Long ago, I met Claudia Mills when shecame to speak at an SCBWI event. Oh, I LOVED her immediately. Little did I know, I had found a writer who’s books I loved right at the same time and had been reading all the author’s works. AND IT WAS CLAUDIA! AND THEN I MET HER AND REALIZED THIS IS MY FAVORITE GAL!
Anyway, I said to Claudia, “Do you like Oreos?”
She gave me an odd look. “Yes. Why do you ask?”
“Because your characters always eat them when they have a snack.”
People know who I am when they read my books, too. Bits and pieces of me slip through.
As writers, we must remember we are writing for teens or kids and not writing to drive home an agenda. Spoon-feeding a reader isn’t fun for the reader.
What is the most controversial thing in your book?
Is it there because you want to make a point? Is it there because you are trying to change someone’s mind about something? Or are you just telling your story?
Go through your work.
Is this what a kid would say? Think? Feel?