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Book Excerpt Dreamwalkers

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“Hi, I’m Narciso and I walk in other people’s dreams,” is what I would say if there was some sort of support group for people like me. There isn’t.

Yip, I always know when I’m dreaming. Never need to pinch myself. I know, because my dreams are real. And true. But the weird thing is, they aren’t mine. And the dream I’m entering now isn’t an exception.

I open my eyes, knowing from experience what will be in front of me. Running far beyond the horizon like an endless stretched taffy, is a hall. White. So white that it blinds me and my eyes have to adjust before I can fully open them. The world runs past me and then back again and it feels as if the ground beneath my feet, as white as the walls, is breathing. Like it wants to push me forward. But I stand still for the moment, regaining my world, stitching it back together. When it finally settles, I adhere to the floor’s desire.

Like, okay already!

I walk forward as the hall consumes me like a thick fog.

Then I stop. I know I have to. I turn to the wall. From the whiteness of it, something starts to shimmer into existence. Like a mirage forcing its way into reality. The mirage starts to take a shape. A door. Black, as smooth as darkness itself. A knob, golden, gleaming in the whiteness of the hall, like an inviting smile. My body moves towards it, followed by a slow hand as its smile seems to grow wider. It’s cold.  It burns my palm. I hear a click, feel it run up my arm. And then a latching sound as it echoes past me and into the never ending, ever stretching hallway until it moves with it over the horizon.

I push. It opens.

About the Book

Title: Dreamwalkers

Author: Tiaan Lubbe

Genre: YA Fantasy / Adventure

“You walk the bridges between two worlds, between reality and dreams, Ciso.”

“You are a Dreamwalker”

Narciso di Angelo, a sixteen-year-old boy, living on the streets of Rome thinks he is the only one that can walk in other’s dreams.

He’s not.

When a mysterious and dark woman makes her appearance in one of his dreamwalks, he is rescued from her clutches by Project Somnus, a secret underground United Nations organisation, that recruits and trains children with his gifts, using them to fight against and prevent worldwide terrorist threats.

Here Narciso learns more of his abilities and where they come from as well as what it means to be part of a family and a home.

But, as the threat of the mysterious woman and the terrorist organisation Tantibus increases, he also learns what it is like to lose this.

“In dreams we live. In reality we dream.”

 

Author Bio

Tiaan Lubbe lives in Pretoria, South Africa where he spends his time teaching little monsters, directing
plays, doing what he calls writing and dreaming up the future. Mostly all at once.

 

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Release Blitz The Whizbang Machine

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Whizbangmachinebook1_Title: The Whizbang Machine

Author: Danielle A. Vann

Genre: YA

After years of running from his tragic past, Jack Yale books a flight home. With him is a typewriter that is intended to be a gift for his granddaughter, Elizabeth. The minute Elizabeth’s fingers cradle the large black and cream keys the machine responses: popping, sizzling, and roaring to life with a Whiz-Whiz-BANG!

Elizabeth quickly discovers the typewriter has powers beyond anything she has ever seen. The more she types, the more the machine spells out guarded secrets. Each secret leads them deeper into a haunted past. Each secret must be revealed in order to set history straight and remove a curse that has been on their family for centuries.

To solve the mystery, Elizabeth Yale, alongside Jack, will have to crack the code of the Whizbang Machine. What they find challenges their most basic assumptions of their family, the history of the typewriter, and even Elizabeth’s father’s death. The ultimate goal is to remove the curse.

The question is: will Jack and Elizabeth be able to carry out their mission?

Author Bio

5249_f2c2Danielle A. Vann lives to write. When she was small, she spent endless days writing and crafting wild characters out of thin air. As Danielle grew, that love for writing sparked a career in journalism. She began her career as a scriptwriter and then moved into a flourishing career as a news reporter, food reporter, and morning/evening news anchor. That career earned her an Associate Press Award.

After becoming a mother, she was inspired to write children’s books for her three adorable children. While she holds children fiction especially close to her heart, she also loves to write books for all ages. These genres include Young-Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction, Young Reader Fiction, and Non-Fiction.

When she isn’t writing you can find her doing “mom” things, digging in her organic vegetable gardens, running, finding her Zen in yoga, or playing chef in the kitchen. She currently lives in Mansfield, Texas.

Danielle is also the author of Gracie Lou and The Bad Dream Eater, November 2016 release The Whizbang Machine, and September 2016 release The Very Tall Tale of Ranger, the Great Pyrenees, and his Adorable Friend, Miss Keys, and October 2016 release Building Faith Through A Carpenter’s Hands. To learn more, visit www.authordanielleavann.com.

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Book Tours: My Junior Year of Loathing

mjyol-ebook-finalJunior year is supposed to be tough. Exams, term papers, homework, college tours, and participation in extra-curricular activities can all add up to non-stop stress. But Melinda Banner has goals to achieve and dreams to make real. This year, she’ll be unstoppable. But even over achievers need a break.

While walking in the woods to take a break from the stress of it all, Melinda meets a boy named Connor. After a few more run-ins, the two settle into an uneasy friendship, if you can even call it that.

But Connor’s closed and mysterious. Whenever Melinda asks too many questions, he suddenly has to go or is no longer interested in talking. When they’re together, she’s torn between wanting him to open up and running away as fast as she can. Still she can’t seem to shake her budding interest in him.

Connor has his own way of looking at the world, and his views often conflict with Melinda’s practical nature. Can you like someone and loathe them at the same time? Is he even worth the emotional tug on her heartstrings or distraction from all things Junior year?

And, as if she needs another project right now, Melinda starts to obsess over the abandoned estate she passes on the way to school each day. Between Connor and the old estate, Melinda’s beginning to think she’s taking on too much.

But Melinda’s smart. She finds a way to indulge her interest in the estate and fulfill her obligations. She will uncover the truth behind the aging edifice for an epic article in the school newspaper.

But when her investigation reveals a connection between Connor and a tragedy long-since forgotten, Melinda has a choice: put off her junior year achievements to save a local landmark and a boy who constantly pushes her away or put them both out of her mind for good and focus on making the grade.

Author Bio

Jennifer DiGiovanni is the author of the School Dayz Series. When she’s not writing or reading, she likes to try new sports and activities from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.

 

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Trailer Reveal The Sailweaver’s Son

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front coverTitle: The Sailweaver’s Son

Author: Jeff Minerd

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

The Sailweaver’s Son combines traditional fantasy with a dash of steampunk and takes young readers to a unique world—Etherium. A world where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the sky in sail-driven airships.

When fifteen year-old Tak rescues the survivor of an airship destroyed by one of the giant flammable gas bubbles mysteriously appearing in the sky of Etherium, the authorities react like a flock of startled grekks.

Admiral Scud accuses Tak of sabotage and treason. Tak’s father grounds him for reckless airmanship. Rumors spread that the bubbles are weapons devised by the Gublins, a race of loathsome but ingenious underground creatures. The King’s advisors call for war, hoping to win much-needed Gublin coal.

To clear his name, solve the mystery, and prevent a misguided war, Tak must do what anyone knows is suicide—visit the Gublins and find out what they’re up to. When the wizard’s adopted daughter, an oddly beautiful and irksomely intelligent girl from the Eastern kingdoms, asks Tak to help her do just that, he can’t say no.

The adventure will take Tak from the deepest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.

Author Bio

Jeff 2Jeff Minerd thought he stopped writing fiction a long time ago until the story for The Sailweaver’s Son came to him not in a dream but after a dream. He is grateful for that, and for the opportunity to explore the world of Etherium and entertain others with what he finds there.

Jeff has a son, Noah, who is also a writer and avid reader. Jeff hopes to one day place in the top ten—or maybe even top five—of Noah’s favorite authors. But the competition is pretty stiff.

In a previous lifetime, Jeff published short fiction in literary journals including The North American Review. One of his stories won the F. Scott Fitzgerald competition, judged by former NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse.

More recently, Jeff has worked as a science and medical writer for publications and organizations including the National Institutes of Health, MedPage Today, The Futurist magazine, and the Scientist magazine.

Jeff lives in Rochester, NY.

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Release Blitz Grim Fate

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Grim Fate coverTitle: Grim Fate (Grimly Ever After Series Book 2)

Author: S.L. Bynum

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

After achieving the impossible by saving her boyfriend, Shilah, from Death, Xia learned she is to become the next Angel of Death. Luckily she has years before she must accept her new position, so there’s still time for her to be with Shilah without interruption…that is, until the current Death begins training her. As she learns more about her upcoming responsibilities, she realizes a future with Shilah might be difficult, especially when a tragic event nearly tears them apart. After they get through it, they end up closer than ever and become more physically intimate with each other, leading Xia to terrifying new heights and making her wonder how far a grim reaper can go with a human being.

During one of her training sessions with Death, Xia meets the other Three Horsemen: Pestilence, War, and Famine. They feel she isn’t worthy of the title “Death”, and she wonders if they’re right. However, if she can’t fulfill her duty as the new Angel of Death, the consequences for the world of the living will be dire.

In Grim Fate, the second novel of the Grimly Ever After trilogy, S. L. Bynum continues the love story of Xia and Shilah, filled with more stakes and tension than before…and delivers another shocking ending that will change everything.

Author Bio

Author photo(1)S. L. Bynum fell in love with writing at the age of twelve, when she wrote a rendition of The Three Little Pigs for her little brother’s homework assignment. Her grim reaper character, Xia, from the Grimly Ever After series, is based off her own experience with romance in her teen years. S. L. Bynum is twenty-six now and besides books, she loves desserts, fashion, dancing (when she’s alone), warm weather, and playing video games. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her family.

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Release Party Russell’s Revenge

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the-bully-and-emily-dickinson-by-dennis-fishelTitle: Russell’s Revenge

Author: Dennis Fishel

Genre: YA Humor, Adventure

Fate has been messing up Dennis’s life for as long as he can remember. It was Fate that decided Russell Folmer—the biggest, ugliest, and meanest kid on earth—would live only two houses south of Dennis’s. Fate was also responsible for making Russell the same age and placing him in the same school. So who else but malicious Fate would arrange for Russell to be in the wrong place at exactly the wrong time when the bombs crafted from the only product a dog manufactures fell from Dennis’s experimental kite? Now, with dog dumplings decorating Russell’s extremely large and angry face, it looks as though Dennis’s days of successfully dodging the well-known bully are over. As the sound of Russell’s pounding feet gets ever closer, two questions flare up in Dennis’s panicked mind like neon in the blackness of a cave: What has he done to make Fate hate him so much, and how is he going to get out of this fix?

Author Bio

Owned and managed by dogs for most of his life, Dennis shares a home on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with his four-legged boss, Sally. Together they pursue their interests in wooden boats, fly fishing, chasing down obscure historic sites, and hiking to remote places just for the fun of it.

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Release A Sacred Love

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A Sacred LoveTitle: A Sacred Love: Kaiya and Jarrell’s Story

Author: Mya Kay

Genre: Christian Romance / YA

Kaiya Sora Samson’s last year of high school is here. Finally. Her and her friends have been waiting for this day since the summer. For Kaiya, things changed over the years with the arrest of her brother, the secret that she revealed two days before her brother was sentenced and the divorce of her parents. She has to do everything this year using her faith in God, something she never had to rely on before. This year, she’s determined to break free from the prison in her mind by living. She tries to move forward in her relationship with her best friend Jarrell, but she still struggles with trust. But she can’t fight her feelings for him and finds herself unable to deny the chemistry when they share their first kiss. Her other best friend Candice gets kidnapped and the end result destroys not only her family, but her relationship with Kaiya as well. Right before Spring Break, Kaiya finds out that Jarrell and Candice slept together, and even though she wasn’t with him, she feels betrayed beyond words. As hard as it was for Jarrell to tell her, he hopes that Kaiya can forgive him. But when her father calls a week later looking for Kaiya, he knows that the battle has just begun. Kaiya runs away to New York just three months before graduation. She wants to learn to trust those around her, but realizes that they are just as bad as the brother who she no longer trusts. Now, with a new best friend in New York, and a pocketful of money she’s been saving for two years, she’s off trying to figure out her path in life and see if what she’s learned about God protecting her is really true. With an overprotective father, a naïve and defenseless mother, and a best friend who is madly in love with her, Kaiya has to figure out whether or not she will let the demons of her past haunt her into an early grave, or learn the power of her name’s true meaning and overcome her childhood misery with love and forgiveness.

Author Bio

MK22Born and raised in North Philadelphia, PA, Mya attended the prestigious Philadelphia High School for Girls’, Jill Scott’s Alma Mater. After graduating in 2002, she attended Community College of Philadelphia and enrolled into the dual-degree program, catapulting her straight into Temple University where she completed her Bachelor’s in Magazine Journalism. She received her Master’s in English from Arcadia University in 2010. She relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in November 2011 and spent a year teaching English overseas in South Korea from August 2012 to August 2013. She self-published her first book, Speechless: Short Stories on June 6, 2012. In addition to novels, Mya writes screenplays and runs a nail polish line and writer’s coaching agency in Philadelphia, PA. She’s also currently working on her second Master’s, an MBA from Philadelphia University.

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Author Interview Journal of a Zombie Apocalypse Tour

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I’m hosting an interview with Lee Hermann, author of YA horror / dystopian “Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse”. Enjoy.

Author Interview

1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was 16, but didn’t know I liked it. It was around 23 that I decided, ‘Hey, I might actually be pretty good at this’. This then I’ve always been writing in some capacity.

2) Is Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.

No, this is my second book. My first one is also a mouthful: The Manservant Mysteries. The Haphazard Adventures of an Inspector and His Manservant. I adapted it fro a series of radio dramas I wrote. It’s about an inept inspector and his manservant (who actually solves the crimes with no recognition). Its quirky with absurd characters.

3) Why did you choose horror as genre to write?

I’ve always loved zombies and you can’t help but wonder how you would react in an actual apocalypse. I’ve had many conversations about it with friends, so it made sense to put my ideas out there as a book. Plus zombies are really cool.

4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Read and write. Keeping stories in your head are no good. It’s like any kind of skill… you need to practice all the time and expose yourself to what’s out there. Oh, and don’t be too sensitive to criticism… it hurts, but you need it to push yourself.

5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

At the moment I’m in the planning phase to the sequel of Journal of South African Zombie Apocalypse. Playing around with plot and seeing where to go in that universe.

About The Book

Book CoverTitle: Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse

Author: Lee Herrmann

Genre: YA Horror / Dystopian

Pages: 180 pages

Publication Date: August 2014

ISBN Number: 978-0-620615-92-1

South Africa has been infected. The army and police failed. Government fell. And now the dead roam the streets.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a post-apocalyptic story set in South Africa, 2 years after a mysterious outbreak has ravaged the country. No one seems to know how it started, but the reality is that most of the rainbow nation is mindless, walking zombies and it’s survive or be eaten.

After their supplies run out, 16 year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey for a new home. They Come across Kat and Dirk, two fellow survivors on a mission to reach Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Together they embark on an epic journey across the country. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new, unpredictable dangers.

Oh, and there’s lots and lots of zombies.

Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead.

About the Author

Lee-AuthorLee Herrmann was born and raised in South

Africa. He has always had a fascination with zombies and has numerous contingency plans for the eventual apocalypse. Therefore, while he waited, it made sense to write a book about zombies in South Africa.

He has a great love of by comic books, movies, television and popular culture, and cites his zombie favourites as 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead.

He currently works in a near-zombie environment as a Content Manager for a big corporate firm in Johannesburg and has had a varied writing background including copywriting, writing for web, radio and magazines. He is also the author of the mystery title, The Manservant Mysteries ( www.TheManservantMysteries.com).

Lee lives in Pretoria with his wife Dina, and two sons, Max and Nik. Every Saturday night he can be found going to the movies with his best friend Steve-Dave.

 

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Guest Post Every Inferno

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I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for YA mystery “Every Inferno”. I’ll leave the word to author Johanna Parkhurst now. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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So here’s a scenario: you write a book. You spend years and year on it. Writing it. Rewriting it over and over. Begging people to publish it. At some point, people finally says yes. You’re thrilled. Then you spend a whole lot of months working to get the book published—with editors, cover artists, etc. Eventually the book’s about to come out, and you couldn’t be more thrilled. Until people start asking you this question:

“Tell me what the book’s about!”

And you find yourself, to your own horror, giving answers like this.

“Well…there’s this kid…and his parents died in a fire…and he’s really angry…and, um, it’s kind of a mystery….”

I don’t know what it is with me and not being able to explain my own books. I spend years with these characters. I dream about them. It’s almost like because I know every nuance of the book—every little message I was trying to send, every little plot detail that had implications for character and message—I can’t bring myself to simplify the book into a few words.

So that’s been going for a few weeks (maybe months) now, and I’m quite certain that a few people who’ve asked that question are convinced I didn’t really write a book at all.

Yeah. Anyway, after I fumbled that question around for a while, a funny thing happened: the book came out. And I ended up reading some of the reviews.

And then something really funny happened: I remembered what my own book is really about.

It’s a funny thing, writing a book. There’s so much of you that goes into it: so many moments, so many little ideas, so many encounters you’ve had. Sometimes you lose track of where it all came from. And as I was reading a few of these reviews, and seeing readers’ perspectives on JJ and his struggles, I suddenly remembered the moment in my life that really brought Every Inferno together.

It was actually a long time (probably years; I’m a slow writer) after I’d started writing the book. I was working with this 8th grader who was getting in trouble all the time. And not for easy stuff, either. Harassing classmates, committing violent acts, really difficult stuff. Those of us who taught him were really struggling, because we knew he’d had a lot to handle in his life. Divorce, neglect, abuse, probably much more we didn’t know about…there was a lot for this kid to be angry about.

Every student tugs at a teacher’s heart strings in some ways, but some tug harder than others. Because you know. You know that they have a million reasons to act the way they do. A million reasons to be angry. A million reasons to be making the choices they’re making.

But you also know that if they keep making those choices, they’re going to miss out on so much. Like opportunities to form relationships with people who do care about them and want to be there for them. Or opportunities to make the world a better place, so that other people don’t have to go through what they’ve been through. Or—most importantly—the opportunity to really be happy.

Anyway, one day this particular student and I were having a moment (teacher friends, you know what I mean), and I thought to myself: self, if he doesn’t let go of this anger soon, he won’t have many chances left.

Not long after that, I started one of my final rewrites of Every Inferno before it eventually got published. It was like I finally had the lynchpin for the story. I finally knew what it was really about.

Then, somehow, in a haze of plot reconstruction and editing, I forgot.

But it’s never too late, right? So let me say it here, now, with extra-special thanks to some readers who reminded me when I forgot.

Every Inferno is about teenager who’s trying to figure out if his future is entirely determined by his past.

Because that’s a question most of us need to answer at one point or another. Some just need to answer it more quickly than others.

 

About Every Inferno

EveryInferno-400x600Title: Every Inferno

Author: Johanna Parkhurst

 Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, LGBTQ

Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.

A murder investigation isn’t the only thing the dreams trigger for JJ, though. They also lead to secret meetings with his estranged sister, an unlikely connection with a doctor who lost his daughter in the fire, and a confusing friendship with McKinley, a classmate of JJ’s who seems determined to help him solve the mystery.

All JJ wants is to shake the problems that have followed him since that fire, and he’s convinced he must catch the arsonist to do it. But as JJ struggles to find the culprit, he sees there’s more than one mystery in his life he needs to solve.

 

Author Bio

johannaparkhurstJohanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. She spends her days helping teenagers learn to read and write and her evenings writing things she hopes they’ll like to read. She strives to share stories of young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones she shares classrooms with.

Johanna holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves traveling, hiking, skiing, watching football, and spending time with her incredibly supportive husband.

 

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Author Interview with Sophie Weeks

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I’m interviewing Sophie Weeks today, author of YA/NA novel “The Soured Earth”. Based on the interview, Sophie sounds like a great person, and I wish I had time to read her book.

1. How long have you been writing?

I think I really started writing in high school.  I couldn’t stop scribbling weird scenes and scraps of dialogue and character sketches.  It was often inspired by historical figures, books I was reading, and any stray scrap of pop culture that floated across my field of awareness.  I believe I am probably the only author who cut their teeth writing M*A*S*H fanfiction.  Writing in some form is how I’ve always explored my thoughts and feelings.

2. Is The Soured Earth your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.

My first published book is called Outside the Spotlight (http://www.amazon.com/Outside-Spotlight-Sophie-Weeks-ebook/dp/B00BUUPYVO).  It’s a fun literary fantasy and mystery in the spirit of Jasper Fforde and Pirandello.  The setting is the world of culture and literature, where books are born, elves are everyday people, and imaginary characters live out their comfortable, seemingly immortal lives.  My heroine, Isabella, is a milkmaid from a French Renaissance Christmas carol who longs to explore the wider world and find passion and excitement in a mystery.  She meets up with Sherlock Holmes, and together they’re drawn into exploring a “real” mystery that threatens the very assumptions that underpin their existence.

3) Why did you choose young adult as genre for your book?

I feel like young adult is actually an extremely flexible genre.  Younger readers, and adults who enjoy the books written for them, tend to be more interested in the kind of family drama that I’ve created here. There’s a tendency to assume that millennials and the generation that follows them are this cossetted, narcissistic cohort with helicopter parents and no strong sense of responsibility.  But that’s the New York Times opinion piece type reality.  I spent many years teaching junior college, working with students for whom that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Many of my best students were young people taking on amazing responsibilities in addition to their education.  They were raising younger siblings, negotiating elder care, or raising their own young families while holding down a full-time job and taking classes.  So I think any assumption that young adults, or the literature written for them, are concerned only with finding a date and dealing with mean girls is ridiculous.  Young adults are citizens of this world, with a unique perspective on its challenges.

4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

I guess any advice I have would be primarily iconoclastic in nature.  If you’re curious about writing, it’s natural to read books about craft and books telling you how to be successful as a writer.  That’s fine, read them all, but don’t take anything as gospel.  One of the most reassuring things I was ever told was this: Mickey Spillane used to feed enormous sheets of butcher paper into his typewriter, work straight through, slash it up with scissors, and send it to his editor in a big box.  That was how he worked.  So whatever you have to do to make words appear on a page, do that.  Treat anything else as a suggestion.

5. Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

I currently have two manuscripts, “both alike in dignity” that have competing claims on my time.  One is a new adult book about a young girl who sets off blindly in search of “real magic.” It’s a modern fairy tale, a quest narrative that takes its heroine into a dark world of remote locations and secret societies as she struggles to make meaning in a prosaic reality.  The other is a larger, young adult fantasy project that I’m trying to be particularly cautious with.  It gives me a chance to do a lot of enjoyable world-building as I invent geographies and religions and history.

Silly Questions

1. Dark chocolate or white chocolate?

I’m not sure “white chocolate” technically deserves the name of chocolate.  Ew.

2. Red wine or white wine?

White wine, unless there’s dark chocolate.  Then red wine is de rigeur.

3. What’s your least favorite thing to do?

Scoop out the litterbox.

4. If you were given a yacht, what would you name it?

The True Love as a nostalgic nod to the great classic musical High Society.

5. If you had a mutant superpower, what would it be?

Flight.  Boring but true.  Some people stop having flying dreams as they get older—being able to defy gravity is my favorite way to pass time in my sleep.

6. Biggest pet peeve?

Any form of snobbery in which I’m not currently actively engaged.

7. What would you do if you were the last person on Earth?

Hmm.  Work really hard on my garden and build a large fence to keep out the roving population of starving household pets who now have a taste for human flesh.

8. If you were a genie, which wish would you absolutely not grant?

Anything that would take away another person’s free will.

9. What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Okay, let’s just end this debate for all time.  Long ago, something that was genetically almost-but-not-quite a chicken had congress with almost-but-not-quite a rooster.  In the egg that resulted, a minor genetic mutation resulted in a chicken.  There.  Done.

10. Why did the chicken cross the road?

Chickens are kind of dumb.  We had a lot of them when I was a kid, and I’d wager they’d gladly wander all over a six-lane highway if you let them.

11. If you could hang out with any historical figure, past or present, who would it be and why?

Assuming we have a babel fish (because my Latin is pretty rudimentary and largely forgotten), I think Julius Caesar and I would have a really swell time together.  I’d love to get advice from his brilliant tactical mind (and maybe warn him that the Emperor gig will end badly).

12. What’s your power animal?

There’s an albino skunk who lives on our lot.  This sounds very prosaic, but he’s only rarely seen, and very magical looking in the moonlight.  I feel like he might be a visiting spirit animal.

13. What are your top 3 “rules to live by”?

“Every cripple finds his own way of walking.”  “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  “I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.”  (The last is courtesy of Edith Cavell, a brave British nurse in World War I.  Her life, and death, are an inspiration.)

14. Which actress would play you in a movie about your life?

I was once intensely flattered by a comparison to Drew Barrymore.  Assuming undue realism isn’t the goal, I’d love to see my idiosyncrasies transformed by Barrymore’s energy

15. What’s the punctuation mark that best describes your personality?

Question mark

The Soured Earth

soured-earth-coverTitle: The Soured Earth

Author: Sophie Weeks

Genre: YA/NA

When Margaret Campbell left her home, a working ranch in the Canada prairies, for the East coast and college, she never meant to come back. In the aftermath of a tragic accident that claimed the lives of her aunt and uncle, however, Margaret is called home to help. There she must assume a much less glamorous role as chef, gardener, and mother figure for her orphaned cousins.

But when a strange sickness strikes their cattle and blights their crops, Margaret’s family is threatened with the loss of their ranch and only livelihood. Now caught in the middle of a full-scale environmental disaster, Margaret finds herself divided between duty to home and family and the fashion designer career she’s still struggling to build.

Author Bio

sophie weeksBorn in Phoenix, Arizona, Sophie Weeks received a Masters degree in English Literature from Mills College in 2006 and completed her PhD in Victorian Literature at Rice University in 2013. Sophie resides in Payson, Arizona with three furry miscreants, who are wanted in multiple states for criminal adorableness. She is also the author of Outside the Spotlight and Unsettled Spirits.

 

Links 

Website: http://sophieweeks.net/
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7007803.Sophie_Weeks

 

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