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Rain outside, Rain in my head

rainI live in Virginia, and although we dodged the Hurricane, we’ve been getting a lot of rain. I’m pretty sure that’s why I’ve been a little more sluggish than usual. Hence, the rain in my head title!

So the workshop I was so gung-ho on? Well, I slowly became lazy and stopped participating. I mean, come on! I couldn’t hang in there for a few more weeks? Evidently not. In my defense I had a few things going on. Work, writing, editing, my other job, painting a new room in the house… the poor, long list goes on. Fear not, I intend to print out all the lectures and read them with great concern. I will prevail with giving more meat to my characters in my books.

Last week I committed myself to self-publishing my YA novel. I never set out to write young adult, but I had this story haunt me at all hours of the day and night. Tapping on my brain, sending me dialogue through the inner speakers of my mind. I couldn’t take it. One day I sat down and began writing Lacy’s story. It had to be written. Otherwise I’d get no rest. So I’ve handed it over to a very experienced editor in this genre. She will read it, shape it, take the knife to a couple areas, probably, then return it to me in better shape than I handed her. Hopefully.

Then I will take the path of the unknown and publish it for reader consumption. Not really sure how it will play out, but I’m up for the challenge. I didn’t really seek a publisher for this because I don’t intend to write many more young adults. But who knows, another sad little character might take up space in my head until I write her story, too. Now to think of a new pen name, since it’s YA. It’s so much fun getting the chance to name yourself again!

If you’re getting rain, stay dry. If it’s sunny and beautiful where you live, consider yourself blessed. Actually, consider yourself blessed either way. But for some reason, I think my backyard is holding in one large burp from all the water its taken in:)

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Guest YA Book Blogger, Tula

The-Chaos-of-Stars-Kiersten-WhiteToday I have with me my daughter, Tula. She is an avid reader, sometimes finishing an entire book in one day. She recently checked this one out at the library and read it twice! in two days. I couldn’t even get her to  come to dinner, for Pete’s sake:) So, I’ve asked her to join me to give her opinion on this “awesome” book! Let’s begin.

Tula, tell us a little bit about this “awesome” book.  “It is about an Egyptian girl named Isadora who is the daughter of the goddess of child birth and the god of the underworld. Isadora’s mother, Isis, sends Isadora to San Diego because she’s been having dreams that her daughter is in trouble if she stays. Isadora is happy with this decision due to the fact she feels she’s being replaced by the new baby her mother is having. But, when Isadora is away she finds out that her mother is going to be poisoned by a snake. So, she returns home to save her mother and finds out just who is the bad guy!”

So Tula, tell me why you enjoyed this book so much?  “Well, I left out the part of all the romance that happened while she was in San Diego.”

Ahh, now that’s my girl:) A true romantic at heart. I knew there had to be something that made you read that book twice!

So, Tula what would you give this book on a five star rating system? “Five stars, of course! I loved the storyline and I want this book for my private collection.”

Sounds like the library is going to be getting cash for that book!! No, really we’ll return it. I’ll just be making a trip to our local bookstore so she can have it on her own bookshelf. Way to go, Kiersten White for making a new fan out of my daughter!!