Lit Genius Extraordinaire! — With The Lovely Ms. P.

A very sincere thanks to the lovely & talented Valarie Savage Kinney for allowing me on her blog to post the A-Z basics of Livian!


Bookish Rambles

I do not blog in a dedicated or routine manner. I like it. If you don’t expect it on a regular basis, maybe you are more likely to read when I do post! (Right?)

Lots of things going on. I have been truly busy. I am getting grey hair and I barely have time for my evening wine (except on special occasions). In case you missed it plastered all over the internet, I HAVE MY OFFICIAL BOOK COVER FOR LIVIAN!

LIVIAN: Michelle Anderson Picarella
Publishing this summer from CBG

I am blown away by the detail both obvious and hidden with this cover. I can’t wait for you to read this! I have worked with a most fantastic editor to bring my dear book up to par. I’ve learned so much to carry on even bigger and better for the rest of the series. (Thank you for being a blessing, dear editor!)

Champagne Book Group is a remarkable digital publisher. They have really impressed the heck out of me. Be sure to check out their other titles- So many talented authors under one house-

LIVIAN isn’t far away at all now!

SEVEN DEADLY SINS is also doing very well. We have smoked the charts- the charts I wasn’t sure we would ever touch. LOL. The feedback alone has been worth its weight in gold. I love hearing people enjoy something that we all created together. The wonderful things that have blossomed from this project, and continue to do so, soar past my wildest dreams. Have you checked the SINS out yet? Of course you have….but if not, click the photo…

Seven Authors. Seven Stories. Seven Lessons.
Purchase now on e book or paperback.

I do have lots more interesting 7DS and publishing news and updates for you. Stay tuned! Thanks for reading!

Reinventing Sin Part 1

I’ve had dreams of having my name on a book since I was an awkward little girl with neon socks and poofy hair. (I was an 80’s child, obviously.) I know most kids pretended to be rock stars, Hollywood idols or sports icons. I spent my time at my vanity pretending to be a famous author. I would pretend someone asked me questions as I replied to my own reflection in the vanity mirror with answers of why I write, who I write about and what I plan to write next. Most of my childhood books even have my autograph in them. (Insert facepalm here.) I knew they weren’t mine to autograph. I simply wanted the practice.

Well, I am in no way a famous author, unless you ask my children, and being fantastic in their eyes- that is living the dream.

March 7th 2012 actually did change my life. It might not be a huge deal to most people, but I have a book with my name on it. Yes, there are six other names on this book. Does that lessen the emotion of having my first book in print? Nope. Not in the least. In fact, I think this will be my favorite book because of those six other names.

I remember having the idea for this book, Seven Deadly Sins. I had just finished reading a book my longest-known friend, Tiffany, sent to me. She knew I had a twisted sense of humor and that book was my cup of tea. (Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk)

I not only enjoyed the book, but I walked away with an Ah-ha moment; A refreshing slap in the face of how I saw the world and my own personal interactions with the other people in this world. I wanted to send out that same kind of message. Give people a highly enjoyable read and throw in a bit of an Ah-ha moment.  What in the world does everyone have in common? This book I finished touched on so much. I didn’t need to touch those topics. Oh yeah.

Sin. The one thing we have in common. All of us, and Lord knows we can name everyone in our neighborhood or church group and label them by their most used sin. In the south, it is damned near a way of life. But…Ah! It is so much easier to pick out sins when they belong to someone else. It is mighty frightening when we spot it in ourselves. Ha.

I wanted lessons. Entertaining lessons. Fables. Not Aesop. Not traditional. I wanted something from different eyes. I could not tackle this alone. I needed people I knew could make this idea brilliant. I debated posting an ad or blog asking for people willing to jump on this train, but it simply didn’t feel great enough to be right. I knew so many authors through twitter and facebook, I wanted to select them. The worst they could do was say no. I spoke to them minimally. A short conversation here and there. Honestly, I was afraid of spilling the beans on my plan and getting sucked into the wrong people. Don’t get me wrong, I know hundreds of wonderful authors. But, I didn’t just want wonderful. I wanted to run this differently than a normal anthology.

I wanted to work side by side with six others. To create this book together. To learn a bit from each and pass it along. I needed six unique strong authors that could stand the heat. I needed this to be solid. And yes, some know- since we have openly posted about this journey- One of the original authors did not stay for completion. I am still saddened by the loss of who was honestly, my first and easiest choice to invite on this project. But I will always be blown away by his words and consider him one of the greatest writers I’ve ever known.

I will be posting more parts of this blog with details about the process as well as the authors. Long blog posts become boring and lots of people won’t read all the way through. What I have to say is pretty much grand and I want your attention. Part 2 coming soon. Until then, check out Seven Deadly Sins, like it, share it- while you are at it, I won’t mind one bit if you buy it. 

Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?

If you aren’t on my facebook writer’s page, then you probably haven’t heard my recent news. I was lucky enough to get some really fantastic offers for LIVIAN to be published. I have officially signed with the publisher of my debut novel. LIVIAN will come out through the Burst Imprint of Champagne Books sometime in June 2012.

I am currently waiting to hear what my editor is going to throw my way. (I have an editor. I may feel differently once she puts me to work, but right now I am thrilled.) Some time soon, artists will be creating the cover of my book. (This is where I throw out my Carlton Banks Happy Dance.) I am with a group of fantastic authors. The publisher has provided me with a lovely mentor to help me through the publishing of my first novel. Right now, I am just taking in my many blessings.

I have also just published my official website. I will be posting short updates on the site.

That is all for now. I have been dying to share this news and now I have. Thanks for reading!

Author Shout Out- Stephen Penner’s Professor Barrister’s Dinosaur Mysteries

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure to beta read for a fellow writer. I have wanted to beta read for some time, though- three kids, my own writing, and a move can put a road block on the “want” list. To sum it up, I realize that it is well worth fitting into the daily grind to have the chance to not only help a fellow author- but enlightening to experience the sheer enjoyment of getting your hands on a great read (that is not yet available for anyone to snag a copy of!)

This is not the first book in the series that I have read, and while I have several more books to catch up on the series- this is one that I must pass on to fellow readers.

Stephen Penner is the man behind my “must read” recommendation for young readers with the “Professor Barrister’s Dinosaur Mysteries”. The level for this series may be ranked for K-3rd grade, but as an adult, I must admit that I am hooked!

Penner’s ability to teach while entertaining is a sure proof way to keep you wanting more of the series. The illustrations of the books are wonderfully detailed without becoming overwhelming as only the greats (such as Shel Silverstein) accomplished with book art.

Normally, I would suggest a book/series with a genre or age group. In this case, young children, older children, parents, grandparents, teachers; all of those with a pulse- you will learn and enjoy doing so if you allow yourself to turn the pages of one of the Professor Barrister’s Dinosaur Mysteries.

Professor Barrister's Dinosaur Mysteries

2010 A blog of gratitude

As this year rounds to an end, I have to look back and reflect the literary accomplishments in my first year of really biting the bullet of chasing my dreams. I must admit, normally during this time of year, I am filled with more somber or bittersweet emotions of the year. This year is different.

Crossing over from journalism into writing my first novel has been the most self educating experience I may have ever ventured into. As much as I like to think that I have a decent grasp on the craft of writing, I was baffled to see what a small percentage the actual skill of writing has to play in the pursuit of getting published; or an agent for that matter. Yes, your writing should be top notch, but that is just the start of the journey once your novel is complete. Who would have thought?

I have learned the ropes of the literary world (at least, I think that I have.) I have been lucky enough to get input and wonderful feedback from agents, publishers, and even an encouraging email from one of my literary idols (which will be framed and kept forever.)

I have had the pleasure of meeting some amazing literary companions during this year. I am really unsure as to what my level of sanity may be if not for the friendships that I have found in fellow authors such as Dawn Kirby, The Juggler, James Whitaker

Young Livian by Mandy Chorman

, Georgia McBride, Jess Russell, and so many others following their own literary journey.

Speaking of other writers following their dreams, I have had the pleasure of working with the talented Dawn Kirby in building #fbwriter– a hash tag on twitter for authors to unite and support one another- as Dawn has turned it into a page listed on facebook.  #fbwriter has been a blessing to work on as well as to connect with others. Thank you, Dawn, for all that you have done with it.

My book is currently in another round of beta readers. The feedback, so far, has been a complete blessing. I love sharing my imagination with others and welcoming them into a world that no longer exists in my mind, alone. After the first of the year I will be returning to the process of publishing. The holidays and hopefully moving soon have my attention less than fully dedicated towards the book. When I can contribute full dedication once again, I will. This should not be too much longer.

I would like to give a special thanks to Daniel, my husband as well as Tiffany Dyer for the original edits, beta reading, and attention to detail that they have both provided for my first novel.  You will both start getting portions of book two very soon.

Here is to 2010. A remarkable year.


(Please be sure to check out the links in this blog.)

Calling All Artists!

Looking for artists of all sorts! Read any portion of “Livian: A Fairy’s Tale” under the NOTES link and show us your vision of the Gothic world of Warrior Fairies, Blood Thirsty Unicorns, Hidden Caves of the Dragons, The Tri-moon nights, or any other scene that grabs your attention! Deadline is Halloween! The first week of November will be closed to submissions, though open for votes on the favorite! The highest voted art will be the main photo on the FB page!
ALL PHOTOS WILL BE USED in rotation during the contest, sharing the link within the Literary Circles of agents, authors, and publishers, and certain photos will be used in a teaser movie/slide for the book.
*The artist retains all rights to his/her artwork, allowing special permissions for use promoting Livian: A Fairy’s Tale for online.
REMEMBER- This is a book meant for children-young adults- even though Fairy Tales are wonderful no matter the age- keep the art work clean or it will be removed. Thanks!