Exhaustion and happiness! These two words describe many of us, I suspect, who attended another great Florida Writers Conference held this year in Altamonte Springs, FL. It was great to see old friends and meet new fellow writers and faculty presenters. Unlike the previous three years where I worked as a volunteer, this year I attended and enjoyed the sessions and panel discussions. Bolstering up my courage, I gave a verbal "pitch" at Chris Hamilton's exciting and instructive Pitch Fest Gong Show. I escaped the "gong" but I can't say I knocked 'em dead with my three-minute pitch. However, I certainly learned what worked and what was missing from my very short description of my YA story CROSS OVER.
The exciting part is I was able to refine my presentation and successfully pitched to an agent the next day who requested fifty pages to review. Excited because I liked him. I truly believe a bit of personal rapport helps both writer and agent on this long and winding road to publication.
Next event is the Western PA SCBWI conference in Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 11 and 12. For this conference, I'm concentrating on my upper middle grade story THE WHISPERING CHIMNEY. I'll be showing two editors from major publishing houses my beginning pages. Wish me luck!
Author of Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction
Published by Guardian Angel Publishing December 2014:
Jeremiah Lucky and the Guardian Angel
Jeremiah needs a little help and he gets it with the sudden appearance of his guardian angel. Chapter book for ages 7-10.
Jeremiah Lucky Finds Puppy Love
Jeremiah dodges a kiss from a princess and falls head over heels for a lost puppy. Chapter book for ages 7-10.
Watch for these titles coming soon:
The Whispering Chimney
Eleven-year old Bethany finds a stone chimney and discovers a beautiful but terrifying past. (upper middle grade)
(Beyond the) Stone Eagle Gate
David, age fifteen, flees a false accusation and takes refuge in a haunted, abandoned mansion. (YA, historical fiction ghost story)
The Interplanetary Adventures of Yan Sunnara: Book I Rescue on Lato
Cultural scientist Yan Sunnara rescues an unusual child on the planet of Lato with the help of an exotic and beautiful Uvian archaeologist. (Adult, soft Science Fiction, Rescue on Lato is the first of a series of four novellas.)
Three teens are connected by a mysterious and sometimes frightening ability to cross over from one dimension here on earth to another. This YA novel placed in the top three in Florida Writers 2013 RPLA competition. Speculative Fiction.
Some Great MG and YA books
- Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
- These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
- Red Blood Road by Moira Young
- On Little Wings by Regina Sirois
- Nation by Terry Pratchett
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Printz 2012)
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- Fire by Kristin Cashore