Generally, I knew, or knew of, most of those who became student body officers, but not always. In my particular school student body officers also included the head cheerleader. So many of the activities interfaced with their activities and relied upon involvement. One year, part of group was an exuberant young woman named Becky Vallett. Becky was a joy to be around and I never witnessed her being unkind to anyone. Indeed, her dedication to hard work was contagious.
Years later, through Facebook, I was friended by a young women with a small family named Becky Wallace. I little bit of exploration revealed that is was the Becky Vallet. After a couple more years, I realized that she had be come a budding YA author. I began to follow her. I asked her to serve on a small book award committee with me. Everything I remember about her energy, her intelligence and hard work was reaffirmed.
I began reading her work and realized that low and behold she could write! She has worked in fantasy genre and has tried her hand at YA romance. I think she has hit her stride. I after reading Stealing Home, I knew I wanted to invite her to be one of the presenting authors at the ALAN Workshop.
Chance are you don't know this wonderful new author. I hope that you check her out before the ALAN Workshop, follw her page on Facebook, link to her webpage, and read one of her books (The Story Spinner, The Sky Lighter, and Stealing Home).
The next three links are interviews with Becky:
From The Sweet Sixteens
From YA Interrobang
From Dawning of a Brighter Day
Below is a series of images: the first set are the images of her book covers. Click on them and you wil find an Amazon link.
the second set are images of Becky and of Chicago, the setting of her soon to arrive book Far From Normal. Who knows, maybe you just might find it in your ALAN box.
Don't run away to quickly, below the images is a set of questions that Becky has answered about her writing.
The Author and Other Stuff
Interview Questions with Becky Wallace
Until next week.