Welcome to the launch of Corsets, Cutlasses, and Candlesticks! We’re a group of middle-grade and young-adult novelists who are bringing the past vividly to life through fiction.
Starting October 1, we’ll begin our regular blogging schedule on Mondays and Wednesdays. Today we’re kicking off the site with an introduction to our members and a major giveaway.
J. ANDERSON COATS has dug for crystals, held Lewis and Clark’s original hand-written journal, and been a mile underground. She has a cool surgery scar unrelated to childbirth, she reads Latin, and she’s been given the curse of Cromwell on a back-road in Connemara. On a clear day, she can see the Olympic mountains from her front window. On the foggy ones, she can smell the Puget Sound. Jillian writes historical fiction set in the middle ages that routinely includes too much violence, name-calling, and petty vandalism perpetrated by badly-behaved young people. THE WICKED AND THE JUST (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) is her first book.
SHARON BIGGS WALLER is the author of A MAD, WICKED FOLLY (Viking, Winter 2014), the story of an Edwardian teen who becomes a suffragette. Sharon lived in the UK for six years, after falling in love with a British mounted police constable. She did extensive research on the British suffragettes for her novel, with the help of the curators of the Museum of London—when she wasn’t working as a riding instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace and as a freelance magazine writer. Today, she is a full-time freelance writer in the magazine industry in the US and UK, and she has three non-fiction books published under her maiden name, Sharon Biggs: THE ORIGINAL HORSE BIBLE (co-author Moira Harris, Bow Tie Press, 2011); ADVANCED ENGLISH RIDING (Bow Tie Press, 2007); IN ONE ARENA (Half Halt Press, 2001). She is a dressage rider and trainer, and she lives on a 10-acre sustainable farm in Northwest Indiana, just outside of Chicago, with her husband, Mark, two horses, four dairy goats, five cats, two dogs, 60 laying hens, and a hive of bees.
CLAIRE M. CATERER was born in the Motor City and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City. After spending several years working in publishing in New York, she returned to the Kansas City metro, where she lives today. She writes full time and shares her home with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a host of imaginary friends. Her debut novel for middle-grade readers is a fantasy about how three ordinary kids encounter extraordinary adventures when they enter a magical, alternate version of medieval England. THE KEY & THE FLAME will be available April 2, 2013, from Margaret K. McElderry Books / Simon & Schuster.
LAURA GOLDEN has always been a reader, but she never dreamed she’d become a writer. Fate, however, had plans. Now, Laura can’t imagine doing anything else. Her debut book, a historical middle grade titled EVERY DAY AFTER, is set to release Spring 2013 from Delacorte Press/RHCB.
KATHERINE LONGSHORE is the author of GILT, a story of friendship and betrayal set in the court of Henry VIII. At university, she created her own major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications, planning to travel and write. Forever. Four years, six continents, and countless pairs of shoes later, she went to England for two weeks, stayed five years and discovered history. She now lives in California with her husband, two children, and a sun-worshiping dog.
Look out for another Tudor novel in Summer 2013.
Group Blog: yamuses.blogspot.com
ELIZABETH MAY is an occasional book cover photographer, a fantasy novelist, a lazy PhD student, and an accomplished coffee drinker. She resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she can frequently be spotted skulking about dark wynds with a camera in hand. She spends far too much time on Twitter and her blog.
Her debut novel, THE FALCONER, will be released in 2013 by Gollancz (UK/Commonwealth) and Chronicle Children’s Books (US/Canada).
JENNIFER MCGOWAN was born in Ohio, grew up in Montana, and studied in Paris. She has held numerous writing jobs over the years, but author is by far her favorite. A past RWA Golden Heart Award winner and an unabashed fan of all things Elizabethan, Jenn is delighted to publish her debut novel, MAID OF SECRETS. She currently lives and writes in Ohio.
JESSICA SPOTSWOOD grew up in a tiny one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where she could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or—most often—with her nose in a book. She’s been writing since fourth grade but studied theatre in college and grad school. Now she lives in Washington, DC, with her playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. BORN WICKED is her first novel; the sequel, STAR CURSED, will be released in June 2013.
CAT WINTERS was born and raised near Disneyland in Southern California, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. Her debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS—a WWI-era YA tale that’s part love story, part ghost story, and part dark mystery—is coming April 2013 from Amulet Books/Abrams. She lives outside of Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.
THE INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!
The first-place winner will receive the following prizes:
- A signed copy of Katherine Longshore’s GILT
- A signed copy of Jessica Spotswood’s BORN WICKED
- A replica medieval pilgrim badge, courtesy of J. Anderson Coats
- Kristen Lawrence’s THE RAVEN (a CD featuring a haunting musical rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem) and a signed IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS bookplate, courtesy of Cat Winters
- “Maid of…” buttons, customized to the winner, courtesy of Jennifer McGowan
- A suffragette gift bag that includes a women’s right journal and a “Next Gen Suffragette” bumper sticker, courtesy of Sharon Biggs Waller
- Signed The Key & the Flame bookmarks, courtesy of Claire M. Caterer
- A copy of OUT OF THE DUST by Karen Hesse, courtesy of Laura Golden
- A copy of Kristin Cashore’s FIRE, courtesy of Elizabeth May
- Book swag
The second-place winner will receive book swag from the authors.
THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED HERE.