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Yona Zeldis McDonough

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I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn and many of my novels take place here. My favorite thing to do in the nice weather is to troll the stoops sales that dot the 'hood. I was educated at Vassar College and Columbia University, where I studied art history. But I started writing fiction in my 20's and never looked back. I am the author of six novels, 23 books for children and am the editor of two essay collections. I'm also the fiction editor of Lilith Magazine . Please visit my website, http://www.yonazeldismcdonough.com or find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yzmcdonough; I love to connect with readers everywhere.


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Yona Zeldis McDonough I have to take a (mental) hammer to it, to crack it open and expand its scope. For me, this means getting inside the character and trying to think of…moreI have to take a (mental) hammer to it, to crack it open and expand its scope. For me, this means getting inside the character and trying to think of her life as a stone dropping a pond. Each circle ripples outward, making her--and the story--open up. I think about key areas of a life--work, love, parents, children, friends--have a developed all these as well as I could have? What about the back story and the history? Can I do more with that? Then I think of the externals--the time and place in which the character lives can also be developed. (less)
Yona Zeldis McDonough I always have more than one project going at a time, so if one isn't going well, I work on something else. The confidence I get from working is…moreI always have more than one project going at a time, so if one isn't going well, I work on something else. The confidence I get from working is something I can redirect to the stalled project. (less)
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I'm a dog lover, and more specifically, a lover of those small, fluffy yappers known as Pomeranians. I've had four over the years and my first, Queenie, shares my author photo with me. I like to put Poms in my novels when and where it fits. There are a pair of ill-fated Poms in BREAKING THE BANK. A Pom both begins and ends A WEDDING IN GREAT NECK, and has an important role in the story. And the... Read more of this blog post »
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October 2009, Yona Zeldis McDonough
" Questions About Books and Writing SS: Is there a book you love to reread? YM: When I was child, I re-read my favorites--A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, MAGGIE NOW, THE LITTLE PRINCESS, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES--over and over again. SS: Do you have one sentence of..." ...More

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“are played by blowing into a circular mouthpiece. A symphony lasts about thirty minutes and has three”
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