What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
As simple as it sounds, the best thing you can do is
to write as much as possible. Writing is a skill, just
like playing the piano, and the more you practice
your craft, the better you will become at it. Read
as many novels and nonfiction as you can, but don't
forget pop culture, too. Comics, movies, and TV
shows will all help to add texture to your writing.
When you feel you're ready to send your work to a
publisher, look through the book The Writer's
Market for information on book and magazine
publishers. Remember to stay away from any
publisher, magazine, or agent who asks you for
money. It should never cost a writer anything to
have work published.
Is Say Goodnight, Gracie going to be a movie, and
if it is, can I audition for the part of Morgan?
I get this question a lot, and it's so nice to know
that so many readers would like to play Morgan in a
movie, but right now the book is not in development
as a film.
Did what happened to Jamie in The Night I
Disappeared ever happen to you, or to someone
Jamie's story is fictional. I think we all know what
it's like to daydream, but in Jamie's case, I was
able to dramatize her desperate need to cling to a
rich fantasy world. The most interesting scenes for
me to write were the ones between Jamie and her
psychiatrist, Dr. Hackett, as the doctor works to
break through Jamie's fear and free her from an
inner world that is holding her hostage.
Where can I write to you?
Simply e-mail me at JulieDeaver@aol.com, or click
the link above. I love to hear from readers, and I
do my best to answer all the e-mail I receive. Snail
mail that goes to my publisher (usually from
students doing book reports) takes longer to reach
me, so if you have a deadline for a report, your
best bet is to send me an e-mail.
What are you working on now?
I'm finishing up a new novel for teens that I'm
very excited about, but I can't reveal what it's
about just yet...stay tuned!
Where can I buy your books?
Please visit your local bookstore, or click here:
How can I can contact your publishers?
To visit Simon & Schuster or HarperCollins, please