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Yona Zeldis McDonough

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I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn and many of my novels take place here. But my new novel takes place in New Hampshire, and I have woven into it a historical component: the tragic story of Ruth Blay, who in 1768 was the last woman hanged in the state. When I read about Ruth, I was fascinated and horrified in equal measure, and I knew I had to write about her.
I was educated at Vassar College and Columbia University, where I studied art history. But I started writing fiction in my 20's and never looked back. I am the author of seven novels, 27 books for children and am the editor of two essay collections. I'm also the fiction editor of Lilith Magazine . Please visit my website, http://www.yonazeldismcdonough.com or find me on Facebook https:/
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Yona Zeldis McDonough I have to take a (mental) hammer to it, to crack it open and expand its scope. For me, this means getting inside the character and trying to think of…moreI have to take a (mental) hammer to it, to crack it open and expand its scope. For me, this means getting inside the character and trying to think of her life as a stone dropping a pond. Each circle ripples outward, making her--and the story--open up. I think about key areas of a life--work, love, parents, children, friends--have a developed all these as well as I could have? What about the back story and the history? Can I do more with that? Then I think of the externals--the time and place in which the character lives can also be developed. (less)
Yona Zeldis McDonough I hear a voice in my head urging me to tell a story, to get it down, and get it right. I never know whose voice it will be or when I will hear it, but…moreI hear a voice in my head urging me to tell a story, to get it down, and get it right. I never know whose voice it will be or when I will hear it, but I live for that voice. (less)
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I'm a dog lover, and more specifically, a lover of those small, fluffy yappers known as Pomeranians. I've had four over the years and my first, Queenie, shares my author photo with me. I like to put Poms in my novels when and where it fits. There are a pair of ill-fated Poms in BREAKING THE BANK. A Pom both begins and ends A WEDDING IN GREAT NECK, and has an important role in the story. And the... Read more of this blog post »
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October 2009, Yona Zeldis McDonough
" Questions About Books and Writing SS: Is there a book you love to reread? YM: When I was child, I re-read my favorites--A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, MAGGIE NOW, THE LITTLE PRINCESS, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES--over and over again. SS: Do you have one sentence of..." ...More

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