Young Adult Author
TOUCHING THE SURFACE
(Simon Pulse - Simon and Schuster, October 30, 2012)
1. Tell me about the book in your own words.
TOUCHING THE SURFACE is the story of a seventeen year old girl named Elliot who has died for the third time and is stuck in the afterlife. She now needs to figure out why she can't move on. As she Delves for her memories of the past, she finds out that she's done something unforgivable. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is the story of how life altering events are meant to alter lives.
2. What was your road to publication like?
My road to publication was wonderful. It was full of slow and steady growth. It took me about three and a half years to write and sell SURFACE, but in that time, the positive experiences far out weighed the negative ones. I have learned so much from my peers, the SCBWI and the professionals who were kind enough to share their knowledge. I can never adequately express my gratitude. *blows kisses*
3. What book inspired you as a child?
Without a doubt there are a bazillion LOL! But a few stand out more than the rest. THE GIVER by Lois Lowry taught me that I was not the only one to have strange questions about bigger issues. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK taught me there is power in writing down the truth and of course, anything by Dr. Seuss because he was brilliant.
4. What do you think about libraries going out of business in school's and public?
Every time I go to a conference or a book event, I buy signed books for my children's library at school. I can't even think about school libraries closing without wanting to vomit. I have loved every library that has been in my life. In my opinion our treatment of libraries and librarians is a symptom of a sick society and we need to get healthy again--NOW!
5. Do you have any do's and don'ts for up and coming authors?
I won't lie, this is a struggle for me too some days, but it is so important to have your head screwed on straight. Remember why you write. Live in the moment you are in and enjoy it--whether it's as a pre-published author, a soon to be author or a literary icon. You can be miserable in any stage of your writing life if you chose to be. Decide to savor the best of every moment. But isn't that just the truth about life. Follow your true north the best you can.
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