Chess Desalls

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Chess Desalls Your story is as important and meaningful as anyone's. Don't be afraid to write it. No matter how much you love your story, there will be those who do…moreYour story is as important and meaningful as anyone's. Don't be afraid to write it. No matter how much you love your story, there will be those who don't like it. Don't be afraid to share it anyway. (less)
Chess Desalls “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” ~ Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron)

I believe fantasy elements in a work…more
“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” ~ Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron)

I believe fantasy elements in a work distance readers just enough from the story so that they can form objective opinions about the characters and, yet, internalize what that means about themselves and the world around them without feeling overwhelmed or attacked. Although my characters may travel to or live in outside worlds with complex rules and themes, I think readers can learn more about themselves and their own relationships by how they react to the story and its characters.

As a reader, I enjoy unwrapping additional meanings and literary themes in stories (whether they're there or not). I try to use literary tools, even in my YA books, to give readers more possibilities for interpretation and points for discussion. Travel Glasses, for example, uses metafiction.(less)
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I wanted to share a couple highlights from Darker Stars’ discount promo kickoff. Last night, the book hit #3 in young adult time travel bestsellers in Australia and #6 in the UK.


I know this is a rough time for everyone right now. Just the thought of readers choosing to spend time with my books over watching a movie or playing a game really means a lot to me. I hope Silvie and her friends bring som

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“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
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Chess Desalls Kira wrote: "Hey there! Thanks for the friend request"

Hi, Kira! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. Happy to see you here, too!


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Kira Hawke Hey there! Thanks for the friend request - I recognize you from Twitter and it's nice crossing paths again :)


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Chess Desalls Martha wrote: "Happy to connect with you Chess :)
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Thank you, Martha! Thanks so much for visiting. :o)


Martha Perez Happy to connect with you Chess :)
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Chess Desalls BB. wrote: "Hello :) Nice to meet you :)"

Hi, BB! Thanks for stopping by. :o) It's a pleasure to connect with you here.


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Chess Desalls Elizabeth wrote: "Hi, Chess! Looking forward to being goodreads friends :)"

Hi Elizabeth! Welcome. :o)


Elizabeth Rawls Hi, Chess! Looking forward to being goodreads friends :)


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Chess Desalls Brigitte wrote: "Thank you Chess. Nice to meet you :)"

Hi there! Nice to meet you too. :o)


Brigitte Thank you Chess. Nice to meet you :)


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