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
The Capt. Kimberly Hampton Branch Library (304 Biltmore Road, Easley, SC 29640) is hosting a meet and greet featuring yours truly on July 9 at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase so come out and get a personalized copy if you like. Everyone is invited! For more information, call 864-850-7077.
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.