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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Kimberly Behre Kenna Interview - Artemis Sparke and the Sound Seekers Brigade


Photo Credit: Ashley Abel Photography

KIMBERLY BEHRE KENNA: After years as an adolescent and family counselor, and then as a fifth grade teacher of ecology and language arts, Kimberly returned to school for her MA in creative writing from Wilkes University. Her middle-grade novel, “Artemis Sparke and the Sound Seekers Brigade” was a finalist and received Honorable Mention in the 2019 Tassy Walden New Voices in Children’s Literature Competition. It will be published by Fitzroy Books 2/2/23. Another book in her Brave Girl Collection, “Jett Jamison and the Secret Storm” is forthcoming from Black Rose Publishing 8/3/23. A third in the collection, as yet unpublished, won second place in The Institute of Children’s Literature 2022 MG Mystery First Pages Contest. Her poems and short stories have been published in American Writers Review, Mused, Plumtree Tavern, and Rubbertop Review. Her full-length play, “Ana’s Hummingbird,” was given a staged reading at The Dramatists Guild in NYC. She’s a member of SCBWI and PEN America, and now devotes herself to writing full time.
        
  

Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of your genre? 
One of my favorite children’s books is Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt because of her poetic writing (best opening paragraph ever!) and the big life questions the story invites the reader to explore. Aside from kid books, I love any book by Toni Morrison and Dorothy Allison, for the same reasons I just mentioned.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
As I write this, my publication day is still ten weeks away. But the best thing that’s happened to me since signing my first book contract is the network of writing friends I’ve gained. Established authors ahead of me on the journey have supported me and my writing by sharing wisdom, encouraging me to stay strong and keep going, and writing blurbs for my books. Writing can be a solitary activity, but at some point along the way I need to brainstorm my way out of a block, or get feedback on a chapter, or hear another writer’s perspective on whether the book is ready to query. For me, publishing a book is impossible to do alone, and it’s much more fun having others involved.

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book? 
Doubting myself. Perfectionism. Editing lines before I had a somewhat cohesive story on the page from beginning to end. I know that’s not just one thing, but they all reside under the same roof and manage to bring my creativity to a screeching halt.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us? 
Telling stories is a way to reach out to others and offer connection. When readers see themselves or others they know in books, they feel less alone and learn to develop compassion and empathy. Reading and discussing books bring people together to share, wonder, and question. Not only do we get to know others better this way, but we also get to know ourselves better.

Can you tell us when you started ARTEMIS SPARKE AND THE SOUND SEEKERS BRIGADE, how that came about? 
I began writing this book over six years ago, and it’s gone through many revisions. Artemis came to me as I hiked trails around a nearby CT salt marsh, the same place I took my fifth graders when we studied Long Island Sound ecology. Like Artemis, nature has always been my sanctuary, and keeping it healthy is important to me. As I took in all the beauty around me, I wondered what would happen if it were gone. The story is about Artemis embracing her voice, even when she despised the sound of it, in order to protect the things she loved. Her interactions with nature, her friendship challenges, and her willingness to persevere are based upon my work with students during my teaching years.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your characters? 
When there were times the story felt flat, I realized that I wasn’t allowing my characters enough freedom. I was holding back somehow. It surprised me that in order to write a powerful story, I had to flesh out my protagonist better by understanding my own personal issues with voice and fear. Once I did that, character emotions and motivations became much more palpable, and the story lit up. For me, the journey of writing fiction runs parallel to being in therapy!

TEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ARTEMIS SPARKE AND THE SOUND SEEKERS BRIGADE
  • 1. The settings in the book are a mashup of local areas I’ve enjoyed as a kid and adult here on the CT shoreline.
  • 2. I deliberately chose lesser-known ecologists to join Artemis’s brigade because they deserve to be honored, too! Also, it’s great for kids to see that you don’t have to be a celebrity to make a difference.
  • 3. My fifth grade students taught me as much as I taught them, and they inspired me to write a story about a fictional young person’s budding activism. I hope Artemis will also be a teacher for all ages.
  • 4. There is a scene I regret cutting, where the hotel chef is teaching Artemis how to make New England clam chowder. The two had a nice relationship just waiting to be developed…Plus, it was my dad’s chowder recipe. Oh, well.
  • 5. Actually, there are forty-one pages of cut scenes on my desktop. Most of them deserved it!
  • 6. I’m a nature guidebook nerd. When visiting parks, I always pick up a guide, along with a map. I love maps. Looking at guides and maps allows me to get away even when I’m stuck at home on a rainy or snowy day.
  • 7. The original title of the book was Art & War, but we changed it since it sounded like a few adult books out there. Artemis is named after the Greek goddess of the hunt and nature, protector of women and children.
  • 8. Readers can look for other ecologists’ names “hidden” in random places throughout the book.
  • 9. I write in silence. Even as a kid I couldn’t do homework with the music on.
  • 10. When I start a first draft, I search for photos on the internet that fit my characters or settings. Visual prompts work well for me, and the search for them gets me asking good questions that help flesh out my characters.
What is the first job you have had? 
Breakfast cook at local restaurant…with no experience cooking

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? 
I notice the sun on my bedroom walls…or not. Then I think about how the weather might influence my day or my mood and set an intention before I even get out of bed that’ll keep me positive and remind me to be grateful.

What is your most memorable travel experience? 
Time spent in Sicily, in an old farmhouse overlooking the ocean

What's your most missed memory? 
Walking down that steep sandy trail in Sicily from the house to a secluded beach, a fully immersed sensory experience

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? 
I try not to think before sleep because then I don’t sleep. Instead, I listen to guided meditations or calming sleep music. If I didn’t listen to them, I’d be hearing all kinds of worries and deadlines whirling around my mind!

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? 
I actually loved spelling because we had a list of words we had to learn each week, and one of the assignments was to use as many of them in a story as we could. It was fun having to connect words that didn’t go together via a common story thread.

First Love? 
My husband of 40+ years—high school sweethearts

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home? 
Hand-carved locks on doors, secret panels in the wall, and mirrors that allow you to see around corners…seeds for the next book in my Brave Girls Collection!


"...Artemis Sparke is pure energy! ...Kenna’s well-crafted debut is a timely gift.” —Leslie Connor, National Book Award finalist and author of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle and Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?

When Artemis Sparke has had it with humans, she heads to the nearby salt marsh to hang out with the birds, plants, and mollusks who don’t make a big deal of her stutter. The shoreline sanctuary is predictable, unlike her family and friends, and the data in her science journal proves it. But one day that data goes haywire, and her bird friend RT confirms it: the salt marsh is dying. Artemis discovers that the historic hotel where she lives with her mom may be part of the problem, but speaking up would mean confronting the cranky hotel owner who happens to be her mom’s boyfriend and boss. Artemis conjures up help from deceased ecologists, and as she works to untangle their clues, she finds family secrets that could be the key to saving the salt marsh but also may destroy her life as she knows it.

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The realm war is near and the Prophecy is at hand. The Black Witch is back…and the demon tide is coming. Prepare to be spellbound by The Black Witch Chronicles.

Nothing can stop the demon tide…

Newly exposed as the Black Witch of Prophecy, Elloren Gardner Grey is on the run, not knowing if she’ll find friends or foes. With her fastmate, Lukas Grey, either dead or in the hands of High Mage Marcus Vogel, Elloren knows the only chance of turning the tide of the coming war is to seek allies who will listen long enough not to kill her on sight.


In the Eastern Realm, Water Fae Tierney Calix and Elloren’s brother Trystan have joined the Wyvernguard to prepare for Vogel’s attack. But Trystan is fighting on two fronts, as the most despised and least trusted member of the guard. And Tierney’s bond with Erthia’s most powerful river has exposed a danger even more terrifying than the looming war.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Mansi Shah Interview - The Direction of the Wind


Photo Credit: Ron Derhacopian

Mansi Shah is a writer who lives in Los Angeles. She was born in Toronto, Canada, was raised in the midwestern United States, and studied at universities in America, Australia, and England. When she’s not writing, she’s traveling and exploring different cultures near and far, experimenting on a new culinary creation, or working on her tennis game.

        
  

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill? 
I was nine years old when I first realized I wanted to tell stories. My fourth-grade teacher had assigned us to write short stories each week, and I asked her if I could write a chapter each week and do a novel instead.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Connecting with readers. Every time I have someone reach out to me saying that my book has made them feel seen or understood in some way, it gives me the fuel to keep writing stories that give voice to subjects that people may keep hidden. I get the same feeling when someone tells me that one of my novels opened their eyes to something they had not previously thought about.

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book? 
My lawyer job! THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND had been burning inside me, but given the demands of my other career, I often spent months or even years away from the manuscript.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us? 
Stories allow us to relate to one another. They help us learn about those who are different from us and develop more empathy and compassion. For me, stories centering underrepresented groups is one of the main drivers of my writing because making different cultures and traditions more familiar helps build a greater sense of community.

Can you tell us when you started THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND, how that came about? 
I started writing it in 2014 after receiving quite a bit of rejection from agents for THE TASTE OF GINGER, my debut novel that was eventually published in 2022. The rejection I had received in connection with GINGER had focused on people not believing there was a market for that story even though they connected with the writing, so I felt like I had to find another story in order to get published and started THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND. I’m thrilled that both books have found their audience now.

TEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND
  • 1. It is set in Paris because it has always felt like a home away from home for me, and I wanted a legitimate excuse to keep doing my annual trip there. The book takes place mostly in the Marais, where I spend much of my time when in Paris.
  • 2. Samosas have been featured in each of my books thus far because my mom makes the best ones and I like to honor her in that way.
  • 3. I had to research and revise the manuscript prior to publication to deal with any potential visa issues Sophie would have had as an Indian citizen traveling to the countries in the book.
  • 4. I had to adjust the dates in the storyline to avoid dealing with the pandemic.
  • 5. Another reason I chose Paris was because it a city based on tradition and hasn’t changed much over the period of time covered in the book. It is more likely that the same hotels, restaurants, and other places would have existed during both Nita’s and Sophie’s storylines.
  • 6. Cecile was one of my favorite characters to write.
  • 7. When I picture the wedding bangles in the book, I see the set that my mom wore when I was a kid.
  • 8. I struggle with giving guidance on book covers, but fortunately my fabulous cover designer Micaela Alcaino is excellent at pulling the essence from the novel and showing it visually. Purple is my favorite color so I especially love this cover.
  • 9. I was a psychology major and have always been fascinated with human nature and mental health issues, so this book was a chance for me to delve deeply into those topics.
  • 10. If I ever write a sequel, it would be Vijay’s story.
What is the first job you have had? 
In high school, I worked at an entertainment center with a video arcade, driving range, mini golf course, and kids jump n’ fun area with tube mazes and ball pits.

What is your most memorable travel experience? 
This is my absolute favorite topic! Hot air ballooning over Bagan in Myanmar, Northern Lights dancing across the sky in Finland, the fragrant lavender fields of Provence, breathtaking landscapes in Iceland, the most stunning clear water in the Maldives, rice terraces in the Philippines that remind us what the world looked like before modernization, memorable architecture in Morocco…I could keep going, but I’ll stop now!

Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew? 
Anytime I can. If we can help each other, we all win.

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before
Always true love

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? 
I keep a gratitude journal and write three things I’m grateful for each night before closing my eyes.

What is one unique thing are you afraid of? 
Moths! I had a pantry moth infestation in my apartment during law school and have been terrified of them ever since.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today? 
Several years ago, I was diagnosed with a stress-induced autoimmune condition and it forced me to reevaluate my life and how I wanted to spend it. It took my body speaking loudly for me to learn to slow down, breathe deeply, and prioritize rest and play over my overachieving need to always feel productive. It put me on the path to eventually leaving my legal career and writing full-time.


A heartfelt story that spans continents and generations, about a young woman who searches for answers about a mother she barely remembers.

Sophie Shah was six when she learned her mother, Nita, had died. For twenty-two years, she shouldered the burden of that loss. But when her father passes away, Sophie discovers a cache of hidden letters revealing a shattering truth: her mother didn’t die. She left.

Nita Shah had everything most women dreamed of in her hometown of Ahmedabad, India―a loving husband, a doting daughter, financial security―but in her heart, she felt like she was living a lie. Fueled by her creative ambitions, Nita moved to Paris, the artists’ capital of the world―even though it meant leaving her family behind. But once in Paris, Nita’s decision and its consequences would haunt her in ways she never expected.

Now that Sophie knows the truth, she’s determined to find the mother who abandoned her. Sophie jets off to Paris, even though the impulsive trip may risk her impending arranged marriage. In the City of Light, she chases lead after lead that help her piece together a startling portrait of her mother. Though Sophie goes to Paris to find Nita, she may just also discover parts of herself she never knew.

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L.M. Bracklow Interview - The Islands of Iros


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Luana Mitre (better known as L.M. Bracklow) is a Peruvian author who loves dogs, traveling, and reading as many books as she can get her hands on. She has a degree in sports journalism, but her true passion is writing books for children. Enthralled by fantasy since she was a little girl, Luana has now written a fantastical story of her own. The Islands of Iros is the book of her heart, and she hopes kids everywhere will enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it!
        
  

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. When I was in high school, they made us read around twelve books a year and I really enjoyed it. I think that was what made me fall in love with reading. However, I didn’t start writing until I was twenty-two. I had no idea I wanted to be a writer until then. I was watching a YouTube video about the universe and an idea for a book popped into my head. My writing journey began then. It was a bizarre experience, but I just knew I had to write, and so I did. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. I did write that first book, but I never published it. A year later, I came up with the idea for The Islands of Iros.

Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of your genre?
The entire Percy Jackson series is one of my absolute favorites! Rick Riordan did a fantastic job with his characters and I still think about them years after reading the books. Percy’s journey is filled with monsters, gods and goddesses, danger, adventure, friendship, and so much more. What’s not to love?

And my favorite book outside of my genre is The Shining by Stephen King! I’m a big horror fan.

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book?
Oh, definitely One Piece! Sometimes I watched 10 episodes in a row and completely forgot about writing. It was tough. It’s an amazing show and I love it, but I think I would’ve written this book a lot faster if I hadn’t been watching it at the time.

Can you tell us when you started THE ISLAND OF IROS, how that came about?
The idea for The Islands of Iros came to me while I was watching three different animes at the same time. One Piece, Attack on Titan, and Jujutsu Kaisen. You could say my book is a combination of those shows, except I made it kid-friendly! One Piece inspired me to write about all these dangerous and mysterious islands you’ll get to read about in my book. The soldiers/military aspect of The Islands of Iros came from Attack on Titan. And the sorcerer’s finger was inspired by Jujutsu Kaisen. I had a lot of fun playing around with these ideas and creating something that was completely my own.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your characters?
That creating the characters is way more fun than actually writing the book!

TEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT THE ISLAND OF IROS
  • Luke is afraid of jellyfish because he was stung by one when he was six.
  • Arlo is allergic to peanuts.
  • I named the continent Iros because I wanted it to sound grand like Westeros from Game of Thrones.
  • Damien’s favorite color is blue.
  • Kaori can no longer enter the local library because she was caught stealing there once.
  • Luke and Damien were inspired by Tai and Matt from Digimon Adventure.
  • I used to listen to the Attack on Titan soundtrack while writing this book and now a lot of those songs remind me of my characters.
  • Nisha has two older twin brothers named Rohan and Hitesh.
  • Slow walkers are Ivan’s biggest pet peeve.
  • If they existed in our world, Luke, Kaori and Damien would absolutely love playing Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros together.
When you looked in the mirror first thing this morning, what was the first thing you thought?
I could really use some eye cream for my dark circles.

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep?
I think about marrying my celebrity crush.

What was your favorite subject when you were in school?
English!

What event in your life would make a good movie?
My first year of college.

What is one unique thing are you afraid of?
Can I say math?

Most horrifying dream you have ever had?
When I was twelve I dreamt I was trapped inside a cave with a werewolf. It was terrifying! It traumatized me.


Three close friends—Luke, fearless, optimistic, outgoing; Damien, steadfast, self-contained, loyal; and Kaori, smart, strong-minded, determined—journey across the sea with the Crimson Raiders, their island’s fearless champions, to find the sorcerer’s finger, rumored to bestow unimaginable power on the one who consumes it—enough power to vanquish their island’s enemies. This fast-paced, engaging story mixes vicious pirates, seductive sirens, gruesome monsters and so much more as it weaves magic, mayhem, and adventure into a tale of deep friendship told with great style and good humor.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Jumata Emill Interview - The Black Queen


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Jumata Emill is a journalist who has covered crime and local politics in Mississippi and parts of Louisiana. He earned his B.A. in mass communications from Southern University and A&M College. He’s a Pitch Wars alum and member of the Crime Writers of Color. When he’s not writing about murderous teens, he’s watching and obsessively tweeting about every franchise of the Real Housewives. Jumata lives in Baton Rouge, La.

        
  

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill? 
In the fourth grade. I wrote a skit as a class assignment that my teacher loved so much, she let my cast my friends in it and allowed us to act it out before the class. My classmates loved it too and I was seduced by the sense of accomplishment and pride it gave me to have others entertained by something I made up. That’s when I realized I loved storytelling and how it made me feel to entertain others.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Holding the actual hard copy of my book. The day I walk in a bookstore and see it on the shelves will be very special too. I’ve dreamed of that moment since I was kid.

If you could have written one book in history, what book would that be? 
Roots by Alex Haley. I love family sagas and the fact that Mr. Haley’s story was also an autobiographical look into not only his family’s history but one of this country’s greatest sins affected said family is the type of impact I think all authors want their stories to have.

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book? 
Bravo, specifically all the franchises of the Real Housewives. The housewives are the guilty pleasure I don’t feel all that guilty about loving.

Can you tell us when you started THE BLACK QUEEN, how that came about? 
I began writing it at the beginning of 2020, after I had a conversation with my co-worker who casually mentioned that her high school’s tradition was to elect a white girl as homecoming queen one year, and then the next a black girl, and so on and so forth, rotating back and forth from year to year. It seemed like such a contrived, Southern way of putting a band aid on the modern-day segregation that still goes on in many schools throughout the country, and a great way of showcasing that would be with a murder that upended that tradition.

TEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT THE BLACK QUEEN
  • 1. Tinsley is named after Real Housewives of New York City housewife Tinsley Mortimer
  • 2. The town of Lovett, Mississippi is loosely based on the city of Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 3. My high school was segregated along the same lines as Lovett High’s, with white kids mostly in AP/Gifted classes and black kids in the “regular curriculum.”
  • 4. If I mention a song in a scene, I was listening to it when I wrote it. Helped me set the mood and mindset the characters would be in.
  • 5. It saddened me to kill off Nova. I tried to keep her alive on the page for as long as possible.
  • 6. Duchess’ style and persona are based on Teyana Taylor. I LOVE her swagger.
  • 7. In a town I worked as a crime reporter, the police station was also located in a renovated old hospital.
  • 8. The displacement backstory that led to the black kids coming to Lovett High is based on several real-world instances where that has happened in school districts I covered as a reporter.
  • 9. It took me three days to write the “killer revealed” scene. I kept picturing it differently in my mind, and then ended up taking elements from the three different scenes I wrote to write the one that eventually ended up in the book.
  • 10. The original final scene actually took place somewhere else, involved more characters and more clearly set up a potential romance.
What is the first job you have had? 
Waiting tables at a 50s-themed diner.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? 
I don’t want to get out of this bed!

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before? 
The heartbreak. To have never loved is such a lonely existence.

When you looked in the mirror first thing this morning, what was the first thing you thought? 
I don’t feel like shaving, so I’m not going to.

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? 
How I could have rewritten something I wrote that day.

If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had “no regrets” what would it be? 
Not pursuing my childhood talents with gymnastics. I could have maybe competed in the Olympics!

What was your favorite subject when you were in school? 
English. Hands down.

Most horrifying dream you have ever had? 
That I was buried alive, and I didn’t know why or how that happened.

What event in your life would make a good movie? 
My prom night. It would start out as a comedy and end a steamy, scandalous melodrama.

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home? 
I can’t say, because the person would know. The only tease I’ll give is that after seeing it, I never ate there again.


Nova Albright was going to be the first Black homecoming queen at Lovett High—but now she's dead. Murdered on coronation night. Fans of One of Us Is Lying and The Other Black Girl will love this unputdownable thriller.

Nova Albright, the first Black homecoming queen at Lovett High, is dead. Murdered the night of her coronation, her body found the next morning in the old slave cemetery she spent her weekends rehabilitating.

Tinsley McArthur was supposed to be queen. Not only is she beautiful, wealthy, and white, it’s her legacy—her grandmother, her mother, and even her sister wore the crown before her. Everyone in Lovett knows Tinsley would do anything to carry on the McArthur tradition.

No one is more certain of that than Duchess Simmons, Nova’s best friend. Duchess’s father is the first Black police captain in Lovett. For Duchess, Nova’s crown was more than just a win for Nova. It was a win for all the Black kids. Now her best friend is dead, and her father won’t fact the fact that the main suspect is right in front of him. Duchess is convinced that Tinsley killed Nova—and that Tinsley is privileged enough to think she can get away with it. But Duchess’s father seems to be doing what he always does: fall behind the blue line. Which means that the white girl is going to walk.

Duchess is determined to prove Tinsley’s guilt. And to do that, she’ll have to get close to her.

But Tinsley has an agenda, too.

Everyone loved Nova. And sometimes, love is exactly what gets you killed.

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