So way back in May or June I had the bright idea to post a Question of the Week here, based on what people ask me at signings and readings. Then I got a little bit swamped with promoting The Legend of Rhyme novels that have been published, and finishing the writing of those that aren’t.
Basically I have failed at blogging.
But this is me getting back on the proverbial horse. I’ll name him Bloggy.
I was asked a question last month (oh the shame) by a young man at my book launch who was clearly a 40 year old man in the body of a 12-year-old.
After I read a couple of passages from Elora of Stone, this young man by the name of Jordan asked me:
“I notice you wrote the book in present tense. What was your reasoning for that?”
I loved this question because I have not been asked it before.
I write these novels in present tense for a few reasons:
1. My editor challenged me to rewrite Elora of Stone in present tense on the first substantive edit, and I (almost) always do what she suggests.
2. Writing in present tense naturally quickens the pace of a story, and these books move pretty fast.
3. Present tense pulls the reader in.
4. It works.
Thanks for the question, Jordan!