Tag Archives: Kristen C. Strocchia

Food for Stereotypical Thoughts, by Kristen C. Strocchia

    As a language teacher, I really enjoy reading and writing about cultural diversity—across all genres. But while working on my first novel—a YA historical fantasy set in northeastern Africa in the late 1800’s—I became concerned about how to handle … Continue reading

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Frienship’s Door, by Kristen C. Strocchia

Friendship’s Door   I knocked— And no one asked— What color is your hood? How big is your house? Can you read yet?   I knocked— And no one asked— Does your mom have frizzy hair? Is your dad as … Continue reading

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Save Time and Heartache with Pre-Writing Revisions, by Kristen C. Strocchia

Six revisions after pansting my first novel attempt, I converted and became a plotter. And I’m loving that plotting a novel beforehand offers many opportunities for revising ahead as well. Here’s the process I used for my second WIP:   … Continue reading

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Focusing the Viewpoint Camera Lens with help from Orson Scott Card, by Kristen C. Strocchia

     November’s Silver screen theme brought to mind the book Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card.  While it’s a book on craft not cinema, Card talks about using viewpoint like a movie camera lens and provides visual examples to … Continue reading

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In Their Slushy Shoes, by Kristen C. Strocchia

     As school newspaper and literary magazine advisor, I have come to appreciate the many querying tips I’ve heard repeated by countless agents and editors at conferences.  Imagine putting together a middle school publication consisting of 3 sheets of 11”x17” … Continue reading

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Unsung Allies in the School Market, by Kristen C. Strocchia

     With today’s push for Common Core, it’s important to consider that while there is still a place for all of the traditional genres of children’s literature in the school and library market, marketing tactics may need to change.  Fiction … Continue reading

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From Rut-Thing to Groove-Thang, by Kristen C. Strocchia

They say if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.  As a full-time teacher and mother of six, life can get pretty busy, and blissfully so.  But no matter how hectic a week is, my brain … Continue reading

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