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Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames #1) by Julie Cross
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.
When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.
Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.
10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer
1. Read a lot. Specifically in the genre(s) you want to write in.
2. Avoid drowning yourself in information about the craft of writing. Writing is an art form best learned by doing.
3. If you haven’t already, read Stephen King’s book titled On Writing (the exception to tip #2)
4. Learn to compartmentalize. Separate yourself from the writing.
5. Be honest with yourself about your favorite parts of writing. Whether it’s creating love scenes, living out your teen selves fantasies, building complicated worlds of elves and gnomes, writing dominant heroes and damisel heroines...know what you love best and make sure you aren’t denying yourself those parts for the sake of working toward publication. Writing that comes from a place of passion will always be stronger than writing created solely for the goal of being published.
6. Get a little uncomfortable. With what your characters are saying and doing, the situations they end up in...make it worth reading.
7. Try to visualize some of your scenes as scenes from a movie or TV show and write what you see.
8. Strengthen dialogue by reading it aloud and then adjusting accordingly. If you need inspiration for dialogue, sit in a crowded place and choose random “lines” you hear to write down/record.
9. If you become bored or stuck with a project, jump ahead to a future scene or write a fun “deleted scene”. You can change things up and still stay in the world of your story.
10. Let strangers read your work and tell you what they think (and listen!). When a book is published, it no longer belongs to the author, it belongs to everyone and anyone. Allowing strangers to read your work early, before publication, is the only way to know if you can handle letting it out into the world.
About the Author
Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).
She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!
Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.
She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.
Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.