As if all this weren't enough, last night someone nominated me for the Best Young Adult Book of 2011 on the Preditors and Editors Poll!! Of course, I should also mention that Fran Lewis picked my book as one of her Five Best Books of 2011. So this has been a fantastic year for my writing.
In November, I was thrilled to meet several authors who are part of my publishing house, in Montreal, where we all met and bonded with our publisher, Lea Schizas, who though in charge of a brand new publishing house has managed to grow it to hundreds of authors and now publishes both ebooks and paperbacks. Participating with my fellow authors in a huge book signing was definitely the highlight of my year. Of course, publication day was amazing, but holding my book in my hand was an indescribable feeling!!
What's in store for my writing in 2012? I am spiffing up my story, When My Life Changed, which is based on the real events that happened to my family when my husband had a heart attack and bypass surgery. Only it is told in the POV of a fifteen year old girl. I have been working on this story for almost five years and I think it is now ready. But it is always hard to set your fledglings free and see them fly on their own. Now, too, I know what publishers are looking for and once again I don't have the prerequisite werewolf or vampire or paranormal characters. This is the story of a girl who has to deal with an event that rocks her world. We'll see what happens with it.
In the New Year I am hoping that some surprises will happen. I am going to try to set up some school visits and also I am going to approach some local bookstores to see if they will carry my book. In addition, the times I will post on this blog have been changed and I might be posting here in the middle of the week. We have some new authors who will be posting so that is the reason for the schedule change. So if you have gotten used to seeing me on Saturdays, expect me to be on the 7th and the 21st of each month. It's interesting that in January those are on Saturdays, but in February they are on Tuesdays.
I wish all of you a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year!! I hope all of you are able to keep your resolutions and I have a few that I want to keep. My resolution this year was to try to be more patient in my life. I think for the most part I have succeeded, but of course I did slide back a little now and then. This year I am still thinking about my writing resolutions. The trouble is my life takes its own turns and I never know what is going to happen or where it will happen. I'm going to post my writing resolutions on my blog, Barbara's Meanderings, on January 1st, so if anyone is interested, pop over there to see them.
In addition, I am featured on Georgia Saunders' blog until 1/1 so please go over there and see the interview with my MC Carolyn Samuels. Also, if you would like to do it, you can go to The Preditors and Editors Poll and vote for me. I'm in the Young Adult section and also vote for the cover which has gotten lots of attention and is also nominated for Best Cover. My cover artist, Kaytalin Platt is nominated for two awards, but I hope you will consider my cover first.:)
Enjoy your New Year's celebrations and I will be back on January 7, 2012. See you next year!!