Thoughts About The Level of Reading in My Book

Been doing some research, and have decided that the book I’m writing falls into the Young Adult category. While parts of it will appeal to 9-10 year olds, the majority will appeal to those 12 and older. Some of my critique partners think I talk above my readers, but I don`t believe in “dumbing down” a book. If kids don`t understand a particular word, they will ask an adult, or look it up in the dictionary. The goal of my books is to stretch the reader, both in understanding and imagination. Isn’t that what books are all about?

About Susan McCaskill

Susan (or Sue, as she prefers to be called), was born in post war England, and lived there until the age of nine, when she and her mother emigrated to Canada. Her father died when she was nine, and left a huge impression on her. Both her parents encouraged her to read, and learn. She has always believed in fairies and elves, and probably always will, and as a child, she saw things many others didn't, and as a result she was thought to be a little strange.

Sue currently lives on beautiful Vancouver Island with her husband and three demanding cats.

Although she has been in Canada for so many years, she still misses the English and Welsh countryside, and because of this, her novel is based in the ancient, picturesque town of Betws-Y-Coed.

About herself, she says:

"I think I was born a writer, and got more confidence thanks to my grade five teacher, who was wonderful, and fostered my love for writing. I didn't write for almost 40 years, because of raising kids, life happenings, the usual drama. I started again sporadically ten years ago, and finished my first Mid Grade fantasy in 2013. Currently working on book 2.

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