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quick update and thoughts on Borders, plus why I shouldn't give writing advice

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I shot this last night, a few hours after I'd heard the latest from my doctor. I probably should have reshot it wearing makeup (or at least waited until it looked like I hadn't been crying, but that takes forever!) and--well, here's what's going on with me, my thoughts on what's happening with Borders, and why I'm really not the person to go for writing advice...

Looking to grab an ARC of Between Here and Forever??

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I've got some great news to share--the ARC of Between Here and Forever is not only going to be mailed out to various bloggers, etc. over the next few months--it's also going to be available in e-galley format!

So, if you're interested in checking out the ARC of Between Here and Forever, just go here:

http://www.galleygrab.com/?asset_url=9781442411784

Please note that if you're not already registered with Simon & Schuster for their e-galley program, you'll have to do that, but it doesn't take very long *and* you also get emails with info about loads of other galleys too...

interview with Laurie Stolarz--you could be a character in her next book (yes, for real!)--and a thank you

Monday, February 07, 2011

Today, I'm doing a Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Laurie Stolarz about her new book, Deadly Little Games





Me: Tell us about your book in ten words or less!

Laurie: Drama, Romance, and Intrigue....


Me: What's the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Laurie: Never pay reading fees of any kind. Do your homework – know to whom it is you’re sending your manuscript. (I have to jump in and say that this is great advice!)


Me: What do you wish you'd known about being published/publishing before your book/first book came out?

Laurie: That it’s best if you have a reputable agent negotiate for you. You don’t necessarily “need” one, which is what I kept hearing over and over again, but it truly is best for all involved (I believe). (And again, I have to say a big YES! to this--take your time and get a good agent!)


Me: What's the last book you read that you loved so much you had to tell everyone about it?

Laurie: I just read Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. It was amazing – I couldn’t put it down. (Same here! I'm still stunned it didn't take off)


Me: So, I hear you're running a very cool contest...

Laurie: In celebration of the release of Deadly Little Games, the third book in the Touch series, I’ve launched a very exciting contest, the winner of which could have a minor character in Deadly Little Voices, the fourth book in the series, named after him or her. (Me: How cool is THAT?) Please see the official rules here: http://www.lauriestolarz.com/news.html.


Me: The no-longer very random "random" question--fave salad dressing?

Laurie: Balsamic Vinaigrette!


Interviewing Laurie was a blast, and I hope you all go and enter her contest--but then who wouldn't want to have a character named after you??

So, thanks Laurie, for stopping by, and a HUGE thank YOU to everyone who sent notes, left comments, and etc. about what happened re: Living Dead Girl.

Your support means the world to me, and I hope you know that!

"triggering nature"

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Apparently, Bitch Magazine decided to remove Living Dead Girl from their 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader list because of its--and this is the only reason given--"triggering nature."

You can read why the book (and two others) were removed here, and there is a post and comments on the removal here

For feeds that strip links--the removal: http://bitchmagazine.org/post/from-the-library-100-young-adult-books-for-the-feminist-reader#comment-46018"

Post and comments in reaction: http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/index.php/weblog/comments/bitch-please.-no-really.-please/

Margo Lanagan, who was also removed from the list, has a post about the issue and her own book here.

Do I have more I'd like to say? Yes. But I can't change what Bitch Magazine did, and, most importantly of all, I can't change what they said about Living Dead Girl and how it marginalized what the book is about.

But then, as Alice points out in Living Dead Girl:

"...the host pats their shoulders or gives them a fast one-armed hug, and says things like, "But you survived. You're strong." Then they will ask why they didn't say anything.

Why didn't you tell someone?

Why didn't you ask for help?

Why didn't you leave him?

Why didn't you respect yourself enough to get away?

The women usually crumple, shed their flesh shells, and become quivering living dead girls, trapped. A few will say that no one listens, that people don't want to see, and that if you try something, anything, you won't suffer but others will.

The audience always boos and says You Should Have Done Something.

You should have fought back.

You should have known no one has that kind of power.

You should have been strong.

You shouldn't have been so stupid.

The women nod and sniffle. They are still broken. They still agree with everything anyone wants. Even the ones who try to explain end up with their heads down, their hands in their laps. Little girl ready to say she's sorry.

All our fault, always."



and


"Just one word, they say. But no one would listen. I could have screamed a million times in a million voices and no one would have ever heard me.

I did, every time I left the apartment, with every step I took out in the world.

All those cries, and no one ever heard them."