|Tara Hudson and Sonia Gensler with their debut novels|
This weekend was The Inkling's annual writing retreat. I'll write more about it on Friday Favorites, but I wanted to share with you the exciting way we ended our weekend--a book signing! Can you think of a better way to punctuate a writing weekend?
Our fellow member Sonia Gensler buddied up with fellow Oklahoman Tara Hudson to have a signing at the 41st Street Barnes and Noble in Tulsa. (Note to authors: If you'd like to set up a signing, contact the manager Laura Johnson. She's fabulous!)
Like Sonia's novel, Tara's debut is a young adult ghost story set in rural Oklahoma.
And it's good.
|Part of the audience enraptured by Tara and Sonia|
The turnout for the ladies was fabulous. We saw lots of familiar faces from OWFI and SCBWI conferences. It didn't take long before both authors sold out. I'm not surprised, though. Tara and Sonia gave a little talk at the beginning of the session. They were charming, poised, and funny. Who wouldn't want to read their books?
|Tara Hudson, Martha Bryant, Brandi Barnett, Sonia Gensler, Sonia's biggest fan, and Garrett Barnett|
My mom and I rode to the signing with Sonia, so Garrett and Max came to pick us up. Even in this pic, you can see that Max can't take his eyes off Sonia. He adores her. Even though I hadn't seen him in two days due to the retreat, he rushed straight to me and held up his hands. "Hi, Mommy. Where's Sonia?"
So, if you're looking for a good YA read and you like ghost stories with a romantic twist, check out Tara Hudson's Hereafter and Sonia Gensler's The Revenant. Tara's is contemporary and Sonia's is historical. Both will give you chills.