Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shout out to teachers and my Kirkus review!!

Hi Everyone,

Big thanks to all the teachers who are incorporating PANDORA'S KEY into their class curriculum.  I'm really excited to chat with your students on my Facebook Fanpage and to SKYPE with your classes when they finished reading the book!

Kirkus just reviewed PANDORA'S KEY!!  Here's a bit of what they said (YIPPEE):

KIRKUS REVIEW:


Fischer’s fast pacing and numerous plot twists are sure to keep the reader turning the pages…

Fischer’s characters are well fleshed-out and sympathetic, and some have hidden alliances that serve to make Evangeline’s plight seem all the more realistic. With this fresh, intriguing novel, Fischer is clearly laying the groundwork for a trilogy that will successfully continue to bring ancient mythology forward into a modern tale of self discovery.

With vivid imagery, compelling characters and plenty of bursts of action, this first novel weaving mythology and contemporary teenage troubles is thrillingly memorable.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Books and Movies

Do any of you get nervous to see a movie made from your favorite book?

I loved The Hunger Games.  Really, I loved all three books in the trilogy.  I just listened to Taylor Swift's song for The Hunger Games movie and it made me hopeful...  something about the mood it conveyed made me think that maybe, just maybe, the movie will capture the sadness, darkness and bittersweet longing I was left feeling after reading the series.

Of course I'd love to have a movie made from PANDORA'S KEY.  And I'm wondering, for those of you who have read the story, and for those of you who are in the midst of it, can you imagine Evangeline, Olivia, Raphe, Melia, Malledy and Tim in a movie?  What actors would you cast?

Just wondering....

Nan

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What are you reading? What are you watching?

Hey readers, I'd like to know what books you're reading and what books you love.  Are you a Jay Ascher fan?  Did you have trouble putting down Fat Vampire?

How about TV shows?  What are you watching?  Reality shows, sitcoms, dramas?  Is there a TV show you can't wait to watch?  Are you a Teen Mom fan or a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills watcher (in secret)?

I really want to know, so write me!

nan

Monday, January 2, 2012

Exciting....

I don't know if I can even convey how excited I am that so many teachers and librarians are requesting copies of PANDORA'S KEY!!  Every note I receive is so genuine and positive and it makes me remember all the great people who motivated me to read and turned me into a lifelong reader.

First, my parents.  They'd read a chapter from a Dickens novel after dinner.  Every chapter was a cliffhanger and my sister and I hated it when our dad closed the book.  Eventually we began to climb the bookcase and read ahead.  We were hooked.

Second, Mr. Clement, my sixth grade my teacher.  He held a contest and the two people who read the most books in one month won.  Alexis Cundy and I won and were treated to an Italian dinner by our teacher.  I remember feeling so grown up, sitting in a restaurant that was the equivalent of The Olive Garden.  But it wasn't about the prize.  Once I began reading voraciously, I couldn't stop.  And finding a book that I literally could lose myself in; a book that I didn't want to end; a story that hooked my imagination... it was everything.

Third, all those authors out there who put in the time to create great novels.  Who endured endless rejection, because that's how it goes, before somehow getting their books into print.  Its their willingness to sit in front of a computer for hours on end, and then do it again and again, and again during the editing process, that inspired me.  It's their unique voices and stories that made me want to be an author.

And now I get a chance to pay it forward.  In PANDORA'S KEY, I hope I've created a book that kids won't want to put down.  I hope that the story will create more lifelong readers.  I hope that with each book in The Key Trilogy my readers will love Evangeline more and more and lose themselves in her incredible journey.

Thanks for reading...
nan

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Day

2012!!!  New Year!  New opportunities for PANDORA'S KEY, THE KEY TO TARTARUS, and Book III of The Key Trilogy...  I'm starting to conjure that story in the back of my mind:-)

Here's hoping all of you have a healthy, happy, wildly fun and fantastic 2012.  And that you write your own amazing life stories!

Any plans?  Tell me about them!  Any ideas about what you want to see Evangeline do next?  I'm all ears!

As for me, I hope to listen more and talk less; to be a really good friend; to make every adventure with my husband a memorable, amazing experience; to love my dog even when he's vorpal; and to knock the ball out of the park with PANDORA'S KEY and THE KEY TO TARTARUS because all of you DESERVE the best books I can write:-)

Happy, happy New Year.  Make it a great one;-)

nan