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Allbooks Review Aug 2009 Newsletter

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Every story is about conflict, such as whether or not a father can reconcile with his estranged son. Each character may have an external marker that identifies the essence of his attitude: The father may be an ex-military man who every morning makes his bed so precisely that he literally bounces a quarter off it. If the quarter doesn't bounce high enough, he may pull the bed apart and start over. This indicates that he's a rigid man who needs discipline, almost compulsively so. The son takes photos as a hobby, but all the people in them are photographed so that their heads are cut off. This indicates he feels removed from people as individuals, probably as a result of his father's emotional distance. Now, combine these external markers with the internal markers and you have a fully developed character who the reader cares deeply about.

Internal markers are about desire: What does the character want? Why does she or he want it? This is revealed in the characters' emotional reactions to events and other characters in the story, their motivation for their actions in the story, and their biases or opinions about the world at large. In the above case, the internal markers are how badly each wants to reconcile, why they do or don't want to reconcile, and what they're willing to do to cause or prevent the reconciliation.

Sometimes this internal landscape of a character is presented in a dialogue, in which the character tells us what he wants and why. Or we may get that info in a flashback, during whichwe see certain events and the emotional impact they had on the character.

Another method of providing internal markers is through the character's opinions about various subjects. These opinions could be related to the events of the story, or they may not. She may be giving opinions about movies, books, or music. Or pontificating on politics or religion. It is through the pattern of these opinions that the reader comes to know what they are feeling--and who they really are.


Please state your name and location. (city and State or Province, Country)

Michelle Cadeau, West Orange NJ USA

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
My unique family
Divas publishing

Tell us about yourself:
I am a Mom of two great boys age 7 and 4. I have always dreamed of writing and wrote my first book (never published though) when I was 12. I grew up in Sweden and moved to the US 1994. I live a typical suburb life right outside of Manhattan and love it here.

When was the book released?

July 2008

Give us an overview of your book.

JayJay and Totte are two Swedish-Haitian-American brothers who live right outside of New York City together with their Swedish mom and Haitian dad. They speak English, Swedish and Kreyol. Their skin is just that perfect suntanned color all year around and they have nice curly hair and brown eyes.

In the book 'My unique family!' Jay Jay feels like people are staring at him, especially when he speaks Swedish with his mom. One day he asks his mom why people are staring at him. Why he is different.

What do you think his mom answers?

In 'My unique family' you will follow the interesting question and see how Jay Jay's mom answers the question. Through her answer you will meet 18 other mixed families from around the world. You will learn facts about their countries, learn to say the sentences 'My name is ... What is your name?' in over 100 languages.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. This book does that. It boosts the self-esteem of mixed kids and held mono-cultural kids understand the greatness in their mixed friends.

How is your book different from other books in this genre?

It is inspiring in a way that no other book is. It nails the issues of a mixed child and makes those issues an asset. It is a great educational tool for families and schools.

Where can people buy your book?
At or at

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?
Yes I do. I am right now working on getting ‘My unique family’ translated to Spanish (it is already published in Swedish) and then my next book in the Jay Jay and Totte series will be put on paper. It is called ‘What are you anyway?’

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?

I am self published in the US. Educate yourself and understand that it is a lot of work to become successful. Network, network, network

If published traditionally, tell us how you benefited:
My books in Sweden are traditionally published. I must say that I like self publishing better. You are in charge, have more control and make more money.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?

I have worked hard to market this book in the US. I started by getting in contact with local books and toy stores. I offered story hours, work shops and book signings. I was sure about the greatness of my book and I believe in my book. My husband had to start taking days of from work so I could fulfill all the events I had scheduled. It is going great and I get big orders coming in on the book.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
It was great to get professional reviews from you and I hope to work with you on my next books as well.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?
It was low ;-) I am not sure what else you could offer. It is a great service.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

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Authors Bring Forward Publication Dates to Beat Dan Brown
September in the UK is not normally a time for a huge number of book releases. It is, in fact, a relatively quiet period. But not this year! This year most of the major book releases that would normally take please near Christmas are all happening in the first few weeks of September. The reason: the authors and their publishers want a chance at hitting the No.1 Bestseller spot and they know that they won't do this if they wait to launch their books until after September 15th, when Dan Brown's sequel to the Da Vinci Code is published. For more on this story visit:

World's Oldest Bible is Now Online
The world's oldest Bible, written in Greek on parchment in the fourth century, has finally been assembled from the remaining pages that are scattered around the world, and the bible in its entirety has been published online. The Codex Sinaiticus has been put online to allow anyone around the world to study it freely. For more on this story visit: