Last week the results for the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards were published, and I found out I won the bronze award in the category Young Adult Fiction E-book for The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak. You can check out the results here:
I feel particularly happy to have won this award since I like the emphasis on promoting literacy, particularly among children. After all, I promote literacy in four languages on this blog, so it’s right up my alley. This novel was unusual among my work in that it focuses on a set of twenty year olds and twin tweens as they investigate the 400 year old ghost story in the palace. Usually I write about older characters, mostly in their 20s or 30s, and this was a first for me to have characters so young. Even though I didn’t write it particularly for children, I generally keep my portrayals of the dark, adult themes pretty tame, so I’m happy to be adding to the young adult category with this project. I will be republishing the e-book version in the next few weeks with the award seal added to the book cover and a freshly reviewed text, so if you want to get a digital copy, be sure to look for that announcement when it’s ready. In the meantime, you can read or sign up to get updates of the webcomic of ghostly backstories I’m slowly rolling out on my affiliate blog, The Sun Rises in the East:
Also in the next month or so, I hope to publish my noir novella Kumori and the Lucky Cat in e-book format at last. Some of my projects have been on the back burner due to personal setbacks and changes in my event schedule this year, but I’ll get to everything eventually. I will also have this announcement and a limited-time free download offer soon, so be on the lookout for that too.
Finally, next month, I’ll be selling my books at Wizard World’s artist alley at the Pittsburgh David Lawrence Convention Center between November 4th and 6th. Details are here:
I’ll be hanging out at my table with fellow artist Joktan Faulk who will be displaying his own personal artwork as well as the artwork of Liz Dubnicay. You can check out their art at the following sites:
Be sure to stop by and chat with us if you decide to attend the conference!