Congratulations to Linda Phillips who won the audio CD of "Indigo Girl" from last week's blog.
Recently I have met several young writers and bloggers. One of them who goes by the pen name of Julian Daventry, asked for volunteers to be part of her Shared-WIP four-part tag. Each blogger answers four sets of ten questions that will be geared to four different aspects of their current WIP – the story itself, the characters, the storyworld, and general writing. You'll find links to the other blogs at the bottom of this post; I hope you'll check them out.
My long time blog followers will know answers to some of the questions, but hang in there--there are some surprises too!
What is the title, genre, and current status of your WIP?
Although there are other friendship books between a white girl and a black girl, no others take place in a southern city just before the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision to integrate the schools.
|Titled "Isolation." 1960's, Michigan|
Generational secrets (i.e., half-truths) that influence the present fascinate me.
Pictures like these from Pinterest inform my story.
How long have you been working on your WIP?
Ten years. (not counting a few years spent on a picture book and early chapter book that laid the ground work for Half-Truths. Yes, a picture book. Really.)
|Some of the books I've read while researching and writing.|
What do you think people will enjoy most about your WIP?
I'm hoping they'll enjoy the girls' friendship and what Kate and Lillian learn from one another. I also hope they'll become more aware of their own half-truths (We all have them!).
Describe your WIP in ten short phrases.
Segregation; Charlotte, NC; civil rights; passing; family secrets; rambunctious goat; debutantes; journalism; unexpected friendship; Korean War.
Provide a snippet (long or brief) of a favorite scene.
Sorry for not writing sooner. Lola Mae told me you were waiting on me to write.
Ever since Daddy folded the Shaw’s place into ours, we’ve had more tobacco to pick than you can shake a stick at. Them sorry coloreds were all standing around boo-hooing when the sheriff served them papers. Hey, it’s not our fault that they didn’t pay their taxes.
I put the letter down and stare out the window. Mr. Davis didn’t buy the Shaw’s property.
He stole it.
My eyes blur as I continue reading. With all the cutting and drying we gotta do, I’d just as soon as not finish school. That would be fine by Daddy, but Mama won’t hear of it. I just got me a few more years ’til I’m sixteen. Then she can’t say nothin’ more about it.
I really gotta run. Don’t worry about not being my dance partner no more. Ain’t nobody gonna ever shag like you, baby.
Baby? I crumple up Mack’s letter and throw it into the trashcan. What did I ever see in him? The big oaf!
It would serve him right if he flunks out of school.
What is the hardest thing to write with this story? What is the easiest?
Hard: Getting the African American story right.
Easy: Writing off the page. (I write Kate's poems in long-hand first. These seem to come out easier.)
A line where the tension builds.
"My anger balloons bigger than my questions about the mysterious object. No one should be forced to dig up their ancestors."
Explain the plot in one line.
In 1952, fourteen-year-old Kate Dinsmore's world is shaken when she discovers that the Negro teenager working in her grandmother's house is her second cousin.
Please visit Sarah, Ivie, Lisa, Julian, Jem, Faith, Lila and Evangeline to see their answers to these questions. You'll be impressed with these young writers enthusiastic dedication to story creation!
Stay tuned for Part II in a few weeks.