Thursday, May 5, 2011

What's Up and Coming in Hunger Mountain

Beginning mid-May, the Hunger Mountain YA & Children's section will launch new content every other week. Why? Because there was just too darn much packed into one issue and we want to be sure each piece gets its due--from our features, to our regular columns--The Toolbox, What My Last Book Taught Me, This Writer's Life, to our fine, fine fiction, poetry and non-fiction offerings.

Our summer 2011 theme is The Varying Shade of Shadows and we will be spotlighting pieces that focus on light and darkness--internally and externally--and literally and figuratively. Contributors this issue are:

Jennifer Zeigler and Clare Dunkle who tackle The Flipside—two great YA writers influenced by Jane Austen and Emily Bronte. Be sure to check out their piece—The Light and Dark Of It.
Our features this go round are being tackled by Ellen Levine, debut author Joe Lunievicz (HM will also offer a sneak peak into Open Wounds, Joe's first novel which I have read in full and it is a captivating swashbuckling character driven read), Janet Gurtler, Janet Fox. We have upcoming Toolbox pieces by Deborah Halverson over at and Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 

Here is a sneak-peak into Janet Gutler's feature--Embracing Shadows.

Sometimes shadows reveal more than we’d like them to. I recall being a weight conscious teen and walking side by side with my older sister. My taller sister whose thinness I envied. The dark outlines of our bodies strolled in front of us. I vividly remember being ashamed of my bulkier shadow. I hated it, wanted to squish it under my feet, wanted to run from it. I’d wished my shadow would disappear behind me. It was too large, too stubby and yet there was nothing I could do to get rid of it.  It seemed to mock me.

And yet, at other times in my life the shadows have brought me relief. I’ve taken cover in them, used them to keep myself from being seen by the world. Hiding in shadows can be comfortable for introverts like me. Truthfully I've always harboured a secret envy of my bolder counterparts.  I've always thought the world was an easier place for those who truly thrive in the spotlight. Extroverts generally have an advantage over their quieter counterparts, because by definition, extroverts aren’t afraid to be heard and seen. To shine.

Is it any coincidence that Janet's new novel, I'm Not Her, delves into the sibling relationship and what happens when one sister is cast out of the spotlight due to disease and the quieter sister Tess has to take center stage--like it or not. 

It's been a goal of mine to offer more for illustrators and for those interested in why and how illustrators in the children's book field can possibly create the eye-catching beauty that they do.INKlings this go round offers a sneak-peak into The Little Bitty Bakery written by Leslie Muir and illustrated by Betsy Lewin. The bestselling Cynthia Leitich Smith will share with us some thoughts on writing her first graphic novel, illustrated by the talented Ming Doyle. And Don Tate welcomes us into his Austin studio to get a look at his work on Duke Ellington: Nutcraker Suite

Don told me this humorous story and I had to share it here!

My studio is fairly organized considering it looks a mess. I have two drawing stations, three painting stations, and I utilize every flat space, including my floors. Maybe I shouldn't share this story, but after I began my sketches last year, we got a puppy. Her name is Bella, but I call her The Animal. My studio was off limits to her, but she didn't care. After I completed my sketches, and before I could show them to my editor, The Animal wandered in to my studio while I was painting. The few seconds that followed happened in slow motion: She wandered in, looked around, and then squatted on my sketches! I screamed loud enough to wake the dead. But that only scared her and she cut loose, soaking my sketches. Needless to say, after that I had to train myself to keep my studio door closed at all times when The Animal was loose in the house.

Industry Insider interviews feature Elena Mechlin and Joan Slattery of Pippin Properties and Anita Silvey of the Children's Book-a-Day Almanac. We have fabulous new fiction from the likes of Jennifer Hubbard, Christy Lenzi, Penny Blublaugh and more! Much, much more. Hop on over to Hunger Mountain beginning May 16th for the first off this issue’s offerings. New content will be added until mid-August when all content will then be LIVE until mid-September.

And, don’t forget the Hunger Mountain e-bay auction is going on NOW!  Go ahead and visit to browse and decide which writer, illustrator, or literary agent inspires you the most!

And, don't miss the Diversity in YA Tour coming to Austin 5/9 at Book People. Help us welcome headliners Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon to town!

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