Monday, August 15, 2016

Grey Stone - Evansville Local Authors Episode #10

Once again, you are invited to get acquainted with two Evansville authors who are celebrating the release of their young adult fantasy novel, Grey Stone. Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy gained inspiration from their children, spouses and a keen sense imagination to pen this brilliant fantasy which was published as a result of winning a contest with Ink Smith Publishing. The talented writers will be on my radio show today! Please tune in and call the show to ask questions - link is below.
Jean Knight Pace also has essays and short stories published in Puerto del Sol, The Lakeview Review, and other literary magazines. She lives in Indiana with her husband, four children, 6 ducks, and a cat. 
Jacob Kennedy is an ER doctor who dreams werewolves and tournaments in his free time. Read more about the duo below.

But back to the story.....
In the land of the great red sun, wolf-shifters reign—able to wield magic and shift form at will while privileged wolves serve them. Dogs rove through the woods in packs speaking, singing, and scavenging—afraid to befriend the humans who live repressed. As the lowest of all four races, the humans work at mines, fashion metals, and send over half their gains to the wolf-shifting king.
However, when Pietre, an impoverished human boy, finds an unusual, orphaned pup in the woods and the wolf-shifting prince is sent to arrest the boy’s father soon after, both boy and prince begin to realize that obeying the rules might be just as dangerous as breaking them. Unfortunately, breaking the rules means they’ll have to learn to work together if they want to change their world before it turns on them. 

Jean and Jacob will be on my radio show Monday, August 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. CST! Tune in live or listen to the archived show immediately following (same link):

Meet Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy:

Jean Knight Pace
This is the first book for both of us. We drew a lot of inspiration from our families and our love of reading. A lot of people ask how it works with two writers. I don’t know how it works for other people, but this is what we did for this book. Jake came to me with an idea he’d had and asked if I was interested in developing it with him. I thought it was a great idea and was loving all the fantasy books my son was bringing home. For the first draft, Jake and I would get together once a week or so to develop the story and hammer out ideas, then I would go home to write a chapter or chapters for what we’d talked about that. Then of course came the editing and the selling of the book. That took a while.
Jacob Kennedy
We actually sold the book to our publisher by entering a contest hosted by Ink Smith Publishing. And then we won! It was a fun and surreal experience. I actually entered the contest on second-to-last possible day (on Halloween actually). And then I kind of forgot I’d entered it, because winning a contest seemed like such a long shot. Then that December I was working on the next book we were doing and out of the blue I thought, “Hey, that contest should have the results out by now.” I hadn’t received an email or anything, so I just went to the website to see who had won. I scrolled down from third place to second to first. And there we were. It seemed unreal. I was like, “Why haven’t I gotten an email about this?” So I hopped over to my email and there was a message from them—I’d received it in the last two hours. The whole thing was just crazy. And fun.

How did you come up with the idea of this book? How long did it take you to write?  

The idea for this book was Jake’s. His wife had a dream about his daughter’s teacher becoming a werewolf and saving his daughter (so… a dream about a good werewolf). From this, Jake got the idea to write a book about wolves, dogs, werewolves, and a girl. It was a piece of magical realism (monster style)—a regular girl living a normal life in a small town—until strange things start to happen and she begins to realize that there are werewolves in her town. But that story had tons of back story about a different world where werewolves reigned—some good, some bad. When Jake sent me a few of his ideas, I couldn’t help but feel that the back story could also be its own book. That’s how Grey Stone was born (and, yes, you should stay tuned because we are working on the companion book—the one about the girl—right now).

We started the book in 2012, so it took about 2 ½ years to write and then some time to tweak after that.  

Jean and Jacob will be at BARNES & NOBLE 
Evansville, Indiana
This Saturday, August 20
3:30 p.m.

Find the authors at these links:

Twitter: (@jeanknightpace)
Jean also writes a food blog:

Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana

Our Evansville Local Authors group is giving a series of presentations which is sponsored by Willard Library! You can register on Willard's website to attend the presentations. (guess who's giving a presentation on The Beatles in September ;)

Willard Library Presents: Evansville Local Authors Series Schedule:

August    22, 6 pm – 8 pm:   Carolyn Howard
Author of “The Cliffords & Mr. Orr” – A snapshot of life in Evansville, Indiana from 1915 to 1920
A presentation that outlines the valiant services performed by the men and women of Evansville during World War One. Learn about rationing, the American Red Cross, meatless days, gasless days and the Spanish Influenza pandemic that affected millions world-wide.

September   26, 6 pm – 8 pm:   Lanea Stagg
Recipe Records – A Culinary Tribute to The Beatles
The author of the Recipe Records cookbook series, Lanea Stagg will spend the evening discussing the question:  “Were The Beatles the Original Millennials?”
Listen to a history of the Fab Four and their behavior during their formative years and compare it to today’s phenomenon: The Millennials! The presentation will include audio/video displays along with samples from Recipe Records-A Culinary Tribute to The Beatles. Beatles fans and millennials who are curious about the group are going to Love It – Yeah Yeah Yeah!

October   24, 6 pm – 8 pm:  Rick Kueber and C. A. Jamison
Rick is the author of the “Frost & Flame” trilogy and “The Convergence Saga” sci-fi series
Jamison is the author of “Polarity – Children of the Orb”
Kueber’s “Frost and Flame” trilogy mentions Willard Library in book 2. Kueber will speak about his books along with a viewing of photographic evidence of hauntings; also audio clips of spectral voices. Kueber will also be speaking about his Science Fiction series – “The Convergence Saga.”
Jamison’s YA sci-fi book will be discussed along with a new horror-ish book she is releasing in October.  *May include an appearance by the Evansville Paranormal Team.

November  28, 6 pm – 8 pm:  Evansville Local Children’s Authors:

Patricia Easley – Author of 13 books for children such as “The Mighty Mascot Miss ODee” – Evansville’s Freedom Heritage Museum’s canine mascot
Donna Hendricks – Author of “We’re Combing the Beaches and Doing Projects”
Lanea Stagg – Author of “Little Dog in the Sun” and “Little Dog About Town-An Evansville Tail”
The children’s authors will each give a presentation about their books and encourage holiday shoppers to give the gift of books to children!

January  23, 6 pm – 8 pm:   Teen Night!
Jean Knight Pace and Jacob Kennedy – authors of “Grey Stone”
The pair will chat about their book and also give a presentation for teens. They will talk about the process of creating a book of fantasy--how to get ideas for books, develop them, and refine them. During the course of this discussion, small writing exercises will keep the teens engaged and to get them writing some of their own ideas. Middle school/High schools are invited to attend!

February  27, 6 pm – 8pm:  LOVE of Poetry!
Honey Angela Williams – author  “Life More Abundantly and Other Powerful & Inspiring Works”
M. Dianne Berry – author of “Things Happen When Women Dream”
Two prolific Evansville poets will discuss their published works and also recite poetry to celebrate the month of LOVE!
An extra treat will be the appearance of Evansville musicians, “The Honey Vines” who will join the evening to discuss writing song lyrics – which is really … POETRY!


Peace & Love,
Lanea Stagg
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