In auniverse where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?
On Saturday, Feb. 15th, from 11-1, the Maine Coast Book Shop will be celebrating the launch of Y/A author, LANIE BROSS and her first novel, FATES. (Y/A = young adults, ages 12 and up) Lanie is a true Maine girl. Born in a small town, she spent the next 18 years dreaming of bigger places. After exploring city life, she and her husband and two young sons ended up coming right back to the wilds of Maine, where they live just one house down from where she grew up. Fate, perhaps? She loves chasing around her rambunctious kids, playing tug-of-war with her 95-pound Lab, and writing for young adults. You can visit her on her website LeeBross.com or follow her on Twitter (@LanieBross).
In this fantasy fiction, Corinthe, a girl who is not human, must bring about the death of the boy she loves, or risk banishment from her home forever. The first in a planned two-book series inspired by the ancient Greeks’ paradoxical view of fate, this epic tale of free will and destiny follows two teens who must journey through multiple worlds in the name of love. Stirring, romantic, and steeped in mythology, FATES is a riveting story that will appeal to fans of Fallen, The Immortals, and The House of Night. Furthermore, the shocking conclusion will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series. In an interview, Lanie was asked to describe the greatest challenge she faced in writing the story, why it was difficult and how she resolved it: "I think the hardest part was the worldbuilding. In fantasy, the surroundings almost become a character in of themselves. There are so many different worlds that Corinthe and Luc travel to, each one [had to be] unique and vivid . I Google Image searched a LOT to get the right feel for the trees in the Blood Nymph Forest, or the abandoned city Luc goes to." How much and/or what kind of research went into her writing? "Google Image was my friend, but the hardest part for me was getting San Francisco right! I’ve never been there, and to figure out where everyone lived, what streets they took, the bus systems, the landmarks, it was crazy, I had a binder full of pictures and street maps with highlighted routes for each scene." Words of wisdom and advice to aspiring writers? "Keep writing. I can’t say that enough. I’ve been writing for a little over six years and can honestly say those first few novellas were awful. Every story helps you get better, and the only way to do that is to sit down and write. You might not sell your first book, or even your tenth, but you have to keep at it. Perseverance plays a huge part in this business." Sound advice for all writers.
Winter Institute 2014
Last week, MCBS owner, Susan Porter and Nicole Olivier (events director) attended the weeklong American Booksellers Association's annual Winter Institute, held this year in Seattle, WA. It was a very busy, exciting and exhausting week! We wanted to share a portion of the ABA Newsletter with you, and to let you know how much you, and the millions of loyal independent bookstore customers across the country are appreciated for your continued support. Our success depends on you. Thank you, and keep reading!
Indie Vitality Celebrated at 2014 Winter Institute
Posted on Thursday, Jan 23, 2014
The resurgence of independent bookselling is on full display at Winter Institute, where more than 500 ABA member booksellers, 59 publishers, 78 authors, and almost 30 international guests from a dozen countries are into the final day of this year’s event.
In welcoming booksellers to the Opening Plenary session on Wednesday morning, ABA President Steve Bercu of BookPeople in Austin, Texas, said, “Our industry, the media, and the general public are recognizing that there has been a resurgence in independent bookselling, a vitality that is the result of your passion, creativity, and untold hours of hard work. That you are here today is evidence that you want 2014 to be even better.”
MWW, Mon., February 10th 7-9 pm
Space Gallery, Portland, Me.
What is Maine Women Write?
Maybe you already know, but just in case, MWW was founded in 2011 to celebrate and promote the works of Maine women writers. It is a small organization with that basic goal. In September 2011, at a public event sponsored by Longfellow Books and SPACE gallery in Portland, we launched the organization, mentioned MWW’s new facebook page set up for shouting out events in which Maine women writers are involved, inaugurated the MWW book clubs, and introduced the seven books chosen for the year. The MWW Book Club through the Maine Coast Book Shop hosts the author who discusses her book, as well as reads from it, to members who have come with book in hand and already read, to join in always stimulating conversation and dine together on delicious sandwiches from the book shop's cafe, chosen in advance and delivered to the Firehouse Center (with the exception of Feb. 20th). It's a special opportunity to meet the authors in an intimate setting. We invite you to consider becoming a member! Your purchase of the cook book (at 20% discount) is all you need to do to sign up.