List Post, décembre 2016 + HOLIDAY POEM!

  1. Write my next novel
  2. Get ready for Christmas (at home, this year)
  3. Celebrate the holidays with family and friends
  4. And on Tuesday, December 13 – the Killer Nashville Facebook Page will host my guest blog.

I met KN blog coordinator Tom Wood back in September at the Decatur Book Festival, and he asked me to submit a post for later on…which I did, and Voilà!

I’d love for you to read it and Like it.

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Now, for this year’s verse:

My holiday poem, I’ll try to make short.

The year’s highlights, to you, I’ll describe and report.

Two thousand sixteen will be history soon,

and I’ve time to consider that, this afternoon.

I began the year busy with two new endeavors:

got on Facebook, and found it both easy and clever.

I started my newsletter also, and found

it a way to update you all – all the year ’round.

In the spring, my last book, Daddy’s Girl, was released

and my number of novels out, by one, increased.

In the summer, just after it won an award

My nonfiction book, All the Above, struck a chord

With the public, when I penned an article in

the Atlanta newspaper (called the AJC). Then,

in the fall, I attended three festivals where

I met readers and authors and others who share

in the interest of stories, both made-up and true.

I had fun, and ’twas hard, to them all, bid adieu.

I will close with my wishes of love and good cheer.

Joyeuses fêtes de Noel and a Happy New Year!

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List Post, novembre 2016

It’s almost time for turkey Thanksgiving! (What?)

It’s the middle of November, and I’m just now getting around to posting this month’s List! (I’ve been busy.)

Just before the U.S. presidential election, my monsieur and I headed to the Caribbean for a long-awaited vacation on a beautiful island paradise. It was gorgeous, fun, and relaxing!

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On a “sunset cruise” together

The next weekend, I was off to moderate the nonfiction panel at the 2nd Annual Milton Literary Festival in Alpharetta, GA, where I also discussed my book ALL THE ABOVE.

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Me, talking books

So…what do I have coming up?

See my Events tab for details, but in a nutshell:

  • Book Signing, Crema Espresso Gourmet, Dunwoody, GA, Wed, Dec 7, 12:30-3:30
  • Interview, America’s Web Radio Show, “The Prologue,” Fri, Feb 3, 11:00 a.m.
  • Book Signing & Sunday Tea, Bookmiser Book Store, Roswell, GA, Sun, Feb 19, 2:00-3:30
  • And in March I’ll appear at the Dahlonega Literary Festival, followed by a panel discussion appearance at the April meeting of the Atlanta Writers Club in Dunwoody, GA.

In between, I’ll be writing my next novel, and celebrating the holidays with my family and friends.

Joyeuses fêtes de Thanksgiving, et bon apétit!

List Post, octobre 2016

October is my favorite month of the year! 🎃

  • I’m hard at work on my next novel. It’s got a working title I really like, and I hope I can live up to it. Characters are shaping up nicely…
  • On Saturday, October 15 from 2 – 4 pm, I’ll join my pal, SC author David Burnsworth, for a book signing together at Eagle Eye Book Shop called “Southern Authors.” This wonderful bookstore is located at 2076 North Decatur Road in Decatur, Georgia. David and I previously teamed up this year to do a presentation for the NC Triad “Murder We Write” chapter of writers organization Sisters in Crime (of which we are both members).

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  • Publicity! In case you missed my last blog post, click HERE for an article in the “Good Books” section of Northside Woman magazine about me and my book ALL THE ABOVE by Kathy Des Jardins Cioffi (an interview, mostly). The magazine caters to North Fulton and Forsyth counties, north of Atlanta!

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List Post, septembre 2016

Better late than never!

  • Activities this month (so far):
    • AJC Decatur Book Festival:
      • Atlanta Writers Club Thriller Panel
      • Signed books at Eagle Eye Book Shop tent, the Atlanta Writers Club booth and Sisters in Crime booth

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  • Sisters in Crime, Atlanta Chapter meeting:
    • “Marketing and Publicity Secrets and Tips” Panel with 4 other Sisters

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  • Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in NOLA (New Orleans):
    • “Watch that Man – Thriller” Panel, signed books afterward
    • Happy Hour at the House of Blues Voodoo Garden, hosted by my publisher Thomas & Mercer
    • Drinking, dining and fun connecting with other authors and wandering around the French Quarter

With my pal author Emily Drake Carpenter at the Happy Hour party

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  • CURE Childhood Cancer’s Quiet Heroes Luncheon:
    • Wonderful silent auction and program given by CURE for moms and dads of cancer patients, survivors, and children who lost their battle with cancer
    • Met some incredible women who help raise money for cancer research and find a cure (two of whom I am with, below)

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  • Activities coming up: 
    • 2016 Cooper O’Brien Memorial Golf Tournament, Dinner and Silent Auction: I was invited and will attend this event on Sept. 27
    • Preview for October: Author Appreciation Reception hosted by the Georgia Libraries Association in Athens, Ga; Book signing at Eagle Eye Book Shop; and LOOK FOR AN INTERVIEW ARTICLE on me by Kathy Cioffi in the GOOD BOOKS section of the OCTOBER issue of NORTHSIDE WOMAN MAGAZINE!

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P.S. Latest “Wine with Wendy on Wednesdays” Post coming up soon, too!

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Je vous présente The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

A few days after the Personal Journeys article I wrote for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, titled Fear and Gratitude, was published on Sunday 7/10/16, the Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Mary Moore, reached out to me.

I’m sad to say that until then, I didn’t know the PBTF existed. We met at a Starbucks near her office, just a few miles from my home. Mary greeted me with a hug and we sat down with our coffee to get acquainted. She told me she was touched by the article, and she wanted to know all about Jack and the book I wrote about his journey, All the Above: My Son’s Battle with Brain Cancer. Then she shared with me the story of the PBTF and how she came to be involved.

Not long after our meeting, Mary invited Jack and me to visit her office. We came in together one afternoon, and Mary introduced us to Tammy Bates, who is taking over Mary’s role this summer when Mary moves out to the lake (Mary will stay involved in the chapter, working from home). We also met employees Katie Sheridan and Heather Heid. All were delighted to meet Jack and to hear his story, and they told us much more about the PBTF. We shared ideas about how to publicize the PBTF and what they do, and how to raise awareness (and funds) in creative ways, à la the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Before Jack and I left that day, Mary bought a signed copy of my book. 😀

Did you know that brain cancer is the deadliest childhood cancer? That means more children die from it, than from any other cancer. Jack was exactly 19 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Once we absorbed the shock of his diagnosis, we faced the strong possibility that he could die. Nothing else mattered but getting him to live.

Even though, at over 18, Jack was considered an adult (and had to sign all necessary consent forms for MRIs, surgeries, and treatment), he was considered pediatric by hospitals, because he was under 21. For a lot of reasons, that helped Jack and me as he battled the disease. As one of the reviewers of my book put it, “Cancer, like a cruel master, forces you to stand up and keep walking when all you want to do is to stay down and hide.” Because Jack was pediatric, he got some much appreciated help when he was suddenly forced to stand up and keep walking. Many times, that help made all the difference.

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Jack, in the summer of 2010

Jack is 5 and a half years cancer free now and is doing well. As he said when we met with the staff at the PBTF, he was one of the “lucky” ones who is diagnosed with brain cancer: he survived. Our family was also lucky, because we have good healthcare insurance, and could afford to travel for his medical treatment. Some other kids aren’t so lucky. The PBTF raises money not just for brain tumor research, but to help some families of pediatric brain tumor patients with emergency financial assistance.

Jack and I are passionate about finding a cure for cancer, and he strives to inspire others with hope and courage. I never worried that he or any of my other three kids would get cancer, but on Jack’s 19th birthday, instead of going out to celebrate, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was admitted to Northside Hospital in Atlanta for emergency surgery to save his vision.

And that was just the beginning of his journey.

Read the rest in my book, a Finalist for the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year,  All the Above: My Son’s Battle with Brain Cancer. Support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. And if you want to help us publicize the organization in any way (especially one that will catch the attention of many), please let us know.

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Find my books at Barnes & Noble!

The “Perimeter” Barnes & Noble on Perimeter Center West in Atlanta (near Perimeter Mall) now stocks signed copies of three of my books!

Find my psychological suspense novels UNDERWATER and DADDY’S GIRL, both set in Atlanta, on the shelf in Fiction & Literature

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And my memoir ALL THE ABOVE: MY SON’S BATTLE WITH BRAIN CANCER is shelved in Biographies & Memoirs. Look whose books I’m next to 😊…

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(Books are shelved in alphabetical order by author name.)

 

List Post, août 2016 (August)

It’s the Dog Days of Summer, and I’ve got a new list!

  • The Georgia Writers Association has just released the judges’ notes for Finalists and Winners of the 2016 Georgia Author of the Year Awards. Here’s what judge Iraj Omidvar said about my book: 
    • “Julia McDermott’s All the Above, My Son’s Battle with Brain Cancer is replete with powerful dialogues and descriptions that bring to life the circumstances leading to — as well as the significance of — each of the often life-and-death decisions involved in fighting brain cancer. At the center of this drama is Jack, the courageous and much-loved young man whose struggle reminds us of the often invisible social ties that underpin our lives. In recounting the events, McDermott exposes the powerful relationships among parents and children, siblings, and relatives and friends that sustain life and work, here in face of tremendous stressors. The memoir is also a poignantly appreciative look at the dedicated physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals the family relied on for Jack’s surgeries and recovery.”
  • After my “Personal Journey” was published on July 10, 2016 by the AJC – Atlanta Journal Constitution – titled Fear and Gratitude, (click here to read), I connected with the Georgia Chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Association (headquartered in Asheville, NC). They help families with children who have been diagnosed with brain tumors, and they do great work.
  • I’ll appear on the Atlanta Writers Club Thriller panel at this year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival on Sat., Sept. 3 at 11:15 am at the Decatur City Hall. Afterward, I’ll sign copies of my novels DADDY’S GIRL and UNDERWATER, and my memoir ALL THE ABOVE: MY SON’S BATTLE WITH BRAIN CANCER
  • That same day, from 2:00 to 3:00, I’ll be at the Atlanta Writers Club booth, to chat and sign copies of my books. I’ll also appear at the Sisters in Crime booth, time and date TBA.
  • Later in September: I’m traveling to New Orleans to attend Mystery Writers Conference, Bouchercon, and will appear on a panel titled Watch That Man – Thriller on Sunday Sept. 18 at 9:00 am. 
  • In November, I’ll be a participating moderator/panelist on a nonfiction panel at the Milton Literary Festival, and next March, I’ll be a “Regional Writer” at the Dahlonega Literary Festival.

 

List Post, juillet 2016 (July)

  • Read the “Personal Journey” article I wrote in the AJC – Atlanta Journal Constitution – titled Fear and Gratitudehere (and in the Sunday July 10, 2016 print edition)
  • Check out my Events tab for my upcoming appearances, including the one on Thursday July 14 at 6:30 pm at the Book Exchange Marietta
  • I’m hard at work on my next novel, and hope to have half of the story written by the time I appear at this year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival on the Thriller panel!

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