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Jessicas guide to dating on the dark side summary

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When I graduated from college, I had no job prospects, so when a friend mentioned that a public relations office was hiring writers, I applied.When I turned in my writing sample, the man who would become my boss said, “You know you’re a writer, right?

However, in the back of my mind, I’m also expecting to go past that mark. That gave me the idea to write the story of a grounded, logical girl who discovers that her birth parents were different from anything she could have imagined – and how that rocks her world. I swear, they just sort of spring to life, fully formed, as I write about them.Today’s interview is with the amazingly nice Beth Fantaskey.A writer in the spotlight – 4 Author : Beth Fantaskey Genre : Young Adult, Paranormal Fiction Location: Pennsylvania, USA Website : Books : No, while I was growing up, I had no idea that I wanted to write, and I actually became a writer out of necessity. In a normal girl finds out she has a paranormal destiny. ” As an adult, writing romance was a natural fit for me.I get the sense that some people think writing is a “gift” that you either have or don’t have.

But in my opinion, it’s also a talent that you can develop with hard work and practice.

* I have a leopard gecko named “Lancelot.” * I once toppled backwards out of a chair during a job interview, performing a complete somersault. * Intenselyromantic * Funny * Darklyintriguing * Inspiring (I may have made up two of those.) is written in chapters that switch perspective. If I’m going to invest my time in a book, it has to have an element of romance, even if it’s a mystery or thriller–and the higher the stakes, the better. As a kid reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I was most drawn to minor the romantic subplot involving the mortal Aragorn and the immortal Arwen. Somewhere out there, I must have parents who are perfect and magical!

* I own a trophy for finishing third-place in a hot-dog eating contest at the Bloomsburg, Pa., county fair. Did you write it in order, from beginning to end, or did you write all of one character’s chapters first? I wrote it in order, just allowing each character to “speak” when it seemed as though he or she had something to say. I’d be impatiently paging along, thinking, “Yeah, yeah, Gollum, ring, fires of doom . ” Then you realize that of course you belong with your crazy family–and you’re exactly like them.

I’m still inspired by the classic English-literature canon, which is reflected in my books. You know, as I mentioned before, I didn’t really read YA lit before writing a YA novel – and I still don’t read it.

For example, my character Lucius Vladescu loves literature, and in the first book does a rather dramatic classroom report on Wuthering Heights. Before, I just didn’t know much about the genre, but now I deliberately avoid that whole section of the bookstore because I don’t want to be influenced by what other YA writers are doing.

For example, I’ll leave a cliffhanger at the end of a chapter, and suddenly I see new directions to take.