Saturday, September 5, 2009

Book Talk: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

 Has anyone else read Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle Trilogy? I fell in love with the evocative, gorgeous writing in each of these books, and maybe I'm not the only one who closed her eyes in the hopes of envisioning a door of golden light... so far I'm not the chosen one but hey, a girl can hope right?!

For a while now I've found that the more I write, the harder it is for me to really get swept up in another person's story. I tend to "feel" where the author's going, but this was definitely not the case this time. What a relief to turn off that internal editor and just get carried away!

Of course, a writer's a writer, and it was impossible not to notice the fully realized characters, the real-life issues woven so seamlessly into the story that they had a place to exist without overrunning the action, and her gutsy choice of pov: first-person present tense, not an easy thing to pull off but Ms. Bray triumphed. When done right it sure keeps the reader right in the middle of the action. For fun I tried writing a scene from my wip like this, just as a little character development thingamajig for the hero of the story, and even though it won't make it into my ms I'm really glad I did it. I know him better now.

Books, books,'s the reason we write!


  1. Hi Diana,

    How are you?

    i'm sorry to bother you, but I've recently started up a community forum for writers called the The Writer's Chronicle where we can meet and discuss all that is writing with other 'online' writers. Also alot of us on the forum are fantasy/YA/romance nuts so i think you'll fit right in with us :)

    Also with the recent addition of some published author members we have decided to set up a section to support published writers and help them promote themselves and their books - as we all know how hard it is to get published and how its even harder to get a large readership!

    I know this email is out of the blue, but i was hoping that you might drop in and take a look around and perhaps join if your interested?

    I'd greatly appreciate it,


    Emily Cross

    Writer's Chronicle Link:

  2. Sure thing Emily, it sounds like a great place to meet :)