One of my favorite summer events is the Teen Writer's Workshop Justin, the Librarian and I host at the Cape May County Library. Check out these budding authors and don't be surprised if you're standing in line for their books one day. :)
Teen Tales: Volume 1 - A collection of short stories by Cape May County teens.. Coming soon at the Cape May County Libraries.
Last Saturday night, I had the pleasure of signing books alongside two amazing authors, Nancy Viau, author of Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head, and Cyn Balog, new mom and author of Fairy Tale, at our Jersey Girl book signing in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.
What a blast. Cyn and Nancy are hilarious and full of a ton of writing insight. We laughed and chatted and laughed some more. In fact, last week was the best week of the entire summer. After the amazing signing, my mom, dad, brother, and his family arrived and we ate at Menz's (my fave Jersey Shore restaurant), spent some time on the beach, hit the water park, and we took Kaci to her first circus. :) After way too many sad times over the past year, this summer was full of exciting news and happy times with family and friends. Life is Good.
What did you do this summer? Did you go on vacation? Did you hang out with family and friends? Was this summer one of your best?
If you play a sport, any sport... We want to hear from you. :)
I'm excited to announce a new Pretty Tough Inc. Spotlight starting on Saturday, August 22nd. Each Saturday, Pretty Tough will feature a special athlete on their amazing website with an exciting interview, sporty story, and pic.
If you're a middle school, high school, or college athlete and you'd liked to be featured, send me an email at email@example.com. :)
Thanks for reading and have a fabulous rest of the weekend!! :)
I'm excited to announce my first multi-author book signing. :)
Join the fabulous Cyn Balog, author of Fairy Tale, the amazing Nancy Viau, author of Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head, and me at the Barrier Island Trading Post Book Store in beautiful Stone Harbor, New Jersey tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.
We will be signing, chatting, and giving away tons of prizes.. :)
If you're in the Jersey shore area on Saturday night, please stop by!!
And check out the 'Jersey Girls Book Signing' Courier Post article with full details here. :)
Happy August! I hope you are having a fantastic summer. :) The first Wednesday of the month means another edition of The Book Review Club hosted by Barrie Summy, author of I So Don't Do Mysteries. Today, I'm featuring the fabulous and new mommy, Cyn Balog's FAIRY TALE.
I'm going to be honest and I don't usually share this with ANYONE - mainly because I don't want my writer and reader buds to throw things at me. I'm not a huge fan of fantasy because most of the time I just don't 'get it' (it meaning the fantasy). BUT, I do enjoy a good story and Cyn Balog's debut, FAIRY TALE is amazing. In fact, it's so good, I actually contemplated picking up a few fantasies at Borders last weekend. :)
1. After reading FAIRY TALE, I was left with a lot of potential lessons about life – letting loved ones go, fate, sacrifice and selflessness, teenage boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, etc... What is the most important one you tried to portray?
Mostly, I wanted to portray how even things we're 100% sure about might not happen... even when you're a psychic and have the most perfect relationship ever, that by no means guarantees the future!
2. Loved your characters, Cam, Morgan, Scab, Eden, and Pip. Any muses?? :)
Not so much-- Cam is my popular dream guy, the guy most girls would want, and Pip is the flip side, the gangly, humble, sensitive guy... the type of guy girls SAY they want! Morgan is who I would probably be if I had the ability to see the future... she is snarky and sometimes mean, but it's a thin disguise because she's really not that self-confident-- she knows all of her popularity is tied up in her gift and her boyfriend... so when both of those start to crumble, her insecurity begins to show.
3. Why did you choose to write about fairies? Are you a fairy fan?
Not a huge fairy fan. I just wanted to write a paranormal with a love triangle, and I thought it would be very interesting to have a GUY fairy, since most books out there were about girls learning they were fairy princesses.
4. Your description is remarkable and I commend the way you were able to make the story so real and believable. Any tips for writing such rich description? Do you write description in your first draft or add it later?
I write really lean at first; my first drafts are usually like 45,000 words. Then I go back and embellish. I really have no idea how people can write 100k-word books, because I have never been able to do that. I always seem to want to rush rush rush through all the action, so I leave description and characterization very sparse and always have to throw it in there in the next draft. Plus, I guess I don't think very descriptively... it always takes me longer to come up with that imagery.
5. Tell us about your next book.. I can’t wait! :)
Sleepless, about a Sandman who falls in love with a mortal girl whose sleep he controls, is due out in 2010! It's another YA geared toward the 12-14 age group and I just turned in revisions for it... so I am excited to go through the whole process again with another book!
Keri Mikulski is the author of HEAD GAMES (Razorbill/Penguin, January 6th, 2011), Pretty Tough Books 4-6 (Penguin/Razorbill, 2011-2012), SCREWBALL (The National Writing for Children Center’s 2008 Summer Young Adult Pick), and its sequel, CHANGE UP (a 2009 Cybil Nominee). Visit her website at http://www.kerimikulski.com.