My Writer's Journal

Too Many Books?

March 28, 2010

I've never been a collector. I buy books, read them, pass them on to whoever might be interested. I do tend to let stuff accumulate down in the basement. But now there's a crisis.

We're getting ready to move to a much smaller space, and the big problem is a basement full of STUFF. Besides the usual stash of old tools, the bumper of a long-gone 1997 Toyota Tacoma (for sale, cheap!), there were boxes and boxes of books. Not just any books, but copies of books I've written. I hauled them up, sorted them out, gave some away to schools, but I still have a lot left, more than I want to cart off to our new place. That's why I'm making the offer to give them to friends and fans who want them and are willing to pay the postage.

It seems like a good idea. Let's see if it works.

House Calls

March 22, 2010

About four years ago I got a call from the mother of a student at a local school, asking if I'd talk to the eighth graders about writing. But when the school couldn't arrange it, the mother asked me to come to their home for tea and talk to her daughter, Erika. Normally I don't do house calls, but the mom was persistent: her daughter loved my books, etc.

It was a nice visit. We drank tea, ate chocolate-dipped strawberries, and talked about books and writing. I signed MARIE, DANCING for her. Since then Erika has popped up in the news more times than I can count for winning prizes in science fairs. Last week Erika DeBenedictis, now 18, took the big one: Grand prize of $100,000 in the Intel Science Talent Search.

I sent her a copy of THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF CHARLEY DARWIN, my book about another scientist. Maybe I'll be invited back again for tea.

March 19, 2010

Friday night: first went on line in January 1998--a dozen years ago--designed by the 13-year-old son of a good friend. Devin had been to web camp and learned how to do it, and besides being a young genius he was also happy to get some practical experience--and I was thrilled to get a website. This Writer's Journal was a feature I thought was important from the beginning, a blog before the term was used (or at least until I heard it). It's gotten longer and longer, but I just went back to reread some entries from ten years ago and discovered that the titles of the books have changed, the names of the editors, have changed, my haircut has changed--but the issues are still the same. Ten years ago I was working on BEWARE, PRINCESS ELIZABETH and enduring numerous rewrites, getting a couple of new contracts, learning that MARY, BLOODY MARY was doing well. That 13-year-old is now about 25, out of college, working for a corporation, engaged to be married. So I decided I need to update my website, too. And here we go!

Fiction for Young Adults

Fiction for Young Adults
Dowdy Peggy White reinvents herself as a glamorous photographer, capturing memorable images during the 1930s Depression and 1940s World War II
Three gutsy girls go looking for adventure in the West in the 1920's
Anastasia and her three sisters are the privileged daughters of the richest man in the world, until their world begins to crumble.
YA Historical Fiction
What's it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world? When Helen of Troy elopes with Paris, her daughter, Hermione, stows away on a Greek ship in search of her mother, hoping to bring her home--and perhaps to find a love of her own.
The future queen of England lives a life of privilege, but privilege comes with a steep price of isolation and loneliness--until she meets Albert.
She leaves Scotland as a child, is sent to France to marry the future king, returns to Scotland as a young woman to rule; a wild queen in a wild country.
First published in 1992, my first historical novel, has been reissued with a new cover.
Cleopatra has been chosen to be the next queen of Egypt, but she faces ruthless competition from her sisters. (Watch a video of Carolyn on this page)
The dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last queen of France. Young Royals series
Who would not fall in love with--or at least have a mad crush on--young Will!
Marie van Goethen was a dancer in 19th century Paris and modeled for Degas's famous sculpture.
A fictionalized account of the early life of Charles Darwin, narrated by Charley himself.
Mozart's talented sister, Nannerl, struggles to achieve life she deserves--in music as well as in love.
Contemporary YA
Four characters, four big issues, four compelling stories: BECAUSE OF LISSA; THE PROBLEM WITH SIDNEY; GILLIAN'S CHOICE; THE TWO FACES OF ADAM

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