Hi all,

As part of the Chef Magnus Nilsson photo exhibit entitled Nordic:A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food, and People, I’ll be giving a talk on heritage vegetables at the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville, Chicago. There will be a farmers market going on and Big Jones (a restaurant that has the best bourbon selection around) is right around the corner. Hope to see you there! Sharon

Food as Historical Artifacts” Lecture with Sharon Biggs Waller
July 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
In connection to our exhibit, “Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food, and People” by Magnus Nilsson, the Museum will host a lecture by Sharon Biggs Waller, author of feminist novels A Mad, Wicked Folly, The Forbidden Orchid (Viking), and Girls on the Verge (Holt).

Heirloom or heritage produce not only taste delicious but also have a storied past: the Trail of Tears bean was carried by the Cherokees on their forced march to Oklahoma, and the Moon and Stars Watermelon was a long-lost variety re-discovered in a backyard in Missouri. Heirlooms give us a way to experience what our ancestors collected, treasured and (of course) ate—living history at its best!

Author, journalist and food history enthusiast Sharon Biggs Waller will give a presentation on heritage fruits, vegetables and livestock and their importance as living historical artifacts.

Admission $10 and includes a copy of Magnus Nilsson exhibit book. Reservations recommended, and can be made here or at the Museum.

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Dear Reader:

I hope you have a fantastic Fourth of July.  I’m going to spend it reading and weeding the garden and maybe a little bit of writing.  Sparklers will be in there somewhere too.

Hugs,

Sharon

 

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I recently finished the first draft of my third novel, GIRLS ON THE VERGE, and sent it off to my editor. It’s an odd thing to hit send and go on about your day when your characters have occupied your every waking moment for months and months, but it’s also nice to clear your brain and have a ponder about what’s up next. And this always makes me think about the mission statement I made several years back. A mission statement is something every artist should make before she steps out onto that path. A mission statement helps remind you about who you are as an artist and what you want to say. The other day, while I was frantically trying to pull the last strings of my story together, I was listening to a soundtrack I made when I wrote my second novel, THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID, which you can listen to here: THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID soundtrack . I had thrown a Wailin’ Jennys song on it, simply because I really like the harmony, but I listened closely to the lyrics and realized how much the song reflected my mission statement. For me, I want every story I write to show that your dreams are worth the struggle, and that you, my dear reader, matter.

Do you have a mission statement for your life? I’d love to hear about it!

You Are Here, Lyrics

You wonder why you wonder when

You wonder how now and then

How you became who you’ve become

You are here

And yet you dream of being there

Of being where you think the good life has begun

Every darkened hallway

Every fallen dream

Every battle lost and

Every shadow in between

Will bring you to your knees and

Closer to the reason

And there’s no making cases

For getting out or trading places

And there’s no turning back

No you are here

Who can say who made the choice

In the matter of your birth

Who brought about that fateful day

Well you are here and born with fire and desire

You’re the only one can stand in your way

And every broken arrow

Every hardened smile

Every foolish gamble and

Every lonely mile

Will bring you to your knees and

Closer to the reason

And there’s no making cases

For getting out or trading places

And there’s no turning back

No you are here

And every sign of love

Every seed that’s growing

Every sweet surrender

To that silent knowing

Will bring you to your knees and

Closer to the reason

And there’s no making cases

For getting out or trading places

And there’s no turning back

No you are here

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I’m incredibly pleased and proud to announce my latest deal for my third book, a contemporary YA novel called GIRLS ON THE VERGE. Those of you who have read my other books, ORCHID and FOLLY, know that I am first and foremost a feminist writer and that the theme of girl power runs through the veins of my stories. So guess what? GIRLS ON THE VERGE is no different.

Here is the announcement from Publisher’s Weekly

Christian Trimmer at Simon & Schuster has bought world English rights to Girls on the Verge, a YA novel by Sharon Biggs Waller. When 17-year-old Camille discovers she can’t obtain an abortion anywhere near her small hometown, she sets off for a Planned Parenthood clinic in the next state. Accompanied by Annabelle, the one-time star of her high school who has wound up stocking shelves, Camille embarks on a road trip of self-discovery in this coming-of-age story pitched as Going Bovinemeets Thelma and Louise. Publication is set for spring 2018; John M. Cusick of Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management brokered the deal.

The story of girls and their autonomy over their own bodies and their own fertility is an important one for me to tell and I am pleased and proud to have the chance to tell it. It’s not often that I get to write a story like GIRLS ON THE VERGE that is very close to my own life story.

But no worries, I haven’t abandoned my first love—historical fiction.   Lots more of those to come!

 

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Hi all!

Summer is cracking on and the farm is looking amazing.  With my husband home for the summer I have extra time on my hands for writing and embroidering and goofing around with the goats.  It’s pretty heavenly!  (I included some pics below, but if you follow me on Instagram you’ll see tons of farm pics there.  Click on the link in my blog header and you’ll go to my page.)

I also had some wonderful news about ORCHID this week.  The Junior Library Guild has chosen ORCHID as one of their selections.  The JLG is a curator for libraries and they are very picky about the books they choose.  It’s a dream to be included and I’m so pleased and proud.  Also, the Great Summer Reads for Youngsters round-up has been running in several newspapers across the country, and ORCHID has been included in all of them.

I’m also waiting eagerly to announce the sale of my third book, which will be coming soon! I can tell you it will be released summer of 2018 and it’s being published through Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.  Until then…watch this space!

How is your summer going?  Would love to hear what you are up to!

Hugs,

Sharon

 

 

Hubs and our baby goats

Hubs and our baby goats

Meg in the tree swing

Meg in the tree swing

Harriet in the oak tree

Harriet in the oak tree

The kitchen garden under construction

The kitchen garden under construction

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A big thanks to Tori Avey for including me on her blog today.  Tori is an amazing writer and blogger and all-around talent, and it’s such an honor to be featured.  Also, beautiful pics of the book.  Have a look! Tori’s Bookshelf

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Here’s what I know about book tours: they are equal parts fun and tiring.  I’m coming to the end of my book tour for THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID—just a few more left this month and in June—and I’ve enjoyed every single one.  I’ve loved meeting readers, students, and other young adult writers.  But now I’m looking forward to a spring and summer on the farm working in our brand new vegetable garden and greenhouse (which is in pieces right now, but will be up and running by July), watching my baby goats grow up, and working on my embroidery.  I’m also going to be working on two books at once, which should prove challenging because one is contemporary and the other historical fiction.  So we will see how that goes.  In the meantime below are a few pics from my tour, in no particular order.

In the coming weeks I’ll be posting some photos and videos that pertain to ORCHID, so keep checking back.

Oh, and just fyi, I’ve been keeping a low-profile on social media because I’ve been so busy this spring, and I don’t see that ending soon, so if you want to get in touch please go to the contact me page and fill out the form.  I love to hear from readers and I answer every e-mail so don’t hesitate to write.  Also, I’m still offering signed bookplates, so drop me a note if you’d like one.

Hugs,

Sharon x

 

 

 

Signing my name on a pillar at Anderson's BookShops in La Grange, Illinois. (Event with Christa Desir)

Signing my name on a pillar at Anderson’s BookShops in La Grange, Illinois. (Event with Christa Desir)

Christa Desir and me at Anderson's Bookshops in La Grange, Illinois.

Christa Desir and me at Anderson’s Bookshops in La Grange, Illinois.

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Book Cellar Young Adult Festival in Lincoln Park, Chicago. From left to right: Ted Goeglein, Emery Lord, Me, Peter Kujawinski, and Todd Hasak-Lowy

Carmel, Indiana  Barnes & Noble event.  With Jeff Zentner.

Carmel, Indiana Barnes & Noble event. With Jeff Zentner.

Signing Stock at Valparaiso, Indiana Barnes & Noble.

Signing Stock at Valparaiso, Indiana Barnes & Noble.

New York Public Library Big Read Event at Bread and Roses High School in Harlem.

New York Public Library Big Read Event at Bread and Roses High School in Harlem.

Bread and Roses High School, Harlem

Bread and Roses High School, Harlem

Books of Wonder, NYC, mega-author signing with pal and agency sib Tommy Wallach.

Books of Wonder, NYC, mega-author signing with pal and agency sib Tommy Wallach.

Aylesworth Elementary School presentation.

Aylesworth Elementary School presentation.

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Lauch event at Barnes & Noble in Valparaiso, Indiana

Launch event at Barnes & Noble, Valpo, IN.

Launch event at Barnes & Noble, Valpo, IN.

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