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Interview with Sharon Cameron, author of The Forgetting!

Despite being on a whirlwind release tour, author Sharon Cameron was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about her newest novel, The Forgetting

 

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The first page, the first letter, absolutely sucked me in, instantly. Did you know from the get-go that it was going to be the start of everything, or did you have to rearrange in the editing process?

I’m so glad you liked it! And yes, that was pretty much the first page from the very first draft, with revisions and tweaks, of course. Since this was a story that would be so much about books, and what was written in those books, explaining the concept of the Forgetting from the perspective of a book seemed like a natural choice. And throughout the novel it was a really fun way to give readers another sneak peek into the character’s head.

 

What was your inspiration for The Forgetting?

One of my favorite things about being a writer is the research. I love finding hidden histories, people lost to time, places that have been forgotten. But in all these avenues of research, what has always struck me is just how much of history has been lost, all because it dropped away from someone’s memory. And that raised the question, what would happen if we lost it all? All our history? All of our memories? Would I be the same person without my experiences to shape me, or would I be someone else completely different? The answers to those questions became the idea for THE FORGETTING.

 

In the city of Canaan, everyone has their own, marketable skill, like glass-blowing. Did you do any fun/interesting research while writing The Forgetting?

I did! Particularly with the glass-blowing. I absolutely love watching the process. The glass is so beautiful, lit from within, and then air transforms it into something else, without ever being touched by a hand. It’s gorgeous magic. I also did hours of research on whether a key could be made of melted glass. Turns out it can. With the right glass. In the right conditions. Good thing I’m the author and can create the right conditions!

 

Who was your favorite character to write? Was there one that was hard to pin down, with their voice or the backstory?

My favorite characters to write in The Forgetting were probably Genivee and Gray. Genivee, because she was young and precocious and little bit snarky. Gray because he was full of hidden depths, and a little bit snarky. Evidently, I like snark! Nadia was definitely the hardest to write. I loved her as a character, but because her trauma made her avoid interacting with others, she was the hardest to show. She took several drafts to get right!

 

Coffee or tea?

Both!

 

Are you a “pantser' or a “plotter?

Pantser! I plot and plot, then change it all up and pants it. Really, it’s the only way. 

 

Author Sharon Cameron

 

Sharon Cameron is the author of The Dark Unwinding series, Rook, and The Forgetting. She has had many "former lives" where she was a classical piano teacher, full-time mom, part-time genealogist, chair of a non-profit for a local theater group, and a coordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Midsouth Conference. She is "obsessed with" Scotland, her Longbow, really big trees, BBC costume dramas, and "finding things that have been hidden, on purpose, or other wise." Read more about Sharon Cameron and her books here. The Forgetting is available in stores now!

 

 

 

 

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Robots is Where It's At!

Where seeing a small trend popping up in Children's publishing lately: Robots! 

Over the last couple months a number of Robot titles have graced our shelves, and  there's more to come. Take a look:

Little Bot and Sparrow by Jake Parker

Little Bot and Sparrow by Jake Parker

A story of friendship that can inspire anyone, even robots, to dream . . .
When Little Bot is thrown out with the garbage, he finds himself in a strange new world. Fortunately, Sparrow is there to take him under her wing. Together, they explore the forest, share adventures, and learn what it means to be forever friends.This sweet and lasting tale by Jake Parker beautifully captures the happiness and love that can come from making your first true friend and the courage it takes when it's time to say goodbye. (Ages 3-6, Available Now)

 

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman

One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun. 
But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies applesauce, reading a story don't help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep. 
Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all "his "remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy. Can the Inventor help fix him? 
Using the perfect blend of sweetness and humor, this story of an adorable duo will win the hearts of the very youngest readers. (Ages 2-5, Available Now)

 

Rabbit & Robot and Ribbit by Cece Bell

Rabbit & Robot and Ribbit by Cece Bell

What happens when two friends suddenly become three? Cece Bell's very funny follow-up to the Geisel Honor winning Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover. 
Rabbit is excited. He is going to surprise his good friend Robot at home. DING DONG When Robot opens the door, he is surprised. He wasn't expecting Rabbit. In fact, he is already engrossed in a game of checkers with another friend, Ribbit. Now Rabbit is the one who is surprised, and a bit jealous. While Robot thinks everything Ribbit says is humorous, all Rabbit hears is "ribbit." And Ribbit eats flies with her popcorn. Gross. When Rabbit and Ribbit get mad because they both want to be Cowboy Jack Rabbit, Robot's Emotion Decoder overheats, leaving him out of commission. Can Rabbit and Ribbit find a way to work together to revive their friend? New readers will find plenty to chuckle over as Robot's two friends become friends themselves. (Ages 5-9, Available Now)

 

Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna

Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna

A little robot would rather go on an intergalactic adventure than go to sleep in this rhyming romp that breaks all the bedtime rules. 
In a busy robot town
bots begin to power down.
All except for Bitty Bot 
Feeling sleepy?
Maybe not 

Charming text in rhyming verse tells the story of energetic Bitty Bot, who, instead of going to bed decides to build a rocket and go on a space adventure Sweet and fun to read aloud, this bedtime book is perfect for tots and bots of all varieties.

(Ages 4-8, Available Now)

 

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger

From the minds of Tom Angleberger, the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Origami Yoda series, and Paul Dellinger, an adult science-fiction writer, comes a funny middle school story with a memorable robot title character. When Max Maxine Zelaster befriends her new robot classmate Fuzzy, part of Vanguard One Middle School's new Robot Integration Program, she helps him learn everything he needs to know about surviving middle school the good, the bad, and the really, really, ugly. Little do they know that surviving seventh grade is going to become a true matter of life and death, because Vanguard has an evil presence at its heart: a digital student evaluation system named BARBARA that might be taking its mission to shape the perfect student to extremes. (Ages 8-12, Available Now)

 

Mechanica by Lance Balchin

Mechanica by Lance Balchin

An imaginative field guide to the fantasy world of Mechanica creatures, with amazing and beautiful steampunk-inspired illustrations. 
In this field guide from the future, a dashing explorer Miss Liberty Crisp details amazing creatures known as Mechanica: human-created life forms designed to replace extinct species. 
Set inthe twenty-third century, the book describes how Earth could no longer support wildlife. The warnings had been ignored. Corporations continued to expose the environment to chemical and radioactive waste, and many Earth species began to disappear. By 2200, vast areas of theworldhad become uninhabitable and wildlife extinct. In place of the lost wildlife species, the corporations began to create Mechanica. But the Mechanica escaped their confinement, and started to develop in the wild on their own. Filled with inventive and awe-inspiring images and details, this book is sure to spark readers imaginations. Kids will marvel at the steampunk-inspired renderings of mechanical bugs, birds, bats, snakes, and more. (Ages 8-12, Available Now)

 

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis

Seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut. 
There once was a boy who was made, not created. 
In a single night, Isaak's life changed forever. 
His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin. 
An origin he doesn t want to believe, but one he cannot deny. 
Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination. 
He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future. 
To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable. 
Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be. (Ages14 & UP, Available 10/25)

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The Stages of Reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

A little over a year ago, I did a blog post about the Stages of Reading Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo, a book that quickly became one of my favorites. Now, the second in the duology, Crooked Kingdom is out and it's amazing! Ok, are you ready for this roller coaster?

1. Seeing that it's out and available in stores:

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BEST DAY EVER

2. Rushing to the store to buy it:

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...please. 

3. OWNING THE BOOK

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4. Reading:

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5. Things are going well...

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6. Things are going too well...

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7. Things are not going well...

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8. Panic:

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9. Have all the Feelings:

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10. Repeat at least 5 more times:

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11. Only a few chapters left:

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12. Finishing the last chapter:

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13.The next day, when it dawns on you that this is the end. Like, the real end. 

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14. Sending a copy to a friend, because, it's a great series...and you refuse to suffer alone:

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Bonus: Pausing in your reading ONLY to meet the author herself while trying to keep your cool. Reminding yourself you've met her before and that she's human, a wonderful, amazing human, not a unicorn...or is she?

 

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Proof or it didn't happen, right?

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Thank you to Leigh Bardugo for taking us all on an amazing ride! Much love and congratulatlions on being a #1 New York Times Bestselling author!

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are both available in stores now!

Happy Reading! 

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