Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Teen Author Reading Night

It's November 3rd and day 3 of the NaNoWriMo challenge. So far I am on schedule, with over 5000 words to my fantasy with the (working) title of The Fog and I am having fun - surprising even myself.

But I couldn't possibly write another word at this point, because now all I can think about is the Teen Author Reading tonight, in which I get to participate as an author for the very first time! Just look who is in the line-up: (And the answer is: of course I didn't get a wink of sleep last night!)

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
Sarah Beth Durst, Enchanted Ivy
Lauren Henderson, Kiss in the Dark
Barry Lyga, Archvillain
Lena Roy, Edges
Kieran Scott, She’s So Dead to Us

It's at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library downtown from 6 until 7:30. I'll have my support: Judy Blundell will be coming with me from Katonah (figuratively holding my hand), and Rebecca Stead, Deborah Heiligman, and Daphne Grab will be heading down from the Upper West Side. I need to put on my own suit of armor and rely on my friends and my own writing as we begin to count down the days to publication.

Another nice omen is that Ryan Gesell, (the gentleman who read Luke's narrative in the forthcoming audio for Edges and had the generosity to get in touch with me and let me know how much he loved my book - we writers love that, don't we?), just facebooked me to let me know that he also just finished narrating David and Rachel's new book,  Dash and Lily's Book of Dares which they will also be reading from!

So . . . no more NaNoWriMo or blog for the rest of the day . . . I best be pulling out Edges right now and practicing my four minute excerpt . . . I'm picking something from near the beginning, in Luke's narrative. Maybe I'll post that excerpt tomorrow - at the very least I'll let you all know how the evening went!

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