TCWT: How much does setting affect your novels and stories? What are some of your favorite ways to portray setting?
ZH: I should probably include setting more often. It’s not something I focus on. I generally give very few details and leave the rest up to the reader’s imagination.
Melinda Sordino enters high school as a social pariah and is ostracized by her peers who don't know her dark secret– they only know the she called the police to a summer party. Now Melinda is silent, unable to "speak" (even though she is technically a selective mute). This story is about her road to confession. She finds a way to express herself through Mr. Freeman's art class and turns a secret janitor's closet into a shrine to art, safe haven, and a home away from home.
Written as vignettes, the story only emphasizes certain events (sometimes with large gaps in between) which can make it feel like a choppy read, but the visceral imagery makes the reader suffer with Melinda and root for her empowerment.
I’ve said before that being a strong character does not mean that he or she is physically strong (which is sometimes just giving a female character a typically “masculine” trait in the most stereotypical way possible), but someone who is emotionally strong and understands what they need to do...
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Yesterday was my first day of 10th Grade and besides waking up early and not knowing any of my teachers, it wasn't really that bad; especially since I only had 2 classes and left at 12:30. Today was the second day and I've now had all of my classes and met all my teachers.
I think it's going to be a good year. I'm ready for homework, papers, and of course: personally, Creative Writing Class. I'm also going to be interning at the wonderful Writopia Lab after school.
And in addition to all of THAT, I'm somehow going to find the time to self-publish my novel, Eve is Dead (scroll to the bottom), through CreateSpace! It will probably be out September 2013, but before that I have to do a lot of revising and editing and prepping... It's going to be a fun and BUSY year!
Dog Ear Publishing offers some insight about Self-Publishing in the ever-changing book market. Read the article here.
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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