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READ LIKE A WRITER, a teaching blog

PTSD IN FICTION CONNECTS WITH READERS

Some people, such my dad, will not read fiction. To them, fiction is not true. I disagree. Nonfiction may be factual, but fiction can often show truths in ways mere facts cannot. What fiction can do, especially in middle grade and young adult novels, is to hold up a mirror in which readers can  Read More 

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AN AUTHOR INTERVIEW ABOUT NO SURRENDER SOLDIER

NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, Merit Press/Adams Media, Jan. 18, 2014

This blog article is a reprint of an interview Beth Fehlbaum did of me and posted July 31, 2013.

What's your book about?

In NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, it’s 1972 and a 15-year-old Chamorro boy, Kiko, discovers that his mother had been raped by a Japanese soldier during the WWII Japanese occupation of Guam. What he doesn’ Read More 

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NONFICTION, THE BEDROCK OF FICTION

News articles and book used in researching my novel NO SURRENDER SOLDIER

Some writers say they prefer to write fiction rather than nonfiction so that they can make up the facts and not have to do any research. Unless their story is fantastical and they have made up completely different Otherworld rules, then all fiction is based in nonfiction, i.e. facts. Even in science fiction,  Read More 

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EUREKA! A NOVEL IDEA

NO SURRENDER SOLDIER will be published by Merit Press Sept. - Oct. 2014.

It's official! I signed a contract with Merit Press (F+W Media) for my novel, NO SURRENDER SOLDIER. My editor is Jacquelyn Mitchard. The release date is Jan. 2014.

In keeping true to the intent of this blog I will continue to give teaching tips for  Read More 

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