Tell us your latest news? My new YA book, TALENT, will be available on November 1, 2015. Fifteen-and-half-year-old Sandee Mason wants to find her talent, get her driver’s license, and stop living in the shadow of her big brother, Bri, who disappeared while serving in Afghanistan. You can read the first chapter at https://blynngoodwin.com/an-excerpt-from-talent/. Check it out and leave a comment if you’d like to.
As editor of Writer Advice, I’m happy to announce that the Fourth SCINTILLATING STARTS Contest is accepting submissions until November 10. Details and the Submittable Link are in the gray box at www.writeradvice.com. We’re also opening a Blog Tour page on the TALENT website, found at blynngoodwin.com. For a few months I’d like to focus on YA, NA, and MG books.
I’m currently working on a memoir. Can a 62-year-old who’s never been married find happiness with a two-time widower who she met on … gulp … Craigslist?
How did you come up with the title for your YA book? Sandee equates talent with singing, dancing, and acting. She can’t see that she has a talent for problem solving. It will serve her well for years to come.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Everybody has a talent. Some are more obvious than others. It important to remember everybody matters, and each of us has something unique to share with our family and the community. Sometimes it’s hard to see the good you do and get perspective on the problems you face when you are in the midst of coping with everything.
How much of the book is realistic? TALENT is quite realistic. I used to be a high school drama teacher and I’ve directed Oklahoma! That said, my stage manager didn’t (oops! SPOILER ALERT)—She did not have Rob’s issues…). Nor did my stage manager have an assistant. We were not engaged in a war when we did the show. There are no zombies in this book, although Sandee seeks help from a (oops! SPOILER ALERT)—You’re going to have to read the book to find this one out.
What book(s) are you reading now? I just finished Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir and am reading Jennifer McMahon’s The Winter Sisters. Next on my shelf is The Girl on the Train. Did I mention that I review books for Writer Advice and Story Circle Network and have shelves and tables full of books sent for review?
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Debut author David Arnold captured my interest with his YA, Mosquitoland. You can read my interview with him on Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. It’s on the home page right now and will move to the archives at the beginning of January.
Any other current projects? In addition to running contests for Writer Advice, working on my memoir, teaching Independent Study for Writers through Story Circle Network, http://www.storycircleonlineclasses.org/index.php, doing Manuscript Consultations for Writer Advice, I am planning on writing a second book using the characters in TALENT. I don’t think I mentioned that several of these characters originally appeared in a series I wrote for Dramatics Magazine. It was called “Dear Diary” and included excerpts from Sandee’s diary describing fun activities in drama class.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? My advice is to keep writing, keep digging, keep sharing your stories. Who will tell your stories, from your point of view, if you do not?
Do you have any suggestions to help existing writers to be better? Revise, wait, and revise again. When you know it’s the best it can be, submit it. Know who you’ll submit to next if it is rejected.
You can learn more about Lynn at www.writeradvice.com
Books can be purchased at Talent