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In Elements of the Novel, critically-acclaimed historical and YA novelist Eileen Charbonneau provides beginners with invaluble guidance re: process, plotting, structure, character development, dialogue, and more.
Charbonneau's novels for adults include Waltzing in Ragtime, The Randolph Legacy and Rachel LeMoyne, all published by Macmillan/Forge. The Washington Post said of Waltzing in Ragtime that it "has an almost made-for-TV miniseries sheen to it, even as it grapples with large and complex social issues ... " Waltzing in Ragtime has gone back for multiple printings, and won a Heart of the West Award.
Charbonneau's YA novels include The Ghosts of Stony Clove, In the Time of the Wolves and Honor to the Hills, all published by Macmillan/Tor. Charbonneau's The Ghosts of Stony Clove won both the Golden Medallion Award for Best Young Adult Novel and the New York Public Library Best Book for Young Adults Award.
A number of Charbonneau's novels are available from Macmillan in new eBook editions. Charbonneau has also written for The New York Times and co-wrote the award-winning 1990 documentary film Endowment for the Planet, narrated by Christopher Reeve.
Author photograph by Fyodor A. Pavlov
Eileen Charbonneau has written a very streamlined and useful book. Elements of the Novel takes writers through the essentials of novel writing in a very lean and thoughtful way. Chapters are short and sleek with no filler or fluff. Her descriptions are concise and she is generous with her advice and experience. Ms. Charbonneau strives for the instruction in her guide to be “easy, but not simple” and she certainly has achieved that with this useful ‘how to’ book. Both beginners and experienced novelist will find many jewels laid out so carefully they won’t even have to go digging for them.
- Jenna Kernan, critically-acclaimed author of western and paranormal romances published by Harlequin
I was immediately taken by Elements of the Novel and its encouraging, empowering, democratizing approach to the art and profession.
- Robert Crooke, author of The Earth and Its Sorrows
In this simple guide, Eileen Charbonneau provides clear prime directives while also communicating the need for flexibility and poetic license.
- Wanda Shapiro, author of Sometimes That Happens With Chicken
Published April 2012
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