The Shifter Made This Year's List of Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read!

Exciting news!

I'm thrilled and honored to announce that last week, my teen fantasy novel, The Shifter, was chosen by the Georgia Center for the Book for this year's Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read list (squee!).

Not only did I receive a beautiful glass trophy, but golden stickers that make the cover pop (just look how pretty it looks there on the book). You can't beat that, except by having writer pal Vicky Alvear Shecter also make the list with her wonderful YA historical, Cleopatra's Moon.

A huge thanks to GCB for selecting The Shifter, and to Joe Davich and Zachary Steele for organizing the award ceremony and a great evening. You guys rock.

The lists are selected by the writers, educators, librarians, and media representatives who comprise the Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council. They represent a compilation of some of the best Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and children's literature by Georgia writers and artists. This year marked the fifth edition of the "Books All Georgians Should Read", and the second of the "Books All YOUNG Georgians Should Read".

Here's the full list for both adult and young readers:

Writing Workshop: Plotting Your Novel

If you live in or near the Woodstock, GA area, I'm holding a plotting workshop at FoxTale Book Shoppe on August 23rd. This workshop benefits all ages and writing levels, so come on down and spend an afternoon with me and the great gals at FoxTale.

Workshop: Plotting Your Novel With Janice Hardy 

Ideas are only the first step to writing a novel. Once that spark of inspiration hits, we need a great plot to support our great idea. In this workshop, you'll learn tips on how to create a solid plot for your novel and develop a process to make future plotting easier. Hands-on exercises will help you dig deep and find the goals, conflicts, and stakes, to hook readers, as well as determine which scenes are the right scenes for your story.

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: FoxTale Book Shoppe
105 East Main Street, #138
Woodstock, GA 30188
770-516-9989
Cost: $80, includes Janice's craft book, Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure.

Register at the FoxTale Book Shoppe website. Walk-ins welcome (space permitting)

Writing Workshop: Build Your Story World at the Turner Cassity Literary Festival

For those in the Douglasville, Georgia area, I'm doing a worldbuilding workshop at the Turner Cassity Literary Festival on July 12th. There are events and gatherings all weekend where guests can mix and mingle with the presenters, so it should be a lot of fun. 

The Turner Cassity Literary Festival provides aspiring writers in West Georgia an opportunity to develop their writing skills and prepare their works for publication under the guidance of expert and experienced authors. There's a full weekend of Workshops, Critiques, Readings, and a special performance of the winning verse play! They also honor the poet Turner Cassity whose work and dedication to literary excellence in Georgia inspires their endeavors.

Just Released: Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure


It's here!

I'm thrilled to announce the release of Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, book one in the Foundations of Fiction Series. It's been a long time coming and I'm excited it's finally out and in the world. (See what they're saying on Goodreads)

There's so much information on my writing site (Fiction University), and one of the challenges of crafting books to support it was figuring out how to organize everything. I wanted this series to be more than just a collection of articles, and to accomplish the same goals as the site--to offer writers tips they can apply right to their works in progress and see results.

Upcoming Events

Coastal Magic
Panels: TBD
When: February 6-9, 2014
Where: Daytona Beach, FL

Coastal Magic Convention is a super casual, weekend party for authors and readers of urban fantasy and paranormal romance fiction. There will be panels, meet & greets, and random tomfoolery. The schedule will be designed to give readers plenty of time to hang out with their favorite authors, and chat about the stories with other fans. A charity book signing will be open to attendees and the public. Please check the event website for a list of Featured Authors (over 50 of them) and other information. 

I'll post my panel schedule when it's finalized. 

That's it for now, and I'll update any new news as it appears.

Happy Independence Day!

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July everyone. It'll be a soggy and wet day here in north Georgia, so I'll have to bring the picnic inside. Hopefully we'll get a little dry weather before it gets dark. You see, Cadaver Dan is all ready for the fireworks. He really loves the sparklers.

Are You Up for a Teen Writing Workshop?

Hey guys!

If you're a teen writer and live in the Canton, GA area (or within driving distance), then come on down to the Hickory Flat Public Library on June 25th. I'll be answering your writing questions and leading a writing workshop. Bring pen, paper, and your creativity!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
TIME: 4:00pm
WHERE: Hickory Flat Public Library
             2740 E Cherokee Dr.
             Canton, Georgia 30115-9250

This writing workshop is open to the public, but it's for for teens 12-18 only. So no grownups allowed.