If you know of a tween or teen interested in writing (or are one yourself!), head to Kreutz Creek Valley Library at 6:30 p.m. July 17 for a talk with young adult author Jessica Eppley.
She’ll chat about her new fantasy novel “The Book of Siavon,” which tells the story of Keavy, a teenager with ruby eyes who trains to fight an evil shape-shifter and save her magical world of Aryth. Eppley will also cover the process of writing and the ins and outs of publishing a novel, plus sell and sign copies of her book.
The event is appropriate for children 12 years or older; call 717-252-4080 to register. Book Buzz caught up briefly with the Wrightsville resident.
Name: Jessica Eppley
Lives in: Wrightsville
Graduated from: York Suburban High School in 2003
Occupation: Warehouse supervisor for Real Pets Corp
Hobbies: Reading and writing, watching movies, keeping and breeding exotic cockroaches, spoiling my parrot
Online: www.trigenpress.com and “The Book of Siavon” on Facebook
1. When did you start writing? What made you want to try it? I started writing when I was a young child and always liked to write short stories. I thought up several ideas for novels of different genres and wrote many of them to completion without publishing them, but really hit my niche with the fantasy genre.
2. If somebody walked into your office while you were writing, what would they see? A disheveled workspace in my living room. I do not actually have an office. I do most of my writing on a laptop sitting on a TV tray.
3. How much time do you devote to writing? Ever get writer’s block? Depending on how much personal stuff I have going on, I may devote 5-10 hours a week on writing or none at all. I get writer’s block all the time but manage to overcome it when I concentrate hard enough.
4. Is “The Book of Siavon” part of a series? Should we expect sequels? “The Book of Siavon: Vol. 1: The Ruby Child” is the first in what will be at least a four-part series. Vol. 2 is soon beginning the publishing process and I already have a third volume finished and on the shelf and a fourth started. I have also considered a spin-off novel but have not started it yet.
5. Have you written in styles other than fantasy? I have tried my hand at suspense, mystery and horror, but fantasy is my main focus right now.
6. What are you reading now? I am in between books but I just finished Carrie Vaughn’s “Kitty’s Big Trouble” and I am looking forward to reading Stephen King’s “Wind in the Keyhole.”
7. How do you find book recommendations / ideas for what to read? Once I find an author I like, I stick to their work until I run out of interest in it, and then find another author’s work to explore. I am an avid fan of Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Carrie Vaughn, Steve Alten and Douglas Preston.
York County Libraries is offering plenty of programs this summer for its Summer Reading Club. Each Monday, we’ll highlight an upcoming event. You can always find the full calendar at www.yorklibraries.org.