Sunday, June 23, 2013

The current of a brilliant book

Ok, so I allowed the current to take me without resisting. Then again, it's unwise to fight a strong current-you can become worn out and possibly drown before getting to shore. The current was The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy. It was brillant! I loved the characters and the premise. Janie, at age fourteen has to move to London from Los Angeles because her parents were placed on Hollywood's infamous Blacklist in 1952. This grabbed me right away. When she befriends the Apothecary's son, Benjamin, the mystery and adventure begins and rewrites of my YA, drifted away. At least I didn't drown! Her sequel came out this month, but I need to revive those rewrites first, before I plunge into The Apprentices.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

YA Author Tour

A couple of weeks ago, I voyaged out to Mission Viejo Library for the "Summer Lovin' Tour". A group of women YA Authors: Jessi Kirby, Suzanne Young, Sarah Ockler, Shannon Messenger, Kimberly Derting and Morgan Matson. I had read/purchased books from a couple of the authors that were there. The ladies each talked about their latest book and then had a Q&A. It was nice to discover that Shannon had written a MG first, like myself. These author's books have elements that are similar to the YA I'm writing so it was nice to experience how they presented themselves. They did a great job in creating a fun atmosphere for all.