A Letter To My Son

Posted October 10, 2013 by Mary Lindsey
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Dear amazing son,

You have just been officially discharged from Special Education. Congratulations, Robert. I’m proud of you. Especially in light of the following:

Over the course of your 16 years, I’ve been told the following by physicians, educators and “experts”:

1. “He is mentally retarded” — HA! We never bought into that, did we? Not even when “MR” was written in sharpie on the outside of your file at school. You are in pre-AP classes and were admitted to the gifted program.

2. “He may never talk” –News flash: Once you finally decided to talk, you never shut up. *wink* You are one of the most articulate people I know.

3. “He will most likely not be able to handle a mainstream classroom setting.” –Kind of like #’s 1 and 2 above-WRONG.

4. “You should consider taking out a trust fund as he will most likely not be able to live on his own and will need living assistance his entire life.”–Um, no. Not buying into it. Go to college and then get a job, son.

Just keep in mind, Robert: This list could go on for hundreds of entries. Never buy into the negative. Never live down to other people’s grim expectations and generalizations about autism or ANYTHING for that matter. Keep on proving them wrong and yourself right. You’ve got this. Again, congratulations.

Love,

Mom

Robert

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Why the Main Character in Ashes on the Waves Talks Funny

Posted August 3, 2013 by Mary Lindsey
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I have received some fantastic mail from readers since Ashes on the Waves released. I’ve gotten variations of the question below several times:

Liam’s speech patterns and vocabulary are old fashioned and anachronistic. Much of the narrative could be considered overly descriptive and even melodramatic by today’s standards. Why didn’t you just make him modern, like Anna?

The reason I wrote this book was to pay tribute to one of my favorite authors, Edgar Allan Poe.  Not only has Poe been credited with pioneering several genres, he was a tremendous wordsmith. His enduring appeal comes not only from the subject matter he chose, but from the way he told the story. The words he used are as much a part of his style as the atmosphere and stories he created with them. Some works in the gothic style tend to be melodramatic, highly descriptive, and romantic, and Poe was a master of the style. (I suggest checking out Ligeia or The Fall of the House of Usher to see this at its most pronounced).

I chose to have Liam’s speech and narrative touch (though primitively) on the style of Poe’s own writing. I wanted the reader to believe that Liam could write or create that poem himself. That the poem is in HIS voice. Also, if you are familiar with Poe’s life, you will notice many biographical ties between Liam and Edgar Allan Poe.

Each chapter’s tone, vocabulary, and pace is reflective of the piece used in the epigraph at the top of every chapter. Before I began a chapter, I would read the piece from which the chapter quote was chosen in order to get into the “feel” of that work for the chapter.

Ashes on the Waves not only nods to the source poem, “Annabel Lee,” but to dozens of other works as well. I am hopeful that readers will be interested enough by the epigraphs to seek out the complete works from which they are quoted and read them again, or perhaps for the first time.

 Fun bit: I did not use a thesaurus or dictionary a single time when writing the book, but had a dictionary by my side and used it often when reading Poe’s works. Wow, what a vocabulary he possessed!

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One would think…

Posted July 4, 2013 by Mary Lindsey
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One would think that since it’s summer and the usual grind of driving kids around and making school meetings were no longer an issue, I’d find it easier to focus. Well, one would be wrong.

Last summer, I was immensely productive and found it easier to focus at this time of year. For some reason, I’m struggling. Perhaps it is because my kids are older and the demands are different. I suspect, though, that it is a shift in priorities and not a lack of focus on my part. Maybe it’s the mother in me clinging to the last summer before my oldest goes to college and my youngest goes to boarding school.

Whatever the case, I feel like a ping-pong ball bouncing from one crisis to another. It’s time to buckle down and finish these three books I have in various stages of completion. Time to re-center and put those author blinders back on–even if it’s only for a few hours a day.

Anyone else having summer slump focus issues?

Ashes on the Waves Book Trailer

Posted June 24, 2013 by Mary Lindsey
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I’m so excited about the Ashes on the Waves book trailer. I think it captures the feel of the book perfectly!

Ashes on the Waves Blog Tour

Posted June 16, 2013 by Mary Lindsey
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The Ashes on the Waves Blog Tour starts Monday, June 17!

I’m so excited for the release of this book and can’t wait until it hits the shelves.

All the stops can be found on the Rockstar Book Tours website.  I’ll be posting daily links to the stops here, on my blog, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

Have a great week!

Mary

Ashes on the Waves Early Release Party

Posted May 29, 2013 by Mary Lindsey
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ImageI am thrilled about the ASHES ON THE WAVES release party at 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, TX!

More information on the event can be found on Blue Willow’s website. If you want to receive a signed copy before the actual release date (June 27), contact the store by visiting the Blue Willow Bookshop website.

More about Ashes on the Waves, a gothic romance based on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee,” can be found on my website.

TeenBookCon April 20, 2013

Posted April 5, 2013 by Mary Lindsey
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Screen Shot 2013-04-05 at 9.37.31 AMI’m thrilled to be a part of TeenBookCon this year. I’ve attended it several times and it’s one of my favorite YA book events, so I was overjoyed when Blue Willow Bookshop invited me to be on a panel this year.

My panel is “Addicted to Love” with Justina Chen (Return to Me), Stacey Jay (Juliet Immortal & Romeo Reclaimed), Jennifer E. Smith (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight & This is What Happy Looks Like),  and Tamara Ireland Stone  (Time Between Us).

Take a look at the full author list. It’s fantastic!

I would love to see some familiar faces, so come by and say hi! The event is free and takes place on April 20, 2013. It starts at 9:00am  and is at Alief Taylor High School in Houston. Directions, schedules and specifics can be found on the TeenBookCon website. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mary