Time of the Witches has been selected as a Junior Library Guild book!
The Salem Witch trials are brought to life through one reluctant accuserâ€™s search for truth
Orphaned at the age of four, Drucilla finally has a place she can call home with her new family, the Putnams, of Salem Village. But when a new reverend and his family move into town with their servant Tituba, life takes a strange and dangerous turn as accusations of witchcraft swirl. Dru is overwhelmed by the fervor of lies and the power of groupthink among the other girls in town; reluctant to turn her back on the Putnams, she utters her own accusations. Only her best friend Gabe sees through the deceit, but it may be too late for Dru to protect the truth, and innocent people will pay the ultimate price. Read More...
As a country fights for its freedom, Jonah Hawkins must make a choice as to where his loyalties lie. His promise to his dying father that he would remain loyal to the king isn't easy to keep after he meets his new teacher Master Nathan Hale, especially after he hears Hale utter the famous words, "I only regret I have but one life to lose for my country." Myers has written over a dozen books and received three Oklahoma Book Award medals. She lives in Chandler and is president of the Oklahoma Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Anna Myers claims to have been born at Pinky George’s Liquor Store in Whiteface, Texas, but she admits her birth was not as racy as it sounds.When her father wastransferred from Oklahoma to work in the oilfields where there was not enough housing to accommodate the boom in population, the family lived for a while in a small house that had once housed Pinky George’s establishment.The sign was still embedded in the side of the house.She also enjoys stating that she was married at Woodstock, but if you press her, she will tell the rest of the story.
Anna published her first story before she learned to write, dictating her manuscript to one of her older sisters.She chose men’s action adventure as her genre and titled it The Long Bearded Man. The venture was a commercial success because she charged each of her older siblings, including the one who wrote it down for her, a quarter a piece to read it.There were five of them, and $1.25 was big money.She decided right then to be a writer.
Myers is the author of many, many novels for young people, all published by Walker Booksof New York. Most of her books are historical fiction.At one point, her editor, knowing she had taught 8th graders, said, “Let’s do something different.Write something funny about middle school.” Anna said, “Emily, you weren’t there.It wasn’t funny,” but she did write two contemporary humor stories about 8th graders.
Anna’s awards include four Oklahoma Book Awards, New York Public Library’s Best Books for the Teenaged, New York Public Library’s Best 100 Books to Read and Share, Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books, Parent Choice Awards, Crown Award by Christian Schools, ALA Quick Pick List, Independent Book Sellers Pick of the List, three Gamma State Author Awards, and inclusion more than twenty times on children’s choice lists for various states.
Anna’s experience in the classroom makes her a successful speaker for all ages.During a presentation, she discusses her books, her writing methods, and gives students hints for their own writing.She's also extremely well-known for her signature 'book talks', where she dresses in costume, performing as characters from her books.
She has been a keynote speaker for the New York Library Association.She has addressed The American Library Association, Texas Library Association, Tennessee Library Association, Missouri Library Association, International Reading Association, South Carolina Reading Association, Arkansas Reading Association, Texas Reading Association, and various other teacher and writer groups.
Anna Myers Receives The Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award
Here is Anna's video and an interview from our Featured Author or Illustrator of the Month!
Our "Featured Author" for November/December is... Anna Myers Chandler, Oklahoma
OCAI's Exclusive Interview with Anna Myers . . .
Our featured author is the incredibly talented Anna Myers who is the author of 19 novels and recently hailed as an "Oklahoma Treasure!" She has managed to write and have published one book per year since her first book, Red Dirt Jessie, came out in 1992. Welcome, Anna. Thanks for being with us!
OCAI: As busy as you are with your life, family, speaking in schools, and being the regional adviser for the Oklahoma Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, how have you managed to find time to write and publish one book per year?
Anna: Lots of authors write more than one kid's book a year. After Red Dirt Jesse, my books have been sold before I wrote them and it's easy to make yourself work if you have a deadline. I'm now working on an adult book that's not sold and I find it harder to make myself write.
OCAI: What is a typical day like for you?
Anna: I wish I were the kind of person who had a typical day but I'm not. Everyday in my life is different. When a deadline draws near, I assign myself a certain number of pages to complete each day.
OCAI: With 19 books under your belt, do the ideas for new books come easily or do you have to "find" them? How, specifically, do you get your ideas?
Anna: Ideas come easily. I have more ideas than I'll ever be able to write. All my family and friends suggest stories, but a story has to grab me and make me want to tell it.
OCAI: Have you ever felt like giving up and quitting? What keeps you inspired?
Anna: No, I've never felt like giving up. I can't imagine life without writing. There are stories that push me to tell them. It's the power of story that makes me write.
OCAI: Since most of your novels are historical, could you tell us how you go about doing research for your books? How much time do you spend on research verses actual writing and revising?
Anna: Before I start a project, I do a lot of general reading about the subject. I often do not know what facts I will need until I'm writing, so my writing is often interrupted while I search for details. Most of my research is done through paperback books. I do like to see a place I write about but I don't go there to research. I go there to feel the land.
OCAI: Anna, thanks for spending time with us! Teachers, if you'd like to know more about Anna, her books, and her speaking in schools, click open her biography page. Be sure to watch her video to learn about her offer for TWO FREE SKYPE visits at YOUR school. Happy reading everyone!
Anna Myers Chandler, OK
" I love taking my bad first draft and making it come alive."
OCAI:What gave you the idea for your new young adult novel, Time of the Witches?
Anna: I had always been fascinated by that event in our history, but the idea to write about a girl involved in the accusations came as I listened to music from the time.
OCAI: How did you research this book and what did you find the most fascinating or surprising about your research?
Anna: I did my research from books, including one with the actual trial transcripts. I also went to Salem because I wanted to see the lay of the land and imagine the way things looked in 1692. What has always fascinated me is a question concerning the
accusations. Did any of the girls who claimed to be pinched and tormented by the accused witches believe what they claimed, or did they make it all up?
OCAI:What takes the most time: Writing, researching, or editing? (And which do you enjoy the most?)
Anna: Before I start to write, I do a good bit of reading about the period. Next, I write the first draft fairly quickly. As I revise, I do research as needed, but the revision process takes the most time. It is also the revision I enjoy most. I love taking my bad first draft and making it come alive.
OCAI: Thanks for your time and we wish you the best of luck with upcoming projects! Any clues as to what's next in the works?
Anna:I want to write about a seventeen year-old-girl who leaves Oklahoma with her family during the Dust Bowl. However, that project and others for kids has to wait until I've finished an adult novel.