Showing posts from October, 2018

It's NaNoWriMo Time!

Greetings! If you are a writer, chances are good that you know all about National Novel Writing Month. If you aren't, or if you don't know about it, go here to learn about this terrific way to give your writing a huge boost!

I'm writing the tenth book in the Tales of Telmaja series this November. I'm excited! This will be the final book in the series, making this the first series I've finished so far

Happy writing!

Edgy fiction and the young reader

The following is a re-post of a piece I wrote before on a website I'm no longer using, but since it helps to explain my writing philosophy I wanted to share it here:
Whenever I write about what's wrong with children's fiction today, someone invariably asks: "What's wrong with edgy fiction? Don't the great classics of literature feature adult themes and language too? If a seventh-grader can read Shakespeare, why can't she read the latest YA paranormal romance title?" I could easily write pages on this topic, but to keep things brief, here are some guidelines when evaluating whether edgy fiction is right for your kids:
1. Does the work have excellent overall literary merit? Is it thoughtful and thought-provoking or is it mere "fluff" for entertainment purposes?
2. Does the work contain graphic sexual or gratuitously violent content that is well beyond the level your child is ready to read? Is there an extreme amount of crude or obscene langua…

Who I am, and why I write

Welcome! My name is Erin Manning, and I write children's fiction for children ages eight and up.
I'm an avid reader and I've been telling and writing stories pretty much my whole life. My favorite books have always been works of imaginative fiction that take you to mysterious lands, far-off planets, or mystical realms of wonder and magic. One of my greatest joys as a homeschooling mom was getting to introduce my three daughters to some of my favorite books and authors and to join with my girls in the quest to find new, exciting books that would inspire them.
There are a lot of really good new children's books being written today. Unfortunately, publishing has changed. Books for young adults, which are marketed to children as young as twelve, often contain overt and graphic sexual content, gratuitous violence, obscene language, and morally ambiguous use of drugs and alcohol. The offerings for younger children include many books which pander to the audience by presentin…