Quinn Norris chose THE BALLAD OF JESSIE PEARL as the favorite book she read this past school year. She designed a JESSIE bookmark for her English class and made an A! Congratulations, Quinn and thanks for sharing your bookmark with me.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
If you're a writer, what impromptu marketing opportunities have fallen into your lap? Combining vacation and marketing can be fun!
Friday, May 17, 2013
Recently I traveled to my hometown, East Bend, North Carolina, for a book signing at the East Bend Public Library.
This is a picture from that event. I'm with Brad Matthews, an old friend from Fall Creek Elementary School, that I hadn't seen in many years.
To coincide with my appearance at the library, Yadkin Valley Living Magazine wrote a review of THE BALLAD OF JESSIE PEARL. You can read it on their website, (page 54), or pick up a copy at local libraries and businesses throughout the Yadkin Valley.
A good friend asked how my signing went and I told her, "It's as close as I'll ever come to being a rock star!" The audience was full of family and old friends, (some of these friends I hadn't seen since our school days). My writing has brought me many special days, but none more special than this one.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The overwhelming emotion that I remember from that time in my life is guilt. Robin had a collapsed lung, a concussion, and a broken femur bone. She spent weeks in the hospital and then came home in a body cast. I felt guilty because I could run and jump and play, while Robin had to lay flat on her back and use a bedpan. She was as helpless as a newborn baby.
I decided to write a middle grade novel about the accident. Though I was actually eight at the time it happened, I made my protagonist twelve. I decided to really give her something to be guilty about. In the fictionalized account, Sarah is supposed to be babysitting and is reading when the accident happens.
Much of the story is true: the injuries, the details about living with someone in a body cast, the fact that my dad actually bought a pony and brought it home in the back of a car, but as with my first novel, most of the plot is made up. What's true are the emotions.
Have you ever tried writing fiction based on a personal experience? If so, what challenges did you encounter?