Sunday, February 10, 2008

I met an author this weekend!

So this very cool family (Mother, Father, three kids) comes into the store and I can't help but overhear them discussing books and authorship and writing-- all the hallmarks of an author, somebody who's got a book under their belt.

My antennae went up, but I kept quiet. I didn't want to seem nosy. But then they struck up a conversation. It turns out I was talking to Denene Millner and Nick Chiles, a writing couple who live in town. The coolest thing? Ms. Millner has a new YA series coming from Scholastic set right here in Atlanta! It's due out in April, and I can't wait to check it out.

I read a synopsis online (check out this review--the second one down--on the Blogging in Black blog from this past week) and it sounds interesting. Yes, it has the trappings of many girls' YA series--rich private school setting, with lots of social drama--but a couple of things set this apart. First, it takes place here in Atlanta! I have to say, though I could care less what happens in private schools in NY or LA, there's something about stories taking place in your own backyard that makes them much more exciting.

Second, from the synopsis there seems to be more going on than just surface glitz here. From what I can tell, these characters have more serious conflicts than just the nasty secrets and backstabbing that go on in so many of these series: conflicts of family and truth and friendship, the richest of material that can make any book worth reading.

3 comments:

Terry Finley said...

Kids need books. They are a world of themselves. I am so glad was introduced to books at a young age.

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elysabeth said...

I agree and I can't wait to have my geography series out there for the kids to read and enjoy - no major conflicts - just some good old fashioned learning - E :)

Terry Finley said...

Many times I wish I could go back and be a little boy again and go back to school. I loved it.

Terry Finley

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