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I try to add a surprise or twist even to historical work, so my stories will be original.
When I was teaching, I read Newbery books with my students and discovered how good books for kids were. Then little voices and teen voices sometimes whispered in my ears, telling me their stories. How could I ignore them?
I have an idea. I jot down notes and get acquainted with the characters by interviews, profile sheets, story boarding so I'll know what they look like. I try to write every day except Sunday. Mornings are my best times. I don't outline, but just start writing. I usually have an idea of the ending. Sometimes it changes. The first draft takes me forever because I correct as I go along, knowing I shouldn't but can't help myself.
Kai Strand crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. A wife and mother of four, she loves pizza, is a compulsive walker, and a Mozart fangirl. http://kaistrand.blogspot.com/