Del Rio Bay Blog Tour
I'm sure there's truth in both sides.
But let me say this, in the children's writing community, it's all love. That's been my experience from the moment I joined the Yahoo Chick Lit Group (now the Teen Lit Group) to the day Varian Johnson, Kelly Starling Lyons, Don Tate and Carla Sarratt and I decided to launch The Brown Bookshelf. I've had nothing but positive experiences.
The community is close, eager to spread the word about new work, encouraging when you're having a bad writing day and simply a huge shoulder to lean on during the tough and often lonely times. True enough, some days I've got to pull myself totally out so I can focus more on writing. But if I had to decide - go it totally alone so I wouldn't have the distraction of socializing vs. having a cadre of writing buds to call on - it's a no brainer.
I'm still deep in the hole writing and I don't know how long I'll be there. But before I disappeared-ish, I called on some of those friends and asked them to host my blog tour. I wanted to do a big push of the series now that all five books are out. And even though every person I called on was busy promoting and/or writing, they all said yes.
Check me (and them) out:
Chicklit Gurrl - Shon Bacon goes above and beyond the call and makes a trailer for the DRB series! *mwah*
Musings of A Novelista - Karen Strong asks me about the importance of authors having a web presence and why it matters to label my work "multi-culti."
Devyn Burton - Devyn hosts me and makes me feel all edgy and stuff.
Rawsistaz - I have a great talk with the Rawsistaz lit group about their thoughts on the series.
Linda Gerber - I'm Gerb's Freebie Friday feature. Hey, say that fast five times!
Melissa Walker and Readergirlz - I'm double-booked at Melissa Walker's and Readergirlz talking about the story behind my covers. Ever wondered why I have both graphic and photo covers? I spill...
Mitali's Fire Escape - Mitali and I talk about how I was as a teen and whether or not I'd write a boy protag or one who isn't African American.
YA Fresh - Kelly Parra and Tina Ferraro's blog is the place to find the freshest YA and I was lucky to be a catch of the day for the tour.
- Color Online is all about strong women writers. They make me put my thinking cap on and talk about who/what made me the writer I am today.
APOOO Books - Hopefully, APOOO can still squeeze me in. I turned in my interview answers late. But check out the site, anyway. It's chock full of literary goodness.