Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
It is with pleasure that I announce the winner of a copy of Jennifer Hubbard's debut novel, The Secret Year:
Please e-mail with your mailing address: yascribe(at)gmail.com
This month is National Poetry Month. What does that mean to me? Have I been reading, writing or thinking more about poetry? Well, yes. I must confess, I'm a novel in verse addict. Have you tried one? Would you like to? What's your favorite novel in verse?
Next week I'll be posting an author interview with Lisa Schroeder who has published three young adult novels in verse. I just finished Lisa's beautiful novel, Chasing Brooklyn. If you haven't read a novel in verse yet, there's a start. And I can recommend dozens of other authors including Helen Frost, Sonya Sones, Ellen Hopkins, Jandy Nelson. These are just off the top of my head. There are many more.
Do you have a favorite poet, poem, or novel in verse? Please share!!!
WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: Where She Went (G. Forman) Chasing Brooklyn (L. Schroeder) Between Shades of Gray (R. Sepetys) Not That Kind of Girl (S.Vivian)
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Long before I had the pleasure of reading Jennifer Hubbard's poignant novel, The Secret Year, I developed admiration and respect for her through her insightful and encouraging blog entries. If you haven't already read her debut novel or become a follower of her blog, I strongly recommend you do both.
Jennifer was gracious and kind enough to take a moment to answer a few questions here.
Favorite thing about writing a first draft: It can be as sloppy, rambling, or weird as necessary. There are no rules. It doesn’t have to be good until later!
Best thing about writing for kids and/or teens: The books we read when we’re young stay with us. Young readers have an enthusiasm for books that is amazing and refreshing and very satisfying.
One word that describes your path to publication: Roller-coaster. (I think many writers would choose this word!)
If I could have two dream careers, I’d be an author and a: philanthropist.
Best thing about being a child: Being allowed, even encouraged, to play.
Worst thing about being a child: You have so little control over your life, yet everyone keeps telling you how great you have it.
Best thing about being a teenager: School vacations, especially summer; having close friends; having so many possibilities for the future
Worst thing about being a teenager: Acne and homework
Most memorable teen moment: One of the most memorable was standing on the football field at graduation, trying hard to believe that: 1) the sun was shining even though we had dared to have an outdoor ceremony; and 2) high school was really over.
A quote I live by: Do not wait until you are thirsty to dig the well.
My dream vacation: An around-the-world trip that hits mountains, desert, ocean, and forests.
If you'd like the chance to win a copy of THE SECRET YEAR please leave a comment below and check back next Wednesday to see if you're the one.
Jennifer R. Hubbard is the author of the young-adult novel, The Secret Year, and the forthcoming Try Not to Breathe. She blogs at http://jenniferrhubbard.blogspot.com and http://writerjenn.livejournal.com
Monday, April 4, 2011
My persnickety Persian discovered the bottle of vitamin E oil. Every time I pass by the bathroom, he jumps on the counter, stares at the bottle, and purringly begs me to use it. He loves the stuff!
But what does this have to do with writing a novel? Enter the Importance of Encouragement.
Writing companions keep me going. No, they don't jump on my keyboard, stare at me, and beg for a drop of oil, but they do pop into my inbox cheering me with heartening messages from time to time.
Last month I got a whole lot of help by means of March Madness. Thanks all of you who joined in. If you need a dose of motivation, hop over to Denise Jaden's Blog each Monday.
Speaking of inspiration, Wednesday I'll be posting an interview with charming YA author, Jenn Hubbard, and giving away a copy of her debut novel, The Secret Year.
Where do you find encouragement? Do you need some now?
WHAT I'M READING: Real Live Boyfriends (E. Lockhart) The Latte Rebellion (S.J. Stevenson) Delirium (L. Oliver) Wither (L. DeStefano)