I'm thrilled to have another 2010 author:
Tell us about your book.
FAITHFUL, Speak/Penguin Group, May 13, 2010. FAITHFUL is historical young adult fiction. 16-year old Maggie Bennet finds herself, love, and the answer to a mystery in the magnificent landscape of Yellowstone National Park.
I had a few publications - magazine articles and stories - and a non-fiction middle grade book for Free Spirit Publishing (Get Organized Without Losing It, 2006.) But my dream was to write fiction for children, and the more I worked the more I realized that my "voice" is geared to middle grade and young adult readers. I found my agent, Alyssa Eisner Henkin, at an SCBWI conference...or rather, she found me through a conference critique, which was a dream come true. Once I signed with her, we edited the novel for about 6 months before she sent it to market. Jen Bonnell of Speak/Penguin picked it up, as part of a 2-book deal.
Was there ever a time you felt like giving up? Why didn't you?
Actually...no. And I think that's important. Persistence is crucial to publication. And I believe in what I'm doing. I believe I can make a difference in someone's life. I believe I can write something that will reach someone who needs help and help them see the world new. I'm a big dreamer.
What’s the one thing that’s surprised you most on the journey from starting your novel to publication?
How many friends I've made that I've never even met - through the internet. I feel touched by that experience and by those connections.
Where were you when you got the news that your book had been sold?
I was on my way to my weekly critique meeting! That was so wonderfully ironic and symbolic, that I could immediately share the news with the people who helped me get there. The only downside was that I couldn't scream, because I was in Starbucks, and I didn't think they'd appreciate me jumping up and down and screaming.
What did you do to celebrate?
My husband took me out to my favorite restaurant. Which is rare, because he's a great cook, and he likes to cook. So it was huge that he took me out.
To find out more about Janet and her book, check out the following links:
Janet Fox's website
Janet Fox's blog
Thanks Janet! I agree with the comment on meeting new people via the Internet. After all, now I know Janet, and all the other authors I'm interviewing this week!
Follow the links below to other blogs, each with an inspiring interview with a different up and coming author!
Lisa & Laura Roecker
Suzette Saxton & Bethany Wiggins