Some of you know that I’m originally an Alabama gal. But I have to tell you that I’m proud to hang my hat in Texas. I’ve lived here since 1986 after I fell in love with a tall Texan while living in California. Coming to Texas felt a little like coming home. They talked Southern, people were friendly, waved at you from front porches as you drove by and even had signs up reminding us to “Drive Friendly”. Yup, I’m Texas proud and I’m completely honored to be one of the Spirit of Texas featured authors.
So, what is the Spirit of Texas Award you ask? Well, the idea for the Spirit of Texas Reading Program originally came from Texas author, Andrea White. Mrs. White envisioned bringing Texas authors and illustrators to Texas libraries to talk to students about their books and the writing process. (Something near and dear to my heart!) Eventually, the original idea was expanded to include an interactive website, original programming by Texas librarians and annual awards for Texas authors/illustrators. The name “Spirit of Texas” was chosen because the program hopes to encourage a greater understanding of what it means to be a Texan and nurture an appreciation for the literary works of and about Texas and Texans. And, hopefully, when you read about Kylie and her friends, you’ll learn a little about Texas, too.
What does it mean to receive the Spirit of Texas Award? It means my Shadow Falls series will be placed on a recommended reading list for students in grades 9-12 throughout Texas. I will also be the highlighted author on the Young Adult Round Table (YART) of the Texas Library Association’s website in March thru April. And I will be proudly attending the Texas Library Association’s annual conference in Fort Worth, April 24th-27th, 2013. Maybe I’ll even wear my cowgirl boots….
For those of you who also live in Texas, particularly the Houston area, I’ll be at Murder By The Book with fellow author Susan C. Muller on Saturday, December 8, 2012. I’ll be signing my books from 2pm-3pm. Murder By The Book is located at 2342 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005. For more information follow this link to the Murder By The Book website: http://www.murderbooks.com/. Please stop on by, I’d love to meet y’all!
The winner of last week’s Shadow Falls bag filled with goodies is Jenna Pontious . Please email me at cc@ cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address AND your t-shirt size. Congratulations, Jenna!