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A Minute of Time with Deborah Froese

deb-edit-6-x-6-2016-11-24I asked children’s author, editor, fellow Anita Factor member, and friend, Deborah Froese, what book she’s finished reading lately and would she recommend it?

I recently completed Middlemarcha novel set in late 19th century England. It wasn’t an easy read—the English of that time almost feels like a different language—but it fascinated me. Through a cast of deep and diverse characters, each flawed and perfectly human, the small community of Middlemarch comes to life. Vivid detail and loads of commentary about the time period fill the pages and prove that not much has changed about human relationships since then. Love, lust, deception, intrigue, hopes and dreams, and even murder, wind through webs of gossip and the confinement of society’s expectations.

Image result for middlemarch eliotMary Ann Evans wrote Middlemarch under the male pen name George Eliot so that she would be taken more seriously. Her writing is brilliant, but her long and complex read—it’s over 800 pages—isn’t for the faint of heart!

 

Deb Mr Jacobsons Window

Please connect with Deborah:
Twitter: @DeborahFroese
Instagram: @deborahfroese
Website/Blog: www.deborahfroese.com

Deborah Froese is the author and illustrator of
Mr. Jacobson’s Window [Peanut Butter Press].

A Minute of Time with Deborah Froese

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!

deb-edit-6-x-6-2016-11-24Let 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.”

What was the last book you finished reading? Would you recommend it? 

“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.”

Deb Mr Jacobsons Window

Please connect with Deborah:
Twitter: @DeborahFroese
Instagram: @deborahfroese
Website/Blog: www.deborahfroese.com

Deborah Froese is the author and illustrator of
Mr. Jacobson’s Window [Peanut Butter Press].

Talk About Being in Good Company !

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!

What Next?

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 empty cupSuzanne 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 froeseDeborah Froese is among the nominees in the fiction for younger children category for her picture book Mr. Jacobson’s Window.

melanie mathesonMelanie Matheson is nominated in the same category as Deborah, for her picture book Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl.

jodiSome 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.

enslavement melinda friesenHighlights for our writing group this past…

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A Pretty Damned Exciting Day!

EMPTY_COVER_COVER_FINALI don’t like to toot-my-own-horn so to speak, but yesterday, was a pretty damned exciting day!

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! MIP cover

Mr Jacobson's WindowNot 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! hokey cover

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!