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  • Parents in YA, News and a Duke Championship!

    Posted on April 8th, 2010 Shari No comments

    Currently reading: THE DEATHDAY LETTER by Shaun David Hutchinson (ARC from the Tenners!)

    So much going on, it’s absolutely head spinning. But no complaints–I’m enjoying every second of this path to publication.

    The Class of 2K10 is tweaking our BEA schedule. We’re looking forward to signings at Books of Wonder in NYC and The Voracious Reader in Larchmont and to a reading at the New York Public Library. We’re hoping to hang with some of the wonderful bloggers we’ve been meeting virtually and more than anything, ecstatic to finally meet each other after all these months of corresponding. Stay tuned for the final schedule, hopefully next week.

    Speaking of Staying Tuned, Shelli Johannes-Welles is coordinating a Library Appreciation Day Author Blog Post-fest. I am thrilled by the interview I did and will post it either Friday or Monday.

    My favorite discussion of the week was about parents and YA. I read the NT Times Article by Julie Just entitled: “The Parent Problem In Young Adult Lit.” And as I read I thought that this seemed totally inconsistent with the YA books I had been reading. I sat down to write a blog post about it, but before I did, I was Tweeted in the direction of a wonderful post by Sarah Ockler, author of Twenty Boy Summer. The post was well-written and everything I wanted to say and more. And the discussion and comments that followed it were even better. I encourage you to go read it.

    I had given a lot of thought to the parents in Change of Heart. I wanted them to be together and fairly stable because I didn’t always see that type of parent represented. But it’s not all good between Emmi and her parents. Like any 16 year old, she fights with her mother, but the family unit is fairly functional. One of the biggest points in Sara’s post and the subsequent discussion that whatever parents you choose, they need to fit the story, not just be thrown in to spotlight bad parents or the prevalence of absent or drug-addicted mothers and fathers.

    I was lucky to have two interviews posted last week. Kathy McCullough, a member of the Class of 2k11 and author of Delany Collins, F.G. was kind enough to interview me for her Debut Author Interview Extravaganza. If you poke around on her blog, you’ll also find interviews with my fellow Class of 2k10 members Michelle Corriel, Rhonda Hayter, Janet Fox and Kristina McBride. Please come see us on Kathy McCullough’s blog!

    I also had a fun time being interviewed by Jeff on the Debut Author’s Blog. Come read about my journey through the woods and how I outfoxed an old witch and a dwarf and made it through the enchanted forest!

    As I posted this, I got word that the April Swag Giveway for the Class of 2K10 has been posted. Come over to our blog, comment and get a chance to win some awesome stuff: from bookmarks galore to an ARC of Jeri Smith-Ready’s Shade. Not to mention one of the fabulous squeezy soccer stress balls I had made for Change of Heart. You have to come to the blog to see all the great stuff you can win.


    And, of course, it was an incredible week for our Duke Blue Devils. Thanks to Coach K and his team for giving us some great basketball this year, particularly one of the best Championship games ever. (confession: if the final basket had gone in for Butler, I would have been ecstatic–how could you not? It would have been the greatest finish in the history of the NCAA!)  (confession #2: I was watching on the Duke quad for the 1986 Championship game, so you can do the math and figure out just how old I am!)

    Jon Scheyer

    And a special shout out to Jon Scheyer, who has some big fans in our house.

    From BEA to YA Parents to Interviews to Duke–you can see why my head is spinning! Okay, off to write…

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