accent. I did the same thing in reverse (trying not to stand out as a Valley
Girl in downstate Illinois)! What was/is the favorite place you’ve ever lived?
Midwest. The weather and the shimmering ocean made California worthwhile and
the blue, blue sky and stunning Cascade vistas of Central Oregon are a daily
treat for me.
One advice in writing is, “Write what you know.” I think drawing on
familiarity when developing setting in a novel can free your creative juices to
make up the character and conflict. When
creating the village of The Tales for, The Weaver, I used aspects of a small
village in the French Alps that I visited when I was thirteen. Quaint,
close-knit, isolated community.
Potter inspired you to write, which I find all kinds of awesome! Whatever happened to that first novel
completed? Trunk? Deleted? Lovingly bound and shelved?
my heart for the very first fantastic character I thought up. A “Molly.” A cross between a mole and
a trolley. No better way to get around in the Underworld. As a matter of fact, that manuscript is
currently sitting on my Kindle awaiting a re-read. I’m not one to give up
town named, The Tales. The villagers are known as word weavers. Mary’s mother, Abigail, is the most renowned
weaver of them all, yet poor Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word
Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who
grants her a wish. But instead of weaving a better story, she’s weaving
strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.
hardcover and paperback. You can order it:
- Direct from the publisher, Guardian Angel
Publishing, where you can also read an excerpt from the book
- From Amazon,
where you will find some really nice reviews
- Or online from Barnes
and Noble if you happen to be a member.
fact that your debut novel came through a middle grade (and picture book) small
publisher. Guardian Angel Publishing is a young company, riding the wave of
e-book publishing by offering both middle grade and picture books as e-books,
including some that are “enhanced” e-books with music! Guardian Angel also
publishes in hardcover and paperback. Can you tell us about how you found
Guardian Angel, and the journey of The
Weaver to publication?
whisper this next part, I used to be a bit of a snob about small publishers. I
really thought the big publishers were where it’s at. Then I met the owner of Guardian Angel and
several of the authors and artists at a local book signing. Hearing them talk about the vision of the
company was so inspiring. It was just before they launched their interactive
online magazine Guardian Angel
Kids which is a wonderful, safe place for kids. GAP has always published
electronically (pdf, .epub and now .mobi for Kindle) and is already publishing
picture books for the Ipad and is poised to launch them for color readers (if
they haven’t already, honestly I can’t keep up). And of course it also does the traditional
print, so as not to leave anyone out. It
struck me as so forward thinking and the group is close and supportive. I’m so blessed to have found such a great
home for The Weaver. I want my book to
do well for GAP as much as for myself.
Angel Publishing have access to (i.e. do they mainly go through online
distributors like Amazon and Barnes&Noble, or do they partner with other
distributors like AtlasBooks?) Does Guardian use print-on-demand technology, or
did they make a print run for your book?
ebooks are available through the standard online retailers, Amazon and B &
N. They are also offered direct from the publisher. Wholesalers, such as libraries, bookstores,
schools and churches can order through the wholesale link on the book’s page,
on the publisher’s website, or through Ingrams.
I think there are a few more distribution channels – especially for
ebooks, but those are the main ones.
p.o.d. or something, because many people hiss when they hear “print on demand.”
I’ve even heard of bookstores refusing to carry books because of it. I simply don’t understand the logic and hope
to help change the bad reputation of p.o.d.
The books GAP puts out are beautiful, high quality books. There is a
return policy. And there isn’t a warehouse stuffed full of books that may never
end up shipping anywhere. For today’s
green and sustainable world, p.o.d. is really practical.
fiction) do you have in the works?
now, a middle grade, contemporary fiction (my first contemporary) and a young
adult fantasy. Send up extra good wishes
on those, please. My current WIPs (works
in progress) are a middle grade about a young girl who wants to be princess
material, but isn’t quite made that way, and a paranormal young adult novel
about a couple who is separated by death and how their attempts to reunite
define the lives of their loved ones.
Spells! Best of luck with The Weaver!
having me, Susan. I always love talking about The Weaver and it’s been a
pleasure chatting with you and your readers.