Bethany Griffin's MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, a post-Apocalyptic reimagining of Poe's gothic horror story of the same name, in which a girl trying to escape everything holds not only her own life in her hands, but also those of two boys warring for her heart...and the fate of her crumbling society, to Martha Mihalick at Greenwillow Books, in a three-book deal, for publication in Summer 2012, byMichael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (NA).
I am a high school English teacher. Besides English II, I teach Young Adult Literature, Speculative Literature, A Survey of Poetry and Lyrics, and Creative Writing. I love my job!
After the publication of my first YA novel, Handcuffs (Delacorte), I scandalized a few people with some public readings, as Kurt and Collette will attest, and then settled in to write something completely different. This weekend I've had the first experience of referring to myself as the author of The Masque of the Red Death. It feels pretty weird! Also, like maybe I should avoid alcoholic beverages, since I don't want to be found out passed out in an alley (Poe reference, not an indication of my extracurricular activities).
I have two fabulous children, a husband who does all the bed-time reading so I can write, and a great network of writer and non-writer friends, both IRL and online!
Also, I have recently become obsessed with English Major Armadillo (I have a BA in English from U of L, as well as Masters in the Art of Teaching and Secondary Education)