Sunday, February 24, 2013

Interview with Debut YA Novelist, Laura Lascarso

Brilliant editor and incredibly wise guru of all things young adult literature, Heather Whitaker, is hosting LAURA LASCARSO, a debut novelist, whose first book, COUNTING BACKWARDS, just won the Florida Book Awards, for a Q and A.
Here is the interview, done in concert with Whitaker's 12 year old daughter.
And here's Laura's site for more info.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

PURE has been nominated for ... the Audies!

So PURE is up for the Audies. This is a thing. Best of Audio Books. (I did not know about this thing, but I hear it's a really good thing.) I remember when the audio department told me that they were casting multiple actors for the voices on the audio edition. Here's the listing -- PURE is up in the sci-fi category -- with the actors' names -- because this is mainly an honor for their work, bringing these characters to life -- and the list of other books up for it this year.

14, by Peter Clines, Narrated by Ray Porter, Audible Inc.

Invincible, by Jack Campbell, Narrated by Christian Rummel, Audible Inc.

Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio, Narrated by Angela Dawe, Brilliance Audio.

Pure, by Julianna Baggott, Narrated by Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, and Casey Holloway, Hachette Audio.

The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker, Narrated by Emily Janice Card, Random House Audio/Books on Tape.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Web Site -- Brain of Julianna Baggott: In a Handy-Dandy Graphic

The BRAND SHINY NEW web site for all things Julianna Baggott, Bridget Asher, & N.E. Bode -- essays, novel excerpts, film news, poems, yadda & yadda ... All under one roof with a mind map that hopefully wires together Baggott's brain. 

Check it out here!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

FUSE is now unleashed in the world ...

Today, FUSE -- the second book in The Pure Trilogy -- is out. 

In honor of that, I'm posting this Q & A with POWELLS. They asked my favorite questions of all time and I wrote about which fictional character I'd date (I was stunned when I reread my own answer today, seriously stunned), how I pity my fictional future biographer (lowest ranking PhD candidate in your tidal pool), talk about (hey, Delawarians!) The Deer Park as a literary pilgrimage, offer my key to relaxation (I don't recommend it), list 5 Book Picks for Bookish Book Clubs, quote AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, and address -- once and for all -- the wildlessness of writers on book tour. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013


As of today, I am the mother of an adult human being -- an eighteen year old. (For those who follow her work, she's currently making a hoop skirt out of forks. For those PURE fans, this is the kid who inspired Lyda's bird of wire.) The 12 year old wrote a huge 18 in the snowy front yard with food coloring. She got gifts last night in the style of a game show about her life. I'm not a birthday person generally, but as I've gotten choked up about this birthday a few times last week, I'm thinking I might cry at some point -- to everyone's embarrassment. Dave and I -- third and fourth born in our families, respectively -- are so thankful that we had a first-born, to help rule this roost. Just last week, in response to overhearing a comment by me, she shouted out, "No, I'm not undermining your parenting! I'm just offering another, better option!"

Click here to find this post on her from two years back, titled "Sixteen Years Ago Today, I Gave Birth to a Bad Ass"

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Share a Post-Apocalyptic Valentine's Day Card with your Sweetie

It's almost Valentine's Day, which means I'm posting the link to the free Post-Apocalyptic Valentine's Day card to share with the sweetie(s?) you want to endure the apocalypse with. (Yeah, it's a shout, but you can endure that too.)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Some Random Awards & Upcomings & Not to be Missed Stuff...

AWARD FOR FAVORITE SHORTY VIDEOS: Dear Lord, I'm a complete Laura Zigman fangirl. These shorties are so incredibly funny.  Fans of  PORTLANDIA, you have found a new little oasis of heavenly hilarity. I'm going to start you out real easy now. Here's one called "I Can't Believe You Said that About Trader Joe's." 

AWARD FOR FAVORITE FACEBOOK POSTS: Listen, I love me some Emma Bolden. I met her briefly at a writerly thang a Auburn, and we friended and now I'm an addict to her updates. Understated hilarity. Will there be some cat pics? Yes, there will. Is her FB picture a cat in a bonnet a la Little House on the Prairie. Yep. Deal. (Will she friend unknowns? I don't know...But she IS TWEETING, here.)

UPCOMING BOOK SHOUT FOR WRITERS: Oh, writers of various stripes, a new book on writing fiction is coming out. Written by the hilarious and wise John McNally, the title is VIVID AND CONTINUOUS; it includes exercises of the writerly type. I adore McNally's work -- a wonderful writer and a seriously engaging editor of anthologies. This is one you're going to want to check out.  Q and A with McNally to come! [Actual cover not blurry, I'm assuming.]

BLOG SPOTLIGHT: This is a blog about fat-prejudice (and much more), called FAT MATTERS, on being a round peg in a narrow world. The author Devon Miller-Duggan has such a compellingly smart, frank voice that I keep coming back. Stroll around the grounds... 

NEW POETRY COLLECTION BOUND TO MAKE YOU THINK AND DREAM AND CAST ABOUT: Daisy Fried's latest collection, WOMEN'S POETRY, is now out in the world. I find Fried's work terrifying and wondrous, twisted and relentless. 

NEW NOVEL THAT I'M JACKED ABOUT: Christopher Castellani's third novel, ALL THIS TALK OF LOVE. It's out! Have a look and you'll see why I'm touting it...

And a little music to pump up your day and remind you that spring will come and it will lead to summer. I swear. Click here and bounce down to SUMMER SONG. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Best Blogs for Writers to Read in 2013

Robert Lee Brewer has his new picks of the year. 50+ blogs for writers listed here. Baggott, Asher & Bode makes the cut. Find us under Blogs that Rock for Writers. Also check out The Writer Unbox, where I'm now a contributor, topping the list of Tag Team Blogs for Writers.

If I could add a kick-ass blog for writers, it would be Brewer's. He always has a lot going on there.