Well, I'm happy to tell you that she's just won second prize in the same category for her latest teen's novel, Magic Eyes, which she took rather longer to write ...
Seven days! :
... out of which 3 days were spent writing on a PDA with a sliding keyboard using my thumbs because as usual it was the penultimate last week of the contest that I had an inspiration and my husband's brother passed away 2 days into my novel attempt and I did PDA typing for 3 days in front of his coffin cos I was at his wake and funeral. I also quietly asked for his forgiveness and didn't mean to show disrespect but I had to be there and I had to finish my story in time and I had just those few days. It was feverish typing and also mourning with the family and you will find the influence of that event as the story has a cremation as well and I actually was so sad I killed the protagonist and in my re-submit I decided to 'resurrect' the boy i.e he didn't die. And yes, as usual I sent in my first draft (for some reason it works for me). However if you ask me how to write a novel, I'm afraid I am still puzzled how novel-writing is accomplished cos what I had done was just...er...tell a story I want to tell and the words just came out straight onto the keyboard, no crazy outlining and planning. Maybe that's why I am able to write a novel in 6-7 days. By the way I found out that Ray Bradbury also wrote his Fahreinheit 451 in 7 days and Isaac Asimov has written some novels in a week too so I am not that strange after all.Looks like she's hit on her winning formula. Just hope she hasn't featured anymore squished cats!
The Awards Ceremony is this Friday 20 June graced by 2nd Finance Minister at Hotel Crowne Plaza Mutiara, kind of fast and I am still trying to pinch myself awake.
Regards and LOL Cean
(Congrats to all the winners and if you click on the picture, you can read about all of them.)