It’s Day Two of the Debut Author Interview Extravaganza. Be sure to visit the blogs listed at the end for thirteen additional brand new interviews.
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.
Can you tell us a little bit about your road to publication?
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
I'm a novelist and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Find details on this "blog" about my books and appearances. Want to reach me? You can Contact Me here.
What I'm working on now:
- A new YA novel
- A middle grade novel
- An original screenplay for the Disney Channel
Writing Book of the Month:
"The Comic Toolbox" by John Vorhaus.