Hello, Donna! Thank you for appearing on Let Them Read Books!
Thank you for taking the time out to interview me. It’s a true pleasure to meet with you and your visitors.
What inspired you to start writing historical fiction for young readers?
As a child and then as an adult I have always enjoyed history. Once my writing bug ignited I was drawn into the world of historical fiction in a writing course. The research into historical facts and developing believable characters to make a story come alive inspire me.
Your characters often face unpleasant and sometimes shocking situations that were considered typical during the eras in which they take place. What kind of challenges do you face in writing about these events for today's children?
It’s important for me, as a writer to develop a well-rounded character the reader will feel empathy for. Often times the theme bullying comes into play for the shocking events throughout history, providing a connection to modern day bullying situations.
Are your characters based on real people? Do you have a favorite? Which one was the most difficult to write?
The physical characteristics of my characters are typically based on real people. Having a favorite character for me is like saying I have a favorite child, so I’d say no. The most difficult character I’ve written about is Tommy Kitt in Powder Monkey. As I started the research of the Royal Navy Press Gangs I knew I had to be thorough for complete accuracy to give justice to the appalling circumstances of boys’ as young as twelve being kidnapped and forced to work on ships in the late 1700s.
What do you hope readers take away from your novels?
There is always hope and it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help.
What are you working on now?
My current work-in-progress is a middle grade manuscript intertwining modern day America with the Revolutionary War.
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About the Author:
Her interest in ocean life resulted in writing and publishing A Sandy Grave (January 2014). Other books by McDine, Powder Monkey (May 2013), Hockey Agony (January 2013) and The Golden Pathway (August 2010). A fifth book is in the publishing pipeline with Guardian Angel Publishing. She writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.
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