Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Fun and Author Spotlight: Mary Weber!

You. Guys!

I have been so excited to share this Friday Fun post with you today. I personally think it's going to make your Friday all the better for spending a few minutes with us. 


We have news. 


Can you guess which one of our Alley Cat number just signed with a big name house? Read to the end of the post and find out!!

Second, I am so excited to share my friend Mary Weber with you today. A beautiful person inside and out, she graciously gave of her time while on her book deadline to spend a few minutes with us! Take it away, Mary!

TWA:  What's the most random thing in your bag right now? 

MCW: Lol, Cookie Butter. Don't judge. :)

TWA: Are you kidding?! Pass that stuff this way. I’ll bring the spoons. You’re not germophobic are you? 

TWA:  What are you currently reading? 

MCW: This!! (my edits are due today)

TWA: Oh my gosh! I know so many readers who are dancing on the edge of their seats for this book to release.

TWA: Your movie snack of choice?

MCW: CEREAL!!!!! Always! ♥

TWA: Now I want to know what kind. Cap’n Crunch all the way for this girl. Bring on the diabetes diagnosis.

 TWA: What's your favorite recent discovery?

MCW: Oh man y'all can laugh at me because (a) I'm a dork & (b) I'm clearly behind on what's cool. But this stuff is EVERYTHING. How did I not know it existed??!!

TWA: Mary. My dear. We don’t call anyone on this blog a dork. Ever. You’re simply brilliant.

TWA:  What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to the beginning of your publishing journey? 

MCW: Ooh amazing question! I think I'd simply say that the story you're living is FAR more important than any you write about. So let go of the worry and embrace the journey. Make relationships, not platforms. Make family & soul time your priority no matter what career offers or opportunities come along. Learn the market and HOW to market - but for the purpose of influencing it rather than selling to it. Relax. Breathe. You'll do just fine. 

TWA: This. Perfection. I could not agree with you more. So Alley Pals, I hope you’ll pull up a chair, pour a cup of your favorite drink and chat with us today. Because what would this publishing journey be without the relationships of you as our friends?

Mary Weber is the bestselling HarperCollins author of the Scholastic Pick, Christy and Carol Award winning young adult novel, Storm Siren, the Storm Siren Trilogy, and the upcoming Sofi Snow Duology (HarperCollins). In her spare time she sings 80's hairband songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking tacos, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. You can visit with her on Facebook (Mary Weber, Author), Instagram (MaryWeberAuthor), & Twitter (@MChristineWeber)

TWA: PS: Is anyone else jealous of Mary's beautiful long hair that she simply rocks and her ageless beauty?!

Are you ready for the big Alley Cat news?!

Our own Angie Dicken has just signed a contract with Barbour Books to release her first full length
historical novel in late 2017!!!! A story after Angie's heart, we're so excited for her and turning cartwheels of glee! (well, some of us are. The rest of us try and end up hurting something...)

What else is new you ask? 

Mary is off gallivanting around the world--can you guess where she's visiting? The country starts with I and ends in Y...leave a comment below if you think you know it!

Pepper Basham also has contract news! BLING! publishing has snagged this lovely lady's next contemporary romance in the Mitchell's Crossroads series. (Smart publisher!)

Have you entered the giveaway yet? What are you waiting for! Winner is announced next Friday, so get thee over there! Enter here. 

That's it for this Friday! Do you have fun news to share with us?! We'd love to hear all about it and start a party in the comments!


Angie Dicken said...

Mary! So glad to see you here. I LOVE your advice to writers. I sometimes get lost in my written story and shove my real story aside. No Bueno! Now, the dry shampoo??? I didn't know what that was until I zoomed in...I thought it was a log of cherry flavored something! Lol!!!! I LOVE dry shampoo...such a lifesaver! Wondering if this brand is better than some??? Will check it out. :) Welcome to the Alley!!

Jeanne Takenaka said...

So it took me a few days to stop over here, but I'm so glad I did. Great post! :) And, ANGIE! I knew your time was coming. You stayed real, you stayed faithful, and I am beyond excited for you! Can't wait to see how God uses you and your stories in this next chapter of your journey!!

Angie Dicken said...

Aw, thank you, Jeanne!! You don't know how much that means. :) have a wonderful week!!