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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 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)
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)
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“participated in the grueling competition, which was broken up into stages and went on for days. But in the spring of 1940, Germany invaded France, and shortly after that, the German army marched into Paris. The Tours de France had been canceled indefinitely. Now it was 1942, and the Occupation had dragged on for two long years. Who knew how long it would last or when the race would start up again? The bumpy cobblestones made the bike shake. But Marcel wouldn’t let that stop him. He knew that in 1939, the spring classic Paris-Roubaix bicycle race included fifteen or more cobbled sections as part of the grueling 200-plus kilometer course. Some were even steep hills. He had just rounded the corner of the street where Madame Trottier lived when suddenly a streak of orange flashed across the road. Zut alors! He jammed his feet on the brakes hard and”
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“No one, who has not pioneered, can understand the fascination of it . . . storms, blizzards, grasshoppers, burning hot winds, and fires . . . yet it seemed that we wanted nothing so much as wanted to keep going west!”
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