Author Sheri WhiteFeather chats with RT's Web Editor Morgan Doremus about the women who inspired her to write Private Dancer. The pair also discuss reincarnation, Native American culture and what fans can expect next.
For all that I love reading historical romance novels, when it comes to my movies, I look to outer space for distraction. So of course, I was excited to hear about the movie adaptation of the paranormal YA, I Am Number Four. We had fun talking about the title and our alien obsession in the August issue of RT Book Reviews. And now there is even more info out about what we can expect from the upcoming movie adaptation of I Am Number Four.
Author Tera Lynn Childs has withdrawn from 2011 Teen Lit Fest in Humble, Texas. The author shares her views on the censorship that prompted her decision and how readers can get involved.
When I was asked to participate in the 2011 Humble ISD Teen Lit Fest in Humble, Texas, I was thrilled. Not only would I get to meet lots of enthusiastic teen readers, but I would get to present with authors Melissa de la Cruz, Matt de la Pena, Pete Hautman and Ellen Hopkins. Writing is a solitary pursuit, so it’s always a treat to meet others of my kind.
Fast forward to earlier this month. I received a disturbing email from Ellen. She had been “uninvited” from the festival by Superintendent Guy Sconzo after “several” parents and one librarian voiced concern about the objectionable content of her books. A tireless activist against censorship of any kind, Ellen further explained that she was organizing a reader protest and boycott of the event.
In the second of three pairs of novel giveaways, today you have a chance to win a pair inspirational novels. These are two signed books that RT Executive Editor Faygie Levy brought back from this year's national RWA conference. If you are the lucky winner, you will be receiving two Love Inspired novels, Running Scared by Shirlee McCoy and Loving Bella by Renee Ryan.
Whitney Sullivan: What's something you love about the process of writing inspirational romances?
For all of the aspiring authors out there who see so many books published and think “why not me?” it can help to know that others are also stumbling on the road to publication. That’s where the blog SlushPile Hell comes in. The anonymous literary agent who writes the blog responds to the query letter craziness that they encounter on the job. Each blog post includes an excerpt of an original query letter’s ridiculous dialogue and the agent's response to it. You know, the type of response we all wish we had, but think of ten minutes too late or simply can’t say in the situation.
And yes, there may be a certain amount of Schadenfreude (that’s the German word for laughing at other’s mistakes, which just sounds so much nicer in German, don’t you think?) involved in SlushPile Hell. But whether you stop by to laugh, learn, or both, the blog is sure to meet your needs.
With her new novel, Resurrection In May, author Lisa Samson challenges readers to face their fears. Samson explains why she chose to write about an American female missionary's experiences living through the genocide in Rwanda during 1994 and shares the story of the single real-life American missionary who did the same.
Improbable? Maybe. Impossible? Definitely not. In Resurrection In May, May Seymour, living at a mission in Rwanda, hears the invective on the radio against the Tutsi. And still she loves. She hears the gunshots coming closer. And still she loves. She realizes the monstrous forces bent on destruction are just outside the door. And still she loves? Really? Is it likely an American would have stayed in Rwanda during the genocide that took almost a million lives in 1994?
Karen White, the author of this summer's mainstream novel hit, On Folly Beach, caught our attention with her vibrant characters, detailed settings and "clear, sweet voice." So the author kindly agreed to by and answer our questions about her research process, the evolution of her writing and what a "Karen White" heroine is.
RT: On Folly Beach follows a multi-decade story. What techniques did you use to make history come alive?
Do you feel so strongly about a cleaning implement that you have recommended it to your friends? have you been ma'amed on several occasions when you were not in the Deep South? Do you inquire about the availability of parking at your destination before you agree to go? If you answered yes to any of these things then you might be formerly hot.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.