Friday, November 26, 2010

Furball Friday

Chillin' unde the table
See, they do move!


Kimmyv said...

Love their names!

Anonymous said...

Very nice!

Jewel Allen said...

Hi Alvina, I found your blog through Authoress at Miss Snark's First Victim. Love your blog title. I just recently discovered Sharon Creech and Bloomability. It's a short book, but I took my time savoring it. Heaven!

(I also just got two kittens, and can relate as to how fun they can be. :-)

I was wondering if you can answer a couple of questions:

What do you look for nowadays in YA historical fiction? (I have written three in that genre, all set in the Philippines)

Are editors open to novels like Bloomability where the time period is not pegged at all (but still manages to work beautifully)? Or do you prefer a specific time period in stories?


Jewel Allen
E-mail: pink_ink at q dot com

Jewel Allen said...

Oops, I forgot to subscribe to the comments, so here goes...

alvinaling said...

Hi Jewel,

I'm not a huge historical fiction reader, so I can't be so specific--I just need to fall in love with the book. I'd say a strong, distinct lead character is a must. And I guess set in a time period/place that hasn't already been done to death in YA (for example, the Civil or Revolutionary Wars in the US, WWII, etc. have all been done a lot).

I'm open to novels where the time period isn't pegged. A novel that feels timeless/classic would be great!

Jewel Allen said...


Someone once told me, if you're going to tackle those time periods, the ms had better be a stand out.