Author Guest Post With Victoria Hanley

Victoria Hanley has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, Wild Ink.

 About The Author:

Victoria Hanley loves to nurture emerging writers. She is a YA novelist published in twelve languages, and also the author of the bestselling book, Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write. Victoria hasled workshops for thousands of teens and adults at libraries and schools across the mountains and plains region, and currently teaches writing classes at Lighthouse Writers in Denver. Growing up, she lived in California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Oregon, and now resides with her family in Colorado at the foothills of the Rockies. Her books have received awards and honors in the U.S. and abroad, including a Carnegie Medal nomination in the United Kingdom, the International Reading Association Young Adults’ Choices Award, the Colorado Book Award, Kallbacher-Klapperschlange Award (Germany),  Colorado Authors League Top Hand Award, Publishers West Silver Award, and New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. 

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 Guest Post:

What’s the overall impression you hope to achieve from readers of Wild Ink?
Oh, I hope readers will be inspired to start writing their own Young Adult (YA) books. Often, people carry a great book around inside them for years without ever making the commitment to write it down. I’m the perfect guide for those people because that’s exactly what I did myself: I delayed writing because I was “too busy” (a common excuse) and afraid of rejection.
The new Wild Ink is full of guidance on everything from beginnings to endings to getting through doubts and fears. It includes dozens of interviews with agents, editors, and published YA authors, all designed to help sensitive, intelligent writers move ahead with their creative dreams. Life is too short to keep waiting for another day, isn’t it?
What’s your inspiration for becoming a writer?
Without great stories, I would be missing so much. Novels have given me not only enjoyment but also a way to explore many perspectives that have enriched my life. Each writer’s voice brings something unique, and I love being part of the mix. I’m not sure how many fiction books I’ll ultimately write, but so far it’s been so satisfying to add my bit of storytelling to the whole. And now, by writing a nonfiction guide, I get the chance to nudge talented folks to get going on their own books!

  Wild Ink:
Title: Wild Ink
Author: Victoria Hanley
Publisher: Prufrock Press Inc.
Release Date: May 1, 2012

What do you need to know to break in to the flourishing young adult (YA) market? With humor and a solid grounding in reality, author Victoria Hanley helps readers understand the ins and outs of the YA genre, how to stay inspired, and how to avoid common mistakes writers make in trying to reach teens. This book includes unique writing exercises to help readers find their own authentic teen voice and dozens of interviews with YA authors, blogging experts, editors, and agents to give inspiration and guidance for getting published. Chapters include writing exercises and self-editing techniques tailored to YA, along with encouraging words on dealing with self-doubt, rejection, and lack of time.

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  Book Excerpt:

Check out this link for a free download of Chapter Two in Wild Ink: Getting Your Book in Shape, Novel Writing 1:

Happy reading until next time!