Lindsay Eagar

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Lindsay Eagar Hi, Sydney! Thanks for reaching out and asking.

So I have now finished eight novels. If you had asked me this after the third one, I would have said, …more
Hi, Sydney! Thanks for reaching out and asking.

So I have now finished eight novels. If you had asked me this after the third one, I would have said, "I plan out everything." If you had asked me after I wrote BEES, I would have said, "Planning doesn't work for me; I have to jump in without knowing anything." If you ask me today, I will say: every book is different.

Some of my books have needed extensive planning--there's one project that I have almost 100k of just planning and plotting and mythologies and histories and cultural studies for the fantasy world and only about 20k of the actual book written so far. Other ones, like BEES, come to me quickly, and I write them almost as quickly as I am thinking about them.

I would say, though, that I tend to require a happy medium between planning and not planning: I try not to write a book until I have at least five plot points or scenes or even moments (they don't have to be significant to the story, but they help me remember the story I'm trying to tell). I also recommend at least knowing your ending before you start--sometimes it's really hard to know how to end a thing when you've just pantsed 85k.

Always remember that anything you do can and will be undone in revision, so drafting is the place to play away! Experiment! Stray from your outline if your characters are begging you to meander.

Best of luck! xoxo(less)
Lindsay Eagar Hi, Karoleena! So good to hear from you. Thank you for reading my little book. I'm thrilled to hear that you liked it.

I'm so glad you found a name-mat…more
Hi, Karoleena! So good to hear from you. Thank you for reading my little book. I'm thrilled to hear that you liked it.

I'm so glad you found a name-match for yourself! I love the way you spell yours. :)

I am writing something new--a couple of new things, actually! I am always working. (Being a writer is kind of like signing up to have homework forever, grrr.) My next book is another middle grade called RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. It is very different from BEES, but it's a book I worked on before I wrote or sold BEES, and it's very special to me. It's about marine biologists and pirates and sharks and forbidden love and candy and asks, "If you knew you were dying, what regrets would you have? What would you try to do?" It will be out in October of 2017 (and actually it should be up on Goodreads by now. Hmmm.)

My next book after that is another middle grade about a mother and daughter who are looking for Bigfoot. It will be out fall of 2018.

And I have a few more things cooking after that, but I can't talk about them quite yet!

Thanks so much for reaching out! Happy reading.(less)
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Hour of the Bees

4.20 avg rating — 5,410 ratings — published 2016 — 16 editions
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Race to the Bottom of the Sea

4.16 avg rating — 495 ratings — published 2017 — 11 editions
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The Bigfoot Files

3.76 avg rating — 193 ratings — published 2018 — 8 editions
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“Stories don't end," he says. "They just turn into new beginnings." (pg. 123)”
Lindsay Eagar, Hour of the Bees

“It is a big world, full of things that steal your breath and fill your belly with fire...But where you go when you leave isn't as important as where you go when you come home.”
Lindsay Eagar, Hour of the Bees

“Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them.”
Lindsay Eagar, Hour of the Bees

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