Melanie Crowder is an award winning author that has written books such as “Audacity”, “Parched”, and “A Nearer Moon”. Now comes her new book, “Three Pennies”. This children’s book is about a young girl named Marin, who has been tossed around in the foster care system ever since the age of four. Readers follow her story and how she uses the I Ching to guide her.
Crowder says this was very fast to write compared to her other books and seemed much easier.
“It just flowed” Crowder says. She compares Three Pennies to her book, “An Uninterrupted View of the Sky” coming out July 13th and says that “Three Pennies” was much easier to write than that book. “An Uninterrupted View of the Sky” took a lot of research and when writing it, didn’t flow as easily. It took her a year to accomplish Three Pennies, three months to write the first draft and the rest of the year she edited and revised the book.
However, the characters in “Three Pennies” came before the year she started to write her book. She formed the characters from personal experiences that she thought would fit together to make a good story. Crowder thought of the I Ching from experiences she has had, as well as Gilda (the social worker) from when Crowder was a teacher and had a child who came from a violent home. Crowder says she thought about how all these experiences fit together and began to form characters. Crowder says she didn’t know what she was going to write about until she finally did and the characters and plot came together.
“Three Pennies” was written for ages 9 to 12. Crowder says that by putting the owl into the story as a character, this age group would react better to the personified animal. Also, the main character (Marin) is a child, so kids can relate to this character more but still having a couple adult main characters.
Melanie Crowder says that this book was similar to another book she wrote, “A Nearer Moon”, which is for around the same age group. Although, each book is different and has a different personality, Crowder says.