Archive for the New Adult Fiction Category

Visualizing Your Characters

Visualizing Your Characters

It’s a huge pet peeve of mine when characters depicted on the cover of a book don’t match the author’s description of them in the story. Part of the fun of reading is using your imagination, but we can’t help being influenced by artwork associated with a […]

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Here We Go Again!

Here We Go Again!

A year ago, I was almost a novelist. Counteract, the first volume in the Resistance Series, was in the queue for editing at my publisher, and another author (well-meaning, of course) told me I should write as many books as I could as fast as I could, […]

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Looking Back on Other Drafts of Counteract: Deleted Opening Scene

Looking Back on Other Drafts of Counteract: Deleted Opening Scene

Since Counteract’s release, I’ve been giving a lot of talks at middle schools and high schools, and I’m often asked how Counteract changed through its various drafts. Today, I’m going to share the next-to-last version of the opening chapter, which gives a little more insight to Careen’s […]

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Meet My Character: Careen Catecher of Counteract and Resist

Meet My Character: Careen Catecher of Counteract and Resist

When I was writing Counteract, my protagonist Careen Catecher wasn’t shy about speaking up and sharing her opinions about the narrative. In fact, she was adamant that I deviate from my carefully-planned outline and re-write a scene the way she thought it should go. Bossy? Maybe. But […]

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Meet My Character: Wes Carraway of Counteract and Resist

Meet My Character: Wes Carraway of Counteract and Resist

Wes Carraway is a twenty-one year-old member of the Quadrant Marshals, the quasi-military police force that keeps the population safe from terrorist infiltration. Wes is tall, dark, and intimidating. He’s been trained to use his physical prowess. He’s no stranger to guns and cars, thanks to his […]

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The Reviews Keep Coming!

The Reviews Keep Coming!

“Lawson creates a clever narrative where we begin knowing, without question, that the terrorists are the enemy. By the end, we realize that those truly loyal to the country must rise up against the existing powers–effectively becoming terrorists themselves. There is so much action and plot packed […]

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First Review of Counteract!

Here’s the first review of Counteract, posted today by blogger, author, and reviewer Nancy Wood. You can visit her blog by following the link at the end of the review. I interviewed Tracy Lawson today and also agreed to review her just released book, Counteract. 5 stars! […]

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Oh, Shoot!

Oh, Shoot!

“They ducked as he sprayed another round of bullets from his gun.” If I’d read that sentence a few years ago, it wouldn’t have registered as incorrect. But things have changed. When we moved to Texas, I learned to shoot. I’m not an expert by any means, […]

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The Brainstorm That Became Counteract

The Brainstorm That Became Counteract

One Sunday evening in November, 2010, Chase and I were brainstorming about Counteract, and we were sending ideas back and forth so fast it felt like we were playing a tennis match. Here’s another excerpt from the conversation: C: I think we should start with the government […]

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Advice for writing dystopian fiction Q&A with my nieces: Episode 11

Advice for writing dystopian fiction Q&A with my nieces: Episode 11

My niece Jules, who’s turning twelve next week, wants to know if I have any advice for someone who’d like to write dystopian fiction. A story starts with either a character or a plot. Lots of writers start with a character first and then put them in […]

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