Monday 21 October 2013

Blog Tour: Egypt Rising by Stanley Schatt - Guest Post

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egypt risingEgypt Rising
Some ancient secrets should remain buried.
An American teenager in Cairo finds herself in the middle of the Egyptian revolution fleeing militant Islamic extremists. She leads her worst enemy and the boy she thinks about much too often on the adventure of a lifetime. When she discovers an ancient artifact that was buried for thousands of years, she learns that very powerful people will stop at nothing, including murder, to learn the secrets of a long-dead civilization.
Praise for Egypt Rising
From the first page, and quite possibly the first sentence, I was hooked on this refreshingly different YA read that is suitable and enjoyable for all ages!  ~Dii
Guest Post by Stan Schatt
In part my characters are determined by the type of story I'm telling. In Egypt Rising, I wanted to create a character my granddaughter could admire and want to emulate. I also wanted to create a three dimensional antagonist, a character who despises Olivia yet is not just a paper villain. The current novel I'm working on includes teenagers, one of whom is an Inuit while the other is from Uzbekistan. Why? Because my granddaughter indicated she would love to read a novel that contained teens from these countries.

I found it easy to sketch out the basic plot of Egypt Rising, so the initial writing went quickly. The problem was that I wasn't satisfied with the end result. I moved a pivotal riot scene to the first chapter to give the book a shot of energy to capture readers. I still was missing something. I realized I hadn't made any character come alive because I hadn't captured any of their voices. The end result was that I rewrote the entire novel and changed it from third person to first person (Olivia's point of view). 

Finally, I've been tweaking the novel for several months. Every time I sent it out for review, I'd make a few more changes.

3. As far as what elements of a story are personal necessities for me to have in my novel, I want to have at least two characters who are three dimensional with faults as well as good points. I also want a plot that propels the reader to keep turning pages. I also would like my story to have texture because I enjoy reading novels that have texture. That requires me to add foreshadowing elements, symbols, and in some cases parallel plot elements so that a reader can re-read the novel multiple times and still find lots to enjoy.

stanAuthor Stan Schatt
Stan Schatt has written thirty books on a wide variety of topics including a chapter book for children, a YA novel, biographies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and books on technology and career changing. His love for teaching is reflected in outstanding teaching awards he received from the University of Southern California and DeVry Institute of Technology.
Rather than having one career, Schatt has had several. He has worked as an autopsy assistant, an English professor, a software trainer, a law enforcement administrator, a market research executive, and a sales manager.

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