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Rebecca Behrens is the author of three critically acclaimed middle-grade novels that explore famous historical figures and fascinating places: WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE (2014), SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND (2016), and the award-winning THE LAST GRAND ADVENTURE (2018). Her latest release, THE DISASTER DAYS, is a thrillingly realistic survival story and a Junior Library Guild selection. Rebecca grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Chicago, and now lives with her husband in New York City. You can visit her online to learn more about her books at www.rebeccabehrens.com. ...more

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Rebecca Behrens Thank you so much for reading The Disaster Days, and I'm thrilled that it's inspiring you to write your own books!
My best advice is to read widely--b…more
Thank you so much for reading The Disaster Days, and I'm thrilled that it's inspiring you to write your own books!
My best advice is to read widely--books in the genres that you love, and also books you wouldn't normally pick up. Even though I don't write mysteries, I've learned a lot about plotting and tension from reading them. From reading fantasy, I've been inspired by the worldbuilding.
Dedication, and patience, are big factors in writing and publishing. Starting a new story is fun and exciting--continuing the middle can be really hard. Even when you feel a little stuck, it's important to keep going till you reach the end. That's also why I don't do much editing till I've finished a (very!) rough draft. There will be plenty of time to revise, but the first step is getting the whole story on the page.
And my last piece of advice is to embrace feedback--from your teachers, friends, fellow writers. Writing classes and contests are also a great way to get feedback, gain confidence, and hone your craft.
Best of luck with your writing!(less)
Rebecca Behrens This is such a great question! As a kid, I was much more of an Eleanor--a little reserved and serious. But now I identify more with Alice. I admire he…moreThis is such a great question! As a kid, I was much more of an Eleanor--a little reserved and serious. But now I identify more with Alice. I admire her boldness, strong sense of self, and of course her wit. Now if I'm feeling tentative about something, I do kind of ask myself "What would Alice do?" And she usually leads me in the right direction. :)(less)
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When Audrey Met Alice

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Summer of Lost and Found

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The Disaster Days

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The Last Grand Adventure

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“In some ways, I am able to feel more like a part of my family while I am missing them. It's normal to feel lonely when you are away from your loved ones, but it's queer to feel lonely while surrounded by family.”
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“I can either run the country or I can control Alice, but I can’t possibly do both.”
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