Although I’ve never imagined writing a young adult novel, I had the idea for one that came to me out of nowhere. Like I’ve said before, I heard this voice in my head while showering. It was all I could do to stay there and not jump out dripping wet to write down the words I heard.
Somehow, I knew right away that her name was Portia. I also knew that she was an albino. I also knew that she’d moved around the country, because her dad was with the military. On top of that, I knew she was really smart, well-read, sensitive, alienated – I knew she’d want to make friends with the cool kids. I set up a situation in which the popular girl at school makes her an offer she can’t refuse. That all came to me in a rush.
The idea of inserting a spying angle into the plot came as I developed the storyline. Although I wouldn’t call the book a spy thriller, I used Portia’s spying as a way of upping the suspense, as well as exploring the ethical problems of being a spy.
Here are a few of my favorite young adult and coming-of-age books:
For today’s Saturday Matinee, we have Part Three of the Carnival of Souls parody short!
But what’s more, we went to see a movie recently. An indie film made right here in Maryland. It’s called Day of the Gun, and it was awesome!
Check out the trailer.
Can you believe that steep cliff called Eagle Rock was actually in Maryland? And not the mountainous section of Western Maryland, either, but right near Woodstock, Maryland, in Howard County?
Not to be confused with this Woodstock, of course! :)
In this video, I talk about some of my favorite fictional detectives — from books, movies, and television.
I limited myself to ten, although I could easily have named more. Cordelia Gray, for instance. Or Peter Wimsey and Harriett Vane. Miss Marple, of course, and Hercule Poirot. Travis McGee. Easy Rawlins. Elvis Cole. Kinsey Millhone and V.I. Warshawski.
However, I could only pick so many, and ten seemed like a good number.
Who are your favorite fictional sleuths?