Monday, December 09, 2013

Fan Mail: The Magic of Possibility

Nothing warms the heart of a writer more than getting fan mail and seeing joy and appreciation on the faces of the target audience.

In my case, that’s children.

Today, I would like to share with you the memories and aspirations of some of my biggest Grade 6 fans, who read the entire book of Up In The Air in class with their teacher.

         The kids also made a ‘book’ for me, in which they jotted down their favourite part of Up In The Air and what they would do or like to be if they could get to Chimeroan

What struck me immediately was how much the cover, illustrated by Ethan Aldridge, captured the imagination of so many! 

One of the sentiments expressed was this: "The favourite part of the book is when Melody gets her wings".   

And this is how several of the kids represented it.

When I visited their class, I was very impressed at the depth at which these Grade 6's examined and delved into the story of Up In The Air.  I won't share their thoughts here as that would be considered 'spoilers'. But, again, I can share their art.

If you could go to Chimeroan, a place where dreams, your deepest desires, came true, what would you choose to be or have? 

           Here is what some of the kids said: To be a princess, a 'fairy of snow and ice', to be the Queen of Candy, a Pokemon trainer, a leprechaun, a dragon, a dragon slayer, to be Percy Jackson, to have wings and fly, to become rich, to make a movie...   

What would you wish for if nothing stood in your way? 

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Day to Celebrate Independent Bookstores

         It’s not often we get a chance to do ‘a first’ in life.
But this Saturday, November 30th, 2013, in Toronto, will be the first time that several amazing authors and I will be getting together at Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore  (1915 Queen Street East map) to celebrate Indies First – a day when over 700 authors get a chance to champion on behalf of Independent bookstores by hand-selling books! 

This is also a chance to get a head start on your Christmas Holiday shopping with book recommendations from local authors.
Plus you’ll get a chance to see me talking my mouth off about some really cool books. Ella Minnow has a terrific selection for kids and teens.

I’ll be at Ella Minnow from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. AND, for those who wish, I will also be signing copies of Up In The Air.
So, come and meet:

Nick Pemberton

Margot Denomme, author of Mommy, Am I Pretty?

Here are some other posts about this event:

Stephanie McLellan

Nicole Winters

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cover Reveal: 'Fires of Man' by Dan Levinson

In a world where a gifted few can manipulate reality with their minds, two great nations—Calchis and Orion—employ these psionic powers in a covert war for global superiority.
In the heart of Calchis, a powerful young psion named Aaron Waverly is kidnapped, and forcibly conscripted. To the north, in the capital, a plan is hatched to decimate Orion, to be carried out by the ruthless operative known only as “Agent.”
In Orion, fresh recruit Stockton Finn comes to terms with his incredible new powers, and learns firsthand how dangerous they can be. Meanwhile, officers Nyne Allen and Kay Barrett navigate the aftermath of their shattered love affair, oblivious to the fact that Calchis draws ever closer to destroying the tenuous peace.
Finally, in the arctic land of Zenith, Calchan archaeologist Faith Santia unearths a millennia-old ruin. This lost temple might just hold the hidden history of psionic powers, as well as hints of a deeper mystery . . . that could shake the foundations of all mankind.

Dan is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His debut novel, PSIONIC EARTH, is due out Spring 2014 from Jolly Fish Press.

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