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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Straight talk with Mitali Perkins

Anyone who knows me very well knows that I would like to fold myself into Mitali's purse so that she could take me everywhere, I think she is that wonderful!

Not only does she write phenomenal books, among them SECRET KEEPER and the brand-new BAMBOO PEOPLE, but she writes and speaks to crowds of kids and adults about the interconnectedness of races and cultures within literature and life.

There are many different races of characters in TELL ME A SECRET, and it was my hope to portray them with as much respect and love as I felt for those characters. It is a very great honor for me to visit Mitali's Fire Escape to chat about them today!

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  1. Great interview Holly. It's so inspiring to see that you could cut the 10,000 words and that your editor was willing to work with you even though she thought it started out too long. It gives me hope as I contemplate cutting about 6000 words on my manuscript.

  2. Great interview. I am amazed to know that 10,000 words can be cut out of a story yet it still turned out wonderful! Kudos!

  3. Thanks, ladies! Oh yes, the original finished first draft was 105K and I cut 30K right off the top (much of it was notes and trying to figure out the story). I didn't really have any idea what I was doing when I started out - a big learning process!