A Peek at the Creative Space of Julie Anne Peters

Julie Anne Peters is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of 16 published books including National Book Award Finalist Luna, Define “Normal”, Between Mom and Jo, Far From Xanadu, Keeping You a Secret, GRL2GRL: Short Fictions, and Rage: A Love Story. Her most recent title, By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead, was published earlier this year. An altered version of this interview originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of Kite Tales for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the SCBWI, available for download on their website. (It’s worthwhile to read both, especially the typical workday section to see a comparison of what she was working on two years ago versus today.)… Read the rest

Sweetening the Pot

So that free book giveaway contest I just mentioned? I let author Julie Anne Peters know I was planning to do that and, kind and generous person that she is, she offered to autograph the book as well! So now it’s a free SIGNED book giveaway. To win an autographed copy of her latest novel, By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead, simply comment on any post from this week (March 1-March 5). I’ll draw a name out of a hat for the winner. By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead is a young adult novel that is a beautifully written, powerful story about suicide and bullying.… Read the rest

Creative Spaces Interview Series and a Free Book Giveaway!

Years ago, I attended a conference where Christopher Paul Curtis spoke. I remember him saying he spent every Saturday morning writing at his local library (I believe in the children’s section) working on what would become The Watsons Go to Birmingham. He left me with a mental image of this big man huddled over a small table at the library, scribbling away on a pad of paper. Most Harry Potter fans have heard the story of J.K. Rowling beginning to write the series in a London cafe with her baby napping in a stroller next to her. I once read that Philip Pullman used to work in a writing shed in his garden where he wrote every morning until he’d met his daily quota.… Read the rest