Book: Deadly Flowers

Hipple Collection of Young Adult Literature

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Book: Deadly Wish, Educators & Librarians, Writing Process | 0 comments

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A first draft pages from Deadly Wish. Am I the last writer alive to do first drafts longhand?

I was flattered and excited to be asked to donate signed copies and original manuscripts of Deadly Flowers and Deadly Wish to the Ted Hipple Collection of Young Adult Literature at the University of South Florida! My books will live on the shelves beside books by Judy Blume and S.E. Hinton, so you can see they’ll be in very good company.

I must confess I’m a little sad to give up the original first drafts, though. It’s funny–I save all my first drafts, although I don’t know why. I don’t look at them again. They just take up space. I don’t mind throwing away intermediate drafts, but those first, handwritten ones–they feel like part of me. I’m surprised by how much of a wrench it feels to send them away. Like sending a kid off to college, I imagine. You always hoped they’d get there, but they’re not all yours anymore. Time to see what they can offer the world!

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Ninjas in the Library

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Book: Deadly Wish, Ninjas, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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We had an awesome Deadly Flowers event at the Portland Public Library last Saturday! Our fearless and stealthy readers hunted for clues in the stacks (learning just a tad about the Dewey Decimal system in the process), figured out a rope puzzle (not easy!) and practiced sneaking up silently on a blindfolded partner (no peeking!). And of course many left with signed copies of Deadly Flowers and the brand-new Deadly Wish.

All this was courtesy of the excellent game kit created by the brilliant Kirsten Cappy of Curious City. To recreate this event, download the kit and buy yourself a few dozen Japanese Kit-Kats for snack (we had them in raspberry, strawberry, and green tea flavors). I guarantee you an adventurous event!

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Japanese Demons In the Bathroom.

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Book: Deadly Wish, Japanese Demons, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yoshikazu_AkanameThe bathtub licker…the little girl who haunts elementary school (third stall from the left)…worst of all, the dreadful Red Cape / Blue Cape–all here.

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Jinmenju

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Book: Deadly Wish, Japanese Demons | 0 comments

SekienNinmenjuI need a separate category for “demons I could not fit into either Deadly Wish or Deadly Flowers.” Like the jinmenju–peaches with faces. They hang upon the boughs of trees and giggle at you as you walk past.

That’s it. That’s all they do. If they laugh too hard they fall off the branches. I guess you might eat them then (they are said to be sweet), although I don’t know who would want to.

Not exactly terrifying, but there’s just something about them. I wish I’d had my characters in an orchard at twilight so that peaches could laugh at them.

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