For some time I was an active member here at A|N--a regular contributor to several groups--until, at a certain point (in May 2010, in fact), I decided that the time I was spending online was keeping me from the work I needed to do.
I needed to finish drafting my sixth novel. And then work on revisions. Now, after more than five years and 30 drafts, the novel is in print (advance copies are out to all the major reviewers) and will launch officially at the Brattleboro Literary Festival in Vermont on Oct. 4. The book is already getting some attention, and it stands to viewed as controversial in some communities because the villains in the world of the novel are oppressive fundamentalists. We'll see.
Anyone here at A|N who likes fiction will enjoy this book, I think. For a peek, the curious may visit the book at Amazon (as long as you're not averse to giving Amazon the traffic) and use the "look inside" function.
POLLY is scheduled to launch at the Brattleboro Literary Festival on October 4, but already it's getting some strong early notice. The review in last week's Barton Chronicle, a venerable publication here in northern Vermont, says:
I’m an avid reader of young adult fiction, most likely because I have a young adult, but also because there are some wonderfully good books out there for adolescents and teenagers.
This is one of them.