If you couldn’t join me on September 22nd for my book release, don’t worry! You can still see me talk about Andy Squared. I’ll be at Central Connecticut State University on October 9th from 4:30 to 6:00 PM talking about my book and doing a signing. Stop by!
First, a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out for the official Andy Squared release party! It was a ton of fun and I got to see former students and colleagues. I was so happy for the support. One family even sent flowers because they could not be there! It was amazing.
Thank you to the Bristol Public Library for hosting us! I hope I can give a book talk in the future to readers!
Already I’m getting messages from those that went to the event and finished their book already. It thrills me to know they enjoyed it so much. My current students, too! There is a copy in my classroom and I love seeing books – especially Andy Squared – be passed around and recommended to friends after they finish it. Really, there is no greater feeling as a teacher and a writer.
But the event! What fun! I signed books for an hour and talked with people, then gave a short reading and answered questions on the book. They were insightful, too. One person, who had started the book prior to the event and brought his own copy to be signed, asked if I had done research on horses prior to writing the book.
The answer: yes and no. I rode horses when I was younger, and I love them, so a lot of what I learned I still maintained. There were some terms I had to look up, mostly in regards to the particulars of the English saddle, and others I checked, but I did remember most of what I had learned while riding.
I also have to thank my parents and my sisters who gave up a few hours of the day to be there. My youngest sister, Cassandra, is an author in the making. She’s currently writing her first novel at the moment, and is about halfway finished! I hope to someday have a dual book signing with her! How awesome would that be?
It’s official! Today is the release date of Andy Squared, or as I like to call it, the book birthday! I’m really excited for it to be officially out, but it still seems so surreal to me. I mean, it was just another normal day at work. And yet, my book is now available in bookstores everywhere for readers to enjoy.
And I truely do hope everyone enjoys it or takes something out of the story. Andy and Ryder are such dear characters to me. I lived with them in my head for six years before their tale was finally told. I hope everyone else loves them just as much as I do.
If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email! I love getting mail.
So this week starts the third week of the new school year, and so far I am loving my new school. In fact, to be honest, love is not strong enough a word. I am the happiest I have ever been while teaching. I know people might say it’s still the honeymoon phase and I’ll get over it eventually, but – as much as I lovd my old school – this one just rocks!
My kids are all amazing, and the staff I work with is as enthusiastic about education as I am. It is very clear to me that everyone I teach with finds teaching to be a passion, and not just a job. This is so important to me, and I feel like I fit in.
I am honored to have been hired for my position, and I will give the school and its students my all. Already my kids amaze me with their passion for trying new things and reading. In just the first three weeks I have filled up four pages of books in my book borrowing log with a third of the students I had at my old school.
There are so many opportunities at this school. I love how involved in the community it is, and how active the students are! How exciting is that?
Join me on September 22, 2012 from 2-4 PM at the Bristol Public Library in Bristol, Connecticut. I will be reading from the book and giving a book talk. There will be copies of the book available for purchase, or you can bring a copy you already have.
I’d love to see you there!
Today I had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed by David-Matthew Barnes (*faints*) and Frankie Hernandez for the blogtalk radio show People You Should Know. It was my first phone interview and it was such an incredible experience! I enjoyed talking to them about my writing and my book, Andy Squared, and I cannot thank them enough for inviting me to be on the show!
The rest of the show was incredible, too. I got to listen in to the end of the first guest while I was waiting, and I ended up going back after work on my drive home to listen to the broadcast. Truly fascinating discussion about working on Broadway and being a dresser. I didn’t know what that was until the interview with Kimberly Faye Greenberg.
If you missed the show, check it out! You can listen to previous broadcasts, but don’t worry! You just missed the first one! Check out the On Demand episodes and look for episode one. I am the second guest!
Also, thanks to my boss at my dayjob for allowing me to have the twenty minutes to myself to take the interview, and thanks to a coworker for taking my students for that time until I was finished!