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I love poetry and I love reading books written in verse, so I wanted to see if I could write that way. I like to challenge myself as an artist. Since most of your books have adorable dogs on the cover, show us a picture of your adorable dog! This is Sherlock, my year-old rescued Shetland sheepdog.
Labels: Constance Lombardo , Picture books. Friday, September 13, Jo Hackl is in the House! Today I'm celebrating the summer publication of the paperback edition of Jo Hackl's terrific middle grade novel, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe. Jo stopped by to answer some great questions. What were your favorite books as a child? Basil E. I admire how My Side of the Mountain draws readers into the natural world and makes surviving in the wild a quest of its own. Spending time outdoors also changes the main character.
Frankweiler immerses readers in the intriguing setting of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and takes them into an art mystery. For Smack Dab , I challenged myself to combine those two elements—outdoor survival and an art mystery clue trail—in one novel. How did you go about crafting Smack Dab? I began the first draft in a class offered through Emrys, a local literary arts organization in Greenville, where I live.
I attended writing workshops and read books about the craft of writing. I studied and wrote poetry.
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I wrote the first draft in five months and spent seven more years revising, refining and polishing. I completed at least nine full drafts. I was on at least the fourth draft and several years into the project before I started sending it out. What kind of research did you do for the book?
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I trained on everything from fire starting, shelter building and water gathering, to foraging for edible and medicinal plants. I camped out in the woods and recorded information about sights, sounds, and textures. I studied which edible foods are available during each part of the year.
I researched the behavior and diet of woodland animals, the migration patterns of Southern birds. I reached out to entomologists and experts on human behavior and the natural world.
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What kind of a response to Smack Dab have you gotten from readers? One reader reported that she read the book 14 times. What are you reading these days? I read mostly middle grade and I have about five books going at once. Spurred on by the hope she will share his wish for reconciliation, he sets out to try and find her. However, after sighting Fran and exiting the cab in order to try and catch her, the cabby drives off with his belongings on the back seat.
Unfortunately for Paul, these items start appearing at the scenes of murders conducted by a serial killer, making him one of the prime suspects in the case. Filled with dark humour, this is a book that will have you hooked from start to finish as Paul struggles to find his lost love in the shadow of the murder investigation.
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An over-bearing mother, a sister with OCD and a gun-toting maniac are just a few of the people that make up the rich tapestry of his life as it moves from monotony to mayhem. Ed has great comic talent as a writer. I was so caught up in the story, and the great writing, that my main purpose was to continue to enjoy reading this' - Author Jim Eldridge If you like Greetings from the Edge of Nowhere then take a look at the many other novels and novellas written by the author, including the unusual comedy The Dream Factory.
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