September 28th, 2007

Keep your fingers crossed that I get in

The Portland Division of the FBI has a Citizen’s Academy twice a year. I’m applying to go. I’ll learn about cyber crimes, international and domestic terrorism, hate crimes, and the use of force policy. I’ll also get to participate in “live fire training exercises.” Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Wish me luck.



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I don't know what to title this entry

It could be:

- Protecting the brand: how an author branched out and changed her name
- Clementine's "mother" turns to adult fiction
- How come some people can do everything right?

Anyway, Sara Pennypacker, who wrote the Stuart series for kids, as well as the very-well recieved Clementine series, now has an adult book out under the name Sara Young. PW gave it a starred review and called it a “stunning adult debut.” My Enemy’s Cradle is about a young half-Jew forced to hide in a German Lebensborn - the Nazi homes established for giving birth to Aryan children - where she witnesses untold horrors.

If you do write something completely different, I think you need to change your name. (And of course some folks change their names to try to escape the tyranny of the bookstore computers, which figure if you sold eight copies of your last book, maybe they should only order six of the new one.)

If I ever branch out to something besides mysteries and thrillers, I could be April Patten or April Meeker or April Satterwhite. Or I could follow that joke about your porn star name, where you combine the name of your first pet with the name of the street you grew up on, and be Frisky Terrace.



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