My good friend Karen Akins has been given permission to share her debut cover. Look for LOOP on shelves starting October 21st.
At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.
After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.
I took author Kristen Fulton's online nonfiction picture book class and highly recommend it, if you are curious about writing nonfiction. Kristen's upbeat, professional, and provides you with some pretty stellar worksheets to take your idea to the next level.
She also did a one on one critique of my manuscript at the end of the four week session. And an added bonus, my group is staying together to keep polishing our stories until they sing. Kristen offers one class per month. I encourage you to check it out.
"I write in my house, at my desk where I have Christmas lights strung over it to try and convince me that I'm having a good time. I can't really write anywhere else." Kate DiCamillo I adore this funny quote by the impeccable Kate DiCamillo, especially as I just hung a cheery flag banner over my own desk. Kate's newest release is FLORA & ULYSSES, and I'm about to read it for the second time. It's a complete riot and is packed with superb characterization (William Spiver anyone?) and that pitch-perfect middle grade voice she's famous for. I intend to study this story, to take it apart, much like one would when repairing say a vacuum cleaner. Maybe i'll emerge with my own set of super powers and exclaim, "Holy Unanticipated Occurrences!"
Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.
Have you read any of her books, and if so, what's your favorite? Kristin
I've recently returned from my home state's SCBWI conference. Here are a few nuggets I picked up from the Saturday faculty (I regret I missed Darcy Pattison's session on Friday, but I highly recommend you buy her novel revision workbook. It's super.)
Dawn Frederick is the owner of Red Sofa Literary and co-founder of MN Publishing Tweet Up. She is a social media guru, has read The Phantom Tollbooth every year since the first grade, and is not a fan of mermaid fiction. (Queriers, take note.) Dawn also likes to see a solid author bio, especially when it relates to the book you are querying.
*Pay attention to the reveal of a character's traits. As seen in The Deadly Desperados, unconventional, delayed revelations can be a tool...the author withheld a vital piece of information to further plot.
These books sound fantastic and put a new spin on the classic Magic Tree House, if your child has exhausted them (ahem). What I love about this series is the protagonists travel back in time to meet famous historical figures as children (Clara Barton, Crazy Horse, Alexander Hamilton, Harry Houdini and more).
All in all, our advisor Phyllis and her team put on another great conference. It's always good to see friends, new and old, and talk books.