Monday, August 24, 2009

That's how I roll...old school

I'm a little late on this, but here are a few pics from the 2009 SCBWI Conference Blue Moon Gala:

Recognize this guy? It's not Austin's Jay Asher. Groovy, baby!

I'm not even gonna try to list everyone I met, because I know I'll leave someone out. All I'll say is that I had a great time, and I can't wait for next year!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

VCFA Day in the Lone Star State

(Taken from Cynsations)

Round Rock, Texas -- Acclaimed authors Kathi Appelt and Sharon Darrow will lead a conference on the craft of writing for young readers on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at Teravista (4333 Teravista Club Dr.) in Round Rock, which is located just 20 minutes north of Austin.

The event is sponsored by the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, where both Kathi and Sharon serve on the faculty.

The VCFA program intends for this retreat to serve as an opportunity for alumni and their colleagues to reconnect with one another as well as to reignite their passion for the craft of writing for children and teens.

You do not need to be a VCFA graduate to participate.

Newbery Honor winner Kathi Appelt will lecture on "Writing the Novel" and lead a craft class and writing workshop on "Writing the Picture Book."

Former faculty chair Sharon Darrow will lecture on "Braiding the Character's Emotional Trajectory into the Story's Event Trajectory." Her craft class and writing workshop will focus on "The Plot Sentence & Major/Minor Dramatic Questions."

Together, Kathi and Sharon will discuss the rewards of the writing life, product, and process.

Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 with a social gathering at Teravista's historic Ranch House, and continue the following day with lectures, workshops, and panel discussions at Teravista Golf Club.

The fee for the VCFA Day in the Lone Star State event is $150.00. Online registration is available at this link. Contact Debbie Gonzales (512.426.6050) with questions.

(Note: I'm not sure if I'll "officially" be in attendance, but I hope to make an appearance at some point during the weekend.)


Friday, August 14, 2009

The Newness

Thanks to the awesomeness of Jenny Medford with Websy Daisy Web Design, I have a new website. And it's spiffy!


Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Quick note concerning

I'm in the process of switching domain registration and hosting services (in preparation for the BRAND NEW WEBSITE!!!), which means may be out of commission during the next week or so. Feel free to check out my schedule of infrequent blogging at Livejournal, or you can also follow me on Twitter or Facebook. You can also email me at varianjohson(at)gmail(dot)com.

And for those of you going to the SCBWI Conference, see you in LA!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Catalog Copy and Updated Cover

Since this is now up on the Random House Site, I figured I'd go ahead and post the catalog copy for SAVING MADDIE, along with a "not-quite-but-almost-100%" cover:

Joshua Wynn is a preacher’s son and a “good boy” who always does the right thing. Until Maddie comes back to town. Maddie is the daughter of the former associate pastor of Joshua’s church, and his childhood crush. Now Maddie is all grown up, gorgeous—and troubled. She wears provocative clothes to church, cusses, drinks, and fools around with older men. Joshua’s ears burn just listening to the things she did to get kicked out of boarding school, and her own home.

As time goes on, Josh goes against his parents and his own better instincts to keep Maddie from completely capsizing. Along the way, he begins to question his own rigid understanding of God and whether, as his mother says, a girl like Maddie is beyond redemption. Maddie leads Josh further astray than any girl ever has . . . but is there a way to reconcile his love for her and his love for his life in the church?