits her personality because she’s the sort of neighbor who comes in with hugs and an apple pie to cheer up my other characters when they need it.

In THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary Schmidt, 7th grader, Holling Hoodhood often starts his sentences with, “Let me tell you”. This opening phrase is perfect for Holling because his life is full of drama and he is going to tell about it. (My advice? Get The Wednesday Wars and read it!)

Humor, sarcasm, and moodiness are also tools for creating unique speech.  And of course, some characters will be educated while others might use lots of poor grammar or maybe just one incorrect speech pattern that sets them apart. Making use of speech that reflects a region or ethnic group, is also highly effective! (But it’s tricky – proceed carefully.)

If you need help making characters sound individual, try listening to your family or a group of friends while eating pizza or watching TV. You might even want to take a few notes. Just don’t tell your brother he’s about to show up in your first novel.

Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Author, Historical Fiction

COMFORT (Blue sequel)






TALKING STORY (E-Newsletter)

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Our Author Panel is developing nicely.  We are up to a dozen authors on the panel with Jerry Spinelli, Eileen Spinelli, David L Harrison, Ellen Hopkins, Karma Wilson, Dianne Ochiltree, Diane Hearn, Kristin Clark Venuti, plus the four grest authors below.  If you have any questions for them, please use questions@yaagroup.com

sudipta3Sudipta Bardhan has written 18 nonfiction books for kids, but her five picture books are joys to read.  One may be sitting on your shelf –TIGHTROPE POPPY: the High-wire Pig . MINEOSAUR, THE HOG PRINCE, BALLOTS FOR BELVA: The True Story of a Woman’s Race for the Presidency, and her newest book FLYING EAGLE.

 Sudipta is a regular speaker at writers conferences.




Joyce Hostetter is the author of four historical fiction novels – BLUE, COMFORT, HEALING WATER and BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. 

She has taught special education in public schools, created & directed a thriving preschool program, taught homeschool support groups, directed camp drama for at-risk kids and has also, been published in newspapers, and magazines.



Wendy Mass is the author of eight novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine. Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall.

11 Birthdays and Finally will be released by Scholastic in the first quarter of 2010.


Susan Heyboer O’Keefe is the author of sixteen published novels and picture books, including the middle grade novel DEATH BY EGGPLANT, the young adult novel MY LIFE AND DEATH BY ALEXANDRA CANARSIE, and the classic picture book ONE HUNGRY MONSTER.

Susan is under contract for her first Adult Novel, too.

Remember our authors are accepting questions from you.  Please use questions@yaagroup.com

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3d puppet with a pencil of yellow color

October 25 – Barnes and Noble – Exton, PA   2:00 pm.

November 1 – BooktendersDoylestown, PA   2:00 – 4:00 pm

November 7 – Doylestown Bookshop – Doylestown, PA   1:00pm – 3:00 pm

November 9 – Wellington Branch Library – Wellington, FL   7:00 pm

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Four more authors join the YAAGroup’s Author Panel. 

Jerry Spinelli – Author of MANIAC MAGEE, WRINGER, STARGIRL, MILKWEED, to name a few of his 26 books has agreed to join the author panel.

Eileen Spinelli – Author of 56 children’s books is a great addition to the panel. 

Ellen Hopkins –  Author of 26 children’s books.  Known for her NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse.

Karma Wilson  – Author of 30 picture books.  She writes a Bear series published by Simon & Schuster.  Even if you are a teen, you should take a look at BEAR SNORES ON.  It can teach you a lot about writing in rhyme.

Visit: www.yaagroup.org to check out all the authors on the panel.

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If you become a member of the Young Authors and Artisits Group, you will receive a free Peck or Spinelli autographed book with your membership.  Get 4 friends to join with you and you will receive one free year membership.  Visit www.yaagroup.org to read all the exciting things the YAAGroup has to offer.

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Four very talented authors join YAAGroup’s Author panel this week:

David L Harrison – Author of 80 children’s books

Diane Dawson Hearn – Author/illustrator of 50 children’s books

Dianne Ochiltree – Author of 8 children’s books

Kristin Clark Venuti – Debut Author of Leaving the Bellweathers.

Please check back for other authors and illustrators.  Visit our website http://www.YAAGroup.org

If you are an author who would like to be considered for our Author Panel please click http://www.YAAGroup.org/AuthorPanelFormA.pdf and e-mail to:  panel@YAAGroup.org

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