Monday, September 28, 2009

In the Catholic Spotlight

Check out this fun interview I did with Chris Cash and Catholic Spotlight for Catholic Company today. We talked about the Fairy Tale Novels, editing books for Sophia Institute Press, and John Paul 2 High. I had a bit of a cold when I gave the interview, but aside from the hoarseness, I think I did okay. Click here to listen.

I also mentioned two new books that I edited for Sophia Institute Press, Bleeder, and the on-the-verge-of-being-published Awakening. I'll be spotlighting both books myself later on this week. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Catholic Fiction Finder" in the NCRegister

The National Catholic Register did an interview with me about my position as fiction editor for Sophia Institute Press. If you're a Register subscriber, you can read the article by clicking here and entering your password. (Sorry, I don't have a copy of the text to show all you non-Register subscribers!) It was a fun interview to do: hope you enjoy it!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Chat This Thursday at Ora et Laboro

Hi all!
I'm a guest chatter at the homeschool message board Ora et Laboro. If you're a member and want to chat about writing, publishing, or your own work, I'll be doing a chat on Thursday night, Sept. 17th, from 8-9 PM EST. If your mom is a member, teens can join the chat as well under their mom's account. Hope to see you there!
Peace and good

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Paper Dolls of the Shadow of the Bear!

This post is late, late coming, but I've been wanting to spotlight a book I released this summer with Chesterton Press: Fairy Tale Novel Paper Dolls of the Shadow of the Bear. How did this book come to be? That's an interesting story!

Years ago, a reader asked me if I would ever make paper dolls out of my characters, and I admitted that I'd never thought about it. Well, just this past year, I heard from Cassandra Stevens, a fan, who sent me a paper doll of Rose Brier that she had made, along with Rose's complete wardrobe, including peacock-patterned skirt, opera outfit, and prom dress! I was enchanted, and begged her to make more. She went on to produce a Blanche doll with appropriate clothes, and with some encouragement, dolls of Bear and Fish as well to round out the set.

I was delighted, and decided to produce a book for Fairy Tale Novel fans showcasing Cassandra's dolls. On Lulu, you can see a preview of the dolls and the clothes, but for the best-quality option, click here to order the book from us (it has a stiffer cover, and since the dolls are made to be cut out the cover, that makes a difference!).

I asked this talented artist (pictured left) to tell us more about herself, and she wrote that she lives on a farm in Central Minnesota with her family and an assortment of animals and pets. She writes that she is a voracious reader, and her "sketchbook reflects her current reading list."

When I met Cassandra's family this past summer, I was shocked to discover that they didn't own a single copy of the Fairy Tale Novels: she'd created the clothes from the books in exacting detail with a borrowed copy! Well, I quickly rectified that, and told her to pay particular attention to The Midnight Dancers, just in case she feels the itch to do another paper doll book. So be sure to check out Cassandra's work, and enjoy!