A Leap of Faith

Author, author reading, book launch, performing, performance

The following post is written by Trudee Romanek, author of Raising the Stakes. Ever thought about performing improv? Standing in front of an eager crowd with no script, no back-up music—nothing but your wits? I’ve had heart-thumping nightmares that were less stress-inducing. I love watching improv but figured I could never perform it. Coming up with stuff off the top of your head is the opposite of what I do as a fiction writer. See, I love control. I research and plan endlessly, creating a timeframe, an outline, character sketches, and so on. And once […]

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Author Feature: Patricia McCowan

#Tuesdaytalk with Patricia McCowan. Her book, Upstaged, is on shelves now. Tell us about your book. Ellie has been used to lead roles in her small-town school’s musicals, but that changes when her dad’s job takes them to a big city. When Ellie gets into the Youth Works Theater Company, she finds herself in competition with a tight-knit group of triple-threat performers. Out of her depth and far from all she’s known, Ellie has to learn what to do to stop feeling upstaged by everyone around her. What was the catalyst for your story? My […]

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A Space Apart – Guest Post by Author Patricia McCowan

A guest post from Orca author Patricia McCowan, whose first novel, Honeycomb, part of the Limelights series, will be released this September 2014.  A Space Apart There’s a certain magic to the spaces where performing artists work. Not just on stage, where bright lights, an audience and performers’ adrenalin combine to charge the atmosphere. When I was an actor, I loved being in rehearsal halls and backstage spaces almost as much as being on the stage. While writing Honeycomb, I loved researching and then imagining myself in the creative spaces where my protagonist, Nat, and […]

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Orca on the road!

Orca has just recently returned from two great conferences, the ALA midwinter conference in Philadelphia, PA and the OLA Super Conference in Toronto, Ontario. There was lots of excitement about our hi/lo series for struggling readers–Orca Soundings, Orca Currents, Orca Sports and Rapid Reads–but there was also a general enthusiasm for all of our titles. In particular, the librarians visiting our booth were excited to hear about a couple of our new series for classrooms and libraries. Orca Limelights Designed for students who are passionate about the performing arts, Orca Limelights are short novels for ages […]

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Step into the limelight with Orca’s new performing arts series!

Orca Limelights

Orca’s brand new performing arts series, Orca Limelights, launches this October with three exciting new titles: Attitude by Robin Stevenson, Cut the Lights by Karen Krossing, and Totally Unrelated by Tom Ryan. You can visit the Limelights website to watch a series trailer, read more about the upcoming books, and see what’s in store for future seasons. While you’re waiting for these three fabulous books to come out, why not check out these great blog posts from Limelights authors! Robin Stevenson, Karen Krossing and Tom Ryan have each interviewed each other about their upcoming books […]

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