Friday, March 9, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I'm trilled to present a sneak peek at another illustration from Stirring! Mikael Jury has outdone himself again! Late last year I approached Mikael about my desire to see the twins' faces realized, through illustration, as the stories continued to unfold. We collectively decided to shy away from this approach with Awakening, which is why close ups of the characters faces never appear in that story. However, I felt it was time to begin the process with the second book. Here is the object of that decision!
Are you even slightly curious why the contraption is on Ethan's head? If the answer is 'YES' then never fear. I put the last period on the last sentence of the last page of Stirring just last night. It is already off to Joanna for editing. You can be expecting the book no later than mid April!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
This is a wonderful depiction of a scene from chapter two of Awakening! Painted by Mike Vanklavaren and Jessie Carrol.
"One of the favorite memories of all that both Ethan and Eisley shared with their parents was the numerous nights spent around the fire singing songs and dancing together."
Friday, January 20, 2012
I am deep into the adventure of Stirring, the second installment of The Emblem and The Lantern, having completed eighteen chapters and presently working through the next. As with Awakening the new book has taken many turns that I as the author didn't initially intend. Its funny to say but sometimes I feel like I'm reading the book rather than writing it! I suppose that's how inspiration works sometimes. When I began the Stirring I didn't have as clear an idea of how many chapters it would contain unlike with the first book. Now that I'm nearly twenty chapters in I can confidently say that I'll top thirty, making it at least a fourth longer than part one. Having already established the lands and characters in Awakening it has been enjoyable to delve deeper into the heroes lives and thoughts without spending much time setting up things like was necessary with the book one. What I'm really trying to say is that I feel like part two jumps right into the thick of things! I can't wait to be finished and share Ethan and Eisley's continued adventures with you!
Heart hold fast to where you're drawn,
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I had the privilege of meeting Andrew Peterson, author of the Wingfeather Saga, this week in Montgomery Alabama. I was able to give him a copy of my book and Sleepy Turtles' newest album. We also got to chat about publishing, writing and the editing process. We discussed his brother, Pete Peterson's books, Fin's Revolution two part series as well. Both Andrew and Pete are some of the finest storytellers of this age. It was a very valuable meeting.