Posts Tagged Counteract

Three Ways to Make Your Characters Relatable

Three Ways to Make Your Characters Relatable

“I’m trying to set a good example for you!” “I’d rather you were a relatable example.”* *Excerpt from an actual conversation with one of my favorite teenagers. How can authors who write YA  assure that teens will relate to our characters? Share real moments—not just comfortable ones. […]

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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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Meet My Character: Tommy Bailey of Counteract and Resist

Meet My Character: Tommy Bailey of Counteract and Resist

Tommy Bailey’s blond hair sticks out at angles from a knit cap, and he’s wearing his favorite football t-shirt—the one with the sleeves cut out. He hurries into the pub and slides into the booth across from me. He’s almost nineteen, strong, self-confident, and completely at ease, […]

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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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How Did You Develop Your Characters? Q&A with my nieces: Episode 10

How Did You Develop Your Characters? Q&A with my nieces: Episode 10

Sixteen year-old Madison asked: “How did you develop your characters?” These characters began as empty shells—as types, rather than real people. It took a while to get to know them, their stories, and their motivations. Both the characters and the plot went through a lot of changes! […]

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Counteract Book Trailer

Counteract Book Trailer

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Q&A With My Nieces: Episode 2

Q&A With My Nieces: Episode 2

Today’s question is from Reagan: How and why did you pick Careen’s name? I used a baby names book to choose Careen’s name. I especially like when a name gives insight into the character’s personality, and I try to pick names with different first letters for my […]

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He’s My Hero

He’s My Hero

Tommy Bailey was already his own man when he came into my life. Tommy was a lot like his creator, a student who, in my estimation, was a fine example from which to start crafting an interesting protagonist. But Tommy faced a daunting task. In order to […]

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Resist: Book Two of the Resistance Series won a Silver Medal in the 2016 International Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Resist was named Best YA Fiction 2016 by the Texas Association of Authors Book Awards