The “Roaring Twenties” You May Not Know, Post 2

In my previous post, I addressed the impact of World War 1 on the Roaring Twenties. Now let's see what happens.... When Women Got the Vote and Left Their Corsets Behind Both Jo and Lou in SIRENS are conflicted about their roles as women. The men in their lives don’t value them as individuals. In fact, until the 1920s women were really second-class citizens. Here’s some of the context of the … [Read more...]

A New Series: The “Roaring Twenties” You May Not Know, Post 1

As a follow-up to my research on SIRENS (Penguin, 2012) I wrote a series of ten articles that summarize different aspects of the 1920s. Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting them here so that they'll be available in my archives. Here's the first in the series... Home From World War 1: Returning From the “Great War” In SIRENS, Jo Winter’s most pressing internal problem is the whereabouts … [Read more...]

Writing the Killer Query Letter

Writing a great query letter is an art, but once you've created your synopsis, you've got the bones. Here's the rest of the story: Your synopsis forms the basis for your query letter. Almost all queries today are email cover letters; your manuscript or pages are sent as a Word attachment – but these are requirements you should establish first as some houses still prefer your pages in … [Read more...]

Darlene Beck Jacobson and Her Historical Fiction WHEELS OF CHANGE

Today on the blog I'm pleased to host an interview with Darlene Beck Jacobson, whose debut middle grade novel WHEELS OF CHANGE is an inventive look at a window of history as the car was making its debut. Here's just a bit of the great review Kirkus gave the novel: "Twelve-year-old Emily loves helping her father in his barn; she even dreams, in futility, of becoming a blacksmith like her … [Read more...]