When Amy introduced us to the student performers, this is kind of how it went down:
Students, let me introduce you to today's judges. Ann Dee Ellis is the author of two young adult novels: This is What I Did, which received 3 starred reviews. Her latest novel is Everything is Fine.
Our second judge is Carol Lynch Williams who has won many writing awards and published numerous books including The Chosen One, which is being praised in the world of book critics. Her most recent book Glimpse will come out in July.
Renae Salisbury works for our school district.
- "Unsettling and COURAGEOUS ... beautiful, COMPASSIONATE, full of hope."
- "An important book."
- "EXTRAORDINARY ... BRAVE ... A MASTERPIECE."
I heard Carol say this was a hard book to write. Heartbreaking doesn't really describe her research. I would love to interview her and find out more about that research because her daughter quoted author Ellen Hopkins as saying something like, "tell [your] mom not to be afraid to write the truth." Of course, this made me wonder if Carol has been hastled about being so blunt about this very complex and frightening topic.
Secondly, I like to know if she has any plans for a sequel. Once again, I have SO many questions I would love to have answered. Somehow, I don't think Carol will do that because she just has so many more stories to tell. And I can't wait to read them.
Just for the record, I attended the "Author Link" at the Provo Library and was able to ask Carol my burning questions:
1. Her research on polygamy revealed that all the incidents included in her book have occurred in polygamous communities.
2. She has not had ANY feedback from polygamous groups - either positive OR negative, and doesn't anticipate any. Why? Because these communities do NOT encourage reading other than the Bible.
3. No sequel on the horizon, but NEVER say NEVER. :)
The evening was wonderful!
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