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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Authors Who Make the Rounds

Last night I enjoyed hearing author Liza Ketchum speak about her work of writing stories, mostly for young adults. It's a tough life, I think, making the rounds as an author. She spoke at our library to about 4 adults and 6 children. Our library's mystery book club hosted about eight authors from New England during the course of the year. Often, attendance was poor (about 4-6 people).

But I really enjoyed it. Liza Ketchum involved the children very nicely in a discussion about writing and the need for research (detective work, she called it).

Several of her stories involved a mystery. She described writing a mystery as hard work and requiring careful planning and an outline.

It has been fun to hear different authors approach mystery writing in different ways; some cannot live with an outline, some can't live without it.

Anyway, thanks to Liza and all your fellow writers who share your time with us curious readers.

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