Young Adult Authors Night

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Several community members filled the Morse Conference Room at the Colusa County Library Thursday night as the Friends of the Colusa County hosted an opportunity to meet with three young adult fiction authors.Alexis Bass and Jessica Taylor attended the event and shared their writing processes, inspirations, and their journeys to publication.  Stephanie Garber was scheduled to participate but due to unforeseen circumstances could not make it.

Alexis Bass and Jessica Taylor attended the event and shared their writing processes, inspirations, and their journeys to publication.  Stephanie Garber was scheduled to participate but due to unforeseen circumstances could not make it.“Stephanie wanted to be here and share her book and experiences,” said Alexis Bass.

“Stephanie wanted to be here and share her book and experiences,” said Alexis Bass.

Bass gave the inspiration for her book ‘Love and Other Theories’.

“The ideas that are big in the finished book, start small,” said Bass, “I was in a coffee shop in Seattle, and these young girls in front of me were discussing a famous dating reality show. I thought – what if all girls approached dating as a game – that’s what started the inspiration for the book.”Jessica explained that the inspiration for her book, ‘Wandering Wild’ was derived from her experience living in a small town.

Jessica explained that the inspiration for her book, ‘Wandering Wild’ was derived from her experience living in a small town. When asked about their writing process, Alexis commented, “I work to get the words out as quickly as possible. I also try to dedicate time every day to write – even if they are not useable words.”

When asked about their writing process, Alexis commented, “I work to get the words out as quickly as possible. I also try to dedicate time every day to write – even if they are not useable words.”Jessica commented that she works in binges and that eventually an idea will unfold, and she will write several chapters over a short period.

Jessica commented that she works in binges and that eventually an idea will unfold, and she will write several chapters over a short period. Both authors agreed that although they may not be writing, they are always working on their books.

Both authors agreed that although they may not be writing, they are always working on their books. “Even when we are out with friends or doing chores around the house we are always working on our books and developing our characters,” Jessica said.

“Even when we are out with friends or doing chores around the house we are always working on our books and developing our characters,” Jessica said. The pair also discussed their journey through publishing processes from finding an agent to the editing process.

The pair also discussed their journey through publishing processes from finding an agent to the editing process. Jessica commented, “You have to find an agent that works well with you, and they have an excellent success record.”

Jessica commented, “You have to find an agent that works well with you, and they have an excellent success record.”Alexis explained that it often takes several months to write a book then several weeks before a book idea is bought by a publisher.

Alexis explained that it often takes several months to write a book then several weeks before a book idea is bought by a publisher. Jessica commented that Stephanie’s book, ‘Caraval’ recently had its movie rights sold to Fox and they were beginning the process of production.

Jessica commented that Stephanie’s book, ‘Caraval’ recently had its movie rights sold to Fox and they were beginning the process of production. Both Jessica and Alexis commented on publishing for Young Adults.

Both Jessica and Alexis commented on publishing for Young Adults. “I never meant to write in the young adult genre,” Alexis said, “most of my books seem to take the high school setting, a difficult period for young adults, and it appeared to be a good fit for me.”

“I never meant to write in the young adult genre,” Alexis said, “most of my books seem to take the high school setting, a difficult period for young adults, and it appeared to be a good fit for me.”Alexis also commented that she chooses the high school period for her stories because of her experiences.

Alexis also commented that she chooses the high school period for her stories because of her experiences. Jessica said, “Young adult is one of the fastest growing genres mostly because young adults are seeking for stories they can relate to, and adults love them because they have lived through the period and can reminisce with the stories.”

Jessica said, “Young adult is one of the fastest growing genres mostly because young adults are seeking for stories they can relate to, and adults love them because they have lived through the period and can reminisce with the stories.”Jessica Taylor adores sleepy southern settings, unrequited love, and characters who sneak out late at night. After graduating from law school, she realized she rather write her stories than read dusty law books. Taylor lives in Northern California with her sweet-yet-spoiled dog and several teetering towers of books. Taylor will be presenting her book, ‘Wandering Wild’. For information about Jessica Taylor visit: http://www.jessicataylorwrites.com/books/

Jessica Taylor adores sleepy southern settings, unrequited love, and characters who sneak out late at night. After graduating from law school, she realized she rather write her stories than read dusty law books. Taylor lives in Northern California with her sweet-yet-spoiled dog and several teetering towers of books. Taylor will be presenting her book, ‘Wandering Wild’. For information about Jessica Taylor visit: http://www.jessicataylorwrites.com/books/Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona and spent her early 20s in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with her fiancé and their gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book. Bass is also a huge advocate for the three C’s: coffee, chocolate, and cheese. Bass will be presenting her books ‘Love and Other Theories’, and ‘What’s Broken Between us’. For information about Alexis Bass visit: http://www.alexisbassbooks.com

Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona and spent her early 20s in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with her fiancé and their gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book. Bass is also a huge advocate for the three C’s: coffee, chocolate, and cheese. Bass will be presenting her books ‘Love and Other Theories’, and ‘What’s Broken Between us’. For information about Alexis Bass visit: http://www.alexisbassbooks.comStephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could come to life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy, she can be found blogging on PUB(LISHING) CRAWL. Garber will present her book ‘Caraval’. For information about Stephanie Garber visit: http://stephaniegarberauthor.com/books/

Stephanie Garber loves Disneyland because it’s the one place on earth where she feels as if the fantastical stories she loves to write about could come to life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy, she can be found blogging on PUB(LISHING) CRAWL. Garber will present her book ‘Caraval’. For information about Stephanie Garber visit: http://stephaniegarberauthor.com/books/

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Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2007. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.