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Lizzy in 3D

1 Mar

Look what I got! 


So after waiting what felt like forever

I’ve got  my physical copy of Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb

and you know what, it feels pretty damn good.

And even better than that today

I mailed out all my review copies

to all my lover-ly little blogger friends

so they can read and share and tell people what they think.

(Fingers crossed!)


And on top of that, the very cool Henrietta over at Leisure Reads chatted with me a bit about my book.

4. If you must summarize Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb  in one sentence, what would you share with the audience?

It ain’t easy being a Shakespeare.

We thank Henrietta with our official (I’ve just decided it was) Starburst of Thanks!


 And on tippy top of  THAT, today is my niece’s 3rd Birthday.

She’s a lil stinky monster and I love her tons! Happy Birthday Neve!

Even June is excited!


Over at Howling Turtle

16 Dec


I’m over at Howling Turtle talking about five things you might not know, or ever want to know about Greek mythology. See, Lizzy is one part Shakespeare and two parts mythology. I’ve always been a huge fan of greek mythology. Cyclops, satyrs, Pegasus, heroes, villains, talking trees – the whole thing was fascinating when I was a kid. But while I loved mythology when I sat down to write Lizzy I had to do a good deal of research. And I learned some, well, weird stuff.

Stuff that includes puking up your kids. Literally. And the somewhat creepy origin of every six year old girl’s favorite flying horsey.

So many thanks to Larissa at Howling Turtle (great blog name!) for having me over. There’s also an excerpt from Lizzy Speare – where Lizzy through a series of unfortunate events magics herself into Shakespeare’s Tomb….(the one that’s cursed – hence the title).

Also there’s still a giveaway going on over at Pretty in Fiction. You’ve got three more days to put in to win a free copy of Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb.

Finally – my thanks to Larissa – here’s your Starburst of Thanks. Enjoy!


The Scream and an Interview

13 Nov

The pastel version of The Scream (1895), by Edvard Munch.

I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.

I went to the Museum of Modern Art this weekend. It was the first time I got out of Brooklyn since Hurricane Sandy. Speaking of there are still a lot of people who need your help. The Brooklyn Public Library has some great info on their website about who needs what. Go here. So it was nice to be back in Manhattan and always nice to go to the MoMA. We went specifically to see the Scream which is visiting the MoMA until April 2013. There are four screams, the rest are all in Oslo and since the likelihood of me getting to Norway anytime soon is slim, this was a great second. That’s one of my favorite things about living in New York City. Often, things come to you.

The MoMA set up a fantastic display, the Scream front and center and his other work covering the walls of one of the gallery rooms. Including this, entitled Angst:

and this one, entitled The Sick Child of his sister as she lay dying of tuberculosis:

I’m going to preface much of what I say here with the following – I’m not an Art Historian but I have a deep love of visual art. That said, as I stood gazing at the Scream, the way the head seems like it will float away if the hands let go, the symmetry of the swirling landscape matching the sway of the body – which is all in contrast to the straight hard lines that create the bridge behind him, I was most struck by the eyes. They look just past the viewers gaze, just over your shoulder as if whatever horror he sees is just behind you. It’s a striking painting and I feel fortunate to have seen it. Again, a benefit of living in NYC.

Now that said, I couldn’t help but notice that so many other patrons at the museum that day just snapped a picture of it, and then as if the real thing weren’t right in front of them in all it’s pastel technicolor glory, they instead looked at it on their phone.

Is that the point we have reached? That the digital version is just a good as the real thing?

In other news, I have an interview over at My Pathway to Books with the lovely Tess where I talk about inspiration:

What is your inspiration?

Everything really. Books I’ve read, movies I’ve seen, television shows, my obsession with Doctor Who, conversations I overheard on the subway, people I’ve known, who I used to be, who I am, who I hope I’ll be, the city I live in, the small town I grew up in, the friends I had and have, the seasons, the way a storm blows through the trees kicking up the pale green underside of the leaves, the stories I told as a child, the books I read under the covers with the flashlight, the wardrobe, my travels, the imaginary land I had when I was a kid, my cat, my husband, mythology, summer days, chess games, winter nights, history, magic….everything really.
And she also asks me which characters are based on me and which ones are based on people I know. And I answer honestly. Read it here.
And for Tess….my Starburst of Thanks!

Interview at Whimsically Yours

10 Oct

Hi folks.

This is a late post since I’ve been knocked on my butt with a bad head cold, which I believe I caught at Hamlet from the woman behind me who wouldn’t stop sneezing and coughing. I get it. I love Hamlet too but lady, if you’re sick – stay home!

So now that I’ve woken briefly from my coma, I wanted to thank Patrice over at Whimsically Yours for the interview that she posted. You can find out where I get my ideas from, what Lizzy’s name was the first time around, where my favorite place to write is and what my spirit animal is. Also things like this:

Why did you decide to write Middle Grade Fiction?

Middle Grade Fiction had the greatest impact on me when I was a young reader. I know a lot of people get into reading when they are older with young adult books but for me it was the Chronicles of Narnia and Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit in Wrinkle in Time. Those were the characters that really left an impact on me. Bridge to Terabithia took me to a world that I believed in. To me, it was as real as the one I lived in. So did Narnia. I guess I never stopped checking the back of the wardrobe for snowflakes…just in case. Cause, what if?

Come peek behind the wardrobe….cause, like I said, what if?

And to Patrice – my Starburst of Thanks (they are after all my favorite candy). Upcoming on her site will be a review (fingers crossed) and a Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb giveaway. Stay tuned!

Thanks again Patrice! Okay back to bed for me.

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