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26. Historian William Conrad Gibbons Has Died

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27. Jim Obergefell Inks Deal With William Morrow

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28. Literary Events This Week: Soman Chainani and the YAx6 Panel

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29. Joyce Carol Oates Offers Writing Advice From Her Younger Self

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30. J.K. Rowling Reveals the Price of Tuition at Hogwarts

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31. Quite the Character!

The July Blogging Theme for The Sweet Sixteens (#SixteensBlogAbout) is CHARACTERS. With that in mind, I thought I'd look back on a couple of my favorite past blogs on the subject.

Getting Into Character highlights a simple strategy for helping young authors quickly develop interesting story characters--with just a few hats to set things rolling.

Oftentimes, DIALOG is overlooked in revealing characters. Read Character Talk to discover how the conversations in your story disclose amazing information--and help make the story so much more fun and readable.

Below I've included two templates for creating characters. If you want to you use a picture of your own, no problem. Write away!

Create a Character : Girl
Use the picture on the left to help you create a character by completing the form below.

NAME ______________________________________________________
AGE _________________ HEIGHT/WEIGHT ____________________

WHERE SHE LIVES ____________________________________________

TELL ABOUT HER FAMILY ________________________________________

FRIEND (S) ___________________________________________________

ANY PETS ____________________________________________________
LIKES ________________________________________________________
DISLIKES ____________________________________________________
FEARS _______________________________________________________
PROBLEM(S) __________________________________________________

 Create a Character: Boy
Use the picture on the left to help you create a character by completing the form below.

NAME ______________________________________________________
AGE _________________ HEIGHT/WEIGHT ____________________

WHERE HE LIVES _____________________________________________

TELL ABOUT HIS FAMILY ________________________________________

FRIEND (S) ___________________________________________________

ANY PETS ____________________________________________________
LIKES ________________________________________________________
DISLIKES ____________________________________________________
FEARS _______________________________________________________
PROBLEM(S) __________________________________________________

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32. Authors Call DOJ to Investigate Amazon

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33. Carl Zimmer Inks Deal With Dutton

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34. Cover Revealed For New Robison Wells Novel

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35. Classroom Connections: SURVIVING BEAR ISLAND by Paul Greci


age range: 9-14
setting: Prince William Sound, Alaska
genre: survival; coming of age

A Junior Library Guild selection

“…a terrific thrill on the page.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Greci has taken a popular if somewhat shopworn theme of juvenile literature — being marooned — and given it new vitality. You needn’t be a kid to stay up late reading this one.” – Alaska Dispatch

“Surviving Bear Island is a heart-pounding adventure that both kids and adults will enjoy…It follows its hero through a brilliant coming-of-age the likes of which are unlikely to be found anywhere outside Alaska.” — Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Please tell us about your book.

 Surviving Bear Island is a coming of age wilderness survival story set in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It’s about a boy’s quest for survival with only a small survival kit in his pocket after he becomes separated from his father on an unpopulated island far from civilization.

What inspired you to write this story?

The inspiration for this story was two-fold. First, I am a wilderness fanatic. I love spending time in remote places that I’ve gotten to under my own power by paddling a boat or walking. Prince William Sound is a place I’ve spent a lot of time exploring over the last twenty-five years, and I love it there and I know it intimately. Second, for much of my teaching career I worked with struggling readers and writers. As I both designed writing exercises and chose engaging books for them to read in attempts to engage my students I became focused on writing a book that both enthusiastic and reluctant readers could relate to.

How did you approach the research process for your story?

In 1991, I went on my first sea kayaking trip, which was a nine-week, 500-mile journey in Prince William Sound on the South Central Alaska Coastline where Surviving Bear Island is set. Since then I have returned almost every year to paddle part of the Sound, doing trips ranging from one week to one month both solo and with friends.

On my wilderness trips I have always kept journals. When I decided to try to write a story set in Prince William Sound, my journal entries became much more detailed regarding what I was experiencing at both the sensory and emotional levels. On one trip my wife and I spent several days circumnavigating an island, and that island became the template for the fictional Bear Island in my story. I took very detailed setting notes and was able to use them, sometimes word for word, in parts of the story.

Without creating spoilers for people who may read Surviving Bear Island, many of the experiences that the main character has are inspired by experiences that I have had. Basically, I used my experiences as springboards for some of the trials that Tom faces in the story.

As I started to add new incidents not inspired directly by my experiences, I tried to experience or replicate what I was writing. For example, Tom has an emergency blanket that in damaged in a fire. For research, I burned part of an emergency blanket to see how it would respond to fire and it turned out to be quite different than how I imagined it. Instead of bursting into flames, it melted and made crackling noises.

Paul Greci author photo

What roadblocks did you run into when writing Surviving Bear Island?

The main roadblock I ran into when writing Surviving Bear Island was how to write a story with primarily one character and have it have authentic emotional depth and complexity. Early drafts of my story were very plot heavy and episodic. As the years went by and I wrote other stories where characters were interacting with each other, I developed my skills for exploring emotional depth, and also for writing in first person. I think those other manuscripts I wrote gave me the tools I needed to transform a single-character third-person narrative into a single-character first-person narrative that was much more character-driven and emotionally authentic.

What topics does your book touch upon that would make it a perfect fit for the classroom?

Some topics my book touches on that could be utilized in the classroom include, self-sufficiency, courage, what it means to never give up, parent/child relationships, survival skills, emotional growth, coming to terms with things you can’t change, living life in the present moment, learning from observing animals, and learning about Alaska.

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36. David Fincher and Julie Taymor to Adapt Fight Club for a Rock Opera

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37. Elizabeth Gilbert Launches a New Podcast on Creativity

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38. Lena Dunham Wants to Get in Your Inbox

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39. Cheryl Strayed Inks Book Deal

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40. Authors and Booksellers Seek Amazon Antitrust Inquiry

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41. Berkeley Breathed Publishes New Bloom County Comic Strip

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42. Literary Events This Week: Word For Word Series and Book’d in Burbank

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43. Ta-Nehisi Coates Promotes New Book in NY Mag

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44. Dan Santat Stars in a ‘Serial’ Spoof Video

How would you react if you won a Caldecott Medal? The American Library Association requested that the Honor and Medal winners create videos showcasing their reactions when they were informed that their books had been recognized with these awards. The video embedded above features the newly crowned medalist Dan Santat, his wife Leah, their two sons Alek and Kyle, and the voice of Serial host Sarah Koenig.

Santat, the author and illustrator behind The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, drew inspiration for this spoof video project, entitled “The Call,” by the hit podcast, Serial. To learn more about Santat’s picture book, check out the book trailer. Click here to read the acceptance speech he delivered while accepting the Caldecott Medal during the American Library Association’s annual conference.

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45. Chuck Palahniuk to Appear as a Character in Fight Club 2 Comics

Chuck Palahniuk (GalleyCat)Dark Horse Comics has announced that Chuck Palahniuk, the novelist behind Fight Club, will be featured as a recurring character in the Fight Club 2 comic series.

Palahniuk will make his first appearance in the third installment. The release date has been set for July 22.

The fourth issue will introduce characters based on the members of Palahniuk’s real life writing group: Chelsea Cain, Monica Drake, Lidia Yuknavitch, Suzy Vitello, and Diana Jordan. That book will be published on August 26.

Palahniuk gave this statement in the press release: “Literary critics claim that Ken Kesey’s mental hospital in Cuckoo’s Nest and Toni Morrison’s plantation in Beloved represent those authors’ post-graduate writing workshops. To prevent anyone from thinking my own workshop is either a support group for the terminally ill or a bare-knuckle mosh pit, I’ve included it in Fight Club 2.”

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46. Cover Unveiled for New Sara Pennypacker Book

PAX Cover (GalleyCat)

Jon Klassen has unveiled the cover for Sara Pennypacker’s forthcoming novel, Pax. The Caldecott Medal-winning artist created the illustrations for this project.

We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? Balzer + Bray, a HarperCollins imprint, will publish this book on February 02, 2016.

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47. Cover Revealed for Debut Jeff Zentner Book

Serpent King Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Jeff Zentner’s forthcoming novel, The Serpent King. According to the Publishing Crawl blog, Alison Impey served as the designer for this project.

We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? Penguin Random House will publish this book on March 08, 2016.

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48. PBS to Air Updated Documentary on Harper Lee

HarperLeeThe team at PBS American Masters have updated a 2012 documentary on Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Harper Lee. According to an announcement on Facebook, the film will feature thoughts and comments from high-profile figures including Oprah Winfrey, Rosanna Cash, and Tom Brokaw.

Deadline.com reports that producer Mary McDonagh Murphy paid a personal visit to Lee in Monroeville, AL. During that meeting the 89 year old writer was presented with a new copy of the highly anticipated To Kill a Mockingbird sequel, Go Set a Watchman.

An airing will take place on Friday, July 10th from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Click here to watch a short preview from this nonfiction movie.

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49. New Publisher!

I am delighted to say I have been taken on by a new publisher for my latest children’s humorous fantasy, ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’

”Finn is a bored young leprechaun who lives a quiet life with his family and friends in the sleepy village of Duntappin. He wants something exciting to happen, but never having been blessed by the Good Luck Fairy he soon gets far more than he bargained for. When he least expects his adventure to begin, Finn finds himself a long way from home in dire circumstances. Home begins to seem very appealing all of a sudden. Has he any hope of getting back? This is no fairy tale…

This funny and fast moving story filled by weird and wonderful characters will turn all your expectations on their head, but that’s a good thing, because it makes them all the more amusing’


My new publisher is the American based ‘Crimson Cloak Publishing’ The following extract is taken from their website.

‘Crimson Cloak Publishing was created by people who care about our authors, editors, artists, and customers. For without them, we could not exist.

Crimson Cloak Publishing is a new and exciting voice in the publishing industry. Our main goal is to provide quality literature to our audience at a fair price. We publish soft-covers and e-books, currently.  Audiobooks and hard cover will come later.’

Click on the link below to check out the great books for sale!


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50. Cover Revealed for Molly Crabapple Memoir

Molly Crabapple Book (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Molly Crabapple’s illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Crabapple revealed that the elements of this piece features her art, a photo by Clayton Cubitt, styling by Katy Wedlund, and design by Gregg Kulick. HarperCollins will publish this book on December 1.

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