Sunday, December 10, 2017

$20 Amazon gift card and coauthors Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

This is a first for me - a pair of award-winning coauthors featured on the blog. Twice the talent and twice the personality.

Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson were award-winning finalists in the 2011 International Book Awards in the Children’s Fiction category and placed 13th in the Children’s Fiction category for the 80th annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.

Jessica grew up in New England (like me!). She has a deep love of the ocean and a personal desire to experience the four seasons every year. I'm with her - a change in weather and scenery is a good thing.

Stephanie lives with her husband in a quiet town, though not as quaint as Ashpot. She has been a fifth grade teacher for 10+ years and learns something new everyday. I try to do the same thing, even if it's something that may not be that important.

One of their coauthored books is Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library. 11-year-old Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery. Watch the book trailer:

Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery.

Her parents’ dream of renovating a crumbling Victorian, called the Begonia House, into a bed and breakfast had seemed like treachery at the time.

But Fairday found out that her new house kept secrets, and once inside its twisted front gates, anything was possible.

When mysterious notes start showing up warning that a librarian is in trouble and a bookworm is eating words, Fairday thinks the Begonia House has more skeletons in its closets.

What happens to stories when their words get eaten?

Still curious about the authors and Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library? Time for an interview...

What inspires you to write?
Jess: I love stories. Ideas for plots and characters are all around, in every moment. Thinking about scenes from different perspectives sets my imagination free. Linking ideas and working with words is fun!

Stephanie: I always have stories floating around in my mind. It is so much fun to dive deeper into them and bring them to life. Talking about plots and characters with Jess gets me excited to write and create worlds where anything’s possible.

How long does it take you to write a book, on average?
Jess & Stephanie: To flesh out the story and get it on the pages is about 8-12 months. The editing process will add on about 4 months, so a year to a year and a half would be a good estimate for us to complete a book.

What are you working on right now?
Jess & Stephanie: We have just released book 2 in the Fairday Morrow series, Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library. The next case in the DMS files is in progress!

What's the best writing tip you can offer?
Jess: Be yourself. It’s important to love what you’re doing and continue to work because you enjoy the process. If you take your projects seriously and make time for them to flourish, you’ll feel your own sense of validation. It’s important to protect creative time and space and keep up the practice- there is no failure or wrong or right in art, it’s all worthwhile, and your skills will develop as you continue to craft your writing.

Stephanie: Write at your own pace and use a process that works for you. It is easy to look at other writers and compare yourself to them. Some people write fast, some are like me, and the pace is a bit slower. That is okay! I appreciate that there are writers who can sit down and type thousands of words. I tend to nitpick over words and sentences. Learning to be comfortable with your process will allow you to enjoy yourself. Don’t lose sight of why you are writing and don’t worry about the rest. Creating stories is fun!

What's a book written by another author everyone should read in their lifetime?
Jess: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Stephanie: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Jessica Haight (left) and Stephanie Robinson

So who wants to win something?! Jessica, Stephanie, and I have partnered up to give away a few items - one lucky Giveaway Guy reader will win a signed hardcover edition of Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library and another reader will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to users in the U.S. only. Two winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winners will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.


  1. Thank you for the spotlight on Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library! We enjoyed sharing our story with you. Good luck to those who enter the giveaway! :) ~ Jess & Stephanie


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