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July 12, 2012



Yesterday I laughed at the subtitle Princess Academy: An Adventure in Education joke, but, really, it's pretty accurate, isn't it? It's just fascinating that the education Miri got through learning to read and then figuring out what the words mean and how that can help her and her fellow Mt. Eskelites.

S Blackburn

I know this takes a lot of time for you to do, so thank you for sharing! I'm not a writer and don't know much about it so it is a treat to hear about your thoughts and writing process, especially when it's a favorite book by a favorite author.


I love the quarry-speech in the book. It seems so natural and true in the world your wrote that it's hard to believe it wasn't always there.

Your words about tension in chapters are interesting. How do you figure out just the right amount of tension--enough to hold the reader without scaring them off?


Just have to say I got the .99 Book of a Thousand Days. I wasn't sure it would translate well with all the pictures but I was pleasantly suprised (except that every w somehow ended up as 've'). I zoomed through Princess Academy and then couldn't stop reading Book of a Thousand Days. Got to take a break now or my kids might think I've disappeared.


I'm curious about the methodology for your rewrites. You've mentioned that you rewrite numerous times. How much rewriting do you do before your editor even sees the manuscript, and how much is in response to direct feedback from your editor? I'm a freelance editor who was edited a dozen or so novels, and I'm always struck by the fact that many of my authors give me what feels like a first draft. Sometimes it's hard for me to convince them that whole sections could use rewriting, and sometimes they seem to expect me to do all the rewriting for them--which never makes sense to me. If I were the author, I think I'd feel like you: Sure, tell me if something's wrong, but don't necessarily tell me how to fix it. Anyway, I'm just curious about how you motivate yourself to rewrite and rewrite again, and how much of that motivation comes from your editor.


Just want to say thank you for doing this, I am loving it.


Possible favorite conversation in the entire book:

"...Who cares about a prince anyway?"
"I'd wager the prince himself cares a great deal," said Miri as they rushed back to the academy at Olana's call. "And he might have a puppy who is quite fond of him."

Love! Absolutely love it!

Your books make me want to hug everyone around me. My cats don't appreciate it so much.

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