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BIG Event Today! Twitter chat with YA Author Marley Gibson + Interview
Agent Roundtable: Best Books to Help Improve Your Craft
A Day in the Life of a Glamorous Romance Author by Vicky Dreiling
YOU'RE INVITED: TKA AUTHOR CHAT TODAY, APRIL 12th @ 4PM ET!
Are you an aspiring young adult author or big-time YA reader? Or are you just looking for the scoop on The Knight Agency team from one of our authors? Then today's Twitter chat with Marley Gibson (@MarleyGibson
) is tailor-made for you.
Marley is the author of RADIATE
, a young adult novel based on her own battle with cancer as a teen cheerleader. She is also the author of the acclaimed Ghost Huntress series and co-author of THE OTHER SIDE: A TEEN'S GUIDE TO GHOST HUNTING AND THE PARANORMAL. To join the conversation use the #knightauthor
hashtag from 4 to 5pm ET.
Anyone with a Twitter account is encouraged to attend and ask questions related to Marley's book or writing young adult literature. The @KnightAgency
account will moderate this chat.
THE KNIGHT POST: INTERVIEW WITH MARLEY GIBSON
TKA: What excites you most about writing books for young adults?
First off, even though I’m in my mid-40’s, I’m still a teenager at heart. I hate taking things to seriously and I hating having to be too mature. So, I think that comes through in my writing. I think there’s an innocence and naivety (not in a bad way) about writing younger characters. There’s so much to learn. So much to experience. So much to grow with. Also, when you’re writing about young adults, they’re so resilient and confident and have their whole lives ahead of them. It’s cool to see your characters as people you’re getting to shape and mold and perhaps, they will influence the readers.
TKA: What was the number one thing that you learned during your own battle with cancer that you hope comes through loud and clear to readers in RADIATE?
Well, it’s the message that I really wanted to get out through RADIATE – you can overcome anything. In life, you will constantly have challenges being thrown at you like road blocks. However, you can turn them into mere speed bumps all with your attitude. Never give up. Never give in. With a positive attitude, you can overcome anything. Even though I had to deal with cancer, just like Hayley does in RADIATE, I never let it beat me. Hopefully others will never have to experience that, but the message is that nothing should defeat you whether it be a disease or an athletic injury or divorce or a family death or a move or not getting into the college of your choice or not getting the job you wanted…you can deal with the disappointments and be a better person and…radiate.
TKA: How has having a platform, not usually something enjoyed by fiction writers, helped propel the buzz for this book?
We’re getting tremendous buzz on this book. Not just because of the cancer angle, but the cheerleading angle, as well. RADIATE truly is a story of how cheerleading saved my life. So many times—and I’ve been guilty of it myself—cheerleaders are portrayed in young adult fiction as the witches on campus or the popular girls that make everyone else’s lives a living hell in high school. I wanted to show there’s so much more to cheerleading. They are tough, competitive athletes that are completely dedicated to their sport. It’s all about the team and pulling together. And also, people are surprised to learn that RADIATE is a fictionalized version of what I personally went through in 1982 as a teenage cheerleader. For a long time, I didn’t understand why I had to have cancer. Why it had to strike me at the height of my high school career. I’d made varsity cheerleader! But cancer? Cancer! Thing is, had I been in the band as per usual, I wouldn’t have been active until late August of that faithful summer. Since I was a cheerleader, I was practicing nearly every day starting in May. Because I was so active, I discovered my tumor in June, had it diagnosed in July, and had it removed and treated in August. Had I found it in August, I might not be here today answering these questions at the most…and I certainly wouldn’t have a left leg in the least. So, having a platform on this book…it’s so much more than that. Yes, I want people to read the book, enjoy it, be moved by it, but I want young people to know that you can defeat the disgusting disease, kick it to the curb, and keep living your life. This August will be 30 years for me! And to add on top of everything else, I am starting The Radiate Foundation, which will be a non-profit charity that will work with a network of local cheerleading groups around the nation to bring personalized cheer baskets to young adult patients currently in the hospital undergoing cancer treatment. If people want to learn more or donate to get the charity up and running, please visit www.RadiateBook.com
and click on The Radiate Foundation.
TKA: What is your next project on the horizon?
Hmmm….am I allowed to talk about this? LOL! I don’t know… I have several proposals that I’m working on and a big, big project that I’m wicked excited about that has to do with cheerleading, as well. I’m working on the sixth book in the Ghost Huntress series called, THE JOURNEY, and it will be coming out (hopefully!) this summer as an e-book from TKA Distribution. Other than that, just working hard on getting the word out about RADIATE, working on the foundation, and just writing and radiating!
To learn more about Marley, visit www.MarleyGibson.com
. Don't forget to check out her chat today on Twitter @ 4pm ET!
NEW CLIENTS ON THE BLOCK
Michael Anthony, Website: http://MassCasualties.com
Lauren Hawkeye's THE DARKLING'S DESIRE, set in a world where vampires, humans, and an ancient race of female warriors collide, to Ann Leslie Tuttle at Harlequin Nocturne, in a nice three-book deal, by Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency (World).
Kate Pearce writing as Catherine Lloyd's UNREMARKABLE DEATH, a new series of Regency mysteries set in the village of Kurland, to John Scognamiglio at Kensington, in a nice three-book deal, by Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency (World).
French rights to USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee's WICKED SEDUCTION and WICKED SURRENDER, and to WEDDED IN SCANDAL, to J'ai Lu, by Anne Lenclud on behalf of Elaine Spencer at the Knight Agency.
Chris Marie Green writing as Christine Cody's JENSEN MURPHY: GHOST FOR HIRE, urban fantasy trilogy featuring a justice-seeking spirit who takes on assignments to haunt and punish humans for crimes they have committed, to Ginjer Buchanan at Penguin, in a nice three-book deal, by Pamela Harty at The Knight Agency (World).
Complex Chinese rights to Dakota Cassidy's THE ACCIDENTAL WEREWOLF, ACCIDENTALLY DEAD, THE ACCIDENTAL HUMAN, ACCIDENTALLY DEMONIC, and ACCIDENTALLY CATTY, all to Ecus, by Whitney Lee of The Fielding Agency on behalf of Elaine Spencer at the Knight Agency.
Shelia Turnage's upcoming May middle grade release, THREE TIMES LUCKY, received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. The Kirkus review noted, "Pairing the heartbreaking sadness of children who don’t get their fair share from parents with the hilarity of small-town life, Turnage achieves a wickedly awesome tale of an 11-year-old girl with more spirit and gumption than folks twice her age. Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children’s fiction."
Nalini Singh’s June release, TANGLE OF NEED, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Also, the author tied for third place for Best Author of 2011 with Nora Roberts on the leading Spanish blog Autores en la Sombra.
Beth Howard's RV Book Tour for MAKING PIECE: A MEMOIR OF LOVE, LOSS AND PIE rolled into Seattle, Wash., this week and was mentioned on the front page of The Seattle Times. The author and pie evangelist is doing a series of book signings, interviews and pie production demos, including a stop at University Book Store at 7pm tonight in Seattle. For more info on tour dates, visit her website.
Vicky Dreiling's HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE is an Editor's Pick for Best Book of the Month on Amazon.
AGENTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE
Question: What are your book recommendations for aspiring (or even established) authors interested in perfecting their craft?
Deidre Knight: I valued the advice in Steven Pressfield's THE WAR OF ART: BREAK THROUGH THE BLOCKS AND WIN YOUR INNER CREATIVE BATTLES so much that I bought ten copies to hand out to various people in my life. I also adored Stephen King's ON WRITING, as well as a recent release by my client Cecil Murphey entitled UNLEASH THE WRITER WITHIN: THE ESSENTIAL WRITERS' COMPANION. As the author of more than 100 books, Cec has certainly learned a few valuable lessons along the way! All of these books are amazing not only for their focus on craft, but also in how they counsel writers to overcome personal demons and figure out what's holding them back from the creative process. Oh, and I can't forget Noah Lukeman's THE FIRST FIVE PAGES. A must-read for writers on how to capture (and keep) a reader's attention.
Nephele Tempest: My favorite book on craft these days is THE WRITER’S PORTABLE MENTOR: A GUIDE TO ART, CRAFT, AND THE WRITING LIFE by Priscilla Long. It offers tips for all types of writing, including fiction, nonfiction, short form, etc., but the chapters on working with language, sentence craft, and observation are particularly useful and applicable to all genres.
My second recommendation is not actually a book but a website that features a series of podcasts: http://www.writingexcuses.com/ Each podcast is approximately 15 minutes long and focuses on some aspect of writing, and includes a book recommendation (generally an example of what’s been discussed) and a writing prompt at the end. Writers Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells are the standard crew, but they bring in guest writers to speak in many of the episodes. The podcasts are free and can be listened to online or downloaded.
Pamela Harty: Hands down, Stephen King's ON WRITING is one of the best books out there. I also highly recommend THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: AN EDITOR'S ADVICE TO WRITERS by Betsy Lerner.
Elaine Spencer: One of my favorite references is WOE IS I: THE GRAMMARPHOBE'S GUIDE TO BETTER ENGLISH IN PLAIN ENGLISH by Patricia T. O'Connor, a fun easy read for the grammatically impaired. It's always handy to have this book at arm’s length.
*If you would like to submit a question to our agents for next month's roundtable, please email Info@KnightAgency.net.
A Day in the Life of a Glamourous Romance Writer by Vicky Dreiling
A day in my *glamorous* life generally starts with caffeine. If it’s Monday through Thursday, I guzzle Coke Zero. If it’s Friday, I get a treat, but that means I have to switch out of my pajamas for jeans and a t-shirt. Check out my glamorous footwear: Nick and Norah slippers.
I’m styling now—or at least enough to cruise a few miles to the drive-through Starbucks where I order a salted, frozen caramel Frappuccino. The Tall (Starbucks lingo for short) is a whopping gazillion calories for 12 oz.
By the time I get home, I’m slurping the last of my treat. I sit at my desk and boot up my laptop. Now it’s time to review yesterday’s writing—right after I check my email. I open it up and groan. There are 50 new messages, and one is an eye-roller. No, I do not require your dubious *professional* service to publish my novel for *only* $$$$$.
I cruise over to Facebook, where I proceed to have entirely too much fun talking to readers about romance books. One hour later, I hear a bird chirping. I’ll just drop into Twitter to see if I’m missing any important industry
gossip news. I look at my Mentions column in Tweetdeck and see a message from a reader who stayed up late the previous night to finish HOW TO RAVISH A RAKE! Oh, goody, I’m keeping people from sleeping. Squeee!
Many tweets later, I bail out of Tweetdeck & scurry over to Amazon so I can quickly check my book numbers. I swear I will only do it once today—yeah, right. Then it’s back to my email. I scan it quickly, respond to my editor and agent, and nervously note that there are mumble, mumble number of emails exploding in my mail program, but I’ll deal with that later. It’s way past time to open up the new manuscript.
As I click on the file, I smile knowing that the scene I wrote late last night is totally brilliant –until I read it. Nora Roberts says she can fix a bad page. I, on the other hand, generally have to throw mine out. By now, I realize this puppy needs some TLC. I close down all windows, except for the Word document, and somehow the magic happens. Many hours later, I look up to see the sun has gone down. And I know without a doubt that I’ve got the best job in the world.
To learn more about Vicky and her glamourous books, visit www.VickyDreiling.com.