Monday, October 21, 2013

Guest Post: Learning the Lingo

Hi my wonderful blogging-buddies!  I have a publishing-mate from MuseItUp Publishing guesting on my blog today with a funny take on writing dialog for kids.  Without further ado, here's Heather Fraser Brainerd!


Learning the Lingo

By Heather Fraser Brainerd

“Dude!” I said to my son.  “Chillax!”

“Mom, no one says ‘chillax’ anymore.”

I have three boys in the tween-to-teen age range.  While writing my Young Adult paranormal mystery, Dream Shade, I relied on them to be my vocab coaches.  Problem is, teen lingo changes at a crazy fast rate.  This meant that my manuscript’s slang had to be revised.  A lot.

“That is so epic!”’ became “That’s beast!” which morphed into “He’s got swag!” which then changed to “YOLO.”  (I just learned what that last one means.)

In the end, I cut almost all references to teen slang, hoping that the classics like “cool” would carry me through.

But while I’ve got you here, why not check out my book?  Because, you know, YOLO.

As if high school wasn't tough enough, sophomore Sarah Pasmore has one extra little problem: ghosts have started appearing to Sarah and they seem to want something from her.  With help from her brainy best friend, as well as a few new friends (including the hottest guy in school), Sarah must solve the mystery of what the spirits want in order to put them back to rest.  To complicate matters further, a more evil spirit will go to great lengths to make sure this doesn’t happen.  As they investigate the past to unravel this supernatural mystery, the teens learn a lesson in the powers of friendship and love.

Release date 10/25/13. Pre-order link:

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