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One of the most exciting and scary things an author has to do is the “Author Talk.”

I’ve been to many “Author Talks.” Some were so wonderful, I recommend attending this author’s events to fellow readers/writers (Sherman Alexie, Neil Gaiman, and Alice Hoffman come to mind). Some were so awful, I recommend not attending this author’s events to fellow readers/writers. (No, I’m not going to name names). Most were just “okay.”

Which beings me to a good article by Matthew Dicks, Re-imagining the Author Talk in Three Parts, published in Huffington Post. I hope you find the article as informative as I did. Here’s the link.

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green angel I had the great pleasure of hearing Alice Hoffman read her work and speak about her writing at a Maryland library last year. I went to the reading/talk with a friend who is crazy about Alice Hoffman’s work. (Even crazier about it than me!)

I think there’s nothing quite like hearing the words of a writer in her (or his) voice. To listen to the emphasis the creator places on a word or phrase, and notice the slight changes in facial expressions or tone of voice when the writer comes to a favorite part of the story is like peeking behind the curtain in Oz. It lets you see a bit of the person behind the words.

I have quite a few Alice Hoffman books on my shelves: Practical Magic, Green Heart, River King… plus, my autographed copy of The Museum of Extraordinary Things. I find wisdom in many of her books, and great truth in this Wednesday’s quote from her:

“It is the deepest desire of every writer, the one we never admit or even dare to speak of: to write a book we can leave as a legacy. And although it is sometimes easy to forget, wanting to be a writer is not about reviews or advances or how many copies are printed or sold. It is much simpler than that, and much more passionate. If you do it right, and if they publish it, you may actually leave something behind that can last forever.” – Alice Hoffman

Here’s to writing something worthy of good reviews, an advance, lots of copies printed and sold – and most importantly – a book worthy of leaving behind when my time has run out.

Like my posts? Why not stop by my Amazon page and buy one of my books? Thanks, and have a magical week. – Vonnie

 

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Skean copy The debate still rages about whether adults should be proudly reading Young Adult fiction (see Tuesday’s post with links). I was at a recent family gathering, and several of us sat around chatting about the books we had read, were reading, or were looking forward to reading.

Young Adult books and authors (Suzanne Collins, Nancy Werlin, Kristin Cashore, Alice Hoffman, Marissa Meyer, etc.) were discussed. I consider myself and the other family members who were part of the discussion to be well-educated, well-read, and definitely not “book snobs.” We agreed YA books are for all readers. So I must side with those who think Slate’s point of view is wrong.

Here’s another post about YA books and adult readers: Slate’s Condescending Against “YA” Couldn’t Be More Wrong – Young Adult Fiction Is For Everyone

Any thoughts from my readers? And remember, if you’re looking for some YA (or YA-friendly) books, check out Owl Light, The Enchanted Skean, and The Greener Forest at Amazon. 🙂

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green angel For those who haven’t read Against YA, read it first, then read this response from another writer: Really? Are We Still Shaming People for the Books They Like?

Where do you stand? Do you read YA books even if you’re no longer a Young Adult? And teens and twenty-somethings, do you resent older adults reading books designated YA?

By the way, I’ve decided to add the scan of the cover of a YA book from my bookshelf to each post. Today’s YA fav of mine: Green Angel by Alice Hoffman (and I love the companion book, Green Witch, too).

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