For My Readers.

March 25, 2015 - Leave a Response

I’ve been receiving fan letters lately not only thanking me for writing IF YOU FIND ME, but for highlighting America’s wild horses and burros — people who had no idea the issue of wild equine capture and slaughter existed.

Those signing the petitions I share on Facebook alongside me, *thank you*. I’ve always believed we should use our voices for the greater good.

I love being an author, and I love how my authordom gives me a voice off the page.

So … THANK YOU for reading, writing, and using your voice to make the world a brighter place.

This is my fan letter to YOU. ❤️

And What Arrived In The Mail, Today …

March 23, 2015 - Leave a Response

… Along with a bunch of fair brochures and two large posters? ❤️

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IF YOU FIND ME nominated for the 2015 German Children’s Literature Award.

March 23, 2015 - 2 Responses

So honored to announce that IF YOU FIND ME, or as it’s titled in Germany, IF YOU FIND US, is one of six books nominated for the 2015 German Children’s Literature Award by the independent young adult jury.

Results will be announced in October, at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

So excited and so grateful!

A huge thanks to the jury and to my German young adult readers.

As the only female nominee in this category, I’m also proud to represent female writers of young adult fiction.

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“The German Children’s Literature Award (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis) is a prize for works of fiction sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. It has been awarded annually since 1956 by a jury of literature specialists and critics in four categories: picture book, children’s book, young adult book and non-fiction. In addition, since 2003 an independent young adult jury gives its own award.”

http://www.djlp.jugendliteratur.org/nominierungen_jugendjur…

Death Masks & Living With Your Own Mortality

February 17, 2014 - 2 Responses

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Brilliant words written by Katie Locke, for National Eating Disorders Awareness Month, February 2014.

Be a friend. Tell a friend. Get help. Help a friend get help. <3

I share Katie’s post in memory of two of my own beloved friends, Sarah and Tierney, gone too soon. <3

Thank you, Katie, for your bravery and honesty in sharing your story. I know it will help so many people!

Take care of yourselves and take care of each other,

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Originally posted on Katherine Locke:

I wish that there was a way for people to experience an eating disorder safely so they understood what it’s like living inside that mind. One of my best friends who goes by SiriCerasi online is blogging about eating disorders here (mega trigger warning) and she’s doing a beautiful eloquent job.

In particular, she said this at the end of a recent blog post:

Each day, I am a survivor. Each day, I don’t let the eating disorder or the depression or the anxiety win, because each day ends with me still alive.

Want to know what it’s like to have an eating disorder?

Every now and then, you google the names of the girls and guys you met online, in livejournal communities, on xanga (I’m dating myself here), on tumblr, on instagram, and on Facebook, to see if they’re still alive.

You. Google. Names. To. Find. Out. If. They’re…

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IF YOU FIND ME a Carnegie Medal ’14 nominee! Plus All. The. News.

November 11, 2013 - 2 Responses

How can I begin to find adequate words?

**IF YOU FIND ME is an official nominee for the Carnegie Medal 2014!**

 The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards – Press Desk

I believe the simply profound truth is that there are no words. (Even for a writer, sometimes!) Being nominated is an honor, a blessing, and a moment I’ll never forget. Ever.

Ever.

That being said, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated everyone. I’ve posted bits of news here and there, but I wanted to be sure I posted all the wonderfulness here, to share with all of you, since this blog is where it all began.

Firstly, *thank you* for your lovely fan letters and emails. They are precious to me, make me smile daily, and remind me of why I write; how these paper worlds of words and ideas really can change the world, both inside and out.

For everyone inquiring, I hope to have second novel news, soon. More on that in the future.

In the meantime …

THE LATEST NEWS:

Oh my goodness, the news!

 IF YOU FIND ME (click to add on Goodreads)  

~Was invited (along with myself : ) to participate in the Tucson Festival of Books, March 2014!

~Is a Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2013 nominee in two categories:

Best Young Adult Fiction 2013 — Goodreads Choice Awards (click here to VOTE!)

Best Debut Goodreads Author 2013 — Goodreads Choice Awards (click here to VOTE!)

(Your votes are so appreciated, if you would be so kind! : )

~Named a BOOKLIST Books for Youth Editors’ Choice for 2013!

~Sold to Korea!

~Has been nominated for the CYBILS! Cybils: 2013 Nominations: Young Adult Fiction

~Will have the original epilogue included in the 2014 paperback editions for the US and UK!

~Was reviewed  in the June 2nd edition of the New York Times Book Review and is named Editors’ Choice in the June 9th edition! (Four months later, still no adequate words!)  ‘If You Find Me,’ by Emily Murdoch – NYTimes.com

~Is an official YALSA Best Books For Young Readers nominee! BFYA Nominations | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

~Released in the UK in May with a gorgeous new cover! The book is a work of art. Thank you, Orion Indigo!

~Entered its second printing in the US, eight days after release!

~Sold to Spain and Italy, and is currently out in Dutch and (almost) German!

Lastly, I can’t wait to share IF YOU FIND ME’s different covers and interpretations in the foreign market, but I’ll save that for another post.

As always, I hope everyone is doing well! I wish you all the words and a safe and glorious holiday season.

God bless us, everyone.

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