Getting to know Huldfreyja–My writing process for the sequel to Hapeny Magick

Getting to know Huldfreyja

My writing process for Tangled Magick, the second book in the Hapenny Magick series, was much different than writing the first. For one thing, I already knew my characters through and through, so there would be no surprises, right? Wrong! My characters threw me curveballs while I was writing—especially Leif. I do plan for surprises when I outline my books—well, my writing friends wouldn’t really call it outlining—it’s more of a loosey-goosey synopsis. I know how I want to open the story, I know what the significant problem is and I know where I want to end. All the smaller conflicts and relationships build themselves through the character’s efforts to get to their goal and though I may know some of those scenes and actions before I start writing, but I don’t know all of them—most usually come to me while I’m writing, but are informed by the personality traits of the characters involved and their goals.

In Hapenny Magick the plot line I was sure of was Maewyn’s adventure, and I had to discover how Gelbane, her guardian, was going to foil her plans of escape. For Tangled Magick, I actually plotted around the misadventure of the villain, Huldfrejya, and worked out how my heroes, Maewyn and Leif, were going to play into her plans.

In order to foil Huldfrejya’s plans really well, I had to know how she would react to things—especially when busy-body hapennies were snooping around her chamber! I also had to know how she would retaliate, discover what would throw her over the edge or bring her into the fold—like I said, characters are always full of surprises, and the character you thought was going to be the villain, may turn out not to be. (Oops! I believe I might have said too much!)

Tangled Magick was the first time I tried to write from two points of view. Thank goodness for my editor, Trisha! She really helped me tighten the timelines and make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be when they were suppose to be there.

A lot of writers will tell you to outline your story—the more detailed the better. I say, if that works for you and keeps you on track, great, but leave room for surprises, and don’t be so tied to your outline that you won’t consider changing it if a character surprises you. And, like the character in my new book, The Dragon and the Stag, would say, trust your gut.

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Updated Events schedule and a sneak peek at a new sewing pattern!

I’ve added two new events this week!

Join me on August 24th at my local library in Sutton, NH. I’ll have new work in progress to show off,  plus you can have me sign your books or talk to me about your favorite stories!

On September 5th I’ll be signing books at Bayswater Book Co. in Center Harbor, NH. It’s right next to my favorite quilt shop, Keepsake Quilting. I”ll be there from 11-1 on the front porch!

 

And here’s a sneak peek of the new sewing pattern I’m working on!

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Two new hand sewing patterns now available!

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Bring a little magic of the forest into your home with this cute wool felt applique project. 14″ in diameter. Use as a candle mat or table centerpiece. Download it from Patternmart.com following the link below or find it on Etsy.

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Gnome Sweet Gnome

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Bring a little magic of the forest into your home with this cute gnome and toadstool wool …

Price: US$5.50

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A great pattern to decorate your home! Make these pretty chair covers for your Windsor style chairs. Measures 21″ across at bottom and 9″ tall. Ties keep it in place.

Pattern comes with sewing directions and applique of hare (in two sizes in case you’d like to make an accent pillow!), acorns and moon.

Great beginner project!

Embroidery stitches used: blanket stitch, satin stitch, outline stitch, straight stitch.  Download it from Patternmart.com following the link below or find it on Etsy.

Moongazer, Hare, Windsor Chair Cover

Moongazer, Hare, Windsor Chair Cover

A great way to decorate your home! Make these pretty chair covers for your Windsor style chairs. …

Price: US$5.50

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Press Release for Event at Annie’s Book Stop in Worchester, MA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Worcester Needs Diverse Books–Authors, illustrators, and editors are making children’s and YA literature more welcoming to all.

 

Visit ABSW for an afternoon of readings, discussion, and Q&A about diversity for our students.

 

Worcester, MA, June 22 – On Saturday, July 25, authors, editors, and illustrators of diverse children’s and YA literature are spending an afternoon, from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, sharing their work and talking about the importance of diversity in literature. More than ever, there is a demand for more books that reflect the diverse collection of children and teenagers in our schools.  Not only do students want to see and “meet” characters like themselves, but making sure all students see diversity is critical to our children’s and teens’ empathy development. There are books out there, but are they getting into our kids’ hands?

 

Come and find some beautiful new books to introduce children and teens of all ages to—and meet the diverse folks who create the words, draw the pictures, and develop these books. Learn how all of us can make steps to promoting a more diverse, equal, and empathetic world for our children and teens!

 

The afternoon will begin at 2:00 PM with a panel discussing the importance of diversity and ways we can make diverse books more available to the children and teens who want them.  Then, at 3:00 PM, the authors and artists will share their specific works. The afternoon will close out with a Q & A session with all the authors, artists, and editors.

 

The guest list includes:

 

Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung are a tag-team writing duo from Canada. They recently released their debut middle grade super-villain-themed novel Little Miss Evil, and are proud members of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.  kristyandbryce.com

 

Nicole Tadgell is the award-winning illustrator of more than twenty picture books, including With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School and Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. nicoletadgell.blogspot.com

 

Cindy Rodriguez was a newspaper reporter for the Hartford Courant and a researcher for the Boston Globe before becoming a public school teacher. She is now a middle school reading specialist. She lives in Plainville, Connecticut with her daughter and rescue mutt. When Reason Breaks is her debut novel. cindyrodriguez.com

 

Terry Farish is the author The Good Braider, an ALA Best Book for young adults, a novel that follows a young girl’s escape from war-torn Sudan to Cairo to New England.  Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a Cambodian American story, will be released in October. terryfarish.com

 

Rhea Ewing is an artist and illustrator who has been making LGBT+ comics for over 10 years. Rhea works in both fiction and nonfiction on a variety of stories, including the science fiction comic “Bioluminescent Lisp” and the nonfiction graphic novel “FINE: a comic about gender”. rheaewing.com

 

Kimberly Long-Ewing is the author of the graphic novel series “Bioluminescent Lisp.” Zir short stories have appeared in Crossed Genres and New Myths, as well as in a variety of anthologies. Zir first novel, Curse of the Goblin Travelers, will be released by Spencer Hill Press in 2016.  kim.mysticsheepstudios.com

 

T.J. Wooldridge is the child-friendly persona of Trisha J. Wooldridge, former president of Broad Universe. Her novels include The Kelpie, Silent Starsong, and The Earl’s Childe. She’s also a senior editor for Spencer Hill Press and Spencer Hill Middle Grade. www.anovelfriend.com

 

Jennifer Carson is the author of Hapenny Magick, Tangled Magick, and multiple non-fiction articles. Her first book, To Find a Wonder, and Hapenny Magick have both been produced into musical theatre. She is also the managing editor for Spencer Hill Middle Grade. www.thedragoncharmer.com

 

Join us for an afternoon celebrating diversity for children and teens on Saturday, July 25, from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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Contact: Patty Cryan
508-796-5613
anniesbookstopworcester@gmail.com

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Children’s Author Tea, tonight!

April 22, 2015 – Author’s Tea, Laconia, NH 5-7pm

You are cordially invited to attend the Children’s Authors Tea.  This wonderful, free event is organized to promote the importance of early literacy.  Come celebrate the “Week of the Young Child” and “Strengthening Families and Communities Month” with us!

Evening Events: Book signing and sales by authors, local libraries will offer information about their services, story telling, music, and raffle drawings. For more information please call Child Care Resource and Referral at the Family Resource Center at 524-1741 x21

Belknap Mill
25 Beacon St. East
The Mill Plaza
Laconia, NH

Hope to see you there!

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Happy Book birthday to Tangled Magick and Any Way You Slice It–Plus a giveaway!

AWYSI_FINALNot only is it Tangled Magick’s book birthday today, but I happen to share this special book birthday with my friend and fellow critique partner, Kristine Carlson Asselin! Her book, Any Way You Slice It is also available today!!

I met Kris over 6 years ago at an SCBWI conference. She has come so far, with many non-fiction books published, and now her first YA! I’m so excited that I’m giving away a kindle copy!

 

Enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway

for autographed copies of Tangled Magick, a Kindle copy of any Way You Slice It, blue orb pendants like the one Maewyn wears (photo coming soon!), a download code for the album Music From the Wedge, and if we get 1000 first week sales (including pre-orders) of Tangled Magick, I’ll raffle off the Huldfreyja doll I made for the sewing pattern cover!IMG_7314

Be sure to help spread the world!

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Music From the Wedge, now available!

Various Artists: Music from the WedgeYou can now buy the music based on my children’s book, Hapenny Magick from CD Baby. Soon it will also be available on I-tunes as well. To get a free listen to three of the songs on the album check out this post.
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New Sewing Pattern, Huldfrejya, the troll queen from Tangled Magick!

IMG_7314From my new children’s book, Tangled Magick, the sequel to Hapenny Magick, comes Huldfrejya, the troll queen in the tale. She captures the happennies and turns them into slaves…but is she really the villain?

She’s about 14″ tall with a face only a mother could love. I’ve made her from hand dyed wool but she can be made from many doll making fabrics. Eyes and fangs are needle felted, fingers are wired, thread jointed. Pattern is written and illustrated. Best for intermediate sewing levels. $14.00 and available in my Etsy shop, Patternmart or Craftsy.


Huldfrejya, the troll queen, PMRT

Huldfrejya, the troll queen, PMRT

From my new children’s book, Tangled Magick, the sequel to Hapenny Magick, comes Huldfrejya, the …

Price: US$14.00

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New sewing pattern , Avril, the Goblin Traveller

IMG_7300Avril, The Goblin Traveler. I caught this guy trying to steal eggs from our chicken coop! Luckily he only got away with one and a nice black feather from the rooster. I don’t think he’ll be back, but I’ll be on the lookout for those red boots!

Avril is made from hand-dyed wool, but you can make him from many different doll making fabrics. Suppliers list included. Needle felted eyes, wired fingers. Shirt is made from a pair of children’s tights, boots are infant size 6-12 months. Thread jointed. Avril is 17″ tall.

Best for intermediate sewers.

Available in my Etsy shop or at Patternmart.

 

Avril, the Goblin Traveller, PMRT

Avril, the Goblin Traveller, PMRT

Avril, The Goblin Traveler. I caught this guy trying to steal eggs from our chicken coop! Luckily …

Price: US$14.00

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Think Spring! New pattern for an easy to sew felt bunny

Inspired by a wood carving of a rabbit I just had to have! Now I have a soft version too! He’s easy to sew, no joints, with a cute as an Easter bunny embroidered face, nose and tummy. You could even put your own Easter or Spring message on his tummy. Directions are written and illustrated. Find the download link to purchase this pattern below the pictures or visit my Etsy or Craftsy page!

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Think Spring! Felt Bunny PMRT

Think Spring! Felt Bunny PMRT

An easy to sew felt bunny to invite spring into your home! He is free standing at 11-1/2″ tall and …

Price: US$8.00

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