Welcome to Day 5 of my Blogoversary Bash!
Kersten Hamilton is the author of Tyger Tyger:
Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.
Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming.
Reading Like a Writer
I know this is supposed to be about my favorite books…but there are too many to choose from! I can’t read a book or watch a movie without studying how the writer builds characters, advances plot, and pulls readers or viewers along with pacing. I would like to point your readers toward one TV series and two delicious books that I have just finished, so they are very fresh in my mind.
For a cast of excellent characters:
Downton Abbey. It is rare for me to suggest that people watch television, but Oscar–award winning writer Julian Fellowes has done such a good job creating complex, appealing characters in his historical series I can’t help myself. I recommend it. I practically gush over it. Masterpiece Theater aired a cut–down version, but to see the original I would suggest getting the DVD or downloading the show from iTunes.
For illuminating plot:
In Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, Blake Snyder writes, “(each scene) must have something happening that causes the emotional tone to change drastically either from + to – or from – to +.” Exactly. That is true of novels as well, and I have never seen it expressed better. That emotional electricity flowing through the scenes keeps your plot alive. This book is fun not just for writers but for anyone who enjoys movies. It invites you inside to see how they work.
For an example of powerful pacing:
Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid. I love Riordan’s pacing. He will be roaring along in a scene and toss in a jaw–droppingly brilliant bit of description. A single sentence that causes a character to jump, three dimensional and alive, from the page, and he does it without slowing anything down. Amazing.
Thank you for inviting me to do a guest post, Casey! I would love to hear your readers’ recommendations for characters, plots and books with excellent pacing.
I hadn't heard of Downton Abbey, but it looks like my kind of show! It has Maggie Smith in it (McGonagall from Harry Potter)! I'm also loving all the Rick Riordan love this week =) The Red Pyramid is another one of his that I need to make time to read!
Thanks so much for sharing, Kersten!
Tyger Tyger Giveaway
Thanks so much to Kersten for donating a copy of Tyger Tyger for giveaway!
- One lucky winner will receive a copy of Tyger Tyger courtesy of Kersten Hamilton
- Open anywhere The Book Depository ships (please check the eligible countries HERE)
- Ends 3/8/11 at 12:00 pm EST
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Remember, comments on this post will also enter you in the Blogoversary Giveaway #2! Come back tomorrow to see Kelly Keaton's favorite reads!