The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction
Not long ago I had the privilege to be interviewed by Toni Owen-Blue on her blog and now I have the chance to return the favour. She’s here to talk about her new middle grade book, Iris, which is just out this week.
Tell us about your book(s). Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
Being the difficult person I am, when I started writing I thought I’d pick two genres to specialize in, that have absolutely no overlap; Middle Grade Fiction and Interactive Romance Fiction. The only thing my works really have in common is the fact I always focus heavily on individual character voice and narrative.
My current release, “Iris” is a realistic Middle Grade Fiction, about a young girl with a difficult home life, and what she gets up to inside her own head to escape. The whole book has a very conversational tone, Iris talks to the reader, even asks their opinion, and using her own strange mix of humour and sharp wit, comments on the life she’s experiencing but has next to no control over as things go from bad to worse.
Tell us about your main character? What makes her so special?
Iris is so many things, she’s imaginative, brave, creative, conscientious and funny in a dry kind of way. Yet she spends so much of the book being put down and pushed to be things that children her age shouldn’t have to be, she’s very responsible, obsessive, amazing at caring for her pre-school brother and a fantastic liar.
But what makes her really special, from the feedback so far, she seems to be connecting with people in the way I really hoped she was going to, everyone’s different, but the way Iris internally voices her insecurities and worries seems to be something that everyone can understand and connect to. Read more