Oh, it was such a great morning meeting with Rachel Stern, Arts Editor of the Nanaimo News Bulletin over fresh macarons, no less.
I felt like I had a lot to celebrate with my series, 10 years in the making, and I was so happy to tell my story, to the lovely Rachel and read from my books in a video that Rachel took that will be published on the newspaper’s website as well.
These are exciting times in my life. I am so thankful for all this goodness!
I am so looking forward to meeting a reporter from the Nanaimo News Bulletin tomorrow and to have a chance to sit down and tell her about the Mabel Hartley Stories and my journey to become a YA fiction author of these awesome books.
I will also be stopping by one of the stores that carries my series in Nanaimo, Literacy Central Vancouver Island, and meeting a greater supporter of reading, Michelle Hillier.For Nanaimo readers, by books are available there to purchase.
Another connection I’m excited about is with the Nanaimo Library. I hope to be setting up a day to do a reading from the stories for 10 years olds in Nanaimo soon. A great day all around and it’s only 10:15am!!!
Five chapters written on the first draft of book four in the Mabel Hartley series. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t written them myself. The last two weeks and 90 pages of brand new Mabel Hartley in New York City have been a gift. With new characters, and a new treasure, all the gang is back and headed to see the Statue of Liberty.
One of my toughest things is knowing when to sit down and starting writing, not researching, a new book. This next book takes place in New York City, where I have been 2x. And so I decided I’d done a lot of research with my visits there and it was time to start working in earnest on producing a new story.
And what a ride I’m on already. New characters, new Mabel and it’s just been the first chapter. I’m aiming for three chapters a week now and hope to have the first draft done by June. But keep this secret just between us 😉
They came today about a week early and when I cut the tape on the box, there she was, Mabel Hartley, on a new t-shirt, mug and cap.
I’m wearing my new t-shirt right now and am so happy to take orders! This is amazing. I can’t believe I’m wearing my muse. The books are in stores and now Mabel will be on peoples’ back and fronts. What a great day!
Oh, la la! I can’t wait until February when my first kit filled with Mabel stuff arrives. Just spent a few hours tonight figuring out merchandising. Maybe I will go back and get a degree in business after all. Or not! I’ll post pics when they come in the full line when it all comes 🙂