Saturday, November 10 only!
Makiia is the author of historical fiction and historical fantasy for young adults. She grew up on the Pacific Island of Guam (not too far from the equator), and has degrees in journalism and library science from the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Her debut novel, A Death-Struck Year, was called a “powerful and disturbing reading experience” by Publishers Weekly. It was a finalist for Germany’s top book prize for children, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, as well as Japan’s Sakura Medal, and was named an ABC Best Books for Children Selection by the American Booksellers Association.
Her second novel, Isle of Blood and Stone, was published in the spring and an untitled sequel will be released in 2019.
Saturday at 4:00 pm in Grand Gallery E-F
The Writing Life: From Inspiration to Publication (and Everything In Between)
Every writer is different. Not only in terms of what they write, whether it is fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, or sci-fi. But how they write differs greatly. In this presentation, Makiia discusses how a story goes from being a vague idea rattling around in her head to an actual book on a bookstore or library shelf. Included is a behind the scenes look at the revision process, cover design, title selection, and thoughts on why authors should never (ever!) read their reviews.
12:30 to 3:30 pm signing in 009
4:00 pm panel in Grand Gallery E-F