Baltimore Book Festival

logo-bbfI’m looking forward to playing along with several other authors at the Baltimore Book Festival in September. Come find me:

Whose Book is It Anyway?, Sunday, September 24, 12pm-1pm

Location of Appearance: Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage

CritiqueFest 2016

Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia
MD/DE/WV CritiqueFest

Warm up for the March 2017 conference!
Get your middle grade or young adult manuscript in shape!

Date(s) – 11/12/2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Anne Arundel Community College, Annex A
101 College Parkway – Arnold, MD 21012

Join us for a manuscript critique workshop led by our Published and Listed (PAL) members. The workshop begins with a panel discussion on giving and receiving critiques. Attendees will then break into small groups to critique each other’s manuscripts, with each round table moderated by one of our PAL members. We will also have a brief pitch workshop led by PAL members, after which attendees will return to their small groups to provide feedback on each other’s pitches.

Faculty for this event is:
Mary Amato
Laura Bowers
Karen Hattrup
Kara Laughlin
Debbie Levy
John Micklos
Lisa Pires
Lois Szymanski

Individual additional critiques will be offered in advance. (See below for more details.)

*Cost to attend the CritiqueFest is $45 for members, $65 for non-members. Please register by November 4, 2016.



Time to Write a Book in a Month

It’s almost that time again. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is from November 1-30.  That gives you a full 30 days to write the novel of your dreams.  Is it possible?  I say, yes!  A good first draft CAN be written in a month.  Why not dedicate the month of November to starting or finishing your novel?  I’ll be at the Crofton Library on October 18th from 2:30-4:00pm to help guide you with ideas, pre-writing exercises, and tools to get you started.  Hope to see you then!


Release Day for BROKEN WORLDS

My short story, “The Ill-Fated Power of Ham” is currently available for purchase!  It’s included in the anthology, Broken Worlds, along with many other short stories, all centered around the theme of destroyed and dysfunctional worlds.  My story is about a teenage girl, Roxy Darling, whose family is on the brink of total collapse after her father has a baby with another woman.  It’s currently available in e-book, and paperback in the coming weeks.  Thanks, A Murder of Storytellers, for including me in this wonderful collection.  Here’s a brief synopsis of the anthology:


We are never alone, not truly. We exist within systems; families, societies, governments, countries, continents; all within a singular planet in a singular solar system in a singular galaxy in a singular universe. And none of these are perfect. Many are broken, some beyond repair. Some could become broken over time. Others need to be destroyed to be improved. This book is about broken worlds, from families to a multiverse, where things are not what they seem or seem to be what they are: utterly broken from the top down and vice versa.

Coffee and Conversation with L.V. Pires

As the Eraser Burns

Hey folks! We’ve got an ABC event coming up this weekend! Author L.V. Pires will be presenting “Build Your World with Tips and Tricks” on Saturday, June 13th at the Broadneck Library in Annapolis, MD. Click on this link for more information and to register!

Today we are lucky to have L.V. Pires visit us here in the Cyber Café.

Pires, pic

Lisa Veronica Pires is the author of several stories for young readers, including EXTENSION, THE PORTRAIT, and SUMMER OF WINGED CREATURES.  She is the recipient of the Eileen Spinelli Award and a graduate of Spalding University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Now that you’re settled in, let’s get started. First off, what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?

Caffe Medici – that’s orange, chocolate, and espresso.


And your favorite snack?

I lived in England for a year and got hooked on Flapjacks.  The chocolate ones are the best.

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