An August Blog Event - Leicester Writers
This week my guest is a writing friend who has been a constant support through all the ups and downs of this crazy writing business. We have a critique group meeting every fortnight and, together with several other local writers, we not only crit, we eat, chat and share our life problems too. So please give the warmest of welcomes to Debbie White:
I’d had two teen fiction novels published. Did I want to write another? A publisher was looking for series fiction for 7-9 year olds. Maybe I’d go back to writing for that age group. Much easier.
It started off well. The publisher loved the idea of a James Bond pigeon called Agent Blue. They even wanted two stories, to be published in cartoon format. Great, something new and I only had to write the stories, didn’t I? If only. OK, I wouldn’t have to do the artwork, just...
- give the illustrator minutely detailed instructions for each page...right down to a character’s body language.
- Say how many ‘panels’ I needed on each page (a panel contains a segment of action. Some pages might have two panels, others three etc.)
- Detail how speech bubbles should be drawn to express emotions.
- Explain what was going on in the background to the action.
About Debbie White: Everything you might want to know about Debbie/Deborah is on her author website Deborah White It has some very nice (and highly misleading) pictures of the author. It lists her previous titles for OUP, Random House and Templar. It also explains why for some titles she is 'Debbie White' and for others 'Deborah White'. Basically 'Deborah' sounds more serious and definitely more appropriate for dark and scary novels like Wickedness' and 'Deceit'.
She just needs to add that her latest titles for OUP, under the name Debbie White, are:
'Agent Blue and the Super Smelly Goo'
'Agent Blue and the Big Swirly Whirly'
Both titles will be out in September, in comic book form.
Farhana Shaikh will be my next Leicester Writer Visitor.