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All About shoshana

Shoshana Brown wrote a little bit of everything, including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, and part of a cookbook, before finding her way to young adult romance. Her novel STAGE FRIGHT is the winner of the 2009 Golden Heart (YA category) and she's a finalist in the 2011 Golden Heart. If she’s not writing or toiling away at her day job, where she attempts to make Important Scientific Discoveries but usually just ends up yelling at her computer, she can be found in the kitchen baking something (for research purposes, of course).

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Shoshana's Fun Facts

GH Year(s)
2009, 2011

Genre(s):
Young Adult

Started Writing:
In elementary school

Day Job:
Scientist

For Fun:
Cook, hike, read

Blog Posts from Shoshana

Hooks vs. Cliffhangers: Don’t Break Your Promises

I’ve been reading a lot of New Adult romance lately. I’ve read some great books and some terrible books. I’ve also encountered something I’ve never seen before—books with what I’m going to call a cliffhanger ending. These books seem to stop half way through the story, like the author took their completed manuscript, chopped it […]

New Business Models for Authors

Those of you who have read my blogs may have noticed (by the fact that I can’t seem to stop mentioning it) that I’m a huge Veronica Mars fan.  For those of you who never saw the show (Go watch it!  What are you waiting for?), it centered around a teen PI who was smart […]

Getting in the Mood…to Write

I’m not talking about motivating myself to sit down at my desk and start typing.  I’m talking, more specifically, about putting myself in the right mindset to work on the particular manuscript I’m in the middle of, whether it’s a laugh-so-hard-it-hurts romantic comedy or a dark urban fantasy. So how do I do it? 1. […]

The Batman Trailer (Or How Not to Write a Pitch)

Just after the latest Batman movie came out, a friend asked me if I wanted to see it.  I wasn’t sure, so I opened up my web browser and pulled up the trailer.  There were explosions.  Chases.  Fights.  And a few more explosions.  The trailer was over two minutes long, but by the end I […]

It’s All About the Story

Though I’ve lived in California all my life, up until February, I hadn’t been to Disneyland in seventeen years.  Seventeen years without Space Mountain.  Without Pirates of the Caribbean.  Without those strangely delicious corn dogs.  So when my husband asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, I had my answer ready.

Never Stop Growing

If you’re a parent, you’re probably familiar with growth charts.  You know–those graphs that show how your child’s height or weight or head circumference compares to the averages based on her age.  After staring at way too many of these graphs, something occurred to me.  My development as a writer wasn’t too different from the […]

Scary Beginnings

I’ve just finished one last pass of revisions on my latest manuscript, and you know what that means.  Yep–time to start a new one. But beginnings scare me.  Whether it’s beginning a new job (What if my boss hates me?), beginning a garden (How am I supposed to remember to water those things every day?), […]

Trust Issues

As a reader, I love characters with backbone.  Nothing annoys me more than a heroine who is nice to EVERYONE–even the people who repeatedly blow her off, insult her, or try to hurt her–like the writer is afraid that if the heroine dares to stand up for herself, the reader will think she’s mean.  Standing […]

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