I’m fortunate to be surrounded by super special people. My writing group, The Anita Factor, is ten members of strong, closely knit friendships and I feel privileged to be a part of this group. I thought it might be fun to ask my fellow writers some questions, so developed a new blog theme called “A Minute of Time with [Name].” I’m interviewing each of them, two questions at a time. These posts will pop up often on my blog and should be fun, informative, insightful and, of course, creative!
Let me introduce you to Deborah Froese.
Deb (I get to call her Deb!) and I actually met several years ago… 17 years, I think, when I took my very first “Writing for Children and How to Get Published” course through Red River College. It was Deb’s first year teaching the program. We reconnected several years later and shortly after that she became a member of the Anita Factor.
I asked Deb these two questions:
Are you a hunter or a gatherer?
“That is a fantastic question! It depends upon the season. There are times when I gather up the folds of life and hold them close, and there are times when I step out to seize hold of something new.”
“The last book I finished was The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, an exquisitely written story about a bookseller who prescribes his patrons books for ailments of the heart and soul, but has trouble healing his own broken heart.”
Deborah Froese is the author and illustrator of
Mr. Jacobson’s Window [Peanut Butter Press].
I was going to blog about what an amazing year the members of my writing group, The Anita Factor, is having, however, one of my fellow members, MaryLou, who blogs at What Next? beat me to the punch. So, I’ll piggy back on her wonderful post. Thanks, MaryLou! It really has been a year of one fantastic story after another – literally and figuratively!
The nominees for the Manitoba Book Awards have been announced and three members of my writing group The Anitas have made the short lists. Suzanne Costigan is nominated in the fiction for older children category for her book Empty Cup. Suzanne’s novel has also been selected as a featured book in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens.
Deborah Froese is among the nominees in the fiction for younger children category for her picture book Mr. Jacobson’s Window.
Melanie Matheson is nominated in the same category as Deborah, for her picture book Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl.
Some other good news for The Anitas recently was the announcement that Jodi Carmichael’s novel Forever Julia was featured in an article in Quill and Quire. Jodi launches her book April 16th at McNally Robinson.
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Here’s how it panned out:
In the morning, I was sent an email telling me that Empty Cup has been shortlisted (nominated) for the Manitoba Book Awards, McNally Robinsons Best Book for Young People (Older Category)!!! I can’t tell you what an honour this is. I’m SO excited!
Not only that, but my fellow author from Rebelight Publishing, Larry Verstraete, was also shortlisted for his novel, Missing in Paradise, for the same category. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be sharing the spotlight with my good friend. Congratulations, Larry!
Not only that, but the editorial director of Rebelight Publishing, Deborah Froese, was also nominated for her picture book, Mr. Jacobson’s Window in the same category except for younger readers. Congratulations, Deb!
AND not only that, but the creative director of Rebelight Publishing, Melanie Matheson, was shortlisted for her picture book, Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl in the same younger category. Congrats to Mel too!
So, there was much to be celebrated yesterday morning and there was much congratulations and cheer flying around on Facebook and Twitter and even through phone lines!
In the afternoon I took my boys to a matinee, Home. I normally leave my phone in my purse, however, I forgot and left it in my pocket. All through the movie I could feel vibration after vibration… which is why I leave it in my purse, so to not be distracted. However… I did ignore it until the end credits. To which I checked my text messages, and from (the afore mentioned) Deborah – “Check your email!!!!”
I checked my email and my jaw dropped. Again, Empty Cup and Missing in Paradise have been selected to be listed in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s (CCBC) Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens (BBKT) magazine! This is national recognition across Canada aimed at teachers and librarians and authors. Congratulations again to my friend, Larry.
To receive such recognition in one day is astounding and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
We find out the winners at the Manitoba Book Awards on April 25th at the Awards Gala. Personally, I’m just so happy to be shortlisted that I’ll be ecstatic for whoever wins. Congratulations to all of the nominees and to all those recognized in the CCBC, BBKT!