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I was waiting a long time to get my first “yes” on a novel. Now, a little more that a year past it’s release into the world, here are the top five things I’ve learned in my first year as … Continue reading
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I’m feeling a little Olympic today, as yesterday it was announced that Leaving Kent State has won a 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Award Gold Medal in the Young Adult Historical Fiction category. Independent Publisher magazine runs the awards, which are “intended to … Continue reading
I will be participating in the Beaver County Bookfest on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (1600 for you military types). I’m looking forward to meeting book lovers from the region and see my good friends, authors Stephanie Keyes and Joshua David Bellin. I hope to see you there!
I will also, along with my usual partners in crime, Stephanie and Josh, be presenting in a workshop from our wonderful Western Pennsylvania SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Along with author Leah Pileggi, each of us will be presenting for an hour on different areas to hone your manuscript during revision. I will be speaking on the neuroscience of how our brains react to fiction, and what authors should do to maximize the brain’s ability to engage with story. The workshop will be held on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, September 23, 2017. For more information, visit Honing Your Manuscript and Heading to Success
I have a new poem in the war issue of The Pedestal Magazine. This is a poem based on a true story. My dad really did find a dog in the Philippines and he really did name her Zero. He writes about her in his letters home, and, when he lost her as he did in the poem, he and a guy named Whit from his unit buried her. Then, one day as they were passing her grave, they put flowers on it for her. That pretty much says everything you need to say, I think, about the young men we sent to the Great War.
I’ll be leading a teen book club event at the Barnes & Noble Homestead (at the Waterfront, 100 West Bridge Street, @BNPittsburghWaterfront) on Wednesday, July 19th, at 7:00 p.m.
I hope you can join us to talk about writing, reading, and historical fiction. Copies of Leaving Kent State will be on sale and I’ll be signing. Join us if you can!
My latest review from Kirkus is in – “A love story that engagingly merges themes of art and anger.” You can check out the full review here.
I’ll be signing books at the Kent State University bookstore on Thursday, May 4th, from 10:00-11:00, as part of the annual KSU memorial ceremony. The campus bookstore will be carrying Leaving Kent State, so you can stop by and pick up a copy there if you don’t make it to the signing. I will sign all the copies they have in stock before I leave!
KSU now has a small museum open to the public in Taylor Hall that is really interesting, so don’t forget to stop there if you will be on campus. They have some interesting photos of Kent and the era, as well as a short video on the tragedy. Also, for you super history buffs, there is an online oral history project that you can access online. It’s a fascinating look at the day from various perspectives and is available here.
Thanks for your interest in Leaving Kent State and happy reading!