D. V. Kelleher shares a bit about the inspiration for her new book, The Imp Bottle.
I have lots of books about weird things and unsolved mysteries because, like lots of people, I wonder about them and come up with my own theories as to what actually happened. A friend gave me a copy of the Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were by Page and Ingpen and I read it for hours because it had everything from mythological people to ghosts from famous stories. One item was about an imp bottle that granted wishes. It wasn’t a nice clean-cut story about wishes going bad. Everybody knows about that. Oh no, it involved a bottle that was dangerous if you still owned it when you died! And since you didn’t want to hang on to it too long you would naturally think about selling it. BUT you had to sell it for less than you bought it for or it kept coming back to you. How long do you keep it and what if you bought it for a penny? It sounded like a great idea for a story and I figured out a plot. The characters were already there talking to each other in my head. That sounds strange but I think it happens to all fiction writers. I couldn’t make the ending work because what did you do if you did buy it for a penny? So I set it aside and worked on another story for a while. Then one day the ending for the Imp Bottle popped into my head while I was driving. I raced home and typed it up before I could forget it. According to the Encyclopedia, the imp bottle is still out there somewhere.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Debbie Shakespeare Smith shares The Blabbermouth Club with school age children (and Elsa from Frozen--in the background), reminding everyone of what happens when you have trouble keeping your mouth shut. Keep up with Debbie's promotion of her work by following her on Facebook and checking out her website.
Debbie's Facebook Page and Debbie's Website
Debbie's Facebook Page and Debbie's Website
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
The Blabbermouth Club
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Edited by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard
(In)Scribing Gender explores the creative processes of women writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry from multiple cultural contexts, in different styles, and within and across various disciplines. In these essays, established and emerging female writers from diverse backgrounds expound on topics such as creative inspiration, locating the muse, the limitations and liberties associated with categorization and labels, conducting literary or scholarly research as a woman, cultural perceptions of female writers, female/feminine literature, and gendered representations. This anthology examines how gender shapes an author’s creative process and how gender tints the lens through which literary and/or academic audiences view a writer’s work.
(In)Scribing Gender is available from Diversion Press and from your favorite bookstores and online retailers in December 2015. For more information or to order copies please contact us at DiversionPress AT yahoo.com
Monday, November 30, 2015
Diversion Press author Charles Suddeth appeared at the Kentucky Book fair in the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Kentucky on November 13 and November 14 to sign copies of his books.
November 13 was Children’s Day and Charles promoted his book Halloween Kentucky Style on that day and on November 14 he promoted his Diversion Press book and his other publications.
Great job Charles and thanks to all who attended to support Charles and all the authors and books at the Kentucky Book fair.
Halloween Kentucky Style is available from Diversion Press or from your favorite online retailers.
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Sunday, November 29, 2015
Diversion Press announces the Cyber Monday PLUS sale
Starting Monday November 30 and continuing until December 18 or until supplies are exhausted
Diversion Press is proud to announce its newest title!!!
The Blabbermouth Club by Debbie Shakespeare Smith is sure to entertain readers of all ages but is a humorous story geared towards middle grade readers.
When 10-year-old Summer McKay calls a wrong number and finds herself talking to Emily Lear, the class blabbermouth, she becomes flustered and invites Emily to her upcoming slumber party. At the overnight Emily threatens to take over Summer's friends as well as the party. Without thinking, and in an effort to get the girls' attention, Summer lies and blurts out that her very common basset hound is an award winning show dog. To make matters worse, every time Summer thinks her boast is forgotten, Emily makes sure everyone remembers. Now, at the teacher's invitation, Summer has to bring her not-so-special dog to class, but what she'd really like to do is put a zipper on her big mouth and Emily's too-if she can stand to be around her that long.
The Blabbermouth Club is available now from Diversion Press or your favorite bookstores.
Monday, April 27, 2015
THAT WAY-OUT WACKY WORLD OF BOOK SIGNINGS
by Diversion Press author, Sean McHugh
Every aspiring author dreams of the day he's sitting at a table in a nice high-end bookstore surrounded by stacks of his freshly-published work while eager fans wait eagerly for his autograph.
I'm grateful to say that this dream has come true several times for my co-author and myself since the publication of our first book, “Broomsticks.” However, it's the quirkier side of book signings we remember the most...especially when we need a good laugh. So, I have conjured up a list of 5 things newer authors can look forward to as their first signing approaches.
1. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED:
Most bookstores book children's book signings on the weekend during the day when younger shoppers are more likely to be around, but scheduling is up to the bookstore, not the author. We were booked at one very nice store on a Tuesday night during the school year just two hours before the store was to close. Not only were there no children there, but there were no customers! I'm exaggerating. We did count four adult customers during the two hours. Still, Katie gave her reading as if there were a packed house and we sat smiling at our table for the duration. The store also very kindly provided us with free coffee!
2. WEATHER PERMITTING:
Whether your signing is outdoor or indoor, weather is a major factor. Katie and I once had an outdoor signing on a bitterly cold and windy day. It was so windy, our entire display, books and all went flying higher than the magical characters in our stories. On the flipside, I had a signing on a hideously hot day in July in a church parking lot with no coverage from the sun.
3. KIDS ASK THE DARNDEST THINGS:
Kids are great! I especially love doing school visits! Always try to book your school visits on a Friday during the last hour of the school day! The kids love you for it. They're in good moods because they know they're almost out for the weekend and they know they won't be quizzed on your book. Teachers are great too! They are so organized and usually have the money for the book sales collected before you even arrive! But be prepared for some really wild questions. I don't mean the usual questions about the characters in your book. I mean questions like , “Can you imitate a goat?” and “How much do you weigh?”
4. PURCHASE FIRE INSURANCE:
One venue actually accused us of starting a fire. We didn't.
5. THE SHOW MUST GO ON, BUT TRY NOT TO SPLIT UP THE ACT:
We were booked at a reading event that had several other storytellers. One person cancelled so they told Katie(They didn't ask her. They told her) that she'd be in another room reading some other book to a group of toddlers while I read our “Broomsticks” to the older kids on the other side of the building. Needless to say, we weren't too thrilled about this but being the trooper that she is, Katie obliged. That is until she realized the book they gave her to read was about a dinosaur that ate witches! Needless to say, this was not an appropriate story for the author of a book about witches. Meanwhile, on the other side of the building, they set me up to do my reading next to an automated Halloween display with extremely loud sound effects...clapping thunder, cackling, and moaning winds. That's a tough act to follow, especially if you don't have a microphone.
As I said, expect the unexpected, but please don't let these few events turn you off of book signings. For the most part, book signings run smoothly and are very rewarding financially and personally. We've had kids come up to us dressed like the characters in our books. One library actually had a Broomsticks day with Broomsticks cookies and Broomsticks coloring pages! It's such a rewarding feeling to meet people who have been touched by your stories and your characters. It truly is a dream come true! The setting never mattered. We've had signings everywhere from church festivals to yogurt places. Whether we were at our favorite bookstore where they rolled out the red carpet for us treating us like L.Frank Baum and J.K. Rowling or having a signing at a garage sale. There's one thing that all these places had in common. They all were delighted to have us and invited us to come back when our next book comes out. (Yes, even the place that accused us of causing a fire).
And you know what?
We will. We will come back!
Friday, April 24, 2015
of lonely beach,
I walk with the sky
but the turn
and piping plovers
hundreds of them
still as stone
gaze at the awakening day.
What are they waiting for?
just to greet the sun
listen to the waves
smell the sunrise,
this is all
that really matters.
Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English Department, where she directs the Poetry Outreach Center. Poetry collections include: REMEMBERING FIREFLIES and SECRETS OF SHEETS (Plain View Press); THE BONSAI CURATOR and VAN GOGH’S EAR; (Cervena Barva Press), DARING DAUGHTERS/DEFIANT DREAMS (A Gathering of Tribes) and THE PLAGIARIST (Dos Madres Press). Several children’s books have been published, too, VISITATION RITES (Diversion Press) and HOMER THE LITTLE STRAY CAT (Red Balloon Press) the most recent.