On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, from 7:00 to 8:00, I’ll be at the Mendon Public Library to read from and discuss my YA debut, The Beloved Wild. Teens and adults are welcome to attend the evening event, but please call soon to register: 585-624-6067.
I had a nice conversation with the local reporter Matt Krueger, and he wrote a sweet article for The Daily News. Here it is!
Adventures in YA Publishing interviewed me. I love the questions they asked. If you’re interested in checking out this interview, you can read it here.
Writer’s Bone is a terrific platform for authors. It offers especially wonderful audio interviews. I’m so lucky and happy that they invited me to be one of their interviewees. If you’d like to listen to me chat with Caitlin, a smart, kind podcaster, Here’s a link.
Fierce Reads invited me to submit a post for their YA author blog. I wrote about the inspiration for The Beloved Wild. Here’s my piece!
Monkeybicycle, one of the best online literary journals out there, runs a fabulous series for debut authors called “If My Book.” In each installment, the writer compares his or her new novel to something interesting and (oftentimes) strange. James Tate Hill, the magazine’s wonderful fiction editor, invited me to try my hand at a response. It was a fun exercise! You can read what I came up with here.
Kester, the smart and fabulous creator of the book blog LILbooKlovers, writes lovely reviews and conducts interesting, nicely detailed author interviews. And this week, he kindly wrote a beautiful review of The Beloved Wild. Here’s a link if you would like to check it out.
On April 8, 2018, at 7:00, I’m looking forward to being the Orleans County Genealogical Society’s guest speaker! Author of her newly released historical adventure set in rural 1807 New Hampshire, Melissa Ostrom will be the guest speaker for the April 8th, 2018 OCGS meeting. Event details.
GCC News issues a press release regarding The Beloved Wild… Melissa Ostrom, known to many as an extraordinarily gifted teacher of English Composition at the Albion Campus Center of Genesee Community College and also known as a widely published short story writer, is now being recognized as an accomplished young adult fiction author. Here’s a link to read more.
“The Beloved Wild: GCC Professor Pens First Novel, Inspired by Genesee Valley History,” The Batavian article by Maria Pericozzi Melissa Ostrom, an English literature professor at Genesee Community College, describes the Genesee Valley as having a big sky and rich soil. Read it here.
The latest issue of The Passed Note is out! This is a wonderful online teen lit magazine, led by the incomparable editor Stephanie Johnson. And the newest issue includes an interview with me! Here’s a link if you’d like to read it.
I was invited to take part in the 2018 NYC Teen Author Festival, and I am SO EXCITED! On Saturday, March 24, at McNally Jackson, 7:00 PM, I’ll be participating in an “Into the Wilds” panel discussion. And on Sunday, March 25, at Books of Wonder, from 2:30 to 3:00, I will be signing books. If you live in or near the NYC area and love YA fiction, you should attend! You’ll meet dozens of terrific writers. And it’s free and open to the public! Here’s a link to all the details.
My book launch party for The Beloved Wild will be at Lift Bridge Bookstore (45 Main Street, Brockport, New York 14420) on April 14, 2018, and you are invited to attend! I will be signing books and reading a bit from the novel. If you’re interested in purchasing my book from Lift Bridge (and I hope you are because it’s an AWESOME indie bookstore; check them out at liftbridgebooks.com), just give them a call (585-637-2260) to reserve a copy. This book launch is going to be fun. Will there be cake? Yes. A really BIG cake.
On Thursday, April 26, in the Curtis Room of the Hoag Library in Albion, New York, 7:00 PM, we’re celebrating our local pioneer past! I will be reading from The Beloved Wild, discussing how the history of the Orleans County settlers inspired me to write my novel, and also signing books. This event (sponsored by the Cobblestone Society and Museum, Hoag Library, the Orleans Chapter DAR, and the Orleans County Historical Association) is free and open to the public. Join us!
Junior Libary Guild Selection
I am delighted to share the news that The Beloved Wild is a Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2018, and very grateful to the JLG for the honor.
In its next issue, New South will be publishing my short story, “Strategies for Elegy,” but the journal is featuring one of my micro flashes on its website right now. “Five Minutes Past Noon”: my nod to Little Red Riding Hood. Click here to read.
2018 Pushcart Prize short fiction nominee for “Safety Measures”
I’d like to thank YARN, the fabulous literary journal for young adult readers, for nominating my short story “Safety Measures” for the 2018 Pushcart Prize. I’m thrilled! Click here to read.