Below is a Q&A session in which I was interviewed about my upcoming novel, Green Bay Outsiders. You’ve been hearing a lot about it. This interview takes readers more in-depth about what inspired me to write the story and what I hope it accomplishes.[Read more…] about Interview With the Author: About Green Bay Outsiders
This is the first of a two-part blog series on what it takes to research a novel. This first post is about the factors that make me decide what to write about, which will inevitably require research.
My novel Green Bay Outsiders is finished and my editor has returned her edits, which I am going through now. As I prepare to launch the book into the world, one item remaining on my to-do list is to write the acknowledgments page. It’s not the most thrilling part of the book to get through, if you’re a reader, and I would wager to guess that most readers DON’T necessarily go through it. The acknowledgments section, though, isn’t really for readers–it’s a catalog of all the resources and individuals who helped bring a book to life by virtue of serving as research sources–so it’s really a thank you page, of sorts, for everyone who helped an author out with the book. If though, as a reader, you’re curious to know how an author researches a novel and just what sources they turn to, then this blog post series is for you.[Read more…] about What It Takes to Research a Novel (Part I)
Years ago, I read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. It was the historical account of Christopher McCandless, a young man who graduated to great promise from Emory University in the early 1990s only to abandon any semblance of identity (he literally burned all forms of identification) and left his home and family behind to hit the road on a cross-country trip. Chris ultimately ended up living out of an abandoned bus through a snowy Alaskan winter north of Denali National Park and, while incredibly resourceful, he ended up making one tactical mistake–he ate poisonous berries–and ended up perishing shortly before the spring thaw. His journey, both physically and psychologically, was introspective and meditative.
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