Nov 14, 2022 • 33M

Day 42: More Tension Tricks with Erica Ferencik & Desmond Hall

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Because you need a lot of tools in your toolbox for holding up your book’s middle, today we discuss additional tension tricks as well as the all-important idea of the Crucible. Helping us out our authors Desmond Hall and Erica Ferencik.

Devoted to authenticity in her craft, Erica Ferencik spent weeks in the northern Maine wilderness to research her debut best seller, The River at Night. For her “hair-raisingly vivid” (Kirkus) follow-up, Into the Jungle, Ferencik journeyed a hundred miles up the Amazon to experience firsthand the lush and perilous Peruvian jungle. Inspired and informed by a month-long trip to Greenland, Ferencik sets the New York TimesOprah DailyLos Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal’s editors’ pick, GIRL IN ICE, in one of the most unforgiving, unforgettable landscapes imaginable.

Desmond Hall was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and moved to Jamaica, Queens. He’s the author of YOUR CORNER DARK, a YA novel that was one of Bank Street’s Best YA novels of 2022, a finalist for the New England Book Award, A Nominee for the Yalsa audio book award, Essence Magazine’s 19 Children’s book list, and included on several MUST READ lists including Buzzfeed and WBUR. He's worked as both a high school biology teacher and English teacher, counseled at-risk teens from Riker’s Island prison, and served as Spike Lee’s creative director in the advertising business. He’s also written and directed the HBO movie, A DAY IN BLACK AND WHITE, which was nominated for the Gordon Parks Award. He’s written and directed the theater play, STOCKHOLM, BROOKLYN, which won the audience award at the Downtown Theater Festival at the Cherry Lane Theater. He’s also served on the board of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and was a judge for the Addys, and the Downtown Urban Arts Film Festival. Hall was named one of Variety Magazine’s 50 Creatives to watch. 


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