Here's what she said this past Saturday about teasing the reader:
"Dance with the reader to lure them in. Don't hand them the conflict, tease them by building the tension and escalating the conflict."
It made me really think about the structure in my novels. Am I too easy and obvious? Or am I trusting the reader will pick up on subtle clues? It's a great thing to think about.
I'll share more of what she said next week. But for now, let's see what's happening for NA Thursday:
Trying to piece together the events surrounding Brody’s death proves to be a daunting task, but Harley can’t give up. Brody won’t let her. He is still in the apartment with her, trapped in limbo until she finds his killer.
But he’s not waiting for revenge.
But he’s not waiting for revenge.
J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.
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After a tragedy nearly ripped 21 year old Madeline Darlington-Gray’s life in half, she's spent the past three years trying to put the pieces back together. But pieces never just fit back together, and when she's betrayed by those she trusts, everything crumbles. Shoving everything she owns into the trunk of her car, Maddie drives south, trying to run from her past.Eno, North Carolina seems like the perfect place to hide. Working at a local café is light years from Maddie's Manhattan existence and for the first time in a while, she's finding her family. There's Grandma, the café owner; Samantha, the hairstylist next door with plans to make Maddie's life unsuck and Noie, the three year old girl who's stolen Maddie's heart.
And then there’s Gabriel Mendez, Noie’s single dad. He’s intrigued Maddie since the first time she met him, and while he has his own secrets, he wants more from her than just friendship. But the past never stays past, and all too soon, Maddie realizes she can't hide from hers. If she can't put the pieces of her shattered life together this time, she'll have no hope for a future.
A future she desperately wants.
KK Hendin's real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she'll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate.She spends way too much time on Twitter, and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.
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Now, for my next childhood memory ...
I grew up on a lake, and sometimes my mom or dad would wake me up at dawn and we'd head out in the canoe to fish. I remember the first time I caught my own fish: Two brim that were big enough to eat. I was with my mom, and when we got back to shore, I held those two brim up on their stringer for my dad to see. I was so proud. He cleaned them and we had fish for dinner! I don't think it was much, but it was my first kill. I had to eat the heart and everything. ;) Just teasing. My parents still live in the same house I grew up in, and my son caught his first fish in the same lake. Matter of fact, the other day he caught a nice bass that my dad cleaned and cooked, and the whole family feasted on with hush puppies, baked beans, and grits. Nothing better than freshly caught fish!!
Thanks for stopping by! Is there a memory from your childhood you'd like to share? Do you tease your reader? Do you like to fish? Please share ...