“I Was Tagged in a Writer’s Game of Tag” by Joan Y. Edwards
On September 13, 2012, Linda Andersen, writer of “A Writer’s Playground” blog: http://www.lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com tagged me and asked me to play. The way the game is played, I tag four bloggers and ask that they share comments about what they’re writing on their blog and tag four other blogs.
I found this clever looking robot created by Tjoepoe on http://www.freestockphotos.biz. I thought he looked like he might play tag with us.
Here are four blogs to which I subscribe that are fun, inspirational, and enlightening. I believe you would enjoy them, too.
My picks are:
1. Kena Paranjape In Life and in Fashion She has really good advice about life and about fashion. She started her own business so she hasn’t been blogging as much. But the blog posts that are there are wonderful.
2. Daniel Postlethwaite’s blog Fresh Ink. He showcases new writers. He has guest bloggers present their work or hints about writing. You could post your work or critique work. Submit your work or guest blog to FreshInk@wordsformwindows.com
3.Suzie Townsend Confessions from Suite 500 Suzie is an agent with New Leaf Literary. She takes Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult queries in this blog and evaluates them. Follow her guidelines for the different blogposts and queries to her as an agent.
4 Tracy Marchini Tracy Marchini. Tracy writes Middle Grade and also is a freelance editor.
Here are my responses to the questions about my work in progress that accompanied this Tag game:
1. What is the working title of your book? Follow Your Immigrant Heart (by Joan Y. Edwards)
2. Where did the idea come from the book? In 2001, my husband, Carl and I were in a museum in Pueblo, Colorado that showed how Italian and other immigrants were mistreated at Ellis Island. How if they were lame, they marked an “L” on their shoulder and sent them back home. I thought of what it would be like to even think of having to separate from the ones you love so much. Would you go back, too? Or would you stay? Difficult choices: a dilemma because neither one is what the person wanted. I wrote a beginning called, “The Separation.” I only wrote a little about a young woman with a child and her grandfather, but it got really complicated with the baby and I only wrote a few pages. I later decided I wanted it for Young Adults and would leave the baby out.
3. What genre is your book? Historical Fiction, Mystery
4. Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie? Young Italian girl, aged 16. Old Italian Man in 70’s. Middle Aged Italian Man 30’s.
5. What is a one sentence synopsis of your book? In 1902, a young Italian girl’s dreams of high fashions and acceptance by her father are shattered when she arrives at Ellis Island and authorities mark an “L” for lame on her grandfather that might send them both back to Italy and she finds out that her father may have been killed in a train wreck.
6. Will your book be self-published, represented by an agency, or published by a traditional publisher? My goal is to have it published by a traditional publisher and to be on the New York Best Seller list.
7. How long did it take you to finish your first draft? 30 days in November during 2007 NaNoWriMo.
8. What other books would you compare yours to in this genre? Janna Mysteries by Felicity Ann Pulman. There are six of these. Rosemary for Remembrance is Book 1.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? See number 2.
10. What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest? The female protagonist is witty, smart, and will do anything to protect her family.
Linda, thanks again for inviting me to play tag with you and other bloggers. It was fun.
Read exciting interviews and activities for each month to inspire you on Linda’s blog at http://www.lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com.
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Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you will come back often. It’s great to see you whenever you come.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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