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Name: Bradley
Message:Thank you, I try to focus on a complex story- line to make things less blunt and obvious, as I believe something straight forward really takes the joy out of reading it.
Dated:Wed Mar 14 19:35:13 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Katie: I think history can be very exciting. You like the Drumshee books, so you must like history.
Kristine: It's quite hard to find out about your ancestors in Ireland as in 1921 the Custom House in Dublin was burned down and all the records, such as the early census forms were destroyed.
Bradley: That is a great fantasy story. I look forward to the rest of it.
Dated:Wed Mar 14 12:31:06 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've spent all day on Ancestry sites looking for my ancestors...it's really interesting! I've had no luck yet but I've found some people with my surname on famine ship passage lists, so I'm going to try and see if I'm related to any of them.
Dated:Sun Mar 11 18:29:03 2007  

Name: katie.
Message:Oh right! Cora how could you like history i hate history but what was your favourite story in history mine is the wooden horse of troy write back as soon as can.
Dated:Sun Mar 11 16:59:10 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Katie: I liked school and my favourite subjects were probably English and History.
We have this arrangement for the site management to just put messages on (rather than have them appear immediately) because of the huge amount of spam that is around.
Dated:Sun Mar 11 16:21:27 2007  

Name: katie
Message:hi cora how are you did you like school and what was your favourite subjects? cora why dont the message's go straight on to the message board like they used to?
Dated:Sat Mar 10 16:49:28 2007  

Name: katie
Message:hi cora how are you i am in 6th class i like reading funny children's books my favourite subjects are maths english and p.e and yes i love writing stories write back as soon as you can
Dated:Sat Mar 10 11:39:20 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I think it's working excellently. It really brought the past alive for me.
Dated:Fri Mar 9 16:26:23 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I decided to take your advice on putting the past into a different chapter, and I'm going to do a few more chapters in the past before I return to the present - just to portray the kind of character Emilia actually was, not the kind of character Paige thought she would be.
Dated:Fri Mar 9 16:11:58 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I;m glad you showed your mum the email. I thought you would, but I just felt that I should mention it.
By the way, I think it is a great compliment to your writing abilities that the woman thought it was a real story.
I've just put your chapter three on the Story Board, and I think it is excellent.
Dated:Fri Mar 9 14:54:39 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Yes, I've shown my mum the email. Thanks for your advice on the lenght of stories, it's coming in handy.
Dated:Fri Mar 9 12:01:00 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: The best stories are always made up - real life is often quite boring and that's why I love making up stories.
do be a bit careful about putting your email address on the Internet - this woman may be genuine, but others may not. Have you shown the email to your mother? I would, if I were you.

Karina: I am so hopeless at doing anything with my hands so I admire you for starting again.

Kristine: My children's books range from 28,000 words to 32,000 words and "My Lady Judge" for adults is 90,000 words - and that looks like quite a big book from the book proof copy which I got. I'll have to wait until April to see the real thing, but it will be over 300 pages long.
Dated:Fri Mar 9 09:48:38 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I'm sorry for sending in two messages but I forgot to include this question in my last message. I heard you need 150,000 words to write a novel. Is this how many you have in your books, or do you use less then that?
Dated:Thu Mar 8 19:29:23 2007  

Name: Karina Blood
Message:cora my friend and i really messed up the model of Fern but on saterday my mum said she could come out to my house to re start it
Karina xxxx
Dated:Thu Mar 8 19:11:29 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: About a year ago I put a ghost story up on website. I added it as a non fiction story when I actually I made it up. Then today I got an email from a woman saying she might want to use some of the story in a non fiction book she's writing about psychic children. I told her that the story was actually made-up, and I haven't got a reply from her. I don't think she'll use the story, because it's fiction, but I'm actually really happy to be asked anyway. I have a feeling things are looking up with my writing. I just thought you'd like to know.
Dated:Thu Mar 8 18:23:38 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Katie: Perhaps you could tell me something about your school. Which class are you in? What books do you like reading? What's your favourite subject? Do you like writing stories?
Dated:Thu Mar 8 18:13:16 2007  

Name: katie rowley
Message:hi cora will you write to me as soon as you can i have nothing to say until you write to me
Dated:Thu Mar 8 15:16:33 2007  

Name: Karina Blood
Message:i might think about doing that colonel blood thing
Dated:Wed Mar 7 18:33:57 2007  

Name: katie
Message:yes because my pom is only a puppy i had oscar's mum and she was a pom to but she died giving birth to oscar. she had 2 pup's and 1 died oscar's mum was called Susie and i loved her. write back as soon as you can.
Dated:Tue Mar 6 23:37:12 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I forgot to say that my book for adults , 'My Lady Judge', will come out on May 4 (or thereabouts) and, yes, it should be available from Easons, though it is published by an English publisher, Macmillan.
Dated:Tue Mar 6 20:07:35 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message: Karina: I was just thinking that the story of Colonel Blood and the crown jewels would make a great story to write. You should try it some time. The Bloods had a house near here, Applevale House, and I used the ruins of it when I wrote 'Drumshee Rebels'

Kristine: It's easy to lengthen a chapter if you put in some few lines of description between the conversation, or else describe what one of the characters is thinking or a bird singing or the sound of the wind, or something like that. It often gives pace to a story. Think of it as trying to put the reader into the scen you are describing.

Katie: Your Oscar is probably about the size of my Oscar's head: he is a huge dog and weighs about 65 kg - without an trace of fat.
Dated:Tue Mar 6 15:31:34 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I sometimes put a thousand words, maybe less if I'm tired. But I'll aim for 2000 words now. The reason I asked is that I was never sure how long to make chapters and then I thought that I had always found yours to be a nice lenght so I thought I'd ask.
Also, another question...I'd like to get your new book for my aunt. Is is availiable yet and if so where can I get it? Would it be availiabe in places like Eason's?
Dated:Mon Mar 5 20:16:22 2007  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: That is a very interesting question and you will find that there is no easy answer to it. Some of the best writers just make chapters any length that they wish - sometimes just a page whereas someone like myself tries to make chapters roughly even.
Just to say what I do - and that doesn't mean that you should do it - I make chapters for my children's books about two thousand words, and chapters for adult books about four thousand words. But, having said, that, I do find that in some of my books recently I have some chapters of six thousand words, and then others of only three thousand words.
I think that the best advice is to put a chapter break whenever you think that story is taking a new turn.
Dated:Mon Mar 5 18:34:30 2007  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I'm working now on Chapter 3 of the story, and I was wondering what lenght I should make it? I usually do short chapters but if there's any lenght you prefer would you let me know?
Dated:Mon Mar 5 17:41:19 2007  

Name: katie rowley
Message:sorry cora i see them now i better get my facts right any more i have a dog called oscar to she is pom text back as soon as you can.
Dated:Sun Mar 4 23:08:34 2007  

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