It was a great honor to be featured at The Reading Extravaganza in Laurens, SC. This free event organized by Michelle Caroll, an area teacher, offered free books, school supplies, food, and entertainment to area children. What a great way to get children excited about reading and the upcoming school year! To read an article with details about this event, click here.
That’s the title of the article written by Cheryl Allen in today’s Greenville News. To read the rest of the article, which also discusses trends in youth literature and the indie-publishing boom, here’s the link: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20120714/NEWS/307140015/Fairy-tale-comes-true-Simpsonville-writer?odyssey=nav|head&nclick_check=1
That’s just a taste of what the readers at Fay-Bay Young Adult Book Blog had to say about The Fairytale Keeper. Reader the rest here.
The very wonderful Cheryl Allen from The Greenville News stopped by earlier this week to interview me about The Fairytale Keeper. In the following clip, I discuss how I came up with the idea for series. http://www.greenvilleonline.com/videonetwork/1722683468001?odyssey=mod
On Thursday, June 28th someone broke into my car at Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville, SC and stole my laptop and purse. Unfortunately, all the back-ups to my novel were in these two things.
My second novel (which was nearly finished) is gone. I really wish now I had backed up my work on a dozen thumb drives and external hard drives, but I didn’t. (FACEPALM) I feel pretty heartbroken to have had my work and personal belongings stolen from me. I really hope they catch the person who did this so others don’t have to go through what I’ve been through this past week.
It would be easy to give up at this point. It would be easy to through up my hands and say “I guess God, the universe, or whatever don’t want me to write this novel.” But the little bits of positive words from fans and friends and a vast amount of anger at myself (for not backing up my work) and at the culprit of this crime keep me going. In the last week, I’ve started to rewrite the second novel and hope, hope, hope that I can have the first draft finished by September. So to those of you who are looking forward to the second installment in The Fairytale Keeper series it will be out by next Summer.
It’s true, so when the blogger at The Girl Who Reads YA asked to pick my brain about The Fairytale Keeper, I had to allow it. Find out what she had to know by clicking here.
A huge thanks goes out to Judith Brown and The Laurens Advertiser for their lovely front-page article about The Fairytale Keeper. I’ll be signing at The Bookstore (also in Laurens) tomorrow from 3-5pm. I can’t wait! To see the full article, click here.
The amazing Calum of The Secret Blogger is giving away a copy of The Fairytale Keeper. Here’s another secret, ever if you don’t win my book you might win a little something else. Check out the article and enter to win your copy here.
So today I had my first signing. I was pretty nervous, but the people at Mr. K’s (Greenville, SC) were so gracious. I had no idea what to expect because this was my first signing. I (somewhat naively) ordered 100 books. Unless you’re JK Rowling or have some sort of cult following, it’s unlikely that the turnout for an event is going to be huge so needless to say I haven plenty of books left over for the other two signings that I have this week. That’s okay. It would be a real problem if I had to cancel a signing because I couldn’t get enough books shipped to me.
All in all, I met some amazing people and did rather well in sales. The staff even told me that people had come in earlier that week to request the book before it had even been released! I owe a huge thanks to Ken M., Nancy C., Greg C., Becky K., Alyssa K., Katie C., Lydia C., Dana W., and the wonderful staff at Mr. K’s for making my first signing such a positive experience.
Another well-written review by Lulu the Bookworm with an excerpt, too. Check it out at http://lulu-bookaddict.blogspot.com/2012/06/review-for-fairytale-keeper-avenging.html