Tell us about yourself. Who you are, and what you write! Tell us anything you want us to know. :))
So, to help break the ice with introductions, I'll begin:
I'm Candy, and I'm from Brenham, Texas. I write a little of everything, from Picture Books to Adult Non-Fiction. I have lots of irons in many fires. I love reading and writing YA because it can be racy, yet safe and romantic, yet innocent. I am in love with writing, blogging, tending to my roses, teaching yoga, and being a mom. I'm also a huge fan of the Starbucks Cafe Soy Misto. (And one day, I want to have lunch with Janet Evanovich.)
I'm Sarena Straus, author, full time attorney, TV personality, wife and mom to two under four and a cool cat (deep breath in). I've published a work of non-fiction called "Bronx DA: True Stories from the Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence" (Barricade, 2006) and I write a blog called Sarena Straus' Blog: Criminal Minded. Justice Unblinded. I just finished my first YA novel, "Assimilation: The Gathering". It's currently out with my editor and beta readers. I also just completed a crime novel, which is in re-writes. How do I do it all, you ask? I'm teaching a Savvy Authors Webinar next Wednesday on How To Complete Your Novel When the World Conspires Against You (I love to teach as well). I'm also an avid scuba diver, but I can't seem to find the time. Hmmm...
Anyhow, I have to say that of everything I've written, that YA novel just flew onto the page. I couldn't get the words out of my fast enough and I can't wait to write the next two books in the series (I envision Assimilation as a trilogy). I agree with Candy - it's romantic, innocent, fun...and I loved the ability to create mail characters that I think teens can look up to.
Happy to be here!
Wow, Sarena, you are a busy woman! I'm intrigued...TV personality?
Kudos to you, and welcome to WFYA! So glad you're here. Have a look around here, and if you have any questions, let us know. If you'd like to start a discussion, feel free!
This reply only took, what, 6 months??? Yes, I do a lot of TV and radio commentary on crime cases in the media. It's slowed down since Court TV/Tru TV moved to Atlanta, but I still do some here and there - most recent was Joy Behar. It actually started as I was promoting my book Bronx DA and then people kept calling. Practially speaking, it's great fun but does very little to sell books (unless it's Oprah or the Today Show). I found print publicity did much more for my sales...but I do love arguing on camera!
Hi all, I've been a longtime freelance fiction editor and book coach (and now I'm inching into ebook design) and have been slaving over my first novel for about 10 years. Thankfully, Artemis Rising (a YA historical fantasy based on two different mythologies) will launch this Sept 13, 2011! Whew.
If you want to learn more about the book, check out the book trailer and excerpt here. If you want to know why it took me an entire decade to write a YA novel, you can learn the answer to that here. =)
When I'm not helping others with their fiction or writing my own, I'm an alpine ski host patroller and I dabble in indie filmmaking whenever I get the chance. I'm quite certain I have other hobbies, but I'm so busy I've not touched them in years. Ha ha!
Lovely to meet you all and glad to be a part of Writers for Young Adults.
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It's great to know all this about you, Cheri. Oh my, you too are busy. I find it interesting that many of us writers / authors / editors have multiple jobs or masks we wear. Some days, I run around switching masks so quickly, it's difficult to keep up!
Thanks for adding to our introductions discussion!
I think I just got 'Artemis Rising' for my kindle! I've gotten so many over the last few weeks I can't keep track, but the name sounds familiar! Can't wait to read it - I just published my own YA Greek mythology book so I'm completely obsessed with it right now! Great to meet you!
Hi! I'm Hannah and creator of this page but owe everything else to Angela Hansen and Candy Fite! I'm a YA writer, mom, wife, etc...I work as a writing coach/editor/tutor and teach writing classes both online and live. (I was a high school English teacher). I hang out too much at Starbucks (even with my two little kids in tow). For all the other details about me (books, blog, awards, and degrees) you can go to mywebsite. I'm finishing up my 4th book in my YA series and am waiting patiently on 2 agents to tell me ya or nay to my full. And of course there's SUCKER LITERARY MAGAZINE which is my newest baby.
THANK YOU CANDY FOR STARTING THIS!!!
Ah, you're too sweet! It's fun to get to know everyone, so I'm enjoying it!
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