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TINAWS’ Easter Eggs : A Reader’s Guide

October 7, 2017

If you love medieval French literature, you will discover that I have hidden a lot of ‘easter eggs’ in This is Not a Werewolf Story. For example, the names Bisclavret, Raul, Oliver, and Nicolette. Those are the names of my favorite heroes from my favorite medieval epics and romances. I tried to make my characters share a strong personality trait with their medieval namesakes. So Oliver Swift (the dean) is a man who likes to see the truth, just like Olivier in the 12th century Song of Roland. And Nicolette Tern seems nice enough but don’t push her around because You Will Regret It—just like the heroine of the 12th century Aucassin et Nicolette. Bisclavret is not a werewolf in...

If you love medieval French literature, you will discover that I have hidden a lot of ‘easter eggs’ in This is Not a Werewolf Story. For example, the names Bisclavret, Raul, Oliver, and Nicolette. Those are the names of my favorite heroes from my favorite medieval epics and romances. I tried to make my characters share a strong personality trait with their medieval namesakes. So Oliver Swift (the dean) is a man who likes to see the truth, just like Olivier in the 12th century Song of Roland. And Nicolette Tern seems nice enough but don’t push her around because You Will Regret It—just like the heroine of the 12th century Aucassin et Nicolette. Bisclavret is not a werewolf in...

you won’t be the last person to say no to me

October 1, 2017

I know, it doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny, does it? I mean, as a battle cry, it’s got some flaws. It should be more like, “You’re the last person who will slam the door in my face”, right? Or, “I’ll show you!”  But I’m not that confrontational. Ask my students. They’ve become accustomed to my long sighs and shrugs. 

But it’s pretty much what I said to myself for a long time, every time, when an agent rejected another query for another novel.  I’d yank up my yoga pants and think, this guy ain’t gonna be the one who gets to shoot this horse. And I’d take my tea and a bag of licorice and head upstairs and stare...

I know, it doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny, does it? I mean, as a battle cry, it’s got some flaws. It should be more like, “You’re the last person who will slam the door in my face”, right? Or, “I’ll show you!”  But I’m not that confrontational. Ask my students. They’ve become accustomed to my long sighs and shrugs. 

But it’s pretty much what I said to myself for a long time, every time, when an agent rejected another query for another novel.  I’d yank up my yoga pants and think, this guy ain’t gonna be the one who gets to shoot this horse. And I’d take my tea and a bag of licorice and head upstairs and stare...

you won’t be the last person to say no to me

October 1, 2017

I know, it doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny, does it? I mean, as a battle cry, it’s got some flaws. It should be more like, “You’re the last person who will slam the door in my face”, right? Or, “I’ll show you!”  But I’m not that confrontational. Ask my students. They’ve become accustomed to my long sighs and shrugs. 

But it’s pretty much what I said to myself for a long time, every time, when an agent rejected another query for another novel.  I’d yank up my yoga pants and think, this guy ain’t gonna be the one who gets to shoot this horse. And I’d take my tea and a bag of licorice and head upstairs and stare...

I know, it doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny, does it? I mean, as a battle cry, it’s got some flaws. It should be more like, “You’re the last person who will slam the door in my face”, right? Or, “I’ll show you!”  But I’m not that confrontational. Ask my students. They’ve become accustomed to my long sighs and shrugs. 

But it’s pretty much what I said to myself for a long time, every time, when an agent rejected another query for another novel.  I’d yank up my yoga pants and think, this guy ain’t gonna be the one who gets to shoot this horse. And I’d take my tea and a bag of licorice and head upstairs and stare...

Julia’s White Wolf

September 4, 2017

Look what showed up in my inbox a few weeks ago. I wanted to wait and share this on the first week of school, as a reminder of the talent of the young people I write for and the ones I get to spend my day with in the classroom. I’m not sure of the age of the artist–the message that accompanied the drawing was written with the same poise and confidence.  I hope Julia is working on a book of her own. I will be happy to call myself her reader one day.  

Look what showed up in my inbox a few weeks ago. I wanted to wait and share this on the first week of school, as a reminder of the talent of the young people I write for and the ones I get to spend my day with in the classroom. I’m not sure of the age of the artist–the message that accompanied the drawing was written with the same poise and confidence.  I hope Julia is working on a book of her own. I will be happy to call myself her reader one day.  

Goodreads Giveaway! Enter to win one of 10 signed copies.

July 31, 2017

The paperback is out and in the bookstores. I hope you’ll enter to win a signed copy.  Now through August 20th on goodreads. Did I mention there will be stickers and a bookmark? And there’s a Reader’s Guide too, for readers who like to think and teachers who like to teach.  

The paperback is out and in the bookstores. I hope you’ll enter to win a signed copy.  Now through August 20th on goodreads. Did I mention there will be stickers and a bookmark? And there’s a Reader’s Guide too, for readers who like to think and teachers who like to teach.  

Goodreads Giveaway! Enter to win one of 10 signed copies.

July 31, 2017

The paperback is out and in the bookstores. I hope you’ll enter to win a signed copy.  Now through August 20th on goodreads. Did I mention there will be stickers and a bookmark? And there’s a Reader’s Guide too, for readers who like to think and teachers who like to teach.  

The paperback is out and in the bookstores. I hope you’ll enter to win a signed copy.  Now through August 20th on goodreads. Did I mention there will be stickers and a bookmark? And there’s a Reader’s Guide too, for readers who like to think and teachers who like to teach.  

$7.99 paperback out next week

July 20, 2017

This is Not a Bad Price.  And it comes with a guide for readers.  In case you want to ponder a little after you read. Or if you are a teacher and you are tired and would like someone else to think of a question every once in a while that will get more than a yes or a no or a sigh.

Out on 7.25.

Why not pre-order? You can get it at amazon, sure, or you could also get it at my favorite local bookstore, King’s Books. They will ship it to you, wherever you live. And you can feel good about supporting real people (and real cats) just trying to make a dime...

This is Not a Bad Price.  And it comes with a guide for readers.  In case you want to ponder a little after you read. Or if you are a teacher and you are tired and would like someone else to think of a question every once in a while that will get more than a yes or a no or a sigh.

Out on 7.25.

Why not pre-order? You can get it at amazon, sure, or you could also get it at my favorite local bookstore, King’s Books. They will ship it to you, wherever you live. And you can feel good about supporting real people (and real cats) just trying to make a dime...

Giveaway! Bookmarks and Stickers!

June 11, 2017

Are you an educator using This is Not a Werewolf Story in your classroom or library?  I’d love to send you some motivational stickers and bookmarks to help your kids measure their progress.

First 15 to connect with me!

Send me a message through FB, Twitter, Instagram, or my Contact form on the website. 

 

 

Are you an educator using This is Not a Werewolf Story in your classroom or library?  I’d love to send you some motivational stickers and bookmarks to help your kids measure their progress.

First 15 to connect with me!

Send me a message through FB, Twitter, Instagram, or my Contact form on the website. 

 

 

Giveaway! Bookmarks and Stickers!

June 11, 2017

Are you an educator using This is Not a Werewolf Story in your classroom or library?  I’d love to send you some motivational stickers and bookmarks to help your kids measure their progress.

First 15 to connect with me!

Send me a message through FB, Twitter, Instagram, or my Contact form on the website. 

 

 

Are you an educator using This is Not a Werewolf Story in your classroom or library?  I’d love to send you some motivational stickers and bookmarks to help your kids measure their progress.

First 15 to connect with me!

Send me a message through FB, Twitter, Instagram, or my Contact form on the website. 

 

 

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