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July 13, 2012


Rin Isilee

I also adore that conversation! I love that sense of humor in your novels.


Around this point (about the end of the first third of a novel)is when my own work seems to just kind of...stall. My question is, then, once you've established your characters and your plot, how do you keep it going and connect your big events? On that note though, how do you work through big events while still keeping all of the little things important? Hope that made sense.

Also I have to say that The "Rabbits, Run" scene is one of my favorites. I love it. :)


Thanks for taking time to answer all our questions, Shannon! Your responses never disappoint.

Tiffany L.

I have to say Shannon, that I so appreciate this type of "book club," getting the insiders view on how you wrote, rewrote, and developed a book. My question for you: Without the help of an editor or agent, how do you know when a book is DONE, and ready to send off. I'm on my third edit of my novel, but I think I could rewrite the first chapter (the first sentence!) indefinitely. When do cross that last T, lean back, and say, "That's as good as it's going to get."


Shannon, I've been loving this book club. It's been great getting all these insights and behind-the-scenes details from you. One question - I noticed that there is a chapel on Mount Eskel, and that indicates some sort of religious belief. I just want to know if you have anything to say about their beliefs. Do the characters believe in 1 God or many?


Danielle took the question I was going to ask, but I was only going to ask about why there's a chapel...


I love the Rabbits, Run scene. I love how they all listen to Miri.

I also love the revelation about how Miri thought the others were mad at her and the others thought Miri was mad at them. When I was a pre-teen, I couldn't stand this one girl because I thought she hated me. Eventually, we discovered that it was all a misunderstanding. She couldn't stand me because she thought I hated her. Once we cleared up that misunderstanding, we became so incredibly close. Best friends. Sadly, she moved away only a couple years after we became friends again (today, we're Facebook friends lol). How often do misunderstandings cause problems in relationship and what a relief when that misunderstanding is cleared up and the friendship is mended.


I love that first paragraph, and I love the conversation, it's one of my favorites too. The Rabbits, Run scene I adore. When I reread Princess Academy, I pictured a bunch of rabbits, brown and white, in little black magician hats, looking alarmed and running away from a rabbit that looked mean and was twice as big as the rest. I don't know why I thought of that. Maybe I'm weird.

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