Sean wanted a story of his own, so I wrote a romance for him. There’s also some angst, some secrets, and some puppies that need a good home. This story first appeared in the great anthology Boys of Summer, and is available now as a short.
Very excited that The Secret of Othello is one the final nominations list for the American Library Rainbow List! The list features many amazing stories for LGTBQ and straight readers of all ages. I’m personally excited to see Kristin Cashore, Julie Ann Peters, Leslea Newman, Jennifer Lavoie and Liz Hand on the list.
Also listed is The Boys of Summer, which includes a Fisher Key story about Sean Garrity and a summer romance with a troubled boy. Chronologically it takes place the summer before Mystery of the Tempest. I had a lot of fun writing Sean in his own story.
The final list will be announced in January at the ALA Midwinter Conference. They discuss the works there, and I’d love to be a fly on the wall – well, not really, it would make me very nervous :-)
Extremely happy that Mystery of the Tempest has won a Silver Moonbeam award in the YA division for mystery/suspense.
The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards highlight works by independent publishers and are one of my favorite ways to find interesting, exciting fiction. Thank you to them for their hard work all year round.
Very delighted that Mystery of the Tempest is a finalist for Book of the Year in the YA division from ForeWord Book Reviews. Happy dance! The final results will be announced at the American Library Association meeting in June in Anaheim. This award is geared toward bringing independent publishing excellence to librarians and book buyers, and I’m delighted to be included.
Sarah McKinley, 18 years old, hasn’t had it easy. She’s a teen mom and a widow as well, living in rural Oklahoma. Home alone with her baby, she called 911 when two armed robbers high on hydrocodone came knocking at her door. She used a shotgun to defend herself, killing one of the men.
Here’s to Sarah, for bravery and courage in a terrible situation.