My debut YA novel is still in full effect in the revision trenches with my editor, Dakota Rayne at Inked in Gray. She’s meticulous, encouraging, and has high expectations that then require me to drink a lot of coffee, eat a lot of cake, cry in my pillow, and figure things out. Te he.
No pub date yet. But soon! See the artwork above? That’s a rendering of Freddi Birdoni by local artist Rob Paramonte, my daughter’s math teacher. Freddi is my main character. Rob is very skilled, as you can see. I mean, look at her face. I commissioned him because I wanted something to frame for myself. And to share. It’s not the cover, but it brings her to life.
Lately I’ve been reading all kinds of books. Some of my favorites include: Blood, Water, Paint, Summer of a Thousand Pies, Someday Birds, Lessons on Expulsion, The Mall, and Little Weirds by actress Jenny Slate. All exceptional in their own way. I’ve also been reading up on active anti-racism because we have a most important election coming up. Kindly vote vote vote. Vote for humanity’s sake.
Recently the happiest things in my life: my oldest daughter cantered for the first time on Gracie, a spirited horse. I began writing a new adult genre personal essay hybrid book of sorts. I picked up 5 new virtual students for the fall in the area of ELA. We booked another weekend in Vermont. Above you will see the four of us on horses from our August week in Vermont. We’re kind of in love with the state.
Wishing you all safe autumns and check back soon. Mask up, hold people accountable for the same, hug your loved ones, and ps– check out my friend’s new business: http://kasbosmarket.com Her jibneh is delicious.
Also, check out my “classmate”‘s website: sheaballard.com