I thought I’d add pages for my novels that show extras: both fun and novel-planning ideas you may be able to use when writing your own piece. When I add new ones, I’ll be sure to let you know on the blog and my Facebook Author Page.
On the day of the release, July, 2007:
Clinton Book Shop
A bookstore in New Jersey quoted “November Snow” on their website.
In Writing Tips: Make Maps (Interior) I explained the importance of creating physical maps for novel-telling.
Calhoun’s house includes the living room (bottom right), kitchen (bottom left), Daniel’s temporary bedroom (upper right), and Calhoun’s office (upper left.) The second bedroom is actually never talked about in “November Snow,” but it’s there, nevertheless. It’s Calhoun’s, and it has an extra bed for any of the kids who may come with Daniel. The set of stairs, however is mentioned, and it leads to a small bedroom upstairs.
The Northern Flock’s house is much smaller than many readers think (since it’s described as bigger than the Southern Flock’s home.) But neither of the homes are very big, mainly because they were illegally obtained, and they’re located in the outskirts of Vendona. This map shows the front door (the upper left) and the living room/dining room. The stairs goes upstairs and downstairs. The room located on the upper right is the kitchen.
In Keeping Track of Time I discussed how writers can track the history of a character while also understanding the timeline a writer uses in the “present time” of the novel.
This is a timeline of Daniel’s past. It’s an example of what I create to keep track of a childhood. Daniel’s list shows year, age, and interactions with other characters are bolded. Of course, this isn’t the full timeline, and I’ve deleted spoilers, but it’s the basics.
This is the “present-time” map I actually used while creating “November Snow.” The entire novel takes place in November, 2089, and the calendar shows what chapters and by who’s perspectives the story was told by. The blue ink represents Daniel, the pink ink is Serena, and the yellow star is the full moon. (I’m a huge advocate of tracking seasons, weather, and moon cycles, because I often get annoyed by shows and books that seem to have a constant full moon and changing weather only when it’s symbolically significant.)
Reviews & Interviews
March 22, 2013: In-depth review by Hot Tea and Dark Chocolate
February 11, 2013: Reviewing Wonderland
March 6, 2008: The Educational Sun writes Nightmare becomes dream come true: Blue Valley junior publishes first book during summer.
February, 2008: The Tiger News writes Bookworm: Junior’s dream comes true at young age: Thompson publishes her first science-fiction novel, November Snow.
December 12, 2007: Tiger Time News tapes interview November Snow. (Click here to watch.)
December 8, 2007: The Kansas City Star writes Young writers take novel approach to challenge.