Archive for March, 2015

NYCTAF Here I Come!

March 2nd, 2015 by Terra | No Comments | Filed in Appearances, Talking with Other Authors

The New York City Teen Author Festival is one of my favorite festivals each year, but THIS year I am extra-excited to attend for two reasons 1) I didn’t get to go last year and 2)  Not only am I appearing on a great panel with a ton of other incredible authors, but I’m moderating one too. The programming for the 2015 festival feels even more exceptional than usual, so be sure to check out the entire lineup (including authors like Libba Bray, TM Goeglin, Elizabeth Eulberg, David Levithan, Marie Rutkoski, Susane Colasanti, and Corey Ann Haydu). Honestly, I think you should attend as many sessions as you can during the week–though here’s specifically where and when I’ll be speaking:

Thursday, March 19 (WORD bookstore, 126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, 7pm)
The Perils of Perfection

Explanation: Teen girls are under more pressure than ever to succeed – in relationships, in school, in the social hierarchy and friendships. Each of these novelists has written about girls under such pressures – and here they’ll read a little from their latest work, and then discuss the pressures on their characters – as well as the pressures of writing about them.

Kate Axelrod
Susane Colasanti
Corey Ann Haydu
Melissa Kantor
Terra Elan McVoy
Alecia Whitaker

moderator: Amanda Maciel


Saturday March 21, Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, Bartos Forum, 5th Ave at 42nd St, 1-5pm)
4:10-5:00 – Creating Strong Characters

Explanation: We often talk about “strong” characters – but what does that mean? Don’t characters also have to be vulnerable for readers to connect to them? And why is there so often talk of “strong female characters” but not “strong male characters” – what’s left assumed there, and how can we counterbalance that? Each of these authors has created complex protagonists grappling with issues of strength. We’ll discuss how they created these characters, and what balances needed to be achieved.

Sarah Beth Durst
TM Goeglein
Elizabeth Kiem
Kieran Scott
Jessica Spotswood
Robin Talley
Sandra Waugh

Moderator:  Terra Elan McVoy


Sunday March 22: Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder
(Books of Wonder, 18 W 18th St, 1-4pm):

Claire Legrand, Winterspell
David Levithan, Hold Me Closer
Sarah Darer Littman, Backlash
Elisa Ludwig, Pretty Wanted
Barry Lyga, Blood of my Blood
Amanda Maciel, Tease
Terra Elan McVoy, In Deep
L Melnick & B Lauer, Please Excuse this Poem
Kass Morgan, Homecoming


Hope to see you there!