Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bethany Griffin

Hi, I'm Bethany Griffin, and I've been stalling to post anything about me, because I've been waiting for this to become official, and it just did, on Friday!

Young Adult
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)

1 comment:

Georgia Parker said...

I am also an English teacher and an launching our first YA Lit Class this fall. I teach Masque and am anxious to read your book and make comparisons. So exciting! Would you be willing to share the book list of what you teach in your YA class? Also would you be interested in Skyping with my class?
Georgia Parker