Saundra Mitchell's Blog

March 3, 2015

Welcome to the official website for Saundra Mitchell! I’m the author of SHADOWED SUMMER, THE VESPERTINE, THE SPRINGSWEET, THE ELEMENTALS and MISTWALKER. I’m the editor of the YA anthology DEFY THE DARK. I’m also the author of WHILE YOU’RE AWAY, writing as Jessa Holbrook, and WILD, writing as Alex Mallory.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS


Fan Fiction: Your Creativity, Other People’s Playgrounds

The Indianapolis Public Library


March 7, 2015 – 2:00 PM

Decatur Branch

5301 Kentucky Avenue,

Indianapolis, IN 46221


March 8, 2015 – 1:00PM

Wayne Branch

198 S Girls School Rd

Indianapolis, IN 46231


March 14, 2015 – 3:00PM

Central Branch

40 East Saint Clair Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204


March 21, 2015 – 11:00AM

Glendale Branch

Glendale Town Center

6101 N Keystone Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46220


March 28, 2015 – 10.30AM

Pike Branch

6525 Zionsville Road

Indianapolis, IN 46268


March 28, 2014 – 2.00PM

Franklin Road Branch

5550 South Franklin Road

Indianapolis, IN 46239


Southern Kentucky Book Festival

April 18, 2015, 9am – 3pm

Knicely Center

2355 Nashville Road

Bowling Green, KY 42101

Panel: Young Adult: Fresh Take on Classics

WithTracy Barrett, Carey Corp, Katherine Howe, Lorie Langdon, and me as Alex Mallory!

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January 12, 2015

SCIENCE FICTION


STARFALL

September 2014

Lightspeed Magazine


FANTASY


THINNER THAN WATER

February 2014

GRIM, edited by Christine Johnson

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January 7, 2015

Fan Fiction: Their Worlds, Your Imagination

The Indianapolis Public Library


March 7, 2015 – 2:00 PM

Decatur Branch

5301 Kentucky Avenue,

Indianapolis, IN 46221


March 14, 2015 – 3:00PM

Central Branch

40 East Saint Clair Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204


March 28, 2015 – 10.30AM

Pike Branch

6525 Zionsville Road

Indianapolis, IN 46268


March 28, 2014 – 2.00PM

Franklin Road Branch

5550 South Franklin Road

Indianapolis, IN 46239


Southern Kentucky Book Festival

Knicely Center

2355 Nashville Road

Bowling Green, KY 42101

April 18, 2015, 9am – 3pm

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October 21, 2014



Indiana Library Federation Conference


Marriott East

7202 E 21st St.

Indianapolis, IN 46219

November 18, 10am – 11am


Indiana Historical Society Holiday Author Fair

450 W Ohio St

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Lilly Hall

December 6, 2015 – 12pm – 4pm


Southern Kentucky Book Festival

Knicely Center

2355 Nashville Road

Bowling Green, KY 42101

April 18, 2015, 9am – 3pm

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August 26, 2014

Don’t let the summer end! PenguinTeen is giving away a boatload of awesome YA paperbacks, including WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by my secret identity, Jessa Holbrook. And BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke, which is one of my favorites EVER, IF I STAY by Gayle Forman, and a bunch more nommy reads.


Come see the beautimousness that is a megaton of books just waiting for you to enter and win!

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July 2, 2014

WILD TOUR
July 1st

A Reading Nurse & The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club - Welcome Post

July 2nd
Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance - Q&A
Confessions of a Readaholic - Review
Imagine a World - Review
Bookish Things & More - Promo

July 3rd
The Anonymous Book Life - Review
A Thousand Words A Million Books – Review
Enticed by Books - Pro
It’s A Book Thing - Review

July 4th
Always in our own world - Review + Dream Cast
ImaginativeMinds - Review + Excerpt
SimplisticReviews - Promo Post
Addicted Readers - Q&A

July 5th
Literary Meanderings - Guest Post
Boricuan Bookworms - Review + Excerpt
Curling Up With A Good Book - Review
Bookish -  Dream Cast  + Excerpt


July 6th
Such a Novel Idea - Review + Playlist
Debz Bookshelf - Review
IKari - Review
A Dream Within A Dream - Review + Excerpt

July 7th
YA Midnight Reads - Review
Library of a Book Witch - Revivew + Playlist
Behind the Pages - Guest Post
Crossroad Reviews - Review

July 8th
A Reading Nurse & The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club - Review
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April 17, 2014

Just trying to see if I fixed comments.

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April 4, 2014

WYA Book I’m so excited! My secret identity’s books, WHILE YOU’RE AWAY, is a paperback you can hold now! It comes out May 20, 2014 and it’s so beyond incredibly pettable.


It will be available anywhere you love to buy books, so please do check it out!


It’s a great way to revisit Will and Sarah, this time in a bathtub-reading friendly format!


WHILE YOU’RE AWAY

Jessa Holbrook

ISBN-13: 978-1595147325


Indiebound


Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository | Powell’s |

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March 27, 2014

Oh wow, check out the amazing book trailer that Johnson County Public Library made for MISTWALKER. It’s so beautiful! It’s so perfect!! Thank you so much, JCPLIN!!


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February 4, 2014

Mistwalker


MISTWALKER comes out today, and I wanted to talk about where it came from. This is a special book to m


e. In my head, it’s a sort of companion to SHADOWED SUMMER. I’ve never wanted to write a book more than this one.


While I was drafting it, I disappeared into it. It’s a personal book, one that’s very special to me. But it w


asn’t a thunderbolt book, where it appeared in my head fully-formed and I just had to type fast enough to keep up. Nope.


The idea for MISTWALKER  came in two entirely separate pieces.  The book is written in two POVs, which reflect the dual inspiration:


PART ONE: GREY


So I told you that I write because I still have people to prove wrong. This is exactly where the mythology for this book came from. There was a blog post at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, talking about what the next big thing in YA would be.


This was pr


obably four or five years ago, back when paranormal was still the hugest of the huge. It was also when adult romance sites had just started reviewing YA novels as well. Which, as you can imagine, ticked off some of the romance-only readers. YA had invaded their space!


I was enjoying the comments until about midway through the comments. There, a couple of disgruntled readers started joking about the most ridiculous creatures that could be the next big YA monster. Somebody said leprechauns. Another suggested minotaurs. Then somebody said, far liath. 


I had no idea what that was, but if I was going to be outraged at all these suggestions, I needed to know.


So I looked it up. Far Liath– the Grey Man. He appears as fog, lures ships into the rocks, and unsuspected travelers to their death over cliffs.


Oh. Ohhhh.


Immediately, I could imagine a backstory for a character like that. Something more human than just a spectral, hateful fae.


And because somebody said it was ridiculous and couldn’t– or shouldn’t– be done, I decided I was going to do it. That’s where Grey began, cursed to haunt the lighthouse on Jackson’s Rock until he took a thousand souls or convinced someone else to take on the curse.


PART TWO: WILLA


When I was sixteen, my younger brother took his own life. He was fourteen and it was a tragedy. Everyone agreed, it was unnatural for my parents to have to bury a child. That’s not the order of things. That’s not how the world is supposed to work.


And that, I suppose, is why so many adults said to me, “You have to take care of your parents now.” Or, “You need to be strong for your parents.”


Because to them, this was my parents’ loss, not mine. So many people said it, family members, family friends, adults I trusted, I believed them. I wasn’t supposed to grieve, I was supposed to take care of my parents.


That’s exactly what I did. I sat between them at the funeral, and forced myself not to cry. I stuffed everything down, over and over. I did what I could to be the strong one– this meant holding my mother’s hand while she talked to news reporters about it. Making dinner at my dad’s house while he sat in the back room and cried.


It’s a strange sort of hole to have in your life. When you meet people, there are small talk subjects– but I don’t know the answer to “Do you have any brothers or sisters?” I guess to be absolutely correct, the answer is no. But that feels like a lie, because I once did.


I was shocked, and relieved, and furious to discover that I wasn’t the only one. Apparently that’s just what people say to surviving siblings: take care of your parents. You have to be the strong one now. (So if you’re in that position, friend, please instead say, “I’m so sorry for your loss. Do you need anything? How are you feeling?”)


That’s where Willa’s story comes from: struggling under that hopeless, oppressive, endless sense that you have to take care of everything because your brother or sister died. Her story is all about the way people treat you when you’re the kid who survives.


FINALLY


My best friend and I agree that when we die, we’re going to get on a ferry and go to Maine. We love it there, and I can’t imagine MISTWALKER taking place anywhere else. That’s not really a foundational point; it’s just a little trivia. A little bit more about where the book comes from. You can see why I say MISTWALKER is personal, a book of my heart.


I’m both excited and terrified that it’s out in the world today, but I’m so glad I get to share it with you.


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Published on February 04, 2014 04:30 • 53 views

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