Beth Fehlbaum’s Young Adult website is featuring an interview of me in which I talk about Cracking the Ice, how it came to be written, my writing process and all that good stuff. Check it out.
Beth will randomly select one lucky person who leaves a comment as the winner of a free autographed copy.
I hope you find the interview interesting and good luck winning that freebie.
It was my privilege to appear recently on the public TV show Off the Shelf with host Veronica Andrews. This half-hour show, produced by Dana Frazao, has previously attracted authors like Nicholas Sparks and Israeli poet Admiel Kosman. I had a great time talking about Cracking the Ice.
You can watch it online here.
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Today I learned of a 12-year-old student’s book review of Cracking the Ice. Among other things, the student said my novel was a “masterpiece.”
Exquisite taste, no?
A few weeks ago, I shared the first blurb for Cracking the Ice, my novel due out in early June and promised more. (A blurb is that glowing quote from another writer that when potential readers see it on the cover, prompts them to plunk down their hard-earned cash.)
This next blurb comes from Greg Neri, author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty, a 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book. Among other flattering things, he said this:
“Cracking the Ice scores the literary equivalent of a hat-trick: funny, harrowing and finally, heartfelt. This book is a winner.”
Every writer hopes to adorn the cover of his book with a glowing quote from another writer, the more prominent and respected the better.
I’ve been collecting these “blurbs” for Cracking the Ice and figure it’s time to start sharing them. So here’s the first one.
Joyce Carol Thomas has a list of awards that makes you shake your head in admiration and say, “Wow!” She’s what writers want to be when they grow up. Since a full list would go on too long, here’s her Top Ten awards and honors.
- The National Book Award
- The American Book Award
- Outstanding Book of the Year, The New York Times
- Outstanding Woman of the 20th Century
- Coretta Scott King Honor Award Book, (three awards)
- Poet Laureate Award, Center for Poets and Writers
- Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice
- Best Book for Young Adults, American Library Association
- Teacher’s Choice Award, International Reading Association
- Parents’ Choice Award Winner
Here is what the esteemed Ms. Thomas had to say about my upcoming book.
“I started reading your amazing Cracking the Ice manuscript and could not put it down. Jessie Stackhouse’s generosity, hope, and intelligence touched my heart. Usually I go to bed early; however, I kept reading Cracking the Ice until I turned to the last page.”
I hope all of you have the same reaction when you read it in May.