Showing posts from June, 2013

Proudly Announcing ... 2013 Books Written By My Facebook Friends

I was looking for new reads, so yesterday I turned to a talented source: my friends on Facebook. "I want to read new books written by you people," I posted. "If you wrote a book published (or forthcoming) in 2013, could you drop the title, publisher, and target audience in the comments?"

Here are the eclectic, inspiring results, sorted by genre (there may be others, but these were submitted by friends who happened to stop by Facebook yesterday):

Picture Book

When You Wander, A Search and Rescue Dog Story | Margarita Engle | Holt

The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge | Alexis O'Neill | Calkins Creek

Ghost in the House | Ammi-Joan Paquette | Candlewick

Bogart and Vinnie: A Completely Made-up Story of True Friendship | Audrey Glassman Vernick | Walker

Children's Fiction

Little Women and Me | Lauren Baratz-Logsted | Bloomsbury

Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom | Tym Byrd | Outlaw Moon Books

Cartwheel: A Sequel to Double Ea…

Voice Acting For Dummies: My Fantasy Studios Gig

To kick off my writing vocation in Northern California, Brilliance Audio sent me to Fantasy Studios in Berkeley to record the introduction and my own contribution to OPEN MIC: RIFFS ON LIFE BETWEEN CULTURES IN TEN VOICES.

Wait, stop.

Fantasy Studios, people.

This is where Lil Wayne heads after his Bay Area concerts, where Robin Williams voices his animated characters, where Journey and Aerosmith and the Grateful Dead recorded bestselling albums.

I walked in feeling awestruck, certainly, but secretly I was slightly cocky. After all, when I read to our boys growing up, I tried to be mesmerizing, right? They seemed into it. And when I read in church, I strive for reverence and excellence, and people seem to appreciate it. So it couldn't be that hard to read my own writing aloud, right?


Director and master voice actor Paul Costanzo gently but firmly led me through a session that lasted two hours, giving perfect examples with his beautiful voice, using inflection, pacing, intonat…