Lauren Faulkenberry and Katie Rose Guest Pryal are authors and also the founders of Blue Crow Publishing, LLC, an independent press founded in 2016 with headquarters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Full disclosure—Katie and I were in the same writing seminar for an entire semester in college, yet somehow didn’t formally meet until many years later, at Wildacres Retreat in the North Carolina mountains.
I’m not calling anybody out here, but there were—ahem!—five years between the publication of my first novel, THE MEMORY THIEF, and my second one, THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER. In between, I wrote another book. I loved the storyline and my crazy, flawed characters—but alas, the plot didn’t quite coalesce, and so after over a year of writing and revisions, I had to scrap it and start a new project.
One of the benefits of having a blog that’s been around for a little while (even if I took a break in the middle there…hush, don’t judge!) is that I get to visit with folks that I’ve hosted before and see what they’re up to.
I’ve always been fascinated by authors who write under a pen name—as well as by what it takes to co-author a book with another writer. So when I got the chance to interview Ellis Leigh, I couldn’t have been more excited!
Susan Bishop Crispell’s second novel, DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE, hits bookshelves today as a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Winter 2018 Okra Pick. It’s gotten awesome reviews from Kirkus, RT Book Reviews, and PopSugar. But it almost didn’t see the light of day, despite the fact that she had a deadline and a contract with a publisher.
I first discovered NC author Megan Shepherd this past January, as part of a SCWBI Carolinas online workshop series called Polish Your Manuscript in Your PJs.
This week on the blog, meet the Authors Out of Carolina—four amazing North Carolina writers who have come together to support each other and bring their new releases into the world.
This week on the blog, author Leigh Statham chats with us about Wattpad’s amazing community of writers and readers, her role as head gnomie at Quantum Fairy Tales, and the September release of her new steampunk adventure novel, The Perilous Journey of the Much-Too-Spontaneous Girl.
How far would you go to research a book? For her upcoming book, Will Nolan Eats Bugs (Amulet, Fall 2017) I think it’s fair to say that writer Rebecca Petruck went all the way.