Monday, September 27, 2010

Anderson's YA -- Part 2 : Stephanie Hemphill

One of the authors I was most looking forward to meeting at Anderson's YA Conference this year was Stephanie Hemphill. I have fallen in love with writing novels in verse and Stephanie writes in verse. I confess I haven't finished reading WICKED GIRLS, but only because I haven't had the time. I promise a review when I do finish reading it.

WICKED GIRLS is a historical fiction account of the Salem witch trial from the points of view of the young girl accusers.
A couple notes from her speaking at the "In My 'hood" breakout (local authors):
  • She describes her book as mean "mean girls crossed with 1692".
  • She removed a descriptive line about a character's blond ringlet curls because of the cover picture (straight hair which would not be common in 1692).
  • She grew up in the Naperville area and now splits time between Illinois and LA.

Two other note: I loved how she signed my copy (and not just because she called me a poet). Also, she will be doing a reading at Anderson's store in October.


Anonymous said...

WICKED GIRLS sounds awesome! I'd love to see your verse novels on the shelf near Stephanie's books! Here's to your success, Jim!

Trina said...

Oops. That was me. Trina. No longer anonymous!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Mean girls crossed with 1692?! What could be better than that? I must read WICKED GIRLS!

Jim Danielson said...

Trina and Suzanne, thanks for stopping by!

Rafaela said...


Linda M. said...

Is Stephanie on twitter? I'd love to follow.

Jim Danielson said...

@Linda. To my knowledge, she is not on Twitter.