New Resolutions, Something to File Away & PAYA Recap

Even though I'm not in school anymore and haven't been for awhile, this time of year always feels like a new start. Which is a good thing, because I need one.Most of my summer has been focused on promoting Forget-Her-Nots wherever I happened to be. I did some school visits, a camp visit, arboretum visits, a bunch of bookstore visits, conservatory visits, and lots of cold calls to flower lovers and book store owners. In short, I was very extroverted for a writer. It's been awesome, and I've met a TON of wonderful people who love my book or can't wait to read it. But now it's time to get back to writing and figuring out what the next book will be about.  I need some quiet writing time. That's new school year resolution Number One.Number two: I also want to get back to my interview series with writers, bloggers, librarians, etc. This weekend Denise Jaden, a Tenner buddy, whose novel Losing Faith releases soon, will drop by.  So stay tuned.In the meantime, here are a few pics from Bring YA2PA! I had such a wonderful time hanging out with writer buddies Shannon Delany, Josh Berk, Jenn Hubbard, Jeri Ready-Smith, Jon Skovron, Holly Nicole Hoxter, Stephanie Kuehnert, and others. I've had the privilege of running into them quite a lot lately, and it's been amazingly fun. Thanks so much to Children's Book World in Haverford, PA, for lugging all our books there to sign and donating a percentage to help PA libraries!!  And I was also excited to see bloggers Kristi, aka The Story Siren, James, aka Book Chic, and StephSu there to support Harmony. Amazing!!For budding writers, here's the something to file away: BringPA2YA was completely new this year, but the blogger/organizer, Harmony, is so wonderful and enthusiastic that she talked a bunch of writers into coming and doing workshops, including me. And, did I mention, that Harmony is only 15 years old!!  What an impressive woman.  Before the main author signing, unpublished authors could register for workshops with writers, like me, Stephanie, Shannon, Jon, and Josh.  But since the event was brand-new, not many new writers signed up. So those that did were three on three;  that's three published writers critiquing the first chapters of three novice authors. Just try to beat those odds. Jon, Shannon, and I had a great time working together to help the writers, and it was all for a great cause:  Pennsylvania libraries.

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A mini Tenner meet up!!  Holly, me, Berk, and Jenn at the signing.

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And here's me signing a book for the wonderful Anne, who blogs as Potter, Percy, and I. She and her mom drove all the way from Pittsburgh to come see the 18 authors and more. Harmony's in the coral dress in the middle. (below) Now to find that author cave ... it's here somewhere ....

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