Today we are pleased to present an article by K. N. Smith, the author of Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses. Currently on a virtual book tour with iRead Book Tours, Ms. Smith and her book can be found at a variety of blogs. Do take a look at the tour schedule, found here at her iRead Book Tour page. You’ll find reviews, interviews, articles and more.
If you haven’t already read our review, you can find it here.
On Daily Writing by K.N. Smith
I don’t write every day, but I do think about words, phrases, ideas, and dialogue for the books every day. I often capture this material when I’m not actually writing, which spans approximately 2 to 3 months, per book.
Because I own a marketing communications agency that represents all of my titles, there’s heavy marketing in between the books, which takes a lot of my time. However, I do think it’s important for an author to write a little every day, if they can fit it in, so I’ll be striving to improve on this habit.
With respect to my actually writing a book, I first develop an outline for the entire book and break that into chapters. Next, I develop 1 to 2 pages of notes for the chapter, and then I write a chapter from these notes. I can write an entire chapter over a period of about 2 days. So that the story can remain fluid and connected, I think it’s important to write the chapters back to back without a break in between.
It’s definitely a grind! However, I love this process, and with several more books to go in this series, it’s important for me to keep it up. All of the great feedback from the readers and bloggers helps to keep this train moving as well, so thank you so much!
Book Description for The Urban Boys:
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world!
The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds, and introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama.
We wonder, will they pass the test of fate, and will each of us pass the test of our very own lives? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for traditional and digital readers of all ages! (first in a series)
Praise for The Urban Boys:
“An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle.”- Kirkus Media
“Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. The author’s matchless prose details cinematic fight sequences and fully developed characterizations especially in a final, stupendous scene that will take your breath away and leave you limp with spent emotions. Five stars for this imaginative and inspiring story, sure to be as appealing to general audiences as it will be to the YA crowd!” 5-stars – Publishers Daily Reviews
“I LOVE to read, but live a hugely busy life. It gets more complicated upon that rare occasion when a book is so captivating, so enthralling, that it is impossible to walk away. With only definitive hours in a day, something has to give. For me, that was sleep! And it was worth every sacrificed minute. “The Urban Boys” was the grand slam home run and exceeded my wildest expectations and I would bet, maybe yours, as well. Totally new concepts and a rich crew of characters – good, bad and ugly… and suspenseful twists that keep you guessing, and such beautiful, strong writing! A must read for fans of YA action/adventure/fantasy!!” 5-stars – Indie Book Reviewers
See more reviews: www.knsmith.com/reviews
K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits.
Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California.