I'm a poet, author and teacher. My first two books are collections of stories in verse based on my teaching experiences (It's a Teacher's Life...!) and my personal life (Family and More - Enemies or Friends?). "It's a Teacher's Life...!" is available from all major online outlets and can be ordered from any bookstore. "Family & More" will be officially released as a paperback on 31/8/10. My first children's picture book, set in space - with the message that when you take action, you will find the power within to achieve whatever you wish to achieve - is now being prepared for publication.
I'm featuring J. Aday Kennedy on my blog today as part of her Klutzy Kantor blog tour. Klutzy Kantor is her latest picture book and features a flying horse that has lots of trouble flying because he's so clumsy! But he uses his strengths to help him improve the situation...…See More
I just read the poem about your mother--I enjoyed it so much, beautifully written. You have a gift for bringing moments and scenes to life with just a few words.What an extraordinary woman, with all that she lived through and who she is now! My own mother was a similar powerhouse, gardening and cleaning her house with vigor until her death at 80--also Germanic background, but her ancestors emigrated to Mexico and then New Mexico generations before. I'll go back and read more soon! Willow
Thanks for adding me as a friend! About picture books, no, I stick just to the 10-14 age group. How exciting, that you have a picture book coming out.And your memoir in verse just came out, right? Big year! I look forward to following you,
All the best,
Thank you, Helena. It's from my childhood with a lot added.Just saw this note, sorry! Well, the book is out now (march 16 is was due out.)
Good luck with your project, Helena. Let me know how it goes.
You may not know me or my work, but I am the national bestselling, award winning novelist of six critically acclaimed novels who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
On Jan 9th, 2010 my debut novel, SUGAR will celebrate its 10th anniversary and in order to commemorate this milestone I am campaigning to sell 10,000 copies between now and that date.
“Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying.”
I’m asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. And yes, KINDLE purchases count.
If you could help spread the word by blogging, twittering ad Face-booking my campaign, it would mean the world to me.