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Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu - and although Hawaiian - should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

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Writer's Digest: 3 Ways to Know When to End Your Chapters

Writer's Digest just posted an interesting article this morning, regarding chapters and how to end them to keep your reader begging for more. This has always been an interesting topic for me, considering some of the best novels I've ever read, always had the most amazing chapter endings - pushing me to turn page after page, well into the late hours of the night. In many cases, these said books were ones I finished in just one day.
But how did they accomplish this?
Like many, I'm not a writer that follows the golden rule of partaking in outlines. Sure I have lots of rough notes jotted down here and there - but nothing formal and definitely nothing I force myself to follow to the "T". Which is why I particularly gravitate towards point #3 - a technique I'm constantly trying to master as I work on my own manuscript. What will make the reader keep on reading? What will give them just enough information to want to turn the page?
It's questions like these we need to keep asking ourselves, as we hone the craft of writing and polish up what are sure to be titles on the next NY Times best sellers list. Which leaves me asking more questions: So how do you end your chapters? What tips do you follow?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!

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