Since I'm still somewhat uncomfortable trying to pass off writer related advice, I find myself welcoming the chance to review a middle grade book here and there - or introduce a debut writer.
With that, I'm pleased to introduce Emily Ungar and her debut novel, Liberty Belle. She recently inked a deal with Anaiah Press, a new Christian publisher. She kindly answered a few questions for me, which I've posted below.
How long have you been writing?
As a kid, I connected instantly to MG. I started writing my own projects in notebooks when I was 7 or so. Most of my “books” were about botched sleepovers and lost rabbits. As I evolved through my teen years, I wrote less. But I’ve been writing steadily now for the past 8 years (after I graduated college).
Do you only write MG?
I do have a few women’s fiction projects going as well.
Who’s a favorite author or character?
Louis Sachar and Ann M. Martin were always my go-to authors growing up. And in terms of character, I really connected to Harriet the Spy. I loved when Harriet hid in the dumbwaiter to do her spying. To this day, I can’t think about dumbwaiters without thinking of her. (Not that I think of dumbwaiters often.)
Will you sign a copy of LIBERTY BELLE if I pay postage both ways?
Absolutely! I would be honored.
Cake, ice cream, or cookies?
Um, all of the above? Haha. But if I had to choose—it would be cake with buttercream icing. Birthday cake tastes the best!
Cats or dogs?
Dogs! I feel like many writers prefer cats, but I’m a sucker for a big slobbery basset hound.
While you write, do you prefer noise or quiet? (I know you have two little boys running around there. 😊)
It’s funny—when I first started writing, I had to have music to help me think. I had a playlist for each project. But now, I prefer the quiet. I think because I do have additional sounds in my life (i.e. my little boys!!) the quiet really helps me ground my thoughts. It’s almost like a keyboard meditation.
Liberty Belle by Emily Ungar
On the same day she turns twelve years old, Savannah moves away from everything she’s known in sweet, sunny Georgia to preppy Washington D.C. Not only will she miss her best friends Katie and Tessa, Savannah will start a new school. She soon discovers that her schoolmates love to brag—about their clothes, their parents’ governmental connections, and even who has the in with the school authorities.
Unhappy and lonely, Savannah decides if she can’t make life better, she can at least make it sound that way. Soon she is living in the childhood home of George Washington, riding in the limo of the vice president’s daughter, and even moving into the former Luxembourg embassy.
All is well until she learns that her true friends from Georgia are coming for a visit. Now Savannah must create the life she’s been talking about in her letters—and fast! Will Savannah find herself or lose her friends?
12th August 2014
Trailer: Available from Youtube: http://youtu.be/DMo2A-LLCbQ
Anaiah Press: http://www.anaiahpress.com
Emily Ungar is a graduate of Indiana University, where she majored in journalism. After living in seven different U.S. states by the time she finished college, she now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and very curious twin toddlers. When she isn’t chasing after her twin boys, Emily loves to curl up in a chaise lounge with a book in one hand and a lemon cupcake in the other. Emily loves connecting with her readers, so she welcomes you to say hi on her blog at emilyungar.com.