Wednesday, August 3, Storytime and book signing for Happy Birthday, Hamster, Kennebooks, Kennebunk, Maine, 10:30-11:30 am.
Saturday, August 6, Story time with Bess the Book Bus, Peabody Library, Jonesport, Maine, 11 am. (I won't be selling books at this event. Bess the Book Bus is a literacy program, bringing books to kids in rural and less advantaged areas. Participating kids each get to
Touch Blue had some good news yesterday. It made the Top Ten for the Fall IndieNext List. It sometimes feels like this book is the quiet younger sister of a popular older one. So to have it make a list that Rules never made was extra special.
My daughter and I took a drive down to the water last night to celebrate.
We had chowder at a local restaurant. The diners at the next table stared at us the whole time!
On Saturday, July 10th, I'll be signing Hot Rod Hamster at the 6th Annual "Books in Boothbay" Maine Summer Book Fair. There are 40 Maine authors and illustrators signing, but look who's front and center on the poster!
It's probably the only time I'll see Hamster sharing space with Abraham Lincoln!
Books in Boothbay: Maine’s Sixth Annual Summer Book Fair
Authors include: Julia Spencer-Fleming, Kate Braestrup, Charlotte Agell, Lea Wait, and more!
Yesterday I put up an initial page on my website for Touch Blue, including a link to my first chapter. Now I'm working on a teachers' guide. When I was a teacher, I wrote educational materials, and I miss it sometimes. So it's fun to work on those guides.
I received an enthusiastic confirmation from Frenchboro Island School, a one-room schoolhouse that I'm visiting in October with Island
I did my first phone interview for Touch Blue this morning. It will be in the August edition of Book Page. After talking about Rules for four years, it was really fun to have a new novel to talk about.
The title, Touch Blue, comes from a superstition: Touch blue and your wish will come true.
The main character of Touch Blue is an 11-year-old named Tess who is a lobster fisherman w
A few months ago, Scholastic asked me to write a letter telling where the idea came from for Hot Rod Hamster. One of the best parts of writing a picture book is watching it come to life with illustration--Derek adds so much to everything we've done together, including this letter.
I also came home to the news that Hot Rod Hamster made the Publisher's Weekly Bestseller List for picture books this week. It snuck on at #14!
Here's a little sample of lines from my mail that made me smile or touched me recently (these are all from children).
This book has taught me many different perspectives to look at life. One of those things is don't judge people before you know them. Everyone is unique in their own way and they have traits they can't change. Your book has changed my way of seeing how delicate life is. --Morgan My favorite scene was when Catherine takes Jason outside to run. I think that wa
RULES is on 23 state lists for this school year, and I want to point teachers to a few resources to go with the book.
On my website, I have a discussion guide, a list of writing rules from other middle-grade authors, interviews with me, and a few activity sheets. Those items can be found here: http://www.cynthialord.com/materials.html
My publisher, Scholastic, also has a booktalk (both a print version and a video version), and a b
In my family's life, agency and state workers have come and gone with great regularity. Those positions don't pay well, and young women often take them as "in between" and "for right now" jobs. In my family, we are always saying goodbye. We hope they will keep in touch, but most times, we never see or hear from them again. They blow into our lives, stay awhile, and hug us goodbye--sometimes as many as 4-6 new people a year. Many of them have been college s
Today's summer blog rerun talks about description. It comes from March 2005. I was adding some description to RULES, and this particular entry talks about a day I described Catherine's room. I'm not an artist, so I asked my daughter if I could sit in her bedroom awhile and ask her about the things she keeps and why she keeps them.
At my school visits, I explain there are real places underneath some of my settings for RULES. I show the kids a few photos and say,
My last blog rerun was the day I wiped my file clean for RULES, and here is the weekend I started the book over.
Every winter, I go on a writing retreat with a group of children's book writers. We meet at an inn in New Hampshire and spend several days writing, cooking, reading our work aloud, talking business, and catching up with each other. I look forward to it each year.
Our first retreat was in 2005. I didn't know the other writers very well, but I k
I have a regular blog on LiveJournal and over the summer, I looked back to when I was working on RULES and ran some "blog reruns."
The first rerun was from way back in January 2005. RULES took six years from beginning draft to published book and 4+ of those years were after it was bought by a publisher. As writers, I think we are prepared to wait before a book gets bought, but sometimes the longer wait comes after it's acquired.