Posted at May 1, 2014 4:02 am
I’m super-excited to be a featured author at the Ohioana Book Festival on May 10, 2014. The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fort Hayes Education Center in Columbus. I’ll be on two panels:
10:15AM – 11:00AM
• Young Adult I: Fiction and Fantasy
Panelists: Laura Bickle, Mindee Arnett, Cinda Williams Chima, Scott Tracey – Room 124
12:45PM – 1:30PM
• Mentors & Muses: Literary Influences
Panelists: Laura Bickle, Andrew Welsh-Huggins – Room 106
And in the week leading up to the Ohioana Book Festival, I’ve got the wonderful opportunities to do a couple of events:
- I’ll be on Columbus NPR WCBE 09.5 FM’s Craft program, discussing books and the Ohioana Book Festival Wednesday May 7, at 8:00 p.m. EST.
- On Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m., I’ll be visiting the Westland Area Library to chat about writing.
I hope to see you next week!
Posted at Apr 27, 2014 3:01 am
I got tagged by Jillian Kuhlmann, amazing author of THE HIDDEN ICON, to participate in a blog hop! Jillian’s answers to the questions are on her blog, here.
And here are mine:
1. What am I working on?
I’m working on a couple of different supernatural projects in both YA and contemporary fantasy genres. There’s a bit of fantasy and a bit of scary. Stay tuned for more details!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I have a minor obsession with including animals, familiars, and pets in my books. Pets are a huge part of my life (I’m owned by five cats), and I always want to include a bit of that relationship between humans and animals. There’s something very much about unconditional love and trust there that I think makes a good contrast to the obstacles that the protagonist faces, and also a source of strength.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write about what scares me. Fortunately, that’s a lot of stuff. Much of it can be transmuted into some kind of supernatural creature, a focus for the protagonist to battle and conquer.
4. How does my writing process work?
I’m a plotter – I like to have a map to show me where I’m going. When I’m developing an idea, I summarize it in one to two page synopsis. Then I sit on it, to see if the idea has legs. If so, then I develop a broad arc for where I’m going. I follow many rabbit holes as I work through the story, but I prefer to have a good sense of the beginning, middle, and end.
When I’ve completed a draft, I read through it again, using index cards. I summarize a scene on each index card, write down how many pages is in each scene, and gather them into chapters. I move them around, figure out my timeline, and decide what can be combined and cut. On each card, I make a notation about why the scene is necessary for the story. If I can’t come up with three reasons, it gets tossed.
It’s not a very glamorous process, but it helps me stay on target and focus on gathering the story threads into a more cohesive whole.
I’ve tagged writing buddy Faith Van Horne, author of the super-awesome SUPER SARGASSO to answer these questions, too. Check out her answers on her blog!
Posted at Apr 24, 2014 3:14 am
I’m so excited to announce that THE HALLOWED ONES has been selected for the State Library of Ohio’s Choose to Read Ohio reading list for 2015-2016!
From the Choose to Read Ohio press release:
“In conjunction with National Library Week, the State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association, and Ohio Center for the Book are pleased to announce the 20 books selected for Choose to Read Ohio 2015 & 2016. The featured books, by authors native to, residing in, or associated with the Buckeye State, highlight a rich tapestry of literature available for Ohioans of all ages to read and share.
“Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) encourages libraries, schools, families, book clubs, and others to build communities of readers and an appreciation of Ohio authors, illustrators, and literature. Selected books are suitable for use in classrooms, libraries, bookstores, by book discussion groups, by families, and by other groups in various community settings. Participation may be as simple as a small group choosing to read and share a book together, or as elaborate as a community-wide reading initiative with special events and author appearances.
“CTRO booklists follow a two-calendar-year program cycle, but readers are encouraged to read and share any current or past CTRO books at any time. Previous CTRO booklists have spotlighted titles by Ohio authors and illustrators including Toni Morrison, Denise Fleming, Will Hillenbrand, Virginia Hamilton, Angela Johnson, J. Patrick Lewis, Daniel Kirk, Cinda Williams Chima, Katrina Kittle, and many others.
“The books on the CTRO 2015 & 2016 list will be showcased at the Ohioana Book Festival, Saturday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus. Free and open to the public, the festival offers author discussion panels, book signings, children’s activities, food trucks, and a book fair featuring nearly 100 authors. Among them are several whose books appear on the new or previous CTRO booklists: Laura Bickle (The Hallowed Ones), Cinda Williams Chima (The Demon King), Jeffrey Ebbeler (Tiger in My Soup), P.L. Gaus (Blood of the Prodigal), David Giffels (All the Way Home), Karen Harper (Mistress Shakespeare), Lisa Klein (Two Girls of Gettysburg), Amit Majmudar (The Abundance), and Mindy McGinnis (Not a Drop to Drink).
“The CTRO booklist 2015 & 2016 was developed by an advisory committee representing schools, libraries, and literary organizations, with input from 50 additional teachers, librarians, and other book lovers.”
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Posted at Apr 4, 2014 12:19 am
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be a featured author at the Ohioana Book Festival on May 10, 2014. The Ohioana Book Festival is always a wonderful event – I love getting the chance to meet other Ohio authors and discover new books. Full disclosure: I start my holiday shopping in May at the Festival!
I hope to see you there!
Posted at Feb 14, 2014 10:29 pm
I was thrilled to be interviewed by Sonja Sharp for a Vice.com article, “Is Amish Fiction the Antidote to Fifty Shades of Grey?”
I always consider it a compliment when I’ve given someone nightmares.
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Posted at Dec 11, 2013 7:02 pm
Well, I warned you that it would be DORKTASTIC! And it is. Truly.
Posted at Dec 9, 2013 4:57 pm
A mysterious box has arrived at my house, jolting me out of my hibernation.
The box stands as tall as my hip, and weighs about twenty-five pounds. I am quite certain that it contains something DORKTASTIC. Any guesses about what could be in it?
Posted at Oct 5, 2013 8:17 pm
Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre, edited by Paula Guran, is out! The anthology includes a short story by me, “From Dust,” about a young woman facing her family’s magical bargain with the forces of nature during the Dust Bowl. More info about all the Halloween treats inside is here.
Paula is also running a giveaway on her website – check it out here!
Posted at Oct 1, 2013 5:48 pm
THE HALLOWED ONES and THE OUTSIDE are now available as audio books from Audible.com! Get your Halloween chills here and remember…listen with the lights off!
Posted at Sep 27, 2013 5:15 pm
THE HALLOWED ONES and THE OUTSIDE will be available as audio books from Audible.com on 10/1…and they can be pre-ordered now! Pre-order your Halloween chills early here and remember…listen with the lights off!