A few days ago, on March 16th, I had the honor of accompanying my parter-in-crime, Case Maynard, all the way from our home in Cairo, Georgia to Cape Coral, Florida for the 1st Annual Cape Literacy Festival at Cape Coral High School. Case was a featured author at the event, while I was just tagging along to get a sense of what these things are like. And let me just say it was so worth it. I met so many fantastic authors who all had excellent pieces of advice and words of encouragement for an up-and-comer like myself. I hope one day, if I’m lucky enough to have any of the YA ideas in my head published, the festival will invite me to come and speak.
Among the people who left lasting impressions were Katherine Blakeney – seriously, just read this girl’s about the author to get an idea of why she had me captivated, – NYT best seller Cinda Chima, PK Hrezo – who is about to publish a novel I swear was based on my life, – and, of course, Jamie Ayres, the organizer of the event. Make sure you check all these ladies out, as well as everyone else who was featured at the festival. (You can find a full list of the authors and their featured books here, where you can also buy one or more of the books for the high school.)
I definitely arrived home from the event saying “I NEED TO GET PUBLISHED ALREADY.” Which means I flew hardcore into editing, editing, editing, getting ready to query my ass off for The Assassin’s Wolf. I’ve got a great feeling about the edits I’m making and can’t wait to see what happens next. On top of that, Case and I are still dutifully working to get Gifted up and off the ground. Seriously – this book is about a decade in the making at this point, it’s gonna be so good when it’s completed.
Thanks for stopping by and, if I don’t see you before then, happy early Easter. ❤