YA Reads Interview + Another Teaching Gig!

It has been a great week! I was fortunate enough to be included in a 2014 Debut Author interview over on YAReads.com. Check it out here: Debut Author Intros: Episode One

I was in great company with many other new authors, including Michelle Krys (HEXED), Elle Cosimano (NEARLY GONE), Bethany Hagen (LANDRY PARK), Alison Kemper (DONNA OF THE DEAD), Nicole Maggie (WINTER FALLS), Dana Levy (THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER), Gayle Rosengren (WHAT THE MOON SAID), Emily Lloyd-Jones (ILLUSIVE), Julia Mary Gibson (COPPER MAGIC) and Hillary Monahan (MARY: THE SUMMONING).

Their excerpts and interviews were all so exciting; they energized me so much and helped remind me something important:

This. Is. Actually. Happening.

ESSENCE. In book form. With a cover. And a release date.

(Have you added it on GoodReads yet?? How about Amazon?? Or Random House??)

In June 2014, complete strangers will be given the opportunity to pick up my book and experience Autumn Grace's adventures and mis-adventures in Yosemite National Park. (!!!)

This is a thing. This is real.

Another real thing: I kinda know what I'm talking about these days when I talk about writing. I've kinda learned a lot through my own adventures (and mis-adventures) in publishing. So much so that people are actually beginning to look to me for guidance.


Perfect example: I was recently invited to teach a class about crafting the perfect query letter by the
Pinellas Authors & Writers Organization. Check out the class advertisement they created for me:

DECEMBER 7: Query Letters and Back Blurbs, with published author Lisa O'Kane. Lisa will bring class participants up to speed on writing queries and blurbs in this intensive class. Bring at least five copies of either your query letter or, if you're not that far along, the back or inside-jacket "sizzle". Lisa has a fabulous class planned, and you'll walk away ready to wow that agent or editor. Bring laptops or tablets and be prepared to work. Reservations & payment recommended; class size limited to 12. Pinawor member $10, non-members $15.

This is the second class I have been asked to teach; the first was a Storytelling lecture for students at Ringling College of Art & Design earlier this fall.

And you know what? I kinda think I knew what I was talking about. And I kinda think people dug it. And I totally know I had a blast with it.

It's moments like these that remind me I haven't been dreaming these past six months.

This is really happening.

(Eeeeek!! :) )