Tell us about your amazing book.
THE HEALING SPELL (Scholastic, July 1, 2010). Deep in the bayou country, twelve-year-old Livie’s mamma arrives home from the hospital in a coma. Daddy is determined she will only get better surrounded by the people who love her best, but Livie is terrified of her mother’s lifeless condition and wracked by a guilty secret. Livie travels into the forbidden recesses of the swamp to buy a healing spell from the mysterious traiteur in hopes that she can bring her mother back to life. Secrets, gators, and sisters abound!
Excited about my very first blog review this week!
Can you tell us a little bit about your road to publication ?
The Healing Spell is a love story – one of those stories I loved from the moment I got the idea and Livie began to appear in my dreams. She took six years to bring completely to life (maybe 25 revisions after a fast 3 week draft!), even as the project received lots of interest from editors right from the start. I rewrote for several editors, but it just wasn’t “there” for them – I think it just took time to find the right editor. The editor at Scholastic who bought it and ran around begging the publisher that “she HAD to have it!” told me in her first letter that The Healing Spell was a *rare gift*. I have never in my life received such a compliment!
I’d had an agent for many years, but we parted ways as she was getting out of the children’s/YA arena. That was nail biting! She’d been my security blanket – and now I was out in the cold. It took me two years of querying, querying, querying (39 agents in all!) to sign with Tracey Adams who had been my dream agent for a long time. I even followed her across the country just to meet her and pitch my stories!
I’m a true believer in the right timing.
Was there ever a time you felt like giving up? Why didn't you?
There are always those *dark* and *evil* moments or bad rejection days you feel like giving up. While you’re trying to learn your craft or on submission and the rejections just keep coming and coming and coming, it often feels like you’re banging your head against a brick wall—or the nearest computer monitor. It’s easy to feel alone, and get that absolutely-positive-no-question-about-it “I must suck and I ought to just go read a good book and quit torturing myself!”
Why didn’t I give up? I call it The Voices after Midnight Phenomenon. That sounds schizophrenic, but every writer will tell you that their character’s “voices” and stories tug at their mind or heartstrings. I am literally compelled to write it down and watch it unfold, just like I’m watching a movie. But it’s more than just *watching* a movie—it’s like I’m LIVING a movie.
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