Alas and alack, SUSPECT did not win through to the final list of 99 titles. But then, I didn’t really expect it to. A quick tour through the nominations assured me back in November that my book was quite light by comparison without having the high concept of something like Natalie Standiford’s CONFESSION OF THE … More Best Fiction for Young Adults 2011
SUSPECT was nominated to YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list! A group of fifteen will evaluate the nominees at the American Library Association Midwinter conference and come up with the 80 or so finalists. I’ll add the link once this list is updated. Right now, it only shows the nominees through September 30. My … More Best Fiction for Young Adults 2011
One thing about blogs is that people will generally read things from newest to oldest. So I’m going to work my way backwards from my decision to submit SUSPECT to Peachtree to how I came up with the original idea for SUSPECT in the first place. It was essentially a ten-year journey from my first scribbles on … More Reverse Chronological Order/Explanation of Dedication Page
I ran across a new fantasy designation today. Of course, it could have been knocking around for awhile, but here is how Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of CURSE DARK AS GOLD, put it: “Historical fantasy” means my work is inspired by real places and cultures of the past, but with fantastical, otherworldly, or magical elements. … More Historical Fantasy
Megan Whalen Turner has updated her website. In it, you can find pictures, podcast and interviews. But this link will take you directly to a short story out about a much younger Gen.
I was wandering through the Publishers’ Weekly website when I ran across an interview with Megan Whalen Turner. I smiled when I discovered that Ms. Turner has the same advice for potential readers that I always give. She recommends reading them in order and avoiding the merest glance at the flap copy of the later … More An Attolia Alert!
Attention all fans of Megan Whalen Turner’s Attolia books! You’ll find a 60+ page excerpt of Conspiracy of Kings on the HarperCollins website. Naturally, they didn’t put it up there as a public service. The chapters are there so you’ll read it and then rush out to buy the book on the very day that it becomes … More Conspiracy of Kings
Fuse #8 continues to be one of my first clicks of the day as I check out her unscientific poll of the top 100 chapter books. Sometimes I kick myself that I didn’t add a book to my list. Today, I discovered that I’d read and adored four out of five on the list even though … More First click of the day