Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to feature this interview with author Monica Leonelle as part of the Winning Edits Expert Interview Series.
She is also a multi-talented author entrepreneur specializing in young adult fiction development, author platform building and book marketing.
Follow Leonelle on Twitter: @MonicaLeonelle
[Total read time: 18-22 minutes.]
Matt Gartland: As a young adult fiction writer, what have you learned about the craft of storytelling that’s imperative to a narrative’s identity, likeability and success?
Monica Leonelle: This is a great question. I’m going to answer each in turn.
When I first wrote Silver Smoke, I didn’t know anything about basic story structure aside from what my intuition told me. For example, in the earlier drafts of my story, I didn’t have many clues about the villains in my story, and the reader didn’t feel their presence as a result. This created a problem with tension because the characters didn’t seem to have anyone chasing them…but once I went back and added glimpses of the villains, the novel took true form.