Critically acclaimed author Tami Charles’s life is defined by leaps of faith, including leaving a successful career as an educator to write full-time. “I give lots of credit to my husband. I was teaching and writing--early mornings, late at night, on weekends. But that takes its toll. ‘What if you go all in on the writing?’ he encouraged me.” Charles finally decided to “go for it” after securing her fifth book advance. “Even then, part of me was afraid to walk away from something I’d loved for years.”
Bill Konigsberg is a YA novelist who has “a tendency to speak out.” He attributes this to his mother. “For better or worse, she taught me my emotions and my thoughts are important. There are pitfalls to that, but one of the really good things is that I feel very free to share my feelings.”
Monica Wood so loves the spoken word that the Portland, Maine, launch party for her most recent novel, THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY, featured four actors on a theater stage reading excerpts from the book. The reading lasted an hour and received a standing ovation. Truth be told, Wood and the rest of the audience would have been perfectly happy to sit back down after the applause and continue listening to the magic created by mixing word with performance.
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