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Catherine Linka was almost thrown out of boarding school for being “too verbal.” Fortunately, she learned to channel her outspokenness and creative energy into writing. A passionate traveler she loves to visit wild landscapes like Iceland, the Amazon, and the Arctic circle. Catherine has seen 6 types of whales in the wild, and lived her lifelong dream in January when she stood on deck in pajamas and a parka watching a pod of thirty orca in Antarctica's Gerlach Straits. She doesn’t believe in fate, but she did fall in love with her husband on their first date when he laced up her boots, because she had a broken hand.

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Catherine Linka Like most writers, especially YA writers, there are so many, many people to thank that we write long acknowledgements and include them in our novels.…moreLike most writers, especially YA writers, there are so many, many people to thank that we write long acknowledgements and include them in our novels. In A Girl Called Fearless, mine is three pages long, because I had to include my writing mentors, my friends who cheered me on and everyone at St. Martin's who made the book a reality.

You'll see when you publish your book how many people you'll feel grateful to.(less)
Catherine Linka I guess that you two must like to write if you're asking this question.

For me--the best part of being a writer is connecting with readers. When a…more
I guess that you two must like to write if you're asking this question.

For me--the best part of being a writer is connecting with readers. When a reader sends you an email or comes up to you at an event to tell you that your book touched something inside them--that's the absolute best feeling.

I would love it if my book became a best seller or won an award, but I can't control any of that, so I try to enjoy the journey. Now I'm starting to visit schools and that is incredibly fun and exciting and a little scary, too!

Good luck reaching your dreams, and don't give up!(less)
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A Girl Called Fearless (A G...
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Last year, many of us debut authors freaked when bloggers reviewed our books and tweeted reviews with a big DNF or did not finish. It’s scary, because we know some readers will see that and think DNF means “this book is so bad I could not force myself to get through it.”

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Talk about a book that will suck you in like a vortex. The Wrath and the Dawn returns to the classic tale of Shahrzad who survived her murderous husband by telling him an irresistible tale every night for 1,001 nights. But this time, Shazi is out for ...more
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This is an extraordinarily odd and yet, very moving story. Ollie lives off the grid in a cabin in the woods, because he is allergic to electricity and electricity is allergic to him. Moritz was born without eyes, but he sees his world through echoloc ...more
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Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
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Since Aaron Hartzler is on a panel I'm moderating in March, I got a copy of Rapture Practice. While the title says it's a true story about growing up gay in an evangelical family, I felt that his story was actually quite universal.

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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I took six books on a long trip, but this was the one I could barely put down. And I was completely surprised, because I'd seen mentions of the book everywhere, but the synopsis had not excited me.

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“Chess players do not care about the pawns. They sacrifice the least powerful so they can hold on to their power.Your leaders play chess with your lives,but what the world does not yet know is that someone else whispers the moves as they play...”
Catherine Linka, A Girl Called Fearless

“Says Juliet

love wields the scissors
love is the escape
love blows through pinholes
love refuses to die

love holds its breathe though the absence of oxygen
love defines the weight of the pillow
slips free of the knot

love builds a fire out of hope
love climbs a rope of maybe
love trusts the grappling hook to hold

let the world
tell us no
love is the rusted fire escape
that shouldn't support our weight
but does”
Catherine Linka, A Girl Called Fearless

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“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes

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