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  1. What Adult Books Can Teach Kidlit Writers

    April 21, 2014 by Kiersi

    Since I started writing YA books back in 2010, the space in my life for non-children’s books continues to shrink. I want to stay on top of my industry, to support the great literature being turned out by my contemporaries, and to learn and grow as a children’s book writer.

    So for a few years, I didn’t touch a book written for audiences over 21. I kept my head inside YA, and then MG (when I started branching out as a writer), and NA.

    Until recently. My book club picked up Margaret Atwood’s dystopian MaddAddam series (containing Oryx & Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam), and boy, was it a learning experience. I think there’s a lot missing from the YA dystopian body of work, despite how saturated it is; very few of our YA dystopians even come close to highlighting in the same stark, frank detail the problems our society will inevitably face in the future as Atwood does. Even now that we’re on the tail end of the dystopian fad in YA, I still fail to see a single YA novel that addresses corporate gluttony and food scarcity (the inevitable future of our over-populated, capitalist society) with the same honesty as the MaddAddam series. (more…)

  2. Giraffes and WordPress Blogs

    March 6, 2012 by Kiersi

    To start this post off right, here is a cute picture of some giraffes I doodled in preparation for a new children’s book:

    Mother giraffe and baby I haven’t written the book yet, but giraffes are just so awesomely awkward that I had to draw them. P.S. – If you know any totally awesome and/or hilarious facts about giraffes, please post them in the comments!

    Second, I want to make a quick plug. After helping my mom set up a WordPress blog for her photography, she suggested I offer the same service to other people out there who want to get started with a blog, but aren’t sure how or where to start. I’ve always enjoyed teaching technology–I was a professional trainer of web services at my last job, and though I left to work as a writer, I’ll always miss it. (more…)

  3. The Evolution of a Mouse

    December 3, 2011 by Kiersi

    Delilah the Mouse

    Pen-and-pencil art has a lot in common with the art of writing: a character is most convincingly portrayed when illustrated with movement and action. Emotion comes through with the hunch of the shoulders, the legs pressed together, the eyebrows raised. (more…)