First I hope you and all in your family are well and taking measures to remain so.
As we teachers and parents all hunker down and try to come up with meaningful learning activities for our kids, I thought I’d let all of you know that I’ve personally created a complete study guide, including chapter-by-chapter study/discussion questions covering multiple levels of questioning and a variety of final projects, for A Dreadful Fairy Book. The study guide is free to download right here: just click the link below or on my “Teaching Materials” page. I also hope to have a study guide for Another Dreadful Fairy Book completed and available for free download sometime this week (you know, during all that time I have when I’m not providing/monitoring virtual learning for my students or tending to the educational/emotional/physical needs of my two homebound children). Both books are available in print and ebook formats from a variety of online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores.
Take care and be well!
A Dreadful Fairy Book Study Guide
We have an official release date for Another Dreadful Fairy Book!
On January 7th, join Shade, Ginch, and the Professor as they search the fairy land of Elfame for members of a secret society of book guardians and a treasure trove of lost books while fighting to keep the Grand Library from being shut down by the villainous bugbear Norwell Drabbury, Grand Scrutinizer for the Ministry of Ordinariness, Averageness, and Normalcy (M.O.A.N.).
Preorder now at brick and mortar stores on online retailers!
Sorry for the extended radio silence. Turns out teaching full-time, writing books, promoting said books, and raising two kids takes up a fair amount of time, and little things like keeping up on the ol’ website kind of fall by the wayside. Anyway, the second of Those Dreadful Fairy Books, name Another Dreadful Fairy Book, will be coming out in a few months. Woo-hoo! Since I last checked in, Amberjack Publishing has been acquired by and is now an imprint of Chicago Review Press, which is fantastic news–CRP puts out amazing books and has the potential to get my silly little fairies into even more bookstores to cause who know what sorts of shenanigans. Unfortunately, because of a little hiccup in the transition, the next book will not be coming out in November as originally announced but sometime in either December or January. As soon as we have a hard release date, I’ll post it. In the meantime, check out the fantastic cover created by the amazing Adam Horsepool!
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!