Here's another link that I'm excited about--this one to a website that has named me its AUTHOR OF THE MONTH!! :D The site is called Embracing the Child and the main feature of this honor is an interview.
Here's an excerpt:
ETC: The voice of Cassie, the main character, rings so true, especially her thoughts and emotions as she makes entries into her journal. How were you able to achieve that authenticity, writing in the voice of a teenage girl?
Mandabach: One of my old friends who just finished the book emailed me saying, "Are you sure you're NOT a 14-year-old girl?"
I'm pretty sure I'm not, but that's the exciting thing about writing fiction--going deep into your imagination, bringing everything you know and feel, and living that alternate reality via language as you attempt to communicate it.
So how did I achieve authenticity in the voice of a teenage girl? (check out the whole interview at the link above to find out . . . :)
Peace, everybody, and talk to me here or at www.mandabach.com!