Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kimberly Derting, Zetta Elliot, Anne Spollen Shout Out (EED)

Today is Shout-Out Day. This means I will be giving a shout out to the Authors who have participated in the Birthday Phenomenon. They have all gone above and beyond to make this event happen. So what better way to thank them, then stopping by their sites!

Kimberly Derting

I was born and raised in the Seattle area, with the exception of a few short stints in Phoenix, Boise, and San Jose. I had a colorful childhood, raised by a single mother who worked her butt off to make ends meet. She showed my brother and me how to enjoy life on a shoestring budget. She was the kind of person who, given the choice between paying a bill and taking us to the circus, would always opt for the circus...and somehow, she always managed to pay the bill. She was the one who taught me how to laugh.
My publishing career began at an early age, when I started making homemade coloring books with sheets of blank paper and a stapler, and then went door-to-door to sell them. Unfortunately, my neighbors had limited disposable income for such frivolous purchases, so I was forced to seek my fortunes elsewhere.
I first fell in love with writing (giving up my childhood dreams of being a Veterinarian, and then my later aspirations of "lady trucker") when I signed up for Journalism as my 7th grade elective. It was supposed to an easy A, but it soon became my passion. I moved on to be Copy Editor of the high school yearbook so that I could correct other people's writing mistakes and fill in when they missed their deadlines (and, hey, it was high school...deadlines were frequently missed!).
I still live in the Pacific Northwest, which is the ideal place to be writing anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. I live with my husband and our three beautiful (and often mouthy) children, who serve as an endless source of inspiration for my writing.

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Kimberly Derting is sponsoring
The Body Finder:
10 stickers
10 stickers
10 bookmarks (signed)
1 bag for books

(taken from her site)

Zetta Elliot

Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott has spent the past fourteen years studying, writing, and teaching in the U.S. Her poetry has been published in the Cave Canem anthology, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Check the Rhyme: an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, and Coloring Book: an Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers. Her novella, Plastique, was excerpted inT Dot Griots: an Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers, and her essays have appeared in The Black Arts Quarterly, thirdspace, WarpLand andRain and Thunder. She won the 2005 Honor Award in Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Contest, and her picture book, Bird, was published in October 2008. Her first play, Nothing but a Woman, was a finalist in the Chicago Dramatists’ Many Voices Project (2006). Her fourth full-length play, Connor’s Boy, was staged in January 2008 as part of two new play festivals: in Cleveland, OH as part of Karamu House’s R. Joyce Whitley Festival of New Plays ARENAFEST, and in New York City as part of Maieutic Theatre Works’ Newborn Festival. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Zetta Elliot is sponsoring
2 A Wish After Midnight paperback

(taken from her site)

Anne Spollen
I live near the Atlantic Ocean with my husband, two teenage boys and tween daughter. We share our space with three cats, two ADHD kittens and one terribly mannered dog. We have one of those informal houses with messy gardens, baskets of art supplies and piles of folded laundry on the sofas. My first novel, "The Shape of Water," was released in 2008; my second, "Light Beneath Ferns," will be released in February, 2010, both from Flux. I am working on a third novel, tentatively titled "Edge," that I probably have to finish writing before I say much else. I write strange books because normal doesn't interest me. And, with my life, that's a good thing.
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Anne Spollen is sponsoring
Light Beneath Ferns paperback (signed)

To gain extra entries in the Birthday Phenomenon visit each Author and leave a comment about what you enjoyed about their site.

You gain an entry for each authors site you visit and tell me about what you liked.

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Charlotte said...

The Body Finder had drifted off my rader, so I'm glad to be reminded of it! (and I got a chuckle from the Homecoming picture on the author's blog...)

I wish I go go to the Reimaging the Past talk that Zetta Elliott blogs about...sigh. But I did enjoy watching the videos she has on her blog.

I have Light Beneath Ferns waiting for me at the library; I didn't realize that Anne Spollen was the author of The Shape of Water, which I read when it first came out...I am looking forward to Ferns even more now!

elizabeth said...

What I liked about Kimberly Derting's website is her EVENTS page. I found out that she will be visiting near me soon, so that is exciting.
I liked Zetta Elliot's artistic statement. It was very interesting.
Anne Spollen's blog was fun because her posts were fun to read. I really enjoyed reading some of them :)

bookaholic said...

I really liked Anne Spollen's blog and I loved excerpt of the first chapter from her book that she has posted on her right sidebar.And the pictures she has posted from her family vacations are so nice!

Kimberly Derting's blog is lovely...the use of colors in her sidebar are so beautiful. I love the Events and News pages in her blog.

Angelia said...

What I like about Anne's blog is that it's comfortable and causal. I fee like I can relate to her (especially with the teens/milk carton issues).

Zetta site is very clean and well laid out. I had no trouble finding the books I wanted to read about!

Kim's site is just cool! It really sets the mood for her books. I can't wait to read The Body Finder!

Andrea said...

Kimberly's site really helped set the tone for what you can expect from her books. Also I love how the links sort of 'glowed' when you hover your mouse over them.

Zetta's site is so clean and simple that it was extremely easy to navigate and find the information you were looking for. Also the color chosen is very relaxing.

Anna's blog is a great read! Her posts are clever and interesting and I love that she has the first chapter up on her sidebar for readers to enjoy.

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

My copy of the Body Finder is STILL in the mail (and while I say that, I'm hoping desperately it arrives today!!!!) so it was nice and refreshing to check out Kimberly's site again. Call me silly, but I have this mundane obsession with the lights on the navigation click on the page you want to go to and it lights up :D hahaha. And the book trailer - I loved it!

I'd never heard of Zeta Elliot before and I had a fun time checking out her webby, too. I loved the excerpts. Nothing like a good excerpt to grab your interest!

I LOVED the content on Anne's blog. She talks about so many things that are so relevant to me! I'm glad I checked it out, I've bookmarked a few posts :)

Emma :)

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Brodie said...

I have to agree with Kate, I love how when you hover on the links to the side of Kimberly's website, a light appears! Or perhaps an 'echo' - well they make me think of the echo's from the book, which I'm guessing they're meant to represent :)

I really enjoyed reading Zetta's Artistic Statement page. It was very interesting! And her excerpts page. I love me some excerpts :D

I really like Anne's blog! Her posts are great. And I liked this little line in her profile bio "I write strange books because normal doesn't interest me." Amen to that LOL

Brianna Bruce said...

I looked at all three websites!

1. I love Kimberly Derting's website. I actually have visited her website before I heard about this contest, and I have looked at it frequently. The images on her home page are mysterious and eerie, perfect for the types of novels that she writes.

2. Zetta Elliot's website was elegant in format and color, and that was something that I enjoyed.

3. As for Anne Spollen's website, it was actually more of a blog than an official website for her books. As with Zetta Elliot's website, I liked the clean format of Anne Spollen's blog site and I adored the cover for Light Beneath Ferns! It's ethereal.

Erika said...

i have the body finder in my to-be-read pile, and i've heard so many great things about it that i can't wait to read it! kimberly derting's site totally captures the feel her book. i love how it's a little bit eerie. the pictures look like they could be screencaps of horror movies, and i really like that!

zetta's site, on the other hand, takes a more minimalistic approach, but i like how it's simple yet stylish. it's also really easy to navigate. her artistic statement is also a wonderful feature.

anne's is simple, but i like that she stuck with the blog-style website. her entries all have personal touches to them, and of course, her wonderful writing only makes things better.

Val said...

Anne Spollen

I love that trailer she has on her home page. Its teen made and its awesome!

Kimberly Derting
I would absolutely love to read The Body Finder it sounds like an awesome book!!! I also think its awesome she sold publishing rights in russia and poland!

zetta Elliot
I love that she shows us how a childs life can really be effected by negative choices.

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Shy said...

Anna Spollen
The main thing that attract me to her site is that the fact she really blogs. I mean, talking about something that happen in her life, her thoughts on some issues etc. I think that's so good!

Zetta Elliott
Very easy to go through this site. It's simplicity attract me a lot and I actually adore her "Artistic Statement"!

Kimberly Derting
Another simple site and I do enjoyed her blog - A LOT!

Amy J - Book Addict said...

Kimberly: I love the big picture of the fantastic cover!

Zetta: I am so easily pleased! I love her signature initials!

I read this book too! I love her blog!

Amy J

Tina said...

I like the atmosphere of Kimberly Derting site, it's really misterious. And the trailer of The body finder is great!
The Zetta Elliot site is glamourous and the blog is great.
And the blog of Anne Spollen is simply but I like it that way. And I love the pics from her family vacations, they're nice :)

Precious said...

Anne's blog is filled with wonderful posts that are so fun to read!

Zetta's blog is easy to navigate in. Her artistic statement is forever stuck in my head.

I love the News section of Kimberly's site!

ChickLitGirl said...

I love how Zetta's site is so simple, and the lilac colors is so pretty! The little icons are adorable too. It gives a simple but extremely pretty feel to her site.
I really like how Kimberly's site focuses on her book, on the home page. I CANT WAIT TO READ THE BODY FINDER! Its sounds SO FREAKING GOOD!

Giada M said...

I love all their websites.
I already had visited only Kimberly's site. It has a beautiful layout and I love the colors! I watched the book trailer and now I can't wait to read her book!

Zetta Elliot's site is very easy to navigate. I love her artistic statement. I could read some interesting excerpts. And she has a lovely blog!

Anne Spollen's blog has many cute pictures and interesting posts! :)

Giada M.

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ChickLitGirl said...

Forgot to mention Anne Spollen!
I love her site, probably because its a BLOG and because its so interesting! Its also simple, and not too cluttered, blogs like that are really easy on the eyes, and you can concentrate on the content more

Readerly Person said...

I really liked Kimberly's story of how she got her agent. It's always interesting to hear about each individual story - they're so different!

Zetta's Artistic Statement, hands down.

Anne's website is a blog! That's great - it's like she's a real person!

- Rebecca