I had the most remarkable discussion with my good friend, and talented author/illustrator Cheryl Kirk Noll about voice. We discussed books that had it, and how we might develop distinctive voice in our characters. Cheryl has noticed that in novels with strong voice, the character's particular way of speaking is carried into the narrative, even in third person. She pointed to Katherine Patterson's Bridge to Terebithia as an example.
That brings me to Hidden Voices, a wonderful YA novel set in Baroque Venice. I'll be interviewing the author, Pat Lowery Collins, this Friday on my blog. Hope you can join us!