Brain Burps About Books Podcast #173
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In this week’s episode you’ll hear
- Julie Falatko take over the podcast and interviews me for the debut of Dancing With the Devil
- a reminder to grab your copy of How To Promote Your Children’s Book: Tips, Tricks & Secrets to Create a Bestseller at the early adopter price of $9.99 before it goes up to $14.99.
Where to come see me
- April 19th – Children’s Literary Salons, hosted by the esteemed New York Public Librarian, toast of the town, and Fuse #8 creator Betsy Bird. Get more information here.
- April 24th – American Society of Journalists and Authors – Find out more here.
- May 2-4 – Eastern PA SCBWI Chapter Spring writer’s retreat at the Highlights Foundation with Patti Gauch, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Matt Phelan, Suzie Townsend and Viana Siniscalchi.
- May 14th. 6-8pm The panel is co-presensted by Barrington Books and the Barrington Public Library. With these writers, too: Bianca Turetsky, Annie Cardi, Katie Cotungo, Tara Sullivan
In the interview you’ll hear Julie’s questions for me about writing my new YA book, Dancing with the Devil, like…
- This story is such a departure from the other fiction you’ve written. Can you talk about the seed, what got this idea rolling for you?
- Do you feel like, as a kidlit author with kids, you write to their level as they grow?
- This book was so scary. Were you scared while you were writing it?
- You do use a lot of imagery, but your writing is deceptively straightforward. What was that like in the writing process for you? Did you end up ramping up the tension in revisions at all, or is that something that was there from the beginning?
- The process of writing this particular book was a long one. I think writers are often unsure when and why to stick with a story and when they should move on. I’m glad for our sakes that you believed in this story. Can you talk a bit about that for us? What was the timeline?
- You’re the queen of marketing, and of video. Tell us what you have planned for promoting Dancing with the Devil, so we can learn from you!
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