The countdown has begun!  There are just TEN DAYS left to enter the It Came From A Book! TRW Art Contest and today, we’re delighted to host a special guest blog by Myra McEntire, an Egmont USA author whose first novel, Hourglass, was nominated for YALSA’s 2012 Teens’ Top Ten list!  If you’re looking for literary inspiration for your art, Hourglass is hard to beat– so let’s share Myra’s excitement and get creative! ~Erinn

In the kitchen with Myra McEntire

Myra McEntire

Being nominated for a YALSA award tells me librarians think enough of HOURGLASS to put it in the hands of their readers. I’m not going to lie – that makes me a little teary!

I’ve always liked hanging out in my kitchen. The floor is hardwood, which makes for excellent spinning during dance breaks. My TARDIS cookie jar lives on the counter, and my teapot collection perches above my cabinets. I love to thumb through my cookbooks and stare at ridiculous dessert pictures and imagine that, given enough time, I could cook just like Julia Child.

(With the amount of time I have now, I mostly cook like this guy.)

Click to find HOURGLASS at a library!

This year, every piece of good book news I’ve received happened while I was standing in my kitchen. That’s where I was when I found out HOURGLASS was nominated for YALSA’s Teen Top Ten list.

I’m so, so honored and excited to be nominated, and I mean that all the way from the bottom of my fuzzy socks. (They also help with the spinning.) And both my editor and agent suggested I move a cot in beside my fridge, but I’m not willing to go that far just yet.

Being nominated for a YALSA award tells me librarians think enough of HOURGLASS to put it in the hands of their readers. I’m not going to lie – that makes me a little teary! I adore it when librarians tweet me that their patrons are reading my books, and love it even more when they send pictures of people claiming holds!

Because it’s the TEEN Top Ten list, it also means that teens are responding to what I’ve created, and they’re communicating that response to the gatekeepers of the world of books. That’s a Very Big Deal to me.

Sometimes, authors are tempted to write to market, or to write to trend. Science fiction with a paranormal tease, and real science, and kissing, and humor, might not fit into a neat slot on a bookshelf, but librarians are catching my audience for me. That allows me to write for my readers, and to follow the HOURGLASS story in the direction it leads me.  This is also a Very Big Deal.

Because I like to be honest, I’d love to see HOURGLASS make the final Teen Top Ten list. But to be even more honest, the little thrill I have every time I think of the nomination has caused more than one spontaneous spinning dance break, so cookies all around.*

*All sharp kitchen utensils are contained during dance breaks, as occasionally, I lose my balance.

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Teen Read Week™ is administered annually by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  Neither YALSA nor ALA sponsored or endorsed the TRW Art Contest, even though it is uncommonly cool.  Find information and more about this year’s Teen Read Week™ theme, It Came From the Library, at the official YALSA Teen Read Week™site.

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