Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Val: What’s your elevator pitch (quick, catchy description of your book & why it should matter to me)?
Deb: Forced to leave their home villages, a group of Alaska Native kids from diverse tribal backgrounds travel hundreds of miles to attend Sacred Heart, a parochial boarding school in the heart of Alaska’s wilderness. Once their separate stories come together, things at Sacred Heart School –and the wider world--- will never be the same.
Val: Who would be your ideal media interviewer and why?
Deb: Scott Simon or Daniel Pinkwater because NPR sells books! (And because I met Scott Simon a 25 years ago when I was a young radio reporter)
Val: If I were that person, what 3 things could you say to me to make me want to get you on my show or featured in my publication or site?
Deb: This is a story that has not been told. Period. It’s a side of the Native American/Alaska Native boarding school experience that you have not heard. It will tear at your heart strings and, ultimately, reaffirm your faith in the human spirit.
Val: Is there an interesting back story to your book and/or your writing career that might be of particular interest to the press?
Deb: My Name is Not Easy is based on the real story of three real brothers—three Inupiaq Eskimo boys who were sent to a parochial boarding school nearly 1000 miles from their home community of Barrow, Alaska. I know the story of these brothers, well, because I married the oldest brother. Barrow is the northernmost community on the North American continent and although I was not born into the Inupiaq culture, I have lived in Barrow (nicknamed “the Top of the World”) for over 30 years.
Val: How good is your online and social media presence, and what could you do to make it better?
Deb: I try to do all the right things: I host a website, a blog, am on Facebook and Twitter. I have email lists of reviewers, book people, writers and friends. I need to be more regular and purposeful about blogging.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Valerie Hobbs, FSG/Foster, $16.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-374-34670-6
Like the final stretch of freedom before school begins, there's something quietly magical--and bittersweet--about Hobbs's (Anything but Ordinary) latest novel. Hidden beneath the ordinary anxieties of a 12-year-old starting middle school (Will she be popular? Will her clothes be the right style?), lies a tearjerker that is both insightful and penetrating. When Lucy embarks on her annual trip to her grandmother's lake cabin, she couldn't be more excited to escape her overprotective parents and do all her favorite things (bake cookies, go on canoe adventures). But nothing goes as planned. Eddie, a neighborhood kid, shows up unexpectedly and ruins Lucy's precious alone time with her grandmother, who isn't acting like herself. The portrayals of serious illnesses (Alzheimer's, Down syndrome) are handled with a delicate touch, and Lucy's inner conflicts will readily hit home with readers. Despite her condition, Grams's advice to Lucy is priceless: "Centering? It's that place you go to when you want to know what to do, the best and right thing. It will always be there inside you when you need it." Ages 10–14. (May)
Friday, April 30, 2010
Blog Tour-The Last Best Days of Summer – Val Hobbs
May 3rd – 7th
Join me each day for a chance to win a t-shirt or one of my autographed books!
Tuesday, May 4th
BOOK TRAILER DEBUT
Tina Nichols Coury
Tales from the Rushmore Kid
Wednesday, May 5th
INTERVIEW ON WRITING WITH VAL
The Writer’s Journey
Thursday May 6th
Playing with Words
Friday May 7th
INTERVIEW WITH VAL ABOUT THE
CHARACTER WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Saturday May 8th
INTERVIEW WITH BOOK EDITOR
Day by Day Writers