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Bio: Steve Brezenoff

Name: Steve Brezenoff

'10 Book Title: THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF -1

Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab

Favorite Bit of Writing Advice: B.I.C., of course.

Favorite and Least Favorite Part of Writing:

Favorite: Meeting the characters I create.

Least Favorite: That point in everything I write when I realize half or more of what my new favorite character has done had absolutely nothing to do with the overall arc, and should be tossed.

Outline or Let it fly? I usually write scene after scene, expanding a character's life and conflict, until something seems to be a theme. Then I outline a story arc based on those scenes, usually (as implied above) abandoning quite a bit of what I've written.

5 Things About Me:

1. I am stay-at-home dad to my son, Sam, born in August 2008.
2. I'm also working on my teaching license; planning to teach English to middle schoolers
3. Every few months, I give in to a craving and end up re-immersed in Azeroth. If you don't know what that means, consider yourself lucky.
4. I was a copy editor for six years before I decided to write full-time.
5. I was born and raised outside of NYC, but met a gal from Minnesota and followed her out here. My life is about a million times better now than it was back then.

THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF -1 Synopsis:

 

The absolute value of any number, positive or negative, is its distance from zero: |-1| = 1

 

Noah, Lily, and Simon have been a trio forever. But as they enter high school, their relationships shift and their world starts to fall apart. Privately, each is dealing with a family crisis—divorce, abuse, and a parent's illness. Yet as they try to escape the pain and reach out for the connections they once counted on, they slip—like soap in a shower. Noah’s got it bad for Lily, but he knows too well Lily sees only Simon. Simon is indifferent, suddenly inscrutable to his friends. All stand alone in their heartache and grief.

 



Comments

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dawn_metcalf
Apr. 7th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Awesome-sounding book! Welcome to the MidWest & the Tenners!
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Dawn! I'm excited to be here! (Tenners, that is. Minnesota I'm not as thrilled about anymore. Been a few years. :) )
denisejaden
Apr. 7th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Welcome, Steve! Sounds like a great book!
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Denise. Very happy to be here!
tlcadence
Apr. 7th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ooh, sounds like my kind of book. Welcome!
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Cool, Tara. I'm glad to hear it! And thanks!
christyraedeke
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hey Steve, my blog friend! What a happy surprise to see you here at the Tenners! And we share an acquisitions editor, though you get to keep him. :)

Welcome! You book sounds amazing.

Christy
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Hi, Christy! Thanks so much!

I'm excited as heck; so cool to be part of this crew of writers.
bec_fitzpatrick
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the Tenners, Steve! Wow, copy editor. That's quite impressive!
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
I never fit in with the copy editors. I just didn't care enough!

And thanks! I can't believe how welcoming everyone is--thanks to all the Tenners!
angie_frazier
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Welcome, and your book sounds like a great read! The male population of the Tenners is rising...I think you're #3! :-)
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Doing my part for the XY!

And thanks! Very glad to be here.
jberkj
Apr. 7th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
There are four dudes! (Now.) Welcome!
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Josh!
seaheidi
Apr. 8th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Dude. Berk. You're losing your Mr. Only Boy status and quickly!
jberkj
Apr. 9th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
I am losing my Only Boy status, but you ladies will never forget your first. Awww yeah.


Haha. That was so gross.
annajarzab
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
This book sounds great! Welcome, Steve.
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Anna!
finding_further
Apr. 7th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Love the synopsis. Can't wait to read this!
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope it lives up to the synopsis!
jencervantes
Apr. 7th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Welcome. So glad to have you here. Yeah! We need good teachers!
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
I hope there's no hurry. I'm only taking one class per semester, so it might be a while! :)

And thanks!
lindsay_eland10
Apr. 7th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Welcome Steve!!!
sbrezenoff
Apr. 7th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!!!!
beedeecee
Apr. 7th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
wow - your book sounds great! can't wait to read it. :)
writerjenn
Apr. 8th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Welcome! Your book sounds right up my alley.
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olugbemisola
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Welcome, Steve! Your characters sound fascinating.
kay_cassidy
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Welcome to the Tenners, Steve!
irenelatham
Apr. 8th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
Hi Steve - my dad is in North Dakota... can be brutal up there! (says the girl in sweet home Alabama) Glad to have you, and I am most interested in your track character... maybe because my oldest son is a hurdler ?? Welcome!
amybre_white
Apr. 8th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Welcome, Steve! The book sounds great. This is a fabulous, fun, supportive group of writers.

-Amy (Brecount White)
jamerichards
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Welcome Steve! The book sounds great!
seaheidi
Apr. 8th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Welcome Steve!!

I have a character named Lily too (and a baby born in 2008)

You must be one busy dude!
sbrezenoff
Apr. 9th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Quite busy! Please help me explain that to my professor, who seems angry when my assignments are "incomplete," or "late," or "not done at all."

Thanks, too. Is the baby named Lily too?
erinbow
Apr. 9th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Welcome Steve!
That's a great synopsis; lots of power in it.
ravelda
Apr. 10th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Coming in here a little late...

Welcome to the Tenners!
writerchick6
Jul. 6th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Your book sounds really great! Looking forward to reading! Good luck with the teaching. I used to be a middle school English teacher and now a SAHM. :-)
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