Following a writers conference three summers ago, I got together with an aspiring young adult author, Shannon Marshall, who was about to start teaching English at my local high school. Among the topics we discussed was the scene I had been writing for The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, in which the hero was getting wrapped in toilet paper for the visual portion of his book report. (Captain Underpants!) She helped me put those thoughts together so I could go home and finish it.
She and I have kept in touch a bit on-line since then, chatting about books and the young adult market. She’s been a very gracious supporter of all three of my books, helping me get the word out, as well as passing along compliments from her students.
Shannon recently became one of the founders of the online publication, Young Adult Review Network, whose mission statement reads:
To publish the highest quality creative writing for young adult readers, ages 14-18, and those in other age groups who enjoy young adult literature.
I was very flattered when she asked me to make an original contribution to its debut. Which I did, in the form of the first chapter of a “companion book” to The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, which we call The Flipside.
Now, as they are getting ready to publish the second chapter of The Flipside, the fun continues in the form of a signed book giveaway of The ABC’s of Kissing Boys. Details in the link.
Plus, don’t miss the blog that Shannon wrote on the ongoing need for romantic fiction in the marketplace. (Brava!)
Thanks to Shannon and her co-creators for supporting my books and all of young adult fiction!