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03January 2013
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People often ask me how I come up with my stories. What was my inspiration? So, I looked back on my recent projects and tried to remember the original spark that ignited each story. I love learning about history and also the paranormal. In my YA and MG stories I usually try to meld the two together. A Promise Stitched in Time is the story of a girl looking for inspiration for a painting she needs to complete in order to win a scholarship to a prestigious art school. She goes to her local thrift shop and is drawn to a tweed coat. She brings the coat home and strange things begin to happen. Is the coat haunted or is something else at work? I remember walking around a thrift store myself, looking at vintage coats and hats and wondering what were the chances of someone being reincarnated and happening upon an object they'd owned in a previous life. Would the object trigger past memories? Wouldn't it be cool if it did—or would it be too much to handle? What if the object was lost under dire circumstances--perhaps stolen. Then I remembered reading about two girls who were held prisoner in the attic of the Commandant of Auschwitz. The girls were forced to make clothing (using fabric from the clothes stolen from their people) for the Nazi family. The identity of the girls was never discovered. What if my reincarnated girl was one of those girls imprisoned in that attic? Cool idea, yes? That's where I started with this story. Tomorrow I'll tell you about my story inspired by a documentary on coma patients. It's a freaky idea, but not totally out of the realms of possibility. For that story I actually did some very interesting hands on research.
16October 2012
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I was asked by my talented friend, Lisa Amowitz, to participate in this blog tag event detailing what we are all currently working on. Hope you find it interesting! What is the working title of your book? A Promise Stitched in Time Where did the idea come from for the book? Inspiration for this story is a bit of Holocaust history I discovered in the book, Nazi Chic. In this work of non-fiction the author reports the story of two women imprisoned in Auschwitz, then enslaved in the attic of the commandant Rudolph Hoess' villa. The girls were forced, under severe conditions, to make luxurious garments for his wife, Hedwig Hoess. The identity of the girls is unknown. I started thinking about the clothing confiscated by the Nazis. Where did it go? And, what might happen (allow imagination to go wild) if you found an item that belonged to one of these girls in a second hand shop. What genre does your book fall under? young adult paranormal Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? This was hard. I guess my protagonist, Maggie McConnell, would be played by an older version of Emma Kenney (from the show Shameless), and Taj Mabbibi would be played by Dev Patel (circa Slumdog Millionaire). What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? When a young girl is compelled to buy a tweed coat from a thrift shop, hallucinations and odd dreams lead her to believe the coat may be haunted by a ghost who needs to be heard. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I am represented by my wonderful agent, Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? I've been working on and off on this story for a few years. It's been through quite a few revisions. Who or What inspired you to write this book? I've always been fascinated by the paranormal and wondered what happens to us after we die. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It's sweet, sometimes funny, spooky, and leaves the reader with a sense of hope. I'm tagging: Suzi Ryan http://ataleoftwosuzies.blogspot.com/
28March 2011
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 Dear Friends, This is a library-loving blog challenge! For every commenter on this post between now and April 14th (my birthday!) at 12 pm, I will donate $1 to The Cherry Hill Public Library   http://www.chplnj.org, up to an amount of $ 50  total. How easy could it be?  You comment, I cough up the money, the libraries get a gift!  If you don’t know what to say in your comment, “I love libraries” will do. My pledge is “per commenter”—so if a single person leaves 50 comments, that still only counts once!  But you can do more by spreading the word ... please link to this post, tweet about it, mention it on Facebook, etc.  You can raise money for additional local libraries by visiting the blogs of others participating in this blog challenge: http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/ Thanks for your support! ~Coll
23March 2010
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This is a library-loving blog challenge created by my good friend and fabulously talented writer, Jenn Hubbard (check out The Secret Year)!

 

For every commenter on this post between now and March 27th at 4 pm, I will donate $1 to my local library: Cherry Hill Public Library (Cherry Hill, NJ), up to an amount of $50.

 

How easy could it be?  You comment, I cough up the money, the library gets a gift!  If you don’t know what to say in your comment, “I love libraries” will do. 

 

Note that my pledge is “per commenter”—so if a single person leaves 50 comments, that still only counts once!  But you can do more by spreading the word ... please link to this post, tweet about it, and send your friends here so they can comment and raise more money. 

 

If you’re moved to make a flat-fee donation to your library, or to start your own challenge, you are quite welcome, and please leave that information in the comments.

 

For a complete list of participating bloggers (and to visit other sites where you can help libraries just by leaving a comment!) visit the writerjenn blog at http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/

 

14August 2009
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I've been working hard, and I'm afraid I've ignored you--my little blog.Received an acceptance letter to the Rutgers One on One Mentoring Conference. Yay. It takes place in October. I'll be sure to post a slew of info afterwards. Read this interesting interview. Take a peek.

DEAD GIRL WALKING: 20 YEARS TO PUBLICATION

By Linda Joy Singleton (in celebration of the release of DEAD GIRL IN LOVE)

 

Would you stick with a book if you knew it would take 20 years from idea to publication?  In 1988 I wrote TURN LEFT AT THE MILKY WAY. Every few years I would rewrite and submit again. In 2007, I changed the title to DEAD GIRL WALKING. Here are author-editor emails that followed:

 

June 22, 2007 (8:30AM): Emailing my Flux editor, Andrew Karre, on another project, I added:

 

I also recently reworked my YA suicide/switched body story, DEAD GIRL WALKING, if you wanted to look at it.

 

June 22, 2007 (10:30AM): From my editor:

 If you d like to send DEAD GIRL WALKING (email, please), I d have a look, of course.

 

July 3, 2007 (2PM): From my editor:

Are you going to around on Thursday or Friday? If you are, I’d like to chat with you about this project. Let me know when you’ll have some time.

 

July 3, 2007 (3:07PM) To my editor:

 I'd love to talk with you on Thursday.

 

July 5, 2007 (1:47PM) From my editor:

 It was good to talk, as always. I’m attaching my markup of the ms (notes in the right margin), but it’s mostly what I said on the phone. I m excited to see how this develops. I m sure you’ll surprise me.

 

July 5, 2007: (2:03PM) To my editor:

 I've been thinking it over and see the arc of at least 3 books, following her as she tries to go back to her own body. I'll work on it more and send you a basic description of the three books.

I'm playing with titles and have these ideas so far:

DEAD GIRL DANCING and DEAD GIRL IN LOVE

I think the DANCING one could stem from her desire to be an entertainment agent. I'm seeing Amber as someone who can't figure out who she is and envies others, wishing she could have their life because it seems easier or more glamorous. Getting lost, finding herself...themes I'm working on. 

 

July 9, 2007 (10:47AM): To my editor:

 I expect to send you revised chapters and a new synopsis later this week. I am very excited about your idea of a possible short DEAD GIRL series.

 

July 11, 2007 (10:40AM) From my editor:

I read your new draft, and I think it is much improved. This is much closer to what I was picturing, and I feel like you’ve started out on the right foot with your protagonist. I like this Amber a lot more, and I want to know what happens to her. Of course, I have comments and I’ll pass them along in a bit, but in the main this is what I was hoping you d do. Bravo!

 

July 11, 2007 (11:05AM): To my editor:

I'll start plotting the additional books and get this to you within a few days. By the way, I love your ideas about other people being like Amber--very cool! My brain wheels are churning.

 

July 16, 2007 (3:38PM) From my editor:

I will be pitching the series to the committee on Thursday, so expect to hear from me on Thursday or more likely Friday.

 

July 16, 2007 (4:00PM) To my editor:

Great! Thursday I'll be home but Friday I'll be camping.

 

Thursday, July 19, 2007: From Linda Joy Singleton’s journal:

At 9AM the phone rang. Editor Andrew...

I sucked in deep breaths and kind of stammered something like "Hi...gasp." He chuckled and said he had good news. Then he offered me a 3-book contract with DEAD GIRL WALKING; DEAD GIRL DANCING and DEAD GIRL IN LOVE. YAY!!!!!

 

DEAD GIRL IN LOVE is now available -- completing the trilogy about love, loss, best friends and body-swapping.

Cool, huh! Coll 
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