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A.B. Westrick

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A. B. Westrick is the daughter of Southerners who sought to leave the South behind. Raised in Pennsylvania, she later moved with her husband to Virginia and spent hours walking Richmond’s brick streets, wondering how her ancestors had fared during and after the War between the States. BROTHERHOOD grew from those wonderings. A.B. Westrick has been a teacher, paralegal, literacy volunteer, administrator, and coach for teams from Odyssey of the Mind to the Reading Olympics. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Divinity School, she received an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2011. BROTHERHOOD is her first novel. She and her family live in Richmond, Virginia.


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Hello! And my apologies for not seeing your question until now. Were you able to attend my presentation? I had a great time on 4/28/15.

I don't have a favorite genre. I particularly like dramatic, realistic fiction (more than fantasy, sci-fi, etc.), although that being said, I've read HARRY POTTER, THE HUNGER GAMES, DIVERGENT, and many others, and enjoyed them. When I set out to write BROTHERHOOD, I didn't intend to write historical fiction. I was trying to explore a boy's feeling of being stuck in a tough situation, and for me, the history was simply the setting.

I don't decide on my beginning until I've completed a first draft. Or many drafts. I don't always know what my stories are about until I get to the very end. I sit back and ask: what's really going on here? Then I rewrite the whole thing.

The more you write, the more your writing will improve. Some writers enjoy writing the ending first, then going back and writing the scenes that lead up to that ending. Some books begin with the ending of a story, then go into a series of flashback scenes. There are many ways to do it, and no one way is right or the best way. Keep writing, and keep reading, and try to describe the sensory details (using your 5 senses) in each moment, and your writing will come alive. (less)
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I’m big on beginning novels in media res (in the middle of things), meaning jumping into a scene before explaining who’s who or what’s what, no back-story.


But if you insist on starting with a character who talks to the reader, do it well. Make it fresh. Aspire to do it the way Lamar Giles does in Endangered. He’s mastered this sort of opening. Here are some of the lines in hisfirst chapter:




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