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May 9 2016

So You Want to Write a Book!

by Jencey G

How many of you have on your bucket list publishing a prize winning book? Where do you begin? What are your next steps?  How do you start a manuscript and see it through to the end that includes publication?  What makes for good plot and character development? Or just a good story?

The library can help.  One way to do this is to visit the experts.  You can attend programs at Georgia Center for the Book.  There is usually at least one program each week with many different authors and genres represented.  There almost always is a question and answer session at the end of the author’s talk for those with writing questions.

The next option would be to attend a writer’s group program at one of our many branches.  These groups can provide accountability and or work on skills that help progress your writing.  There are groups that have met at our locations at Wesley Chapel- William C. Brown, Stonecrest, Clarkston, Dunwoody, among others.  Some branches have speakers that come and focus on a certain skill in writing.  We had a program at Clarkston about the psychological effects of characters within your writing. Dunwoody has had a gentleman who comes and helps you work on the tools of writing.

There are many books that are perfect to help you wiJanet Evanovichth your writing and are also available on audiobook.   They may also be available in e-content as well. Your favorite authors get asked questions all the time about writing.  Janet Evanovich is one of those authors who has written a book about her writing process and the publishing field.  You can find, How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author at DCPL. I found it to be insightful.  One of the most recommended is Stephen King On Writing, A Memoir of Craft.  There are books available that focus on plot, character development, or how to read as a writer.

Please visit the catalog and see what can make writing your manuscript happen.  Please also visit the events page on the DeKalb Library website.  Maybe I will see you at a Georgia Center for the Book program!


Nov 11 2011

A Plum of a Movie

by Amanda L

Over a decade ago, I was looking for a light read when a coworker suggested reading Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money. I must admit that the premise grabbed me at once because of my previous career. I used to work in retail security and my main job was to catch shoplifters. The main character, Stephanie Plum, is a bounty hunter for her cousin Vinny’s bail bondsman company. Stephanie’s job is to round up the people that Vinny throws her way and take them back to jail.

Janet Evanovich introduces a wide variety of, shall we say, interesting characters. Stephanie has two love interests that are always intersecting her life and job. There is Joe Morelli, a pretty straight laced cop who went to high school with Stephanie. Her other love interest is the not so kosher Ranger who is also a bounty hunter. Her family has a wide variety of characters, but my favorite is grandma. You never know what she will do or how she might potentially embarrass Stephanie. Each book in the series has a variety of mystery and murder (not to mention the different cars that are blown up…).

About ten years ago, I remember reading that someone had purchased the rights to the Stephanie Plum books to turn into movies. At that time, fans were deciding who would play which character. The one person that stood out for me was Estelle Getty to play grandma. Fast forward today, the movie is actually turning into reality. They have announced that Kathryn Heigl will be playing Stephanie, Debbie Reynolds will be playing grandma, Daniel Sunjata as Ranger and Jason O’Mara as Joe.

Here is the trailer for the upcoming movie.


For those of you who have not heard of this series, the Library has all seventeen titles of the series. For those Evanovich fans, what do you think about the casting? Who would you have liked to have seen as Stephanie, Joe, Ranger, Lulu or grandma?