Archive for October, 2012

Interview with author, Melissa Kline

I am pleased to showcase  a local author from my current hometown of Colorado.  I met Melissa at a local author meet and greet.  I read her first novel, My Beginning, which I reviewed here.

Her book won The Halloween Book Festival Award. After reading her book, I wanted to find out more about what inspired her to write such a riveting story.

1. Do you consider yourself to be a born writer?

Absolutely! I have always had an extremely vivid imagination, which is the magic behind my writing. I wrote my first book when I was just six years old! Throughout my childhood there were many “signs” of my inner writer; it just took me a while to discover her. It wasn’t until I was 13 that my inner writer really began to emerge. Since then, there’s been no stopping me. Writing is in my heart and soul.

2. Tell us about your recent release. What was your inspiration for it?

My most recent release is My Beginning, a young adult dystopian adventure about 16-year-old Ivory, a girl who has spent her entire life sealed in an institution. A devastating plague wiped out scores of people and animals, polluting the earth and requiring that children never venture outside. Or is that all a lie? Ivory and Aidan decide to find out. They escape the institution and find a world unlike anything they had ever known. My Beginning won the 2011 Halloween Book Festival Award! You can find the gripping book trailer and more here

3. What do you do for inspiration and unleashing your creativity?

I enjoy using various creative methods to make my characters come to life. For My Beginning, I created character sketches and collages, built an institution scene using miniatures, and collected props including uniforms, textbooks, Ivory’s necklace and institution keys. I use these tools for visual inspiration and fun! You can view these and other character creations on my website.

4. What are you working on now?

My second young adult novel, titled Storm, will be released this winter, so I have been hard at work getting ready to launch! Storm is a captivating true-to-life novel laced with mystery, romance and intrigue. Beneath the juicy drama and colorful characters, the story has a beautiful message – one that I believe both teens and adults can relate to. It’s ultimately about relationships, connections and overcoming obstacles. Because it deals with many issues that teens today face, I am donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale to youth organizations – something that is very important to me. You can find a full synopsis and more information aboutStorm on my website. I am very excited to share this book with the world!

5. What advice would you offer aspiring writers?

Believe in yourself and never give up! Create a platform, network and promote yourself as a professional. Embrace yourself as a writer and go for it!

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Book Review: My Beginning by Melissa Kline

I normally do not read science fiction, but I am so glad I read Melissa Kline’s young adult novelMy Beginning. This futuristic novel had me hooked after reading the first page.

Author Melissa Kline has created a descriptive story with all kinds of twists and turns. The love story between the main character Ivory and Aidan is tender and sweet. This coming of age story will captivate the hearts of all teens 15 and older.

The narrator, 16-year-old Ivory, has spent her life in an institution. The human race was nearly wiped out by a plague, and now young children, and teenagers are protected within the walls of the institution. Ivory meets a young man named Aidan and soon falls in love. Unfortunately, love affairs are strictly forbidden in the institution.

Aidan and Ivory soon find themselves on their own outside of the institution. It is then that they discover the truth about themselves and the nature of the institution.

There are several lessons young people can learn from this well-written book. I always judge a book on what one can learn from it. Here are the things that stand out:

• Perseverance: The main character Ivory never gives up on her dreams. Even though she encounters many obstacles, she remains steadfast and could achieve her goals.

• Loyalty: Main character Ivory could have turned her back on Aidan, but her pure heart allows her to see things in the proper perspective, and she places her life in danger in order to help Aidan.

• Accepting differences: When Ivory learns for the first time the identity of Aidan, instead of judging him, she accepts him for who he is. This is a great lesson for young people to learn. Too many times, we hear of incidents of bullying and how other kids are teased mercilessly because of race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Kline has written 10 novels, and My Beginning is the first one of her manuscripts to be published in book form. My Beginning has won The Halloween Book Festival 2012 Award. I am looking forward to reading her future novels.

Melissa Kline is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and founder of Rocky Mountain Women Writers, a Denver based writing group created to inspire women to write from their dreams.  You can learn more about Melissa here.

Article first published as Book Review: My Beginning by Melissa Kline on Blogcritics.

LITERARY CLASSIC FINALISTS

So very happy to announce that my book, My Sister Is My Best Friend is a finalist in the literary classic award program.  Read press release below for details.

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For Immediate Release
October 1, 2012

Literary Classics

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Literary Classics announces youth media award winners

RAPID CITY, SD – Literary Classics announced its 2012 selection of top book finalists for children and young adults today.  The list includes finalists from entries received all over the world.  The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.

A list of the 2012 award finalists follows:

Animalogy: Animalogy Analogies, Marianne Berkes

Fantastic Flight, Barbara Bockman

Black & White, Larry Dane Brimner

The King’s Ransom, Cheryl Carpinello

Walking Through Walls, Karen Cioffi

Shield Maiden, Richard Denning

Terple Always Dream Bigger, Richie Frieman

Stalked, Kristiana Gregory

Return to Finkleton, KC Hilton

The Casting, Joyce Shor Johnson

Griffin Rising, Darby Karchut

The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Drawn, Marie Lamba

A Box Story, Kenneth Kit Lamug

The Limit, Kristen Landon

Santa & The Little Teddy Bear, Peter John Lucking

Beautiful Wild Rose Girl, B. Magnolia

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Athens!  Lisa Manzione

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Cairo!  Lisa Manzione

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit London!  Lisa Manzione

Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes, PHC Marchesi

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines, Beverly Stowe McClure

Runaway Twins, Pete Palamountain

The Stone Child, Dan Poblocki

Clara’s Great War, Evelyn Rothstein

In Memory of Dad, Maranda Russell

Young Funny and Unbalanced, David Smithyman

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep, Kathy Stemke
The Crystal Ship, CJ Carter-Stephenson

The Great Divide, Suzanne Slade

One Pelican at a Time, Nancy Stewart

Sea Turtle Summer, Nancy Stewart

The Orphan Ship, Sterling R. Walker

My Sister is My Best Friend, Nicole Weaver

All final award levels and categories will be announced October 15, 2012.

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children’s literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.  Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses the key elements found in well-crafted literature.

The Literary Classics judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.   To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at http://www.literaryclassicsawards.com.