Thursday, June 27, 2013

The America I Wish For

I wasn’t sure I would post this. I don’t typically get political on my blog for a reason. I believe in everyone’s right to their own opinion and that it’s not my place to try to change the opinions of others.  That said the Trayvon Martin murder and the Sandy Hook murders have profoundly disturbed me, as a parent and as an American.  I want to write about what I feel today, so bear with me. I’ll be brief.

No one, of any color or creed, should have to fear for their lives while walking down the street, or attending school, minding their own business. No one, especially not a child.  This is the America I wish for. I know it’s a big wish, but here’s hoping for the best, ‘cause that’s what I do.  I know you’re better than this, America. Please don’t prove me wrong. Peace~

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Diversity in Young Adult and Middle Grade books

I’ve been following along in Marieke Nijkamp’s blog event DiversfYA lately. It’s been extremely illuminating.  If you get a chance, you should hop on over there and check it out.  It’s about diversity, or the lack thereof, in fiction for young people. 
That’s not to say there are no diverse characters in fiction today, but there could certainly stand to be more.  The world and its people are a rich kaleidoscope of experiences and our stories are too. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the stories of minorities seem to be rather rare in traditional publishing. 
Those I’ve read seem to fall on the tragic end of the spectrum, but not always.  Marcello in the Real World by Francisco Stork is a beautiful story about a young savant learning to function in the harsh, reality of everyday life.  Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda is a brutal look at what happens to a bullied Asian teen who’s immigrated to America.  These stories are honest and truthful and need to be told, but I think there’s room for minority characters in science fiction and fantasy too.  In fact, librarians who work in schools with minority kids are begging and pleading for it. 
Why aren’t these characters being reflected in published fiction?  Are white authors afraid to write characters outside their own race?  Are there less authors of color for some reason?  Do publishers avoid buying multicultural fiction?  I’m sure I don’t know the answers to all these questions, but I’d like to know your thoughts.  What would you like to read about? What multicultural books have you read that we should know about?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hush Puppy cover is here!

I wish I wasn’t so crazy-busy right now so I could do a proper blog post to tell you how much I love this cover.  It’s an intelligent, beautiful young woman with all the potential in the world, just like my heroine. 

Leave a note here and let me know what you think, and after that, you can jump over to my web site and read an excerpt if you like.  And don’t forget a Facebook like so you can get all the updates on the release of the book. J  Hope you’re going to have the best week ever~

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Writing Update: Oregon here I come!


I’m getting excited for the Oregon Coast Writer’s workshop coming up in July. The emails have been flying back and forth about the class in preparation, only making it worse.  I have to send in a writing sample for the instructors, so I’ve been debating on that. I think I will send in Vessel, since it’s newest and it’s something I want to work on perfecting.  I’ve queried it to a couple agents and publishers, but no bites so far. Given my generally positive experience with self publishing so far, I don’t think I would hesitate to publish it myself if it comes to that.

Every trip we’ve taken to Oregon has taken us to a new beach. This time it’s a place called Oceanside, perched on a cliff, not far from Tillamook – cheese capitol of the west. Things I’m looking forward to – tide pools, seafood, and writing/photography.  Things I’m not looking forward to – fog, rain, and any form of cold weather.  Our spring has been too cold and I’m ready for summer now. Got that Oregon?? I want sunshine!


My latest project is the third book in the Storyteller series, working title “The Last Page”.  All the chapters are outlined (I’m a huge outline fan) and I’m just finishing Chapter One this week.  My goal is at least chapter a week. If I can do that, I’ll have a book in six months. That would be lightening speed for me. Maybe with the kids out of school and dance lessons for the summer, I can do it. I’m having fun with it anyway. I guess that’s what’s important.

I’m hoping to reveal the cover of Hush Puppy in the next week or so. I’ve been lucky enough to have a publisher that allowed me input into the cover design and I think it’s going to be really beautiful. Can’t wait to show you!