Twenty amazing high school students have come together to form a focus group of manuscript beta-readers for the first book in the Bohermore series. The students are reading the manuscript, one hour at a time, followed by fifteen minutes of discussion and feedback. Behind names like Voldemort, Groot and Starlord, they have enough anonymity with their drafts to be brutally honest in their critiques...and they are not holding back!
The focus group has taken on a life of its own. I think the red pens are their favorite part. Their free and liberal use of the pens on their manuscripts must be their revenge for all the red strokes against them throughout their educations.
The energy of the group is incredible! Fueled by bags of powdered donuts and the opportunity to be involved in the book writing process, the students read for the hour in anticipation for the lively discussion that follows. Without the adept moderator skills of 'Eugene', the conch shell, voices would blend into pure chaos and anarchy.
"Is the wind the antagonist?" "Why does she make such quick, rash decisions?" "Wait, who laughs that hard?" "She needs to make up her mind!" "Where'd his accent go?" "Why is it always gray and raining?"
These are some of the many conversation starters from the Bohermore beta-readers as they quickly become familiar with Irish slang, landscape/settings and 'acceptable behaviors'.
The battle between the Lovers and the Shredders rages on!