I entered this contest because my fabulous critique partner double-dogged-dared me to enter. She fell in love with Noah and Echo and thought other people would too. Though I'm not sure of the category breakdowns, this years' contest had over 1,100 entries. I found out last month that Redefining Normal is one of nine finalist.  Here are some of the judges comments:

“The characters are admirable, flawed, conflicted, living extremely conflicted lives surrounded by people who don’t understand them or don’t care. The writing is gritty and real and funny, at times.”

“I look forward to finishing this story. I might even stay up past my bedtime.”

“I think you have rare ability to tell an engaging story, create characters that readers care about, and a wicked sense of humor to boot. A story like this, in the hands of a less talented writer, could become a club with which to beat in over the head, or be too heavy and humorless to read. Good work – I’ll be watching for this one.”

“Each characters dialogue defines their personality and role within the story, thus advancing its plot crisply, sharp tension, and suspense.”

“It is contemporary and relevant to teens in today’s world.”

I'm already very proud of Noah and Echo, but it always helps when someone else enjoys your writing.  Here are some comments from the judges of the RWA Chicago-North's 2010 Fire and Ice contest. I placed third.

“At the end of the story, I wanted to keep reading. I wanted to see how the relationship between the two characters, Echo and Noah, grows and changes.”

“The scenes were vivid and I was drawn right into each scene. I enjoyed your voice.”

“Vivid style and excellent writing.”

“I have high hopes that one day the rest of it will show up on a book shelf!”

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I updated my playlist for the songs that I listened to while writing Redefining Normal.  Check them out on my playlist page.

Some songs helped with the overall theme like Scar Tissue, Sometimes Love Ain't Enough, Undone, and The End of the Innocence. While others helped with characterization.

The moment I heard Push playing on the radio while taking my kids to the park totally rocked my world. I already had an idea of who Noah and Echo were and I felt like this song was written for them. Don't misunderstand, neither want to physcially push the other around, but they keep pushing each other's limits and neither feel worthy of the other.  

Hope when you hear these songs you think of my characters!

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Welcome to my new website and blog

May 10, 2010 at 10:21 PMKatie McGarry

Hi, I'm Katie McGarry. Welcome to my new website and blog. Check back often or subscribe to the RSS feeds for updates. I am an aspiring author and have written three manuscripts. Look at my pages for more information about me and my manuscripts.

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