What authors do you love for their sentences? How about plot? Character?
I adore the craft book Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg. Every single page of this book contains gems about writing. Plus, I just love the name Verlyn Klinkenborg.
As for characters, I am passionate about Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. The plotting in Career of Evil, the third book of the series, is fantastic. I can’t wait for the fourth book!
Who were your advisors at VCFA?
Jane Kurtz, Amy King, Tom Birdseye, and Tim Wynne-Jones. All four are super-smart. Each one has a unique set of writing talents. Being their student was a truly a blessing.
What advice would you give to a prospective VCFA student?
Each faculty advisor brings something special to the table. Tap into that. Not to sound too “woo-woo,” but there is always an energetic reason why you are paired with an advisor. Be open to that reason why. Sometimes what you learn from an advisor is something you never even knew you needed to learn until you worked with that person. And all of it, the struggles and the joys, are part of your writing journey.
Charlie & Frog is published by Disney/Hyperion and is available at bookstores everywhere. You can learn more about Karen and her books at karenkanebooks.com