Newsletter Spring 2019
HARD-HITTING YOUNG ADULT NOVELS TO PICK UP
Young Adult novels (YA) are supposed to appeal to readers between the ages of 12 to 18, which makes many writers and readers unhappy. Arbitrary distinctions lead to missed opportunities for wonderful books, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Tom Sawyer. So neglect this section of the bookstore at your own risk. Yes, YA novels can be escapism into fantastical worlds full of dragons, magic, or battles in space. Or they can shed light on important topics for readers or validate those going through similar situations. Looking for some hard-hitting books to read? Here’s a list of books that highlight important issues and topics prepared by Olivia Páez for Book Riot I just finished The Hate U Give, and was knocked out by its honesty and characters. See https://bookriot.com/2019/04/21/hard-hitting-young-adult-novels/
WORKSHOP FOR CASTLE ROCK WRITERS IN JULY
Appearing on Monday, July 1 for Castle Rock Writers, “Out-of-Date Stereotypes in Character Development.” I’ll speak on contemporary writing which often continues to be dogged by out-of-date stereotypes. Whether it’s the idea that small town life is better than big city, or men and women prefer clear gender roles, or the scarcity of diverse ethnicities in characters, what do we lose by these self-imposed limits? How do I handle these topics in my work? See http://castlerockwriters.com/events/ 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
Philip S. Miller Library Castle Rock, CO 80104, http://castlerockwriters.com/events/castle-rock-writers-workshop-group/
STILL TIME TO JOIN PPWC
Join me and tons (in talent) of other writers for the 27th Annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference, “It Takes a Tribe,” May 2 through 5, in Colorado Springs. https://pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/, Colorado Springs Marriott.
I’ll present two sessions:
Saturday 9:40-10:40 What a Character (characters and their development):
Sunday 9:00 – 10:00 Excuse Me, Ma'am, Would You Like Your Bodice Ripped? (stereotypes, tropes, clichés, archtypes)
Keynote speakers include Anne Bishop, fantasy author; John Gilstrap, suspense writing; Rachel Howzell Hall, mystery author; Susan Wiggs romance writing. Acquiring editors and agents are also attending and some interview spots are available.
QUICK AS A WINK
If you’d like to help readers learn about my work, here are some fast ways:
Visit me at www.BonnieMcCune.com with blog, Bonnie@BonnieMcCune.com, twitter.com/bonniemccune, facebook.com/authorBonnieMcCune, www.linkedin.com/in/BonnieMcCune.
- Like it or hate it, social media influences people’s discussions and choices. You can mention my books and appearances on your FaceBook, Twitter, etc, to spread the news.
- Check out copies of my books from local libraries.