Behind the scenes of writing a YA book

Behind the scenes of writing a YA book

Everyone wants to write a book these days it seems. I hear that more books, especially self-pubbed will be coming out in 2014 than ever before. I decided that I would write a post on how An Unexpected Performance came to be.

I actually started writing it as a sort of exercise with an online friend. She loved the premise and was pretty instrumental in the creation phase. I have lost touch with her but I do give her props for her input on this book.

It went through several changes after that, including a pro edit with an editor from Moongypsy Press, who took the book for publication some time ago. When MGP went under, I got the rights back and rewrote it again.

I did a lot of Civil War research for the book. I attended big CW reenactments and read a lot of books about camp life as a soldier. Many readers have told me I got it right.

If you have an interest in Civil War history, I hope you will read it and let me know what you think. It is fantasy, and fiction, but there is a note of realism to it that many say is good.

About master

Kim Smith is the author of Disk of Death, The Dread Room, Love Inn, and An Unexpected Performance.

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