As if winning a First Horizon Award from the Eric Hoffer Awards for Small, Independent, and Academic Press Books wasn’t enough, yesterday I found out they’ve named A Dreadful Fairy Book the winner of their Middle Reader Award for 2019! I’m so honored, humbled, and grateful. That plus finishing copy edits on the second book in the Those Dreadful Fairy Books series has made this a pretty darn good week!
I’m pleased as punch to announce that A Dreadful Fairy Book just won an Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award for independent, small, and academic press books written by debut authors! Woo-hoo! And thanks again to everybody who has read the book and is checking in here on the website.
While I’ve received many wonderful reviews for A Dreadful Fairy Book, the following one may very well be my favorite. Thanks so much to Mystery To Me‘s Middle Grade Reviewer (who both reviews Middle Grade reviews and is himself a middle-grader) for the kind words! More reviewers really should let writers know where their work stands in the event of an evil troll attack. New York Times Book Review take notice!
Great news! The second of Those Dreadful Fairy Books is done and has been sent off to Amberjack Publishing for editorial input. While I wait, I’ve begun pre-writing and planning on Book 3.
…and here are her travelling companions: Rigoletto Ginch and the Professor! (As rendered by the amazing Adam Horsepool.)
Because of the business of the beginning of the school year and all the work of getting A Dreadful Fairy Book ready to go to press, this announcement is shamefully late, but nonetheless I’m delighted to announce that one of my stories has been recorded as a podcast by an amazing array of actors and is available exclusively and for free on the Ghosts on Drugs website!
A story that had been percolating for a long time and informed/partly inspired by the must-see documentary 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle, Hy Bender, co-editor of the anthology Ghosts on Drugs and the guy who made this fantastic recording happen, describes it as “a beautiful tale about ghosts of the past, the ghost-like lives of the homeless, and the power of love and gods.” And while I’m proud of all the short stories I’ve written, this one is probably my best. As my friend Andy Bender told me, “This one’s something special.”
Anyway, until Ghosts on Drugs sees print, the story will only be available here, which is just fine given the amazing work of all the actors involved. Grace Rex’s pain and vulnerability as “the Kid” are palpable; Dana Watkin’s versatility, stunning; Caroline Cotter’s strength and concern, spot on; and PJ Sosko as the narrator/main character is just perfect! It almost feels like he owns that story now instead of me. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen first chance you get!
The good folks at Story Monsters Ink were kind enough to include a really fun interview with Quentin Q. Quacksworth (well, as fun as anything can be with that guy) in their September issue, which is out now. They are awesome! (Even if Quacksworth isn’t.)
Okay, I’m not sure if this really counts as a sneak peak since this ad appeared in Publishers Weekly, but here it is:
And while I’m not currently at liberty to share any of the interior art that the wonderfully talented Adam Horsepool has done for A Dreadful Fairy Book, I can tell you it’s terrific and the book is going to look like a million bucks. (Cover price, however, is significantly lower than that.)
“Galatea’s Lament,” a new take on the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea written from the perspective of Galatea, and “A Study in Winter,” inspired by the view from my classroom window after a big snowstorm, are in the July 2018 edition of Scarlet Leaf Review. It’s free, so I don’t know why you wouldn’t click the link on the “Publications” page and read them (and a lot of other great poetry as well).
On the Dreadful Fairy front, good Lord, so much going on! Recently read through first look copy for ARCs, wrote up promo copy about the book and myself (I don’t know about you but I’m hearing an awful lot about this Jon Etter guy lately, and I’m getting pretty darn sick of him!), still plugging away at the second Dreadful Fairy Book (almost done!), and have had the pleasure of seeing the wonderful artwork done for the book by the amazing Adam Horsepool. Just typing out everything that’s going on is exhausting. Anyway, very cool stuff all leading up to the November 6th release of A Dreadful Fairy Book, now available for pre-order at your local independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon