When my good friend Gina asked me to do an interview on Swagger, I couldn’t say no. Feel free to buzz on over if you’d like to check out my answers and maybe even win a ten-page critique.
A friend of mine, a writer who managed to make me laugh AND get teary eyed at the same moment, has started group-blogging as Swagger. This bunch of writers came together at a Highlights Foundation retreat and really bonded. Collectively, they’re an interesting bunch. Rich Wallace, for example, has written lot of great middle grade and YA novels. (On a … More Swagger?
It was fun to find SUSPECT on a list of suggested books for a last-hurrah-of-the-summer kind of book put together by a librarian in Harris County, Texas.
When my friend, fellow author and Michigan Ad-Com member Pat Trattles approached me about serving as the novel mentor, I couldn’t say no. Really. As Robert Heinlein pointed out to Spider Robinson decades ago, you can never really pay a professional writer back for the help that they’ve given you. You can only pay forward. Winning … More Serving as the Michigan Mentor
SUSPECT was one of ten books picked for the High School KSRA 2011 YA book award . Students can vote on their favorite title as long as they’ve read at least four of the following books: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins, Charlesbridge Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, Simon and Schuster Five … More Keystone State Reading Association
My writer friend Dori Hillestad Butler has had quite a year. First, she was nominated for the Edgar for her book, THE CASE OF THE LOST BOY, which is part of her BUDDY FILES series. Then she found herself in the middle of a censorship brouhaha when a woman from Texas complained about the specificity … More Dori Wins the Edgar!
Suspect made the Pennsylvania YA Top 40 (or so) list. I’m afraid that “or so” means closer to 200 books, but it’s still a lovely honor. Here’s the review from the librarian who nominated it: Seventeen-year-old Jen goes to help her Grandma Kay for the summer at the bed-and-breakfast she owns, but finds herself investigating the … More The PSLA YA Top 40 (or so)
You can find Jeannie Mobley’s extremely amusing post on Zen and the Art of Manuscript Submitting at Emu’s Debuts. I had to laugh when Norse mythology was added to the fruit salad of literary allusions.
Suspect turned up on the Kansas NEA’s Reading Circle Catalog! The list appears to cover fiction and nonfiction for grades K-12. Cool beans!
The Edgars Awards are given out by the Mystery Writers of American. The nominees for titles from 2010 came out today on the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe. I’m delighted to report that my friend and fellow writer Dori Butler was nominated in the best juvenile category for THE BUDDY FILES: THE … More The 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Awards