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Podcast! (And Kirkus! And a familiar cat!)

January 19, 2016    Tags: , , , , , , ,   

Meant to post this weeks ago: over New Year’s, we got to visit the original Horatio (and his marvelous people) in Madison. I shared a more dignified portrait of him on Instagram (you can find me — and said portrait — here, if you’re interested), but this picture is my favorite.

Horatio photobomb

 

And, as promised, I’ve returned with the link to the first-ever podcast of “Voices in the Valley”! You can listen to the interview — it’s all about the writing process, getting started and keeping going, and DREAMERS OFTEN LIE — here: http://theshireonline.com/2016/01/16/vitv-episode-1-developing-a-writing-routine/

Speaking of DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, the first official, full-book review has come in. It’s from Kirkus, who are notoriously tough, but they had some lovely things to say: “Jaye’s personal drama [still] sets an engrossing stage… A dizzying new twist on one of the Bard’s most famous plays.” You can find the whole shebang here.

Events are starting to solidify. It looks like the official release party will be at the stalwart Red Balloon Bookshop of St. Paul, on Friday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. More info, links, and confirmation to come, but you can mark your calendars/spread the word/ignore me completely now!

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Let’s Dance to the Song They’re Playing on the Radio…

January 12, 2016    Tags: , , ,   

David Bowie was one of my first crushes. David Bowie in Labyrinth, specifically. Even before I saw the movie, I used to stand, mesmerized, in the video-rental corner of our local grocery store, staring up at the cover image of Bowie as choppy-haired, eyelinered Jareth. Bowie and Labyrinth even get a mention in DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, that’s how big a part of my psyche it was. Later, it was his music that became part of my life, part of my memories–I can’t even think of high school without hearing “Golden Years” or “Space Oddity,” or “Dead Man Walking,” or “Under Pressure” (the list goes on and on and on) start to play in my head. I don’t have anything very eloquent to say, and I certainly don’t have anything more eloquent to say than @JeSuisDean, who tweeted, “If you’re ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.”

That’s what I’ll be doing.

And now onto some radio news (because that subject line DOES have a point):

I’m thrilled to be the inaugural guest on “Voices in the Valley,” a new radio program hosted by The Shire Literary Center and airing on KLBB 1220 AM. Here are the details (and if you can’t tune in, no worries–the podcast will be made available on The Shire’s website, and I’ll post the link once it’s up):

January 16, 2016 Voices in the Valley on KLBB 1220 AM at 10:00 in the morning

Let’s get going! How to develop a writing routine

The hardest part of writing is, well, actually sitting down to write. New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline West shares with student hosts Rebecca and Jill how she stays disciplined and what strategies she uses to maintain a consistent writing schedule. Mahtomedi Middle School student Ellie provides writing inspiration as she details how she found the time to knock out over 44,000 words in one month.

©Valerie Jardin - For Stephani KLBB-8(Photo by Valerie Jardin)

More DREAMERS OFTEN LIE news is on its way–including release party information–so please stay tuned. And now back to your regularly scheduled programming (I hope it includes some David Bowie).

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