Deep Valley Book Festival

Deep Valley Book Festival–Betsy-Tacy Society Calendar of Events.

The Deep Valley Homecoming is coming up at the end of June. Author Melissa Wiley (whom I met at ALA in San Diego a couple years ago) will be a featured speaker. This will be fun. Check the above calendar. Book Festival/Book Fair is Sunday at Sibley Park. I’ll be selling Chasing AllieCat, Beauty Missing, Hair Hissing: Medusa Tells All, and Girl Meets Boy Because There are Two Sides to Every Story.



Medusa’s Head

As you can tell from my Medusa book (or if you’ve taken one of my Humanities courses), I’m a bit of a mythology junkie.
I thought I had looked upon almost every depiction of Medusa imaginable, but today, I just found another new one:

Now that one creeps me out. It’s not just scary, but it’s realistic, as if I’d be scared to get within a few feet of that dead head–and the snakes don’t look dead at all! EEEk.
One look would indeed petrify me with fear.
Another creepy one that isn’t as scary, but is more famous is by Caravaggio, the Baroque painter:

And then another fairly common image in relief sculptures:

There, your Medusa for the day.

Medusa Tells All: Beauty Missing, Hair Hissing

Yesterday, a box of books arrived on my porch, covered with a light dusting of snow.

Very exciting moment in an author’s life to open the box of complimentary brand-new copies and hold the baby in your hands for the first time.

Check it out:

Photo: It's HERE! Medusa Tells All: Beauty Missing, Hair Hissing! Pretty excited about this new Picture Window Book. Thanks, Jill Kalz!
You can buy it here…

OR go directly to Capstone Books for young readers:
Beauty Missing, Hair Hissing at Capstone Books for Young Readers

Thanks to my editor and friend, Jill Kalz, you can enter promo code 6027 at checkout and get 30% off plus free shipping.

Medusa, Historical fiction, South Africa, and other thoughts

I revised my Medusa book for Capstone press. It’s Medusa’s side of the story–with my Greek mythology obsession, it was a FUN book to write. It’s moving fairly quickly through the editorial process, but I still don’t know when it will be out on the market. I really like how the story turned out.

I think it will be in 2013, which means, at least, that I have had a publication in 2009, 2011, 2012, and maybe 2013. That also means I gotta get CRANKING on revising Slider’s Son so there’s a chance it come come out by the end of 2014!!!  I’ve also got some tips that this is not such a bad time for historical fiction as the last few years. Don’t know if that’s true or not, but I want to go with that thought! I have a three-day weekend. Maybe I can dig in and get something done. I’ve written so little this year since school started. It’s easy to get disheartened, but at least I have great classes and students.

I’m teaching The Power of One in my South Africa Humanities class. I have been wondering for several years why the author Bryce Courtenay moved to Australia for the rest of his life. I JUST found out, doing some research, that it’s because while he was a teenager, he started a school for Africans. Blacks were NOT supposed to learn to read under Apartheid, and he was labeled a communist as a result, and exiled from his country at age 17. Holy smoke. No wonder I love this guy. He just died three months ago. I’m sad I didn’t make a pilgrimage to go meet the man. –>

Back to the grindstone.