In this changing/growing/oh-so-hip-my-90-year-ol
After deciding to narrow my focus a half-dozen authors popped to mind.
In the forefront these two women, who have taken the reins down the always exhilarating, sometimes confusing path of authoring particularly well. (Yes, this is my attempt at a John Wayne metaphor.)
Both debuted at the same small, innovative press, under the wise direction of an editor who has been lovingly referred to as both Yoda & Kermit—was it because of this green shirt? ;)
Andrew Karre, current editorial director of Carolrhoda Lab http://www.lernerbooks.com/carolrhodalab/
Human or talent-molding-demi-God?
Since their debuts, both authors have been spotted on the New York Times Bestseller List—many, many, many week in a row—for their fantasy bestsellers and have maintained outstanding senses of humor and self through it all.
In case you still haven't guessed my Monday Mavericks are the fabulous:
(drum roll please)
CARRIE JONES (http://www.carriejonesbooks.com/)
and the bestselling NEED
Why is Carrie a Maverick? "Tips" came out when I was just getting nibbles for Sea (2007) and she has written FOUR OTHER BOOKS IN THE MEANTIME. Four books. FOUR BOOKS. Four books. Yes FOUR MORE BOOKS. Plus, she's a big Amnesty International supporter, ran for a political seat in Maine, is completely kind and generous to everyone who comments on her blog, a devoted mother.
She takes risks. Carrie's first three books were contemporary, and she took a big leap into a different genre, all the while blogging, politicking, volunteering. Plus, she loves Muppets. Carrie was the very first author I interviewed on my Author Chat series. I was a nobody from nowhere with a brand new blog and she said yes without hesitation. Carrie brings her whole generous-sweet self into her writing and into her public persona and this is why she is a MAVERICK OF YA.
And *drum roll, plus flute, plus harp roll* for the one and only:
MAGGIE STIEFVATER (http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/)
You all know Maggie. Or should by now. Her first two books were about sexy, dangerous faeries, then her third and fourth, sexy, dangerous werewolves--you may have heard of them, Shiver and upcoming Linger?
PW recently announced she's under contract for four more books at Scholastic. FOUR BOOKS. Four more books. FOUR MORE BOOKS. !
When I met Maggie on lj Lament hadn't even come out yet. How could one woman accomplish so much and still be SO connected with her readers on Twitter/Facebook/LJ/Tours/Website?
She makes her own book trailers.
Plays like a zillion instruments.
Laughs like Mad Hatter.
Blogs like crazy and not just about what she had for lunch (cookie dough is an interesting staple) but big things too.
Shiver's been translated into more languages than their are (okay, this is a slight exaggeration) and still makes time to do the kindest gestures like mail Sam-the-Boy/Wolf's biggest fan a personalized copy of her novel.
And she's NOT a book-bot. I swear, she's real. If you pinch her, she will scream. (And then she'll kick your butt and shave a weird pattern into your hair, yet I digress.)
Maggie is a dynamo. A burst of energy, multifaceted, multitalented and most of all: A MAVERICK OF YA.
Thanks to Carrie and Maggie for being huge inspirations, the way you relate to your audience and give so much of yourselves to this profession. Your readers, friends, fans appreciate it more than you know.
Maggie getting her signing on...
...Carrie her rowing
Visit Maggie m_stiefvater and Carrie carriejones and tell them Heidi sent you to bask in their awesome.
*90 year old Grandma reading YA is hip? Yes, yes it is.