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At 8:58am on August 31, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
Brenda,
We had a nice exchange earlier, and for all those folks good enough to extend responses, I wanted to let you know that messages via crimespace are having a bit of trouble reaching me, so if you need, use d.hoof@att.net.
Thanks,

David
At 9:21am on August 21, 2007, Gemma Halliday said…
Hi Brenda,
Oh, you won't regret it. SF is so much fun and the weather is really nice here almost year round. Hope you stay warm this winter!

~Gemma
At 8:50pm on August 12, 2007, Rick Mofina said…
Hi Brenda Thanks for dropping by. I hope you like the book.
See you in a bit,
Rick
At 4:31pm on August 6, 2007, Krystal Waters said…
I got it, Jamie Lee Curtis! lol That's who you look like. Lucky! =)
At 4:59am on August 5, 2007, Krystal Waters said…
I'll think of her name... but you look so much like her. Anyway, yes my nephew has autism and he is 17 now? Getting closer to that date... I don't see him often and he is in a home. He doesn't talk and I don't think he knows who I am.

Have a great weekend!
Kristine
At 3:50pm on August 3, 2007, Krystal Waters said…
Oh My goodness you look like an actress... she played in "Freaky Friday" the newest version. I wanted to stop by and say thank you for adding me to your friends list. I look forward to talking with you and asking questions about getting published as I am trying.

You have an interesting career. I have a nephew with autism. He comes to visit his parents every once in a while. He is seventeen and not doing well. His medications are making him shake uncontrollably and he is just a mess right now. The doctors are trying everything they know... but it is hard to watch.

Stop by my page sometime and say hello! I would love to talk.

Kristine
At 6:20am on August 3, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
Hello again, Brenda,
I tend to space out my contacts in order to keep them particular and personal and relevant. Here's what I have for you today. The feature article in the latest Washingtonian magazine is on teenagers, to wit, your YA audience. I've an extra copy if you would like me to send it along. Ditto Suicide Diary, my YA novel. Should you decide you'd like them -- one or the other or both -- I encourage you to use my personal e mail, david.hoof@littlegods.net to provide me with contact information, a PO box or work address if that works.
Best,
David
At 12:41am on July 26, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
Actually, no. A wealth of reading, PBS and Discovery Channel documentaries, plus Carol Roberts, an NSF National Science Foundation fellow who is an Antarctic expert. I do believe in visiting when possible, but I also believe in a balanced personal budget.
At 12:14am on July 26, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
Judy Blume has probably pushed the 'edge' of YA fiction as far as commercial publishers will go. After that you may have to self-publish. Many imprints are available to escape the anathema of 'self-published,' and there are small presses with specific preferences that will go beyond what the big houses accept. I was amazed to learn that the NF best seller Twilight in the Desert, about the coming Saudi oil crisis, was almost self published. The author admits that he felt strongly enough about getting the material out that he would have gone that route, joining Thomas Hardy and others who never found a press willing to take their stuff.
At 12:51pm on July 25, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
Oh, yes, it is very much for and from the POV of older teens, with all of their issues about parents and themselves at the center of things. Closest in tone my be some of Judy Blume's early stuff.
At 12:49pm on July 25, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
Actually, I've taken my imagination and cartography to extremes, going up to just south of the Arctic circle in order to get polar bears involved in the plot (why not? John Irving has bears). The fictional brigadoon borealis, as narrator Grace Alter refers to it, is referred to by locals as Upper Moose Ass.
At 8:10am on July 25, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
Ive written a kind of droll edgy teenage coming of age novel set in northern Canada titled The Suicide Diary. Those who've read it seemed amused, so i thought I'd let you know. Best.
At 8:16am on July 24, 2007, shirley dicks said…
It was one lady who stood up and she was from Canada and said she was appalled at the audience for what they were saying....but most of the audience had been from Buffalo in the US.....it's a hot topic that's for sure...
At 8:19am on July 23, 2007, shirley dicks said…
Hi Brenda, actually we don't have that many who oppose the death penalty who actually speak out. I was on a talk show years ago in Toronto called, The Shirley Show and she was horrible. She lied to us about who was to be on there, plus she had a talk show host from Buffalo bring a bus load of people who were for the death penalty so that there were only three of us against all the rest for. I felt like walking out but I stayed till the end....

My new book is my life story at www.amotherstorment.com It was published many years ago and called, They're GOing To Kill My Son, but the publsiher changed a lot of names, places and things that happened.

A movie company took an option to make a movie but then said there wasn't an ending to the story so they backed out. Now we have an ending but I don't know the company who took out the option...

I lost my second son two years ago and he used to speak at the schools and colleges with me.... www.trevordicks.com Shirley
At 5:19am on July 20, 2007, Elizabeth Zelvin said…
Thanks for the comment, Brenda. A slow runner AND an old English lit major, huh? We do have much in common. :) Liz
At 10:48am on July 9, 2007, Mary Saums said…
Hi, Brenda - I've heard some of the Ladies' Killing Circle speak, can't remember which convention. I'm also a British mystery lover. Stuart Pawson is terrific. Very nice to meet you!
At 7:00am on July 9, 2007, Pari Noskin Taichert said…
Ouai, je parle Francais, mais j'ai oublie beaucoup. Ca fait longtemps depuis j'avais l'opportunite de parler avec quelqu'un.

pauvre moi.
At 1:07pm on July 7, 2007, Brenda Chapman said…
Thank you Pari! It's good to know how I come across in my picture - better than the opposite, which would be dour with a stunned look. I appreciate you checking out my books for your younger friends - I think they'll enjoy the stories.
Brenda
At 9:14am on July 7, 2007, Pari Noskin Taichert said…
Brenda,
That's a great photo -- says it all: intelligent with a sense of humor. I'm going to find your books for some younger readers I know.

Great to meet you.
At 7:27am on July 7, 2007, Brenda Chapman said…
I've only been to the Bloody Word conferences in Toronto - maybe there?

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