Cynsational News & Links

APL (Austin Public Library) Teens is sponsoring a giveaway of ARCs of my upcoming gothic fantasy novel, Tantalize (Candlewick, Feb. 13, 2007). The word is: “A few of us have read it and we can say with confidence that if vampire novels are your thing, THIS is one book you must read.”

Thanks to Jo Whittemore for mentioning me among such distinguished company at “Authors Who Bring Good Luck.” Here’s crossing fingers for your agent submission. Read a Cynsations interview with Jo.

Thanks to Gail Gauthier at Original Content for recommending my recent interview with author David Levithan and to Patrica Altner at Patricia’s Vampire Notes for recommending my interview with Deborah Wilson Overstreet, author of Not Your Mother’s Vampire: Vampires in Young Adult Fiction (Scarecrow).

Spooky Sneak Peaks: preview of spring-summer 2007 from Spookycyn.

More News & Links

The 10th Carnival of Children’s Literature at Big A little a.

In the Coop with Kevin O’Malley: a silly interview from Three Silly Chicks.

“Fable Becomes the Moral Center of Striped Pajamas:” an exclusive Authorlink interview with John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (David Fickling Books/Random House)(excerpt) by Ellen Birkett Morris.

The Longstockings’ Flappie Award goes to… See for yourself!

“More Than Words:” Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord‘s charming and eloquent post on a life-changing day. Her award book Rules (Scholastic, 2006) also was my pick for best middle grade novel. Read a Cynsations interview with Cynthia.

“Rising Star – Sean Qualls” by Deborah Stevenson, editor, from The Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books. Learn more about Sean Qualls. Note that he offers prints online for sale.

The San Gabriel Writers’ League, a nonprofit organization in Georgetown, Texas, sponsors an annual writing contest. Categories include: Children’s Long and Short; Novel; Poetry; Short Fiction; and Short Nonfiction. The deadline is Feb. 14. Entries will receive critiques from at least two judges. Entry fee is $15. Nominal prize money is offered. See rules and information.

Wordy Girls: Thoughts on writing for children – the good, the bad, and the utterly ridiculous: a new LJ from Bonny Becker, Susan Taylor Brown, Susan Heyboer O’Keefe, and Laura Purdie Salas. See also Laura’s new website.