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Book Title: The Monster Realm|
The author of the book: Nara Duffie
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 460 KB
Edition: Roam & Ramble
Date of issue: October 27th 2016
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Read full description of the books The Monster Realm:Written by an 11-year-old author! "A fast-paced YA novel that transports readers to a world filled with magic and peril." Kirkus Reviews
Lillian always loved stories about myths and monsters--until she found herself inside one, fighting for her life!
Joined by her best friends, Katy and Maisy, Lillian must cross a sea guarded by Krakens and sirens, race through a dark forest haunted by elves and chimeras, and cross mountains ruled by griffins and rocs.
Where in this world is Lillian's sister? Who is the mysterious boy with the stone medallion? Why do the monsters hold an ancient grudge against humanity? And
what is the secret hiding at the heart of it all?
Nara Duffie completed The Monster Realm 11 days before her 11th birthday. This is her first novel.
Read information about the authorWhen I was six, I tried writing a novel. I never finished it. During the next tree years, I started one novel after another. Maybe I shouldn't call them "novels", since they never got very far.
Then I saw Clash of the Titans for the first time. I watched it over and over, especially the scene with Medusa. I love Ray Harryhausen's monsters. They look handmade compared to the monsters you see today, but in my opinion they have a lot more personality. Clash of the Titans inspired me to start another novel when I was nine. This one had Medusa in it. I got off to a good start—then got stuck again! It was frustrating.
One day, my dad was talking about giving National Novel Writing Month a try. I got excited and signed up. I wrote 1,000 words a day for 30 days. Some days I wrote a little more, some days a little less. It was hard, mostly because I was teaching myself to type at the same time. Trust me, learn to type first--or write your draft by hand (like J.K. Rowling).
On November 30th I had my first draft—and it was terrible! I’m not kidding. It was a mess. But I wasn’t discouraged because I had never made it this far before. I had a first draft!
Then the hard part started: rewriting. Michael Crichton said, "Books are not written, they're rewritten." He wasn't kidding. When I didn't want to write, changing our location helped. We'd go to Barnes & Nobel, Podges, the library. Snacks helped too. A lot.
My second draft took about six months. My third draft was also my fourth and maybe my fifth draft. I rewrote every chapter so many times, I lost track!
I did most of the rewrites in our little sunroom. This was before we had dogs, but animals still kept me company. Sometimes I caught lizards and kept them for a day or two in our terrarium. And a western scrub jay visited our backyard every day for peanuts.
My dad acted as my mentor. When I got stuck, he’d ask a lot of questions and brainstorm with me to help me understand the scene. Or we’d act it out and then I’d write what happened.
Rewriting took over a year! Everyone in my family proofed the "final" draft. We fixed all the mistakes we found and sent that draft to two professional proof readers. And they found more mistakes--hundreds more. Tip: hire a professional!
The book was finally published in April 2014—just in time for the L.A. Times Festival of Books. We went to a lot of festivals and conventions that year. The best part was meeting other young writers. A lot of them were struggling with their own books. They kept asking, "How did you do it?" My family created a presentation, Medusa's Guide to Novel Writing, to answer that question. I wanted them to know: if I can do it, you can do it. Don't give up!
After all that work, the last thing I wanted to do was write another novel. But ideas kept popping up in my brain, so that November I signed up for NaNoWriMo again.
While working on the sequel, I was invited to present Medusa's Guide to Novel Writing for the Los Angeles School District and the Fullerton School District. At Fullerton, I also had the opportunity to mentor five middle school writers. We had a lot of fun.
I thought my second novel would be easier to write because I had written one already. I was wrong. It was a lot harder! The sequel took a year and a half to finish. Toward the end, I was writing 6 hours a day—or more. I had promised a lot of readers it would be done by April. I kept my promise (just barely). The The Three Worlds was finished a few months before my 13th birthday—just in time for the 2016 L.A. Times Festival of Books.
Since then I've had the privilege of speaking on the TEDx Youth stage In El Cajon, California. This was a great experience and I have given the same presentation at a local conference and Barnes & Noble's YA Book Festival, B-Fest. Currently I'm working on some ideas for a screenplay. Stay tuned!
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