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David Patneaude

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David Patneaude began writing seriously (more or less) in the 1980s. His first novel, SOMEONE WAS WATCHING, was published in 1993. His books have been named to dozens of state young readers' lists and honored by the New York Public Library, the Society of School Librarians International, the Winnetka (Illinois) Public Library's "One Book, Two Villages" program, and the Washington State Public Library. His latest was EPITAPH ROAD, a recent nominee for the Nebraska Golden Sower Book Award. But on June 1, 2018, his newest YA novel, FAST BACKWARD, launches. Check it out! When he's not in a coffee shop writing, or at a school or library or conference discussing writing, or out on the trail thinking about writing, he's home in Woodinville, Washin ...more

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David Patneaude I deal with writer's block by nipping it in the bud. I outline. Before I begin writing that first draft, I write a scene outline, which is a series of…moreI deal with writer's block by nipping it in the bud. I outline. Before I begin writing that first draft, I write a scene outline, which is a series of short (a few sentences) summaries (synopses) of the scenes I visualize will make up the story. Once I begin the actual writing, I might add or delete scenes and move them around, but the initial outlining gives me a map. I don't get halfway into the writing and hit a wall and have to ask myself, Now what? (less)
David Patneaude Tomorrow I might come up with a different answer, but right now (and maybe tomorrow, too), I'd have to say my favorite fictional "couple" (an odd one,…moreTomorrow I might come up with a different answer, but right now (and maybe tomorrow, too), I'd have to say my favorite fictional "couple" (an odd one, for sure) is Mattie Ross, age 14, and Rooster Cogburn, age vintage. They're both brave, they're both opinionated, they're both vocal, they both have a set of ethics (although they're not necessarily the same set), and a sense of right and wrong and justice (again, not necessarily the same sense). What really endeared them to me, though, is the chemistry they make together. It's a chemistry of mutual disdain, mutual annoyance, mutual goal-setting, mutual respect, mutual caring, mutual achievement, mutual self-sacrifice, and in the end, mutual love. Their madcap interactions had me constantly engaged and frequently laughing out loud. This was great, except while I was riding the train through France and laughing uncontrollably and the French people (not to mention my wife) were giving me strange looks. Worth every bit of it!(less)
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View and Review--Salt to the Sea

Lots of keystrokes and ink spent lately on the recent influx of writers of adult books into the kidlit world.

My attitude is, more power to 'em. If they can do a good job of reaching young readers (or even if they can't), they have every right to make the attempt. What bothers me is when some of the columnists/panelists/bloggers/experts who note this trend imply that the influx is going to upgrade Read more of this blog post »
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“No two people see things the same.”
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“But there's nothing wrong with being scared. I think everyone's a little scared. Even the government.”
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“world of poverty and hunger and crime and disease and greed and dishonesty and prejudice and war and genocide and religious bigotry and runaway population growth and abuse of the environment and immigration strife and you-get-the-leftovers educational policies and a hundred other horrors?”
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David Patneaude Eileen wrote: "It is not easy to find a copy of his books about the Normans in Sicily, but they were lively and so entertaining. Sicily was delightful, not as crowded as the rest of Italy tends to be, and a littl..."

Thanks, Eileen. I'm excited to see it, or at least think about seeing it. And reading the book.


Eileen Iciek It is not easy to find a copy of his books about the Normans in Sicily, but they were lively and so entertaining. Sicily was delightful, not as crowded as the rest of Italy tends to be, and a little less expensive to visit. So worth it!


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