Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 2, 2011

Manuscript compliments

Being humble has its moments.  But not right now.  Here are just a few compliments I’ve received about my manuscript.

“A fairytale.” – I am most definitely a fairytale kinda girl.  I grew up with them, loved them, treasured them.  I adored stories with happy endings, strong female characters with journeys to travel, and of course a hint of romance thrown in for good measure.  So, having someone tell me that my book reminded them of a fairytale…I knew I was on the right track.

“Timeless.  Any time.  Any where.  Any one.” – My favorite stories are those where the characters, places and time periods aren’t necessarily defined for the reader.  You can imagine the setting for yourself based on your own experiences.  When reading about a home maybe you visualize the house you grew up in or a friend’s house that felt more like home than yours did.  Very early on in a book I get a clear picture of the main character based on their personality and my knowledge of people I’ve encountered in life.  A friend recently told me that in my book there is no clearly defined time period or place and that worked for the overall story.  I thought to myself, “Exactly!”

“You know kid-speak.” – Children have such a distinctive voice.  They’re so at ease with communicating their thoughts, feelings and needs.  I’ve always had an easy report with those younger than me.  I look at them and see excitement for life.  A joie de vie for everything and everyone.  Kids gravitated to me and they still do in many ways.  I like to think that’s due to an unwavering respect and appreciation for them and the belief they have so much to offer the world.  If we’d only stop talking at them and listen!

“I can picture it when you read.” – I love movies.  I love television shows.  I love theatre.  I am a very visual person.  As a result I look for that in the books I choose to read.  I need to be able to envision the setting.  To see the world that the characters inhabit.  And so, my writings tend to be more heavily focused on creating a visual backdrop.  After all, this is the world the characters reside in.  If they don’t care about it then why would the readers?

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