TCWT: Is there one particular book that changed your life? If so, why did you originally choose to read it? What impact has it had on you?
ZH: Oh, that's so hard. My God, that's a tough one. I love all the books I read. But I'd have to say, The Giver by Lois Lowry. I originally read it on a book recommendation from my cousin. I was in 4th Grade and I wound up rereading it for school in 5th Grade. I liked it better without my teacher giving me quizzes and tests throughout the book. Anyway, I'm rambling. The impact it's had on me is that I don't take things for granted. I didn't before, but since I read it all those years ago, I make sure to live in the moment. Even though pain is not enjoyable, it is a part of life and I'd rather be caring and feeling emotion than living a dull life.
Willow Haywood is different, she’s always known it, she just doesn’t know the full extent of her unique ability to sense and influence the emotions of those around her. She's also been having dreams of people she’s never met, but can influence, and a beautiful boy in a field every night since childhood. Once a month though, on the new moon, she has a nightmare of a shadowy figure. She doesn’t know what this means, but when her father drops a bombshell on her after a nightmare that came too early, she learns that the world she lives in, isn’t all it seems. Caught up in prophecies, danger, and the struggle of good and evil, Willow must navigate the String and find out who she really is.
Landen Chambers is from the paradise Chara, a different dimension from Infante (Earth), and he has the special power to see people’s intent– a power that’s never been seen before in Chara.
And for those who need more Marilyn, see my post Don't Forget Me.
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Picking A Title For Your Novel:
Is there anything more satisfying than that moment that you come up with the perfect title? Sometimes it just pops into your head as you’re writing, and other times you’ve already thought of a title before you even begin writing. And sometimes you’re sitting wiggling your bum like a pleased puppy at how gosh darn clever your title is!
Not me. No. I never do that.
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Go Teen Writers, an online group dedicated to encouraging teen writers (a lot like Teens Can Write, Too!), has a whole page dedicated to the writing process of a novel. I found it extremely helpful. Hope you do too.
They also have 36 Plot Ideas and 3 Vital Keys to Writing a YA Novel. And let's not forget How to Format a Fiction Manuscript, for when you're ready to publish.
How to Write a Story
I can't really express how much I love this story. Such a fresh take on angels and demons kept me turning the pages from start to beginning. Especially, Wendy Higgins take on Nephilim, who are half-human and half-demon. Gifted with amplified senses and the ability to see auras, Nephilim (Nephs) are the best people to carry out their demon fathers' work: polluting souls with the 7 Deadly Sins.
And, being able to identify with the main and POV character Anna Whitt definitely landed this book on my favorite list. She is the perfect "good" girl: good grades, good relationship with her adoptive mom, and she's never rebelled, lied, or done drugs. All things that I have in common with her. And then, because she's a fictional character, her life gets a bit more interesting when she meets the mysterious bad boy drummer, Kaidan Rowe. That's the part where I could enjoy living vicariously through her.
I love YA Highway. I have multiple reasons, but here are a few:
What kind of reader are you? Add on if you wish!
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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