Author Event: Amy Willoughby-Burle and Susan Kaye Quinn
Join us as two authors, Amy Willoughby-Burle, author of The Lemonade Year, and Susan Kaye Quinn, author of the Mindjack series, who have traveled different roads to publication share their journey
Come enjoy the discussion about process and publication, learn about their books, and find out more about living the writer's life. Readers will enjoy the variety of stories and novels they have to offer, and writers will find themselves uplifted and leaving with some valuable tips on navigating the waters of publication.
Nina's once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina's mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.
All Nina's got left is her final photography assignment shooting images for the book 32 Ways to Make Lemonade. Well, that and the attention of a younger man, but Oliver's on-again-off-again romantic interest in her ebbs and flows so much she is seasick. And then Jack, her ex-husband, shows up, wanting to get back together.
As Nina struggles to find a way through her complicated relationships and to uncover her true path, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.
"When life gives you lemons, read this book. It's a delicious glass of humor, heart, and hope." –Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Water for Elephants and At the Water's Edge.
Amy Willoughby-Burle grew up in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, North Carolina. She studied writing at East Carolina University and is now a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us. She is the author of a collection of short stories entitled Out Across the Nowhere and a contributor to a number of anthologies.
When mindreaders run the world, being a jacker makes you a weapon. Zeph can break open the toughest minds-or lock the weakest-which only means every Clan leader wants to own him. He did as he was told, kept his head down, and tried to shut out the screams. But when they came after his family, he hugged his kid sister goodbye and ran away to keep them safe. For two years, he's passed as a reader. Then his family disappears, readers start changing into super jackers, and Zeph is forced to return to a city filled with jackers who hate him. To find his family, he must trick a mindware CEO into helping him, avoid a girl who knows him too well, and spy on the most powerful jacker in the state. All without dying or revealing his abilities-or being caught in the firestorm of hate between jackers and readers that's threatening to pull the world apart. The bestselling Mindjack Series continues with an all new character and a world of mindreaders and mindjackers as you've never seen it before. Locked Tight is the first of three Mindjack novels from Zeph's perspective. (See The Locksmith for Zeph's origin story.)
Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. She writes young adult science fiction, adult future-noir, and sweet royal romance. Susan grew up in California, got a bunch of engineering degrees (Aerospace, Mechanical, and Environmental), and worked everywhere from NASA to NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research). She has designed aircraft engines, studied global warming, and held elected office (as a school board member). Now, Susan writes full-time from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband.