The imaginative and enthusiastic Olivia Samms brings us the first installment in her Bea Catcher Chronicles: Sketchy. Meet Bea, a somewhat troubled teen who discovers that she can draw what other people see in their mind’s eye. Pretty cool right? This obsessive writer and proud mother discusses her time spent as an author, and what led to the creation of this story.
Since I appreciated the book so much, Olivia Samms has given me this lovely opportunity to sit down and talk to her about her life as well as her book. Relax, sit down, have a cup of tea or coffee, and join me as I interview the person behind Sketchy!
Bea’s life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women.
Why you should read it: Sketchy is the first in a series about Bea, a seventeen-year-old girl just out of rehab who has developed the ability to draw other people’s thoughts. The premise might sound a little, well, sketchy, but the rest of the story sounds like an intriguingly dark look at the scarier side of teenage life (plus a little bit of crime-fighting).
The 2013 ALA Midwinter Conference took place in Seattle recently. For days, the city was overrun by literally all of my favorite people: authors, editors, agents, publishers, teachers, and most of all, librarians. The energy, humor and passion of these literacy professionals made for an exhilarating and transformative gathering. I had a chance to meet some of my favorite authors and illustrators, as well as some impressive new talent. I’d like to introduce you to three debut YA authors who will be making a splash in the spring. To give you a taste of what’s to come, I’ve asked each to share a few words about a writing topic close to her heart. Meet Leslie Stella, Lindsay Moynihan, and Olivia Samms.… read more →