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Malena Watrous

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Hello! I’m the co-author of the novel, Sparked, along with the novelist Helena Echlin. Before this, I published a novel called If You Follow Me, about a young woman who goes to rural Japan to teach English.

My co-author Helena and I met at a wedding, where we happened to be seated next to each other, and quickly discovered that we'd both written "serious" novels, and were both itching to write something fun, possibly in the YA genre. I shared an idea I'd been playing with about a girl whose older sister gets kidnapped, and who lives in a small town in Oregon where other girls start "sparking" powers. Helena chimed in with, "What if they were 'mean girls,' who've been bullying her for years, and she has to rely on them to save her sister?" Be
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Malena Watrous I recently finished a teen novel that I cowrote with the fabulous novelist Helena Echlin. It was a lot of fun, both to have a creative collaborator…moreI recently finished a teen novel that I cowrote with the fabulous novelist Helena Echlin. It was a lot of fun, both to have a creative collaborator for 2 years (writing got a lot less lonely) and to get to write a novel in which magical things were possible and happened. But now that it's done, I'm back at work on an adult novel about a ghostwriter with a dangerous proclivity for putting her own (and her family's) stories into the projects she is doing for hire, who finds out things about her family as a result of mining them for material. (less)
Malena Watrous I don't really believe in writer's block. I think that there can be times when you don't know how to advance in a particular piece of writing, and at…moreI don't really believe in writer's block. I think that there can be times when you don't know how to advance in a particular piece of writing, and at those times it's a good idea to write a different part of that story, or perhaps a different story. I think writing itself is usually the answer for all sorts of problems in writing. If you feel anxious that you're not good enough? That means you're doing more thinking than writing, and more thinking about yourself than your characters or the world. The answer (in my humble opinion) is to get over yourself (in a gentle and loving way) by sitting down and writing about someone else, without stressing too much about the quality. Allow it to be "bad" in first draft. The less effort you put in, the more you relax into the writing, the better it often ends up being.(less)
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Great character development and a heroine you will root for. I read this in two days - story moved quickly with great dialogue and plot twists. "
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"I’ve read a few books that have multiple authors and I either end up loving them or hating them. To get two (or more) people who can write a piece together and make it flow naturally is kind of special. I love when I find these books because it ma..." Read more of this review »
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"This was the November book for Once Upon a Book Club. I decided to order it and read it and see how I liked it since the plot sounded pretty catchy. Normally I am not a fan of fantasy novels but I would have to say that Sparked definitely left me..." Read more of this review »
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The SECRET LIFE of MRS. LONDON is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the marriage of Jack and Charmain London, both fascinating and complicated characters with rich inner lives that Rosenberg conveys in crisp yet poetic prose. This contemporary his ...more
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" Absolutely! Any time you want to interview me, fire away. I think I like to talk to much (or so I've been hearing since elementary school--my son now ...more "
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" I wonder if it's a common thing or marks us as possible holders of a power not yet sparked... (#stillhoping...) "
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