Those were the words of another attendee last Thursday when Maryrose Wood graced our library with a special one-on-one session for our Teen Writing Club. (Really, I am still getting excited thinking about it.) And what he said was definitely true. Ms. Wood is one of those special authors with a heart of gold and a creative mind that is willing to be shared - and with the quirky, humorous way she talks, you wouldn't really think that she's a full-time children's author under contract with one of the country's most prestigious publishers, HarperCollins.
Really. If I ever got published, I'd like to have that kind of down-to-earth personality.
I received permission to relay some of the information that she shared with us - which, especially if you're an aspiring author like I am, will hopefully be helpful. After that, scroll down in order to see the rest of my exciting news...
A little background on the author -
Maryrose Wood is the author of several acclaimed books for children and young adults, most notably The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place and the Poison Diaries trilogy from a concept suggested by the Duchess of Northumberland. She also has a background in screenplay and playwriting, and currently lives in New York.
A signed hardcover copy of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling
Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.
But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?
This book is an adorable, charming, age-universal read. And if you can't believe that, try the most daunting of accolades: My mother read it. And loved it. Not to mention, the author left a cute little note for you in the front cover of the book. Don't you want to see what it says?