Monday, April 07, 2008

Kentucky Trip

While visiting my mom in Kentucky I had a chance to meet Emma Sleeth, a 17-year-old college student at Asbury College. At age sixteen Emma sold a book to Zondervan--a nonfiction targeted to young adults about saving the environment. Emma wrote It's Easy Being Green when she was fifteen as an English assignment in high school.

Emma learned about and developed her passion for environmentalism from her father, a doctor who wrote Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action Now. Emma's now at Asbury on scholarship and at 17 is already finishing her sophomore year.

Now that's cool, selling your first book at 16.

Also during this trip--on Saturday I visited some Christian bookstores in Lexington, bearing gift bags of chocolate. The beautiful Lifeway Store had a great endcap for the Kanner Lake series. This endcap of the whole series is now possible with the release of its final book, Amber Morn. I signed all the books on these special shelves and applied an "autographed by author" sticker. It's always great to visit bookstores and say a special "thank you" for the sellers on the front lines.


Pam Halter said...

What a great story! I'm encouraged to keep going ... well, keep writing while I'm waiting. I sent off a proposal for Fairyeater on Friday. Yikes!!

I also tell my 15-year-old daughter to dream big. If she doesn't dream big, nothing big will happen. She wants to write, direct, film and act in her own movies. My baby, the star!!

Mocha with Linda said...

What fun! I know it was such an encouragement to Emma to meet you. (and I have mystery on the brain when I come to this site - I thought her name was, appropriately, Sleuth!!)

Cara Putman said...

What a cool endcap -- but I have to say I'm really sad to see the Kanner Lake series end. My mom, sister and I argued about which book was best last week on vacation. I just can't choose!

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Thanks, Cara. :)

Susanne said...

That end cap looks great with the whole series all together like that.