I have written over 80 books for K-YA. Many are titles in my middle grade series: American Diaries, Survival, and Hoofbeats. The Unicorn's Secret and The Faeries' Promise series are for young readers.
((excerpts are up on http://www.kathleenduey.com))
Dark, atypical fantasy for teens and adults is my new love. My first YA novel,Skin Hunger, was a 2007 National Book Award finalist. Sacred Scars was released in 2009. The third book in the trilogy is finished and in the production process now.
Ok, this is odd.....I hadn't seen vultures here in along time but this morning there were thirty or more doing the wind-circle-glide-dance. I noticed them during my first writing break and was staring upward, watching them when I thought about this: I want to kill someone---someone in the story. Probably not the one you might imagine but someone who has ruined more lives than any of the others....
Tomorrow I might understand all this better. I will talk to everyone first. If we are going to do this, I want it quick and without pain.
Rereading that: Authors are not as loony as we sound, but ending the life of a character is still a jolt, a very painful thing for me.
If anyone wants to guess, feel free, but I won't tell.....