Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
My first book signing in a book store. My first attempt to give a speech about my book in front of--well, the public. Yes, it was a little intimidating, but it was also tremendously fun. I'm grateful to family and friends who came to support me on this momentous occasion. It meant a lot to me to see you in the audience.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
A bunch of great neighbors got together Saturday night to celebrate the launch of The Everafter. I love this group! Where would we be without each other? We're there for each other at the bus stop every day. And when something important happens to one of us, it's as if it's happened to all. Special thanks to Alice for hosting. (Oh, and not everyone made it into the picture! We have to arrange another makeup picture session at the bus stop!)
Monday, 28 September 2009
So The Everafter is finally hitting bookstore shelves. And how marvelously fun it is to see it there. This image comes from the Okemos Schuler's--a store that I've been shopping in for over a decade. Seeing my book there is thrilling. And, to be honest, a bit "surreal"--a word often used to describe the book itself. I'm waiting for that transition from "surreal" to "real" to take place. Meanwhile, thanks to all of you out there who already believe it's a real book that can actually be purchased and who are doing just that! And, thanks as well, to all of you who believed it was possible for this to become a real book and encouraged me through the process of getting it finished.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Sunday, 9 August 2009
A Book Review of Gordon Korman’s Pop.
I’ve been a supporter of Gordon Korman for many years. He was one of the very first YA authors I had to the pleasure—decades ago—of recommending to my students. He can make me laugh, he can make me cheer, he can make me cry.
Pop was, for me, a don’t-stop-except-to-sleep read. I am no athlete. In fact, I have never been able to understand people who are. And I was still in love with this book about a football-loving teen who meets an ex-NFL linebacker, Charlie, in need of a true friend. I loved Charlie. I loved Troy. I felt empathy for Charlie’s family, and wished I could meet Mac in person. And I cheered on Troy as he made tough choices about—and took personal risks for—his new friend.
There are some sad moments in this book, but Korman handled them in a way that left me feeling good—hopeful—at the end of the book. I strongly recommend Pop.
Saturday, 18 July 2009
What an extraordinary opportunity I had this past week. When I attended a gathering at Brilliance Audio that’s been dubbed YAYApalooza, I had a number of fascinating experiences.
Let’s start with what it’s like to finally meet in person the disembodied voice you’ve been talking to for nearly a year, one that has negotiated contracts for you, and encouraged you when you thought you weren’t going to make it through the next round of revisions. This person is otherwise known as “your agent.”
How wonderful it truly was to meet Josh Adams—who, until last week, I had only known through tools of technology (email and phone). I’m so glad that I have the chance to work with all the people at Adams Literary. They are tireless advocates.
Meeting the many people at Brilliance Audio who participate in the making of an audio book was another awesome part of YAYApalooza. Tim Ditlow, who acquires the novels that will be a part of the children’s line of Brilliance Audio, is such a friendly and fun guy. Then there were studio managers, plant managers, sound engineers, an entire sales force…everyone there contributed to my wonderful experience learning about how audio books are made.
I also got to meet Tavia Gilbert, who is the narrator of The Everafter. Her voice is perfect—at least it is when you can hear it. The day I was there to meet her, she had laryngitis, but the book’s director made sure I got to hear some of the book’s recording session from the day before. This is why I know she has the perfect voice to be the narrator of Madison Stanton. She’s also just a marvelous person and fun to converse with.
As far as I’m concerned, there are never enough opportunities in life to talk about engaging books with people who are widely read in YA literature, but YAYApalooza was a bookworm’s heaven. Talking with Cindy Dobrenz, Lynn Rutan, Mary Burkey and Ed Spicer (all fantastic bloggers) gave me quite the fix. Walter Mayes is a fabulous storyteller, and an expert on young adult literature. Much to my delight, I had the opportunity to meet him, too.
Meeting Mike Winerip of the Adam Canfield series was another great part of this trip. Any time I can meet a fellow author, I’m ecstatic. Mike is fun to talk to and his enthusiasm is contagious. Oh, and it helps that he writes for the New York Times and I’m a fan of that newspaper.
I’m so thankful I had this awesome opportunity!
Sunday, 12 July 2009
I'm so glad I got to go to the American Library Association Conference this weekend.
Friday, 26 June 2009
I had such a good time today with the Greenrock Writers. I got asked all kinds of awesome questions (like "What inspired The Everafter?" and "Do you have everything planned out before you write it?" and "How do you go about being published?") It was such fun to be with kids who love to write. They made me feel so welcome. As they well know (because they had to do it in the retreat) reading our own work aloud always causes some jitters, but the GRW's made me comfortable from from The Everafter. In the next few days, I'll post some pictures of our fun together.