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Class of 2k7: A Novel Approach to Debut AuthorsThe Class of 2k7 is a collective of authors with debut middle-grade or young adult novels to be published in 2007. We welcome your questions for the "Ask a Debut Author" feature of this blog. Archives are located here.

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The Class of 2k7 continues its series of debut author interviews today.

And, uhm, yeah...

Hhmm. It's a little awkward introducing this one, but today the Class of 2k7 is featuring a debut author interview of me, Carrie Jones. The brilliant and cool, Autumn Cornwell asks me about my debut novel, TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (ex) BOYFRIEND, its sequel and Postum, a liquid beverage.

It really all comes back to the Postum.

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Spotlight: Laura Bowers

Today we get to talk about Laura Bowers, class member, beauty shop expert, and a really good conversationalist.

Things you should know about Laura:

Laura Bowers lives in Maryland with her husband, two boys, three horses, and one deaf dog. When she’s not at a baseball field or basketball court cheering for her kids, Laura spends her time writing, reading, horseback riding, and watching way too much reality TV. Some of her past job titles are waitress, gym membership salesperson, secretary, telemarketer, and during her broke college days, one of those roving characters you see at malls during holiday parades. (The time she had to wear a candy cane costume makes quite an interesting story!)

In 1998, Laura was a full-time mom when she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Fourteen multi-rejected picture books, and two so-so young adult novels later, she was inspired to write her first published novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, after passing a rusted sign that was posted in front of an old, but charming house. And now, she can honestly say that writing and motherhood is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane.

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Spotlight: Beauty Shop for Rent

Today we're featuring Class Member Laura Bower's debut novel:
Beauty Shop for Rent

beauty_shop.jpgAbbey Garner has a plan: to earn a million dollars by the time she’s thirty-five. No way is she going to fall prey to the curse of unhappiness that plagues the women in her family. Determined to fulfill her dream, Abbey works at Granny Po’s struggling beauty shop, where the feisty Gray Widows go to primp, polish, and perm; and of course, gossip. There, among the hair dryers and curling rods, and with the help of a new friend, Abbey finds the courage to open her heart. But when her mother suddenly shows up with a wild scheme of her own, Abbey’s plans begin to fall apart.

With a host of raucous characters, debut author Laura Bowers creates a funny, touching novel about family; both the one we are born to and the one we create ourselves.

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It's Second Book Time

Some Class members are ALREADY (Yes! Already!) releasing their second books this year. And Paula Chase Hyman is leading the pack.

Find out more about class members and our books here.

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Today the Class of 2k7 continues its series of debut author interviews. Class member Stephanie Hale interviews Laura Bowers, author of Beauty Shop for Rent.

Get ready for some writer girl talk. These two are dangerous together... in a good way, of course.
Next post we'll focus more on Laura's book and then Laura.

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Heather Tomlinson

Lately, we've been featuring Class member, Heather Tomlinson's debut novel THE SWAN MAIDEN.

Now, we get to talk about Heather.

headshot_htomlinson.jpgHeather Tomlinson grew up in California and New Hampshire, graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in French literature. After teaching English in Paris, and French in the US, she worked at a book wholesaler and now writes the kinds of novels she likes to read.

The Swan Maiden was inspired by French fairy tales and the magical countryside of Provence, where ruined castles await discovery and wild herbs perfume the hills.

Heather lives in southern California with her engineer husband and cats X, Y, and Z. When not writing, she’s sailing, quilting, or scheming to get back to France.

Here's some links to find more information about Heather:

Find out more about Heather and other members of the Class at our Website.

Congratulations again, Heather, on a great debut.

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More About The Swan Maiden

Yesterday The Class posted a fantastic interview of Heather Tomlinson. Today we're going to focus on her debut book.
The Swan Maiden
cover_swanmaiden.jpgIn the quiet hour before dawn …

Anything can happen. A third daughter can dream of being a creature of flight and magic, of wearing a swan-skin like her sisters. But Doucette is only a chastelaine in training, learning to run the castle household while her older sisters are taught to weave spells. For Doucette, the dream of flying is exactly that-until the day she discovers her own hidden birthright.

Sudden, soaring freedom; it is a wish come true. Yet not even magic can protect against every danger, especially where the heart is involved. As she struggles to find her own way in the world, Doucette risks losing the one she loves most of all.

“Layered, elegantly written, and filled with unexpected twists and turns, The Swan Maiden soars with grace and power.”-- Booklist, Starred Review
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Joining me (Sarah Beth Durst) today in the 2k7 Lounge is Heather Tomlinson, author of THE SWAN MAIDEN.  Imaginary coffee is in the corner, along with chocolate-covered pretzels.  Please help yourself.  I am so thrilled to be interviewing Heather.  THE SWAN MAIDEN is a beautiful book that sweeps you into a rich and lovely fairy-tale world.

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All About Tiffany!

I promised that we'd spend a little time talking about classmate, Tiffany Trent. And since it's Thanksgiving, I'm making sure I keep my promise. Plus, it's always fun to listen to Tiffany's thoughts on things and delve a little more into her debut author year.

headshot_ttrent.jpgTiffany Trent has been writing since she was nine. Thankfully, she has graduated from writing Lloyd Alexander knockoffs and will soon publish her YA fantasy, In the Serpent’s Coils, the first book in the Hallowmere series from Mirrorstone/Wizards of the Coast. In high school, she won her first major writing award for a fantasy story about a Chinese assassin. In addition to writing fantasy, she also writes nonfiction and has published essays and articles about environmental issues. She has three master’s degrees and though she swore she would never go back to school, teaches English at Virginia Tech. To feed the muse, she has lived and worked in Hong Kong, mainland China, Oregon, Montana, and North Carolina. She currently lives in Virginia with her globe-trotting wildlife biologist husband and four charming felines.
If you'd like to check out other members of the Class, just visit our website. It's full of links, reviews and information.
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On Monday The Class posted a fantastic interview with Tiffany Trent. Today, The Class is posting a little more about Tiffany's debut novel, IN THE SERPENT'S COILS. On Friday, it'll be all Tiffany. All the time! Look out.

Book: In the Serpent’s Coils
serpents_coils.jpgAs the Civil War ends, Corrine’s nightmare begins.

Ever since her parents died, Corrine’s dreams have been filled with faeries warning her of impending peril. When she’s sent to live at Falston Manor, she thinks she’s escaped the danger stalking her. Instead the dreams grow stronger, just as girls begin disappearing from school.

Then Corrine discovers letters of forbidden love by a medieval monk who writes of his entanglement with a race of vampiric Fey—the same Fey who haunt Corrine’s dreams. Who are these creatures and what do they want? Corrine knows only one thing for sure: another girl will disappear soon, and that girl just might be her.

In the Serpent’s Coils marks the debut of Hallowmere, a dark, edgy historical fantasy series that teens won’t be able to put down!


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