Hello, all! I owe a longer post here, but I have some good news: I have two upcoming events!
First, I will finally be celebrating the launch of DISENCHANTED: THE TRIALS OF CINDERELLA! Please join me for cookies, conversation, and book signings at the Burien Library on Saturday, 11/19 at 3:30pm.
Second, I will be signing books at the University Bookstore in Mill Creek on Saturday, 11/26 at 1:00pm, as part of their Small-Business Saturday event.
Readers, if you are near enough to join me at either of these events, please do! I would love to meet you.
My second book baby and the next book in the Tyme series is born. Welcome to the world, DISENCHANTED: THE TRIALS OF CINDERELLA.
Morgan at Gone With the Words posted this beautiful review. Thank you, Morgan! I can only hope that this book finds more readers who will enjoy it as much as you did.
Here are a few of the questions I’ve received from readers recently.
What inspired you to write Grounded?
It’s hard to say exactly what inspires stories, but I know there were a few strong influences. My friend and co-creator of Tyme, Ruth Virkus, asked me to write her a fairy tale. I chose Rapunzel because I felt a connection with her. I had always had long hair myself (not a hundred feet long, of course), and I loved the idea of living up high in the tower. However, I was also frustrated by the traditional story of Rapunzel. Why didn’t she try harder to escape? How could she be so silly as to accidentally tell the witch about the prince? Why didn’t the prince give her more help? I wanted to write a story that made more sense to me. Finally, I wanted to write a story about a girl who loves her mother figure even though she is deeply flawed. That felt important to me.
How many books are you planning to write in the series?
Are you going to make another Rapunzel book..?
Rapunzel will return many times throughout the series, but GROUNDED is her book. She will not be the leading protagonist again.
What happens to Envearia?
This question is left to the reader. Glyph tries to explain a little bit at the end of the book, but even she does not have solid, absolute answers. The Beyond is a mystery.
Thank you for these great questions, readers!
Want to ask a question about the Tyme series? Please do so here.
This blog is four years old! The actual blogiversary (sure, it’s a word) was three days ago, but I haven’t been blogging often enough lately to remember. My daughter’s birth radically changed the game. I was always busy, but I could find pockets of time when I needed them. No more. Everything that is not absolutely essential has been sent to the back burner so that I can give enough attention to my family, my writing, and my students.
What’s crazy to me is that when I started this blog, my little boy was not yet two. Today, he started Kindergarten. It flew by, just like they all said it would.
And here we are. A new school year, a new book release in October. The third book in the series is under construction. The leaves are falling; the days are getting colder. My boy will turn six soon, my girl will turn one.
Happy September, all.
Here’s where I’ll be on Saturday morning: Burien Library, 10:30am, with a great group of authors and the lovely folks from Page 2 Books. If you’re in the area, drop by and say hi!
Also, in lovely review news, AudioFile Magazine loves Susan Hanfield’s narration of GROUNDED as much as I do. I’m so glad to see her beautiful performance appreciated here.
Kirkus gives DISENCHANTED: THE TRIALS OF CINDERELLA a starred review! My favorite bits:
“…endearing and believable characters.”
“…liberal infusions of magic and humor…”
“Casual references to different skin colors and to LGBTQ characters are also commendable.”
“Great, smart fun.”
(Please note, the review contains spoilers.)
I have some really lovely things to share, but none of them are shareable yet, which is why I’ve been quiet lately.
In the meantime, it is summer. The teaching year is done, and soon a new one will begin. I’m playing with my kids and drafting my next manuscript.
Tomorrow night, I’ll be at the Bellevue University Bookstore with a big crew of authors and illustrators who are all, like me, represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Some of these talented folks are people whom I’ve met, and whose company I already know I enjoy. Some of them are people whose debut novels and picture books I read and celebrated as a fellow Emu, but whom I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting face to face. I’m so excited to see them and hear their voices! I anticipate much hugging. HUGS ALL AROUND!
Come out and see us if you’re local, or if you happen to be in town! It’s going to be a wonderful time.
It was a big week for Rapunzel!
GROUNDED: THE ADVENTURES OF RAPUNZEL is now available as an audiobook narrated by Susan Hanfield, who is absolutely terrific. I couldn’t be happier.
GROUNDED also came out in paperback on Monday! So if you’ve been waiting for a lightweight copy to take with you to the pool, your moment has arrived.
Finally, if you’re in Seattle this Sunday, don’t forget to come and see me (and some other awesome authors too!), because the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip is in town.
The Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip is coming to the Seattle area! I’ll be participating in the following events:
May 15th: University Bookstore
12:00 Noon-3:00 PM
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
May 21st: Third Place Books
11:00 AM-2:00 PM
17171 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155
I can’t wait to meet readers and celebrate summer reading. Hope to see you there!