Posted by Lisha Cauthen
It’s always a thrill when someone you know publishes a book–a double thrill when it’s someone in your critique group. I give you Anola Pickett, author of the new middle grade novel, Whisper Island.
Interesting where ideas come from, isn’t it?
Here, Anola tells us a bit about the Lifesaving Service:
So it’s quite a predicament for Primmy, the 12-year-old main character:
They say a writer tells the same story over and over in each novel, just with different characters. Anola’s characters are always plucky kids overcoming great obstacles. Makes for exciting reading!
Here, Anola talks about the conflict between Primmy and her mother, reflecting on a bigger picture, in my opinion:
One of Anola’s strengths as a writer is her attention to detail of setting. Here, she talks about research, and why Whisper Island is an important book for kids:
Here are a few of the fascinating details Anola found out about living on the Outer Banks in 1913:
What a pleasure to read an historical fiction written by someone so dedicated to authenticity! Like in Anola’s first book, Wasatch Summer:
And as one of her critique partners, I can tell you she’s researching diligently for the novel she’s writing on now:
When she’s done with that…will Primmy appear in a sequel?
But if you’re going to read the sequel, you’ve gotta read the first book. Here’s someone who might inspire you to do just that:
Where did her name come from?
Poor kid. I agree.
I’m so excited for Anola’s book, I’m giving away an autographed copy, with some Island gee-gaws, donated by Anola herself.
And lastly, I just have to squeeze this clip in. All published authors who have done the rounds will appreciate this audience question:
Enter my blog contest for a free, signed and personalized copy. All you have to do is Tweet, Tumbl or Pin about Anola’s book, and leave a comment with the link to your handiwork. DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT CST, SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH. The winner will be drawn from the proverbial hat and announced on Monday. Prize may or may not include the mermaid bookmark. OH JUST KIDDING.
Posted by Lisha Cauthen
I know you’re beginning to think we don’t do anything around here but launch books.
YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT.
Case in point: Fortune Cookies, by A Bitterman (Pete Cowdin), Illustrated by Chris Raschka.
How many authors do you know run the register at their own book party?
Chris Raschka, as I’m sure you know, is a Caldecott winner. He and Pete gave an illustrated reading of Fortune Cookies. Here’s a little taste:
Then it was time to sign books. So we lined up uncooperatively with Laura Manivong and drove Mrs. Bitterman (Debbie) insane.
FINALLY it was my turn, and I got the true scoop on how illustrator and author got together.
What was interesting about this book bash was the participants. Most book launches are attended by a small circle of writers, but Pete’s crowd was overwhelmingly composed of Reading Reptile customers.
EVERYTHING’S different when Pete Cowdin’s involved.