Broken Pieces

Kate LeDonne on What Makes a Writer Successful @originlbookgirl #AmWriting #Fiction #BYNR

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?
Absolutely! A dash of one, a snippet of another. A crazy quilt that becomes characters in a story, a plot, themes, settings...

How important do you think villains are in a story?
Exceedingly. Best compliment I've gotten is someone hating my villain, Peter Graves.

What are your goals as a writer?
To write books and screenplays and create media that isn't a crashing bore.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future?

Have you started another book yet?
Several projects going, yes.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment?
I am currently reading “The Constitution of the United States”, “The Federalist Papers”, “Vanity Fair” by William Makepeace Thackery, “Beautiful Chaos” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (for about the 25th time) and a periodical called Imagine FX.

Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?
Stephen Chbosky. His book and film, “Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a story I really relate to. I was stunned at the similarity between his book and my book. I wanted to hug him after seeing the film.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?
Twitter, and all of the various author websites, and book blogs. It a super fast way to connect, ask questions, roll things around and make progress. I'm also a fan of Lightning Source. They make it possible for anyone willing to do the work to publish their book and get worldwide distribution.

What contributes to making a writer successful?
Patience, discipline, persistence, and just never, ever giving up. You also need to keep your own counsel and develop rhino hide. Many are critics, but few have actually written and published an entire book. You've got to let that stuff go in one ear and out the other.

Do you have any advice for writers?
Don't be a pretentious jerk. Be yourself. Be disciplined and organized. Take frequent breaks.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?
Always be who you really are, no matter what. Trying to impress people with some facade won't get you anywhere with anyone who really matters.


Fasten your seatbelts for a white-knuckled ride on the looney wagon and trip down memory lane with a band of misfit teenagers. Kiera Graves and her small posse of true blue friends plot ways to escape their cowtown; and play a game of keep away with her Machiavellian family to help her survive high school and make it to college.

Courage under fire, the closest bonds of friendship and blossoming romance keep this tale of coming of age and survival buzzing with excitement, heart, and warmth.

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Genre - General Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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