This New Year has brought thoughts of writing a New Adult romance story rather than my beloved MG or YA tales. Set in Texas, this yarn may prove to be a delightful spin! Watch for Banner House to come knocking on your door soon enough.
As a writer, I’ll rarely give up an opportunity to put words down on paper. Words are pure joy to me. Some words more than others. So while www.KSJones.com focuses on my work, a new blog called The Mirrored Pen ( http://TheMirroredPen.blogspot.com ) allows me to focus on my life as a writer. Join me. I hope you’ll enjoy spending time with me.
Another successful year in the National Novel Writing Month challenge! The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I barely made it this year finishing on November 30th with 50,011 words. Whew!
The Mirrored Pen is a brand new blog focusing on writers who Write For Kids and readers who Read About Kids! http://TheMirroredPen.blogspot.com
Today, I have nothing to say. Maybe it’s the cold of winter or perhaps the bitterness of heart. No matter. Today has grown silent.
The sweetest words written in my 102,169 word YA Historical are the last two–THE END!
2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
In addition to the complete 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list, the committee selected the following titles as a top ten:
- Carson, Rae. The Girl of Fire and Thorns. HarperCollins Publishers/Greenwillow Books, 2011.
- Cohen, Joshua C. Leverage. Penguin Group USA/Dutton Juvenile, 2011.
- King, A.S. Everybody Sees the Ants. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011.
- McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite. Lee & Low Books, 2011.
- Myracle, Lauren. Shine. Abrams/Amulet Books, 2011.
- Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls. Illus by Jim Kay. Candlewick Press, 2011.
- Sepetys, Ruta. Between Shades of Gray. Penguin Group/Philomel Books, 2011.
- Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races. Scholastic Incorporated/Scholastic Press, 2011.
- Taylor, Laini. Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011.
- Zarr, Sara. How to Save a Life. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011.
Hoping to be on this list someday… Congrats to all those who were chosen for this wonderful honor!
PW Talks with NBA Medalist William Alexander By John A. Sellers | Nov 15, 2012
William Alexander, accepting his award. Rubbing elbows with the likes of Louise Erdrich and Dave Eggers came as a bit of a shock to author William Alexander, who on Wednesday night received the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for his first novel, Goblin Secrets. “It was surreal, just hanging out with these legends,” he told PW in an interview Thursday morning. “I’ve loved their words for so many years. Now, I just referred to Junot Díaz by his first name. That’s insane. I’ve only been a novelist since March.”
via PW Talks with NBA Medalist William Alexander.