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Original Essays | September 17, 2014 13 comments
My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »
Shannon HaleDescribe your latest project.
River Secrets is essentially a murder mystery set in a fantasy world. I'm just in love with the main character, a boy named Razo. He has powerful friends (a king and queen, an amazing swordsman, and a fire-speaker), but he feels pretty powerless himself. When his captain takes him on an urgent peace-keeping mission, he becomes a spy and works to figure out who is burning bodies and trying to restart a war. It takes place chronologically after The Goose Girl and Enna Burning.
And right now I'm working on fairy tale retelling called Book of a Thousand
Days, told in diary format. I've never had so much joy in the writing
process as with this book. It's still hard work, as writing always is for
me, but it's been such happy work! That'll be out next year.
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
What is your favorite literary first line?
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?"Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
What do you do for relaxation?
Why do you write books for kids?
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
Name the best Simpsons episode of all time, and explain why it's the
Who are your favorite characters in history?