Meet Our New Authors: Kimberly Mitchell and J. David Wilcox

This week, Glass House Press is pleased to introduce you to two of our newest authors, Kimberly Mitchell and J. David Wilcox! They both sat down and answered ten questions about themselves, their books, favorite holidays, etc. Look for more information from Kimberly and J. David, as well as their books, soon. We've heard rumors that they might have stories coming up sooner than we expect!

KIMBERLY MITCHELL



1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Bill Wallace (A Dog Called Kitty and many other books) spoke at my school when I was in the 3rd grade. I remember thinking he seemed so normal, but being in awe at the same time because he was an author. That's when the seed was planted. 

2. What is your favorite genre to write? I love science fiction/fantasy, but I also enjoy historical novels and mysteries. Anything I write will include a good adventure and probably a journey of some kind because I love to travel and can't always do it, so my characters get to!

3. What five words would you use to describe your new book? Mysterious, chilling, survival, light, dreams.

4. Tell us about your book.

For seven years, half of Rainan’s life, the Emperor has scoured the desert for the Abed children that survived the war over water. If captured, they’re taken to the City, imprisoned, and never heard from again. Survival is one day at a time. Rainan uses her Dreams to find hidden water beneath the sand and keep her family, the other young survivors, alive.

During a midnight raid on the City’s food supply, Rainan’s worst fear is realized. Young Joel sacrifices his freedom to protect Rainan and is caught by the Emperor’s soldiers. Rainan is determined to save Joel. Hiding is no longer an option. 
  
Rainan must make a choice: she can surrender the family she loves to Joshua, an enigmatic Abed who has established Elior, a secret underground city harboring hundreds of gifted Abed children, or she can strike out on her own for the City, where the Nas rule and the Abed are hated, to find Joel.

One choice brings war; the other, death. In the midst of her struggle, Rainan begins to understand that her Dreams, and the other mysterious giftings the Abed children possess, are more than just a means of survival.

Rainan must use her Dreams, wits and the help of those around her, both Abed and Nas, to either save or destroy both peoples.

The choice is hers, but the consequences will shake the Nations.   

5. Do you have any quirks when you write? Eat a certain snack? Listen to a certain type of music? I try not to snack when I'm writing, but when I do, it's usually popcorn popped the old fashioned way on the stove top with lots of salt and some butter thrown in. I listen to NPR a lot because it's easy to tune out their mellow voices. I find I work better when it's not completely silent in the room. 

6. What is your favorite TV show at the moment? We just finished Stranger Things! I can always rewatch a Gilmore Girls and M*A*S*H. 

7. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? I'll go with Star Wars.

8. What is something that most people seem afraid of, that you aren't? Public speaking.

9. Halloween is coming up. What would you dress up as if you could? My family dresses up every year! This year I actually have my own Jedi robe so that's probably the direction I'll take. 

10. What is your favorite color? Sunshine Yellow. No sky blue. No Razorback red. Ummm.

BONUS speed round:
Dogs or cats - Cats

Past or future - Past

Winter or Summer - Summer

Scary book or funny book - Funny

Halloween or Valentine's Day - Halloween! 

Shout out to one person who helped you in this publishing journey. My husband has been incredibly supportive of my writing for MANY years. So gotta give the shout out to him, although others have played major roles. More shout outs to come. 

ABOUT KIMBERLY: Kimberly Mitchell loves journeys, real or imagined. She has traveled to five continents, speaks four languages, and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and International Relations and a Master’s degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She spent three years in Yemen and can't get the desert out of her blood. She lives on a small farm in Northwest Arkansas with her husband, many animals,  and the best souvenir she ever found, a Yemeni cat. Find out more about Kimberly at kimberlymitchell.us. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @KSMitch17.


J. DAVID WILCOX



1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote my first book with my best friend in 2nd grade, and eight-year-old me was really excited and proud of it! I think I've been trying to recapture that feeling ever since.

2. What is your favorite genre to write?
Fantasy is my oldest love, though I also really enjoy hard sci-fi and fairy tales.

3. Tell us about your story in five words.
The tragedy of growing up.

4. Tell us about your book in more than five words.
Nineteen years into humanity's first attempt at interstellar colonization, a horrible explosion occurs. Of the four-thousand souls aboard, only seven teenagers are left alive. The youngest of them, Eden, must face down her own crippling fears to become the leader they need and ensure humanity survives.

5. Do you have any quirks when you write? Eat a certain snack? Listen to a certain type of music?
When I'm in the zone, I usually go hours without eating anything, until I get so hungry I have to run to the kitchen and scarf something down quick. I put together playlists of soundtracks that fit the feel of my project to write to, and listen to those endlessly. Sometimes, if a song hits a scene perfectly as I'm writing it, I'll note it in the manuscript and put it on repeat while I write/edit the scene, until I've squeezed all the juice from it.

6. What is your favorite TV show at the moment?
That's tricky. Comedy? Silicon Valley. Drama? Stranger Things. If Stranger Things counts more as a short series, then my drama would've been The Good Wife before it ended - so that leaves Scandal. 
Can I have more categories?

7. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Interstellar.

8. What is something that most people seem afraid of, that you aren't?
Spiders, based on the wife and daughter I live with.  

9. Halloween is coming up. What would you dress up as if you could?
Tristan Thorn from Stardust. Unless I could get an amazing prosthetic, then it would be Captain Hook. 

10. What is your favorite color?
Blue.

BONUS speed round:
Dogs or cats - Cats

Past or future - Past

Winter or Summer - Winter in a place that snows, Summer in the place I live now

Scary book or funny book - Scary 

Halloween or Valentine's Day - Halloween 

Shout out to one person who helped you in this publishing journey.
My best friend since the 6th grade, Jeff Brooks (@redjackalope).

ABOUT J. DAVID: J. David is a reader, writer, and martial arts instructor residing in Portland, Oregon. He studied writing in southern Oregon and Utah Valley and now, given the perpetually overcast state of the Columbia River Basin, he dreams and writes of landscapes where one can see - or live amongst - the stars. You can find him on twitter @jdavidwilcox, Pinterest @JdavidWilcox, and Instagram @granitespire


Leave a comment to welcome Kimberly and J. David to the Glass House Press family! We're incredibly excited to have them, and can't wait to see their books in print. Next week, the GHP authors will share their biggest fears ... just in time to count down to Halloween!

Happy Reading,


The GH Family

Pinterest for Fall: Our Favorite Boards

Who doesn't love Pinterest? You can get ideas about everything from salad in a jar to fashion to lapbooks to Halloween decorations. We put together some of our favorite Fall boards to inspire you. Love Fall?  You'll love these boards.

Click on the author's name to go to his/her pinterest board. Follow along and see what they are pinning next.

The road so far...


RICHARD SCHALL-- Teacher Resource
Looking for some Fall Classroom ideas? Check out FALL CLASSROOM DECORATIONS.


LINDA FOSTER-- All the Things
ALL THINGS FALL
This board currently has 405 pins and over 120,000 followers! So you know it has to be good.


SONYA CRAIG-- Fall Beauty
FALL
An amazing board with over 1.1k pins and 1.1k followers. You'll love the fall colors!


GEORGE EBEY-- Food
FALL TRAIL MIX
Feeling hungry? George Ebey found a board dedicated to the most awesome of things... food.


MARY FAN-- Book Inspiration
FLYNN NIGHTSIDER
Mary used Halloween inspiration for this board for Flynn Nightsider. Check out "The supernatural fly free."


JOSH WILCOX-- Fall Decor
FALL
This board has only 175 pins, but over 23,000 followers. If you love fall decorating (or just looking at it) this is the board for you!

What are your favorite autumn boards? Leave a link in the description. Have a wonderful week!

Happy Reading,
GHP



Our Favorite Fall Food (Recipes)

When the summer turns to fall, it is time to break out some of the 'cooler weather' recipes. The authors and staff at GHP have complied a list of their favorites. 

LASAGNA-- Shanna Alderliesten (@writerShanna)

A nice, warm meal

Shanna loves lasagna, specifically the Jamie Oliver recipe for Lasagna found HERE. It looks delicious!



CHILI-- Carrie White-Parrish (@glasshousepress)

Yum.

Love Chili? Try this recipe from press owner, Carrie.
1 pound ground turkey
1 jalapeno (from a jar works too)
1 onion
3 cubes bouillabaisse
2 cans corn
1 can kidney beans
1 can white beans
2 tbsp cayenne pepper (although i use 3 tbsp b/c we like things hot) 
6 oz can of tomato paste
8 to 12 oz of diced or crushed tomatoes
*Cook the turkey, add sliced onion and jalapeno, cook until browned. add everything else and about a cup or two of water, heat to boiling, then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.


PUMPKIN COOKIES-- Kimberly Mitchell (@KSMitch17)

So pretty.

Of course, a list of fall recipes can't be complete without pumpkin-- especially pumpkin cookies! Kimberly Mitchell has her own spin on the new classic. You can find more about it on her website HERE

Mourton Family Pumpkin Cookies.
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. shortening/butter/or margarine
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. pumpkin
Cream sugar, shortening and egg – Blend in vanilla and
pumpkin.
Add flour/soda/salt/baking powder/cinnamon.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Frosting: (I hardly ever make the frosting. The cookies don’t last long enough.)
3 tbsp butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. milk
powdered sugar
Mix brown sugar/milk/butter and boil for 3 minutes Remove
from heat and add powdered sugar to thicken frosting to your preference. Spread frosting on cookies or spoon generously into mouth.

APPLE PIE-- Josh Wilcox (@jdavidwilcox)

The perfect dessert

What better way to end a meal (or make an entire meal) than an apple pie? Warm, cold, with ice cream or with whipped cream, you can't go wrong with this favorite. Josh's favorite apple pie recipe can be found HERE.



CARAMEL APPLE CIDER-- Mary Fan (@AstralColt

A great way to end a meal

We've done main courses and desserts. Now, it is time for an extra special drink. Mary's favorite recipe comes from FIVE HEART HOME. If you love the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider, you'll adore this all-natural version.


That's it! What is your favorite fall foods? Leave a comment so we can enjoy it as well. 

Have a wonderful week and happy reading!
GHP

Top 7 End of Summer Activities

Monday is Labor Day in the States which means BBQ, fishing, recreation, and all the fun end of summer activities we try to mark off our bucket lists before we say hello to the fall.

The authors and editors at Glass House Press have compiled a list of the top end of summer activities they love. Sit back, sip some lemonade, and take notes.

**Also follow the authors' summer adventures on twitter by clicking their names**

Top 7 End of Summer Activities
1. Camping
(Author Linda Foster's Favorite Thing)
Yummy!

S'mores, campfires, roasting hot dogs, sleeping under the stars, is there anything more awesome than camping? And BONUS, now that it isn't hardly as hot, you won't swelter! 



2. Switch to Hot Coffee
(Author Mary Fan's favorite)
Coffee... the 6th food group

During the summer, iced coffee is a must.When the summer starts to end, it is so nice to welcome hot coffee back into the mix. Pumpkin spice, anyone?



3. Kayaking
(where you will find Author Sonya Craig)
That's Sonya!

If you are any sort of a water person, kayaking is undoubtedly something you love. Whether it be a swift ride or a leisurely scenic tour, you can't go wrong wrapping up summer on the water.



4. Watch an Outdoor Movie
(Author PT McHugh has one at his house!)
Titanic under the stars?

This one takes a little bit of a set up, but the results are worth it. Can you imagine your very own private screening of the movie of your choice? Popcorn, drinks, candy, maybe some of that left over barbecue... it will be a night to remember.




5. Sailing/Boating
(Author Kimberly Michelle loves to sail)
Tranquil

Wind down summer with a peaceful sailboat ride. Enjoy swimming in the lake or having a sunset picnic. The day is yours. Embrace it!



6. Hike the Trails
(Author George Ebey loves to hike)
Into the woods

Feeling adventurous? End summer with a beautiful hike through the woods. The upside? The bugs won't be as bad, and, hopefully, it won't be as hot.



7. Go to the Beach
(Editor Jessica Gang loves the beach)
Can you hear the waves?

What better way to end the summer than going to the beach? Imagine the waves crashing around you or watching the sun over the ocean. Plan a day trip or stay a week and relax.



BONUS Activity: Read a Book ;)
Because it is always a good time to read :)

What are your favorite end of summer activities? 
What do you have planned this weekend?
Leave a comment with the activity you are most looking forward to doing this last hurrah of summer.

Until next Monday,
GHP

Screenwriting vs Novel Writing with Filmmaker Richard Schall

We are beyond excited to have award winning filmmaker, Richard Schall on the blog today! Richard is a gifted entertainer and writer (who once worked for the WWE!) 

Richard recently sat down with Glass House Press for an exclusive interview on screenwriting vs novel writing, the writing process, and The Goonies, because... I mean... THE GOONIES!

Filmmaker and Author Richard Schall


1) Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Richard Schall. By day I am a special education teacher in Brooklyn New York but my real passion is that I am also an award-winning filmmaker. I specialize in short films that are family friendly. I’ve been a part of over twenty different film festivals and have won fifteen awards. My latest film, Lost in Manhattan: The Love Story of Hymie and Thelma has just been released on iTunes.  https://itun.es/us/48xoeb

Along with being an entertainer, I also manage my sister’s stand-up comedy career. She was named one of the “Top 5 Comics to Watch in NYC” by CBS.com, and together we’ve been producing the show “Ladies Night” at Caroline's on Broadway in Times Square.

Personally, I have lost and kept off almost 100lbs since Dec 2015, which has been my biggest accomplishment to date. Next up: finishing my book! I can’t wait to tackle this new project. I’ve always been a storyteller, so being able to tell a story on the page instead of on the screen is very exciting for me.

2) How do you think the writing process and film making process are alike/different?

Creating a story is the same in any form. You start with an outline and go from there. I started my novel the same way I start any of my scripts. Building something entertaining is the key, and plotting out what the real plot twists will be is always important. The real difference is that I get to pretend I have a million-dollar budget for the book and have to limit myself when I make movies.  

3) As a filmmaker, do you write your own scripts or do you shoot what someone else has written? If you write your own, describe how script writing is different from book writing.

The writing process is very different. As a filmmaker, I usually write my own script. But even then, I I have to leave it up to the director, crew, and actors to create my world visually. If something doesn't work, it gets changed. When you are writing a book, you need to put the all the visuals in the reader's mind. Your imagination is the only really the limitation in books--you don't have to worry about that pesky reality of whether something can be done or not!

4) What are your favorite types of stories to write... and do they correlate to the movies you like to make (are they the same genres)?

I always love a happy ending, as you'll be able to tell by my movies and soon-to-be-finished series, Lee Farenheit and the Gracian Pirates. I am always geared more toward  family friendly movies and books. I want to make you laugh then cry, and then maybe get a sandwich-and laugh some more. In my award-winning short film, The Last Prank, I wanted to make it family friendly, but still have a certain edge, which all ages would enjoy. 

5) What is your absolute favorite movie of all time? What is your favorite book of all time?

My favorite movie of all time is The Goonies, and my favorite book is The Monster at the End of this Book. What can I say, I am a child at heart and I love a happy ending!  

BONUS QUESTION: Do you think the SCREEN versions or the BOOK versions are better ;) 


The book versions are always better. As I stated before, your imagination is the only limitation. You always have a million-dollar budget when you are reading a book. As an author, you never have to limit yourself. The reader always takes your words and makes them their own in their mind. The movies always run the risk of not doing the book justice, and alienating the reader who has grown to love the words on the page just as their mind sees it. 

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We would like to thank Richard for his time, and we are so excited to get to work with him on future projects!

You can find Richard on Facebook and watch his amazing videos on YouTube.


Happy Reading,

GHP