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    Louder Than Words – Laura Jarratt

    “When I grow up I want to be a writer. I guess a lot of people my age say that and I also guess they’re told that fourteen isn’t old enough to know what you want to do with your life. That might be correct for some people, but not for me – I do know and it’s a really important deal for me.  I love words. I love the pattern they form on a page, the rhythms, the way they dance in formation: a ballet in one book, hip hop in another, or tap, jazz, all different.” Rafi loves words, but she cannot speak them. A progressive mute she…

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    Louder Than Words Blog Tour: What Influences Me by Laura Jarratt

    Today Laura Jarratt has stopped by the blog to talk about her influences, both for writing in general and for her latest book Louder Than Words. As a baby writer I was very influenced by Kevin Brooks. I remember reading Candy and being blown away that YA fiction could be so hard-hitting. What I love about Kevin’s writing is the rhythm he finds in the words and how that is so important in his writing style. I learned so much about how to write from reading his books, and the most important point was about distinctive voice. You hear the elusive ‘voice’ talked about a lot in writing circles but it’s…

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    Skin Deep ~ Laura Jarratt

    “The stereo thumps out a drumbeat. Lindsay yells and reaches into the front of the car to turn the volume up – it’s her favourite song. The boys in the front laugh and Rob puts his feet up on the dash. I smile like I’m having a good time, squashed in the middle of the back seat with Lindsay dance-jigging around on my knee and Charlotte and Sarah on either side of me.” When Steven Carlisle started showing off even more in his new car, driving with his knees and smoking a joint at the wheel Jenna knew it wasn’t a good idea. When the car skidded on a patch…