Thursday, December 26, 2013

Celebrating Debutantes 2013: Rachel Waxman (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)

Our featured debut for today admitted that she was a goth in middle and high school. More facts from the author of The Crickhowell School for the Muses, Rachel Waxman!

Rachel Waxman

13 Random Facts

1. I have a nose ring. I think it’s awesome and I’m never taking it out!

2. My parents almost named me Leia. I really wish they had.

3. I have a scar on the top of my foot from surfing. Let me clarify that. I have a scar on the top of my foot from accidentally kicking a piece of coral while trying to surf.

4. I was stung by a jellyfish in Hawaii when I was a kid. I still remember the moment clearly; it felt like a toothpick shishkabobing my big toe.

5. I’ve been playing the oboe since the fifth grade and studied music in college.

6. I was a goth in middle and high school. All black clothes. Purple lipstick. White face powder. Huge platform boots with buckles…you get the picture!

7. I speak French.

8. After college, I started a chocolate truffle company called Poofy Sheep Chocolates. I hope to re-launch it some day.

9. I’ve lived in four different cities since 2011: Chicago, Kansas City, New York and Montreal.

10. I once spent a summer in Belgium participating in an archaeological dig. I found part of a clay pot with a thumbprint in it and a 16th century die.

11. I do ballet and started pointework when I was in college. I also studied aerial arts for a few months.

12. Relatives on both sides of my family fought in the Revolutionary War.

13. My first novel, The Crickhowell School for the Muses, was published in May of this year. It’s a YA gothic fairy tale that tells the story of a young girl who is kidnapped and forced to become the muse of a renowned painter. It’s been called “creepy,” “lovely,” and “tactile.” I hope you’ll check it out!


More about Rachel!

Rachel Waxman is a writer, oboist, and entrepreneur, and a graduate of Northwestern University. In college she studied history and music and spent her Sundays writing with friends in local coffee shops. She has a contradictory affinity for old books, castles, and new technology, and is still nostalgic for the eighteenth century. She hails from Kansas City - home of the deer, the antelope, and the best barbecue in the world - and currently lives in New York City.

Take a peak on Rachel's debut novel!

The Crickhowell School for the Muses
by Rachel Waxman

Published May 5th 2013 by Daniel & Daniel Publishers

Blurb (Goodreads):
When Awen is kidnapped from her rural village and confined at Crickhowell, where Miss Nina runs a thriving business in the muse trade, her misery eventually fades into relief. She finds a kind music teacher, discovers a new friend, and her only requirement as a student is to study the art of singing-her favorite thing in the world. However, Awen soon realizes that Miss Nina's goal is not simply to train voices. She is trying to take them away. Determined to escape this fate, Awen becomes swept up into the intrigues of a scheming subordinate teacher, a salacious workman, a quirky artist-patron, and a handsome blond horseman. When both her own voice and the music around her mysteriously fade into silence, Awen's only hope is to turn against the very artist she was commanded to inspire.

The Escapist

Check out debut author Mindee Arnett on Oops! I Read A Book Again!

Yesterday: Tamera Wissinger (Gone Fishing) and Lisa M. Basso (A Shimmer of Angels)
Tomorrow: Jessica Young (My Blue is Happy) and Lindsay Ribar (The Art of Wishing)

Calling YA/NA/MG debut authors of 2014! Want to join us on this fun event? Fill out this form! Don't forget to spread the word with your debuting friends!

- ecopy of The Crickhowell School for the Muses
- open internationally
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