To mark Black History Month, I talk this week to Lisa Stringfellow, whose debut middle-grade fantasy novel, A Comb of Wishes, was published last February by HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books. The paperback came out this month, and it tells the story of a 12 year old Black girl as she deals with loss and longing.
A Comb of Wishes won Kweli Journal’s inaugural Color of Children’s Literature Manuscript Award in 2019, has received starred reviews, and just this week, Lisa learned that she is a finalist in the Superior Achievement in a Middle Grade Novel category of the Bram Stoker Awards 2022, voted on by members of the Horror Writers Association.
Lisa also teaches English at a middle school in Boston, and so this episode marks the first of three shows in which we will look at the art and science behind Author School visits – how to get them, how to do them brilliantly, and hopefully, how to make some money from them. Look out for episodes #24 and #25 for more on school visits.
To find out more about Lisa, visit her website, or follow her on Instagram or Twitter.
To buy Lisa's debut MG novel, A Comb of Wishes, please consider buying it from her favorite indie bookstore, Brookline Booksmith. Or, to support other indie bookstores across the country, as well as this podcast through an affiliate link, please buy it from Bookshop.org.
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