One question I get a lot is; how do you write for this age range? Many authors have told me that mid-grade is very difficult for them and they tend towards the more edgy young adult genre. I gave it some thought and my best analogy to date is below.
My son was telling me how disappointed he was that a new ride at the amusement park was still not operational. As we talked my mind drifted, sorry it does that a lot, especially when I am writing a book, and it hit me: writing a successful novel for mid grade level readers is like designing the ultimate amusement park ride.
There are rules.
**it has to be fast!!
**it has to be terrifying but exhilarating
**it has to be unpredictable and thrilling
** it has to be emotionally engaging
MOST OF ALL it has to leave you wanting to do it again!
How did you come up with the story for Escape From Terrapin?
My husband and I read to all three of our sons every night as they were growing up. One night our middle son decided was bored with the 1000+ books (I’m exaggerating a bit) we had in the house and wanted a new story. He told me that I should just make one up. I remember feeling so tired. After I breathed deeply and restrained from replying with the first answer that sprang to my mind I relented and DWEEB was born. That was almost 20 years ago!
Have you written anything else in this series?
Yes, I have written about 10,000 words for the second book and outlined most of the chapters.
When will your 1st TERRAPIN book be available to readers?
With persistence, luck, and hard work the first novel; ESCAPE FROM TERRAPIN will be published and ready for readers by the spring of 2019. That will be followed by the launch of RETURN TO TERRAPIN in the fall of 2019 and the 3rd in the trilogy by the spring/summer of 2019.
How did you learn to write a novel?
Probably the hard way!? LOL. Writing, Reading, and Studying more hours than I knew existed in a day! Classes, workshops, constantly perfecting, always learning, writers groups, conventions, and more… I have a great deal of experience writing in the business community so the transition has been less difficult for me than for some I imagine. My business background is proving extremely helpful. I have learned that no one escapes the doubt and pain that comes with writing a novel. I am still learning, (attending monthly workshops and weekly writers groups) and always will be!