One of the joys of blogging is being able to connect with writers all over the world, right here from The Dorf, Germany. One writer whom I “met” early in my blogging days was New Yorker Nova Ren Suma, who blogs at Distraction No. 99. Nova has inspired me and many others with her dedication to writing. She is a writer with every core of her being; she lives and breathes it. (Occasionally, she breaks from writing to eat cake, which is another reason to love her.)
Having ghosted a series of tween and YA novels, Nova decided to try her hand at writing for younger readers. It was clearly the right decision: her debut Dani Noir was published by Simon and Schuster’s Aladdin imprint in October this year. Within a month, it was on Amazon’s list of Top 10 Books for 2009: Middle Readers.
I’ve read Dani Noir and I loved it. It’s witty, pacey and delightful. If you are looking for a present for a girl this Christmas in the nine to 14-year-old range, Dani Noir might be just the thing. Be warned though: you might have to start renting Rita Hayworth movies!
Here’s a link to the Dani Noir site, and to my recent interview with Nova, published today on Buzzine.
November 26, 2009 at 2:54 pm
Thank you Charlotte. One Christmas present down, many more to go!
November 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm
Thanks for the heads up. My older daughter and her friends are right in that age range.
November 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm
Sounds like a great book – definitely on the list for Sky. Great interview too – I enjoyed reading it.
November 27, 2009 at 8:52 am
Oh I remember Nova! How exciting to think her novel has done so well, and how generous of you to mention that here, Charlotte. I will look out for it.
November 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm
Charlotte, thank you so much for interviewing me! And especially for your kind words. I’m blushing.
You were one of the first bloggers I connected with when I first started Distraction no. 99… I loved doing this interview with you!
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November 30, 2009 at 3:41 am
I LOVE Nova’s new book, and was so thrilled to see your interview. I’m looking forward to reading an interview of you, Charlotte, next — when your book comes out. It’s very exciting, watching bloggers you really like find success. xoxo
December 1, 2009 at 3:28 am
Charlotte, that’s so cool – good on Nova for cracking the code, it’s always so exciting when someone makes it over the wall!
Back to my endless laps of the exercise yard beneath the guard tower…