A Word from the Editor: Laura H on Stealing Time

A Word from the Editor: Laura H on Stealing Time

Posted on May 8 by Anne Dublin
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Laura H. takes over the blog today to talk about editing Stealing Time by Anne Dublin!

Laura H:

Whenever I begin a new project with an author, I take time to do some preliminary research on the topic — whether it’s social history, hard-boiled detective stories, or YA (Young Adult) fiction — in order to get a “feel” for my subject matter.

In the case of Stealing Time — a story written by the charismatic and talented Anne Dublin in which two step-brothers spiral back (and forward) through history — I was at a loss as to how to proceed. How do you research time travel?!

After some thought, however, it occurred to me that I could assist Anne by applying my interest in etymology (the study of word origins and how their meaning changes over time) to the story. Both Anne and I felt that the dialogue in the finished book should be an accurate reflection of the conversations that would have taken place during the various historic periods visited by the protagonists.

With that goal in mind, I started editing. During the manuscript development process, Anne and I discussed the relative accuracy of a variety of words — from the appropriateness of using the phrase “the boss” in a medieval monastery, to debates on the kind of language that would be used in a street brawl in fifteenth-century Prague. In the end, we made several changes to the narrative which, although small, contributed to the creation of a strongly written, highly readable, and historically accurate story.

Anne Dublin

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Anne Dublin

Anne Dublin is an award-winning author of historical fiction and biographies for young people. Her books include Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything, winner of the IODE Violet Downey Book Award and the Canadian Jewish Book Award, and The Orphan Rescue, finalist for the U.S. National Jewish Book Award. She lives in Toronto.