I've been reading a book called Room by Emma Donoghue. It's an amazingly powerful story about a young woman who is kidnapped from her university, locked in a steel reinforced shed and forced to become a man's sex slave. She has a child, Jack who is the narrator of the story. It's a difficult and yet wonderfully told story. Aside from being a compelling story in it's own right, this is a novel that would be fabulous in terms of studying voice, character and how plot and character are and must be intertwined. Donahue totally nails both Jack and his mother's voice before they escape, and after. It's one of those must reads. Although it's fiction, Donahue has created characters who live and breathe.
I love kids books, and have since the day I discovered them. When I'm not reading them, I'm writing them, or thinking about writing them, or envying the ease with which some writers seem to write them. I have 3 lovely daughters, all of whom have left home, leaving me with more time for writing, and of course procrastinating; something which I am very skilled at, hence this blog.