Saturday, May 15, 2021

Middle Grade Ninja Episode 116: Author Alane Adams

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Alane Adams shares the story of her transition from a successful accountant to a successful author and founder of the Rise Up Foundation. We talk about researching and writing mythology for her series, LEGENDS OF OLYMPUS, and her latest release, MEDUSA QUEST. We also discuss tips for productivity, the importance of not stopping writing for anything, author life during the pandemic, her Between the Pages virtual author talk, assembling the publicity team that makes her incredible marketing possible, the ways in which reading is a superpower, Christian Slater, the mysteries of the universe, and so much more.

Alane Adams is a children’s author, literacy advocate, and founder of the Rise Up Foundation. She is a former university professor and retired entrepreneur with a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy. As a children’s literacy advocate, Alane travels the country visiting schools to talk to kids about Reading is a Superpower. Alane is also a speaker and presenter, and has delivered keynote speeches on the writing process.
Alane’s award-winning titles include the Legends of Orkney TM Norse mythology middle grade series, the Witches of Orkney prequel series, The Legends of Olympus Greek mythology middle grade series, and a series of historical fiction picture books that include The Coal Thief, The Egg Thief, The Santa Thief, and The Circus Thief.

Alane’s books have won multiple awards, including SCBWI’s Spark Award for Best Picture book; Moonbeam Children Awards Gold Medal Best Juvenile Series; Benjamin Franklin Gold Winner Young Children’s Fiction; IPPY Gold Medal Winner Holiday Book; USA Best Book Awards Best Children’s Books. Her forthcoming April 2021 release is The Medusa Quest, Book 2 of the Legends of Olympus series.
Alane is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the International Reading Association, The Literacy Research Association, and the California Reading Association. When she’s not writing or traveling to schools, Alane can be found hiking somewhere in the world or hanging out with her three boys.

In The Eye of Zeus, Phoebe Katz is no ordinary twelve-year-old girl. Strange things happen around her, but the strangest of all is when a statue of Athena comes to life to reveal an ancient prophecy. Not only does Phoebe discover she is the daughter of the Greek god Zeus, but it’s said that she would one day destroy Olympus! Though she is warned to stay in hiding, Phoebe must travel back to ancient Greece in order to save her closest friend who was kidnapped by the war god Ares. But on her journey, she may just discover a new prophecy that could change everything…
In The Medusa Quest, Phoebe is back on a new mission to save Olympus and undo the fallout from her first visit. But when she learns the epic mythology stories in the books are changing because of her actions, the entire fabric of Greek mythology is in peril. She must go back to Olympus and right the history she wrecked — despite the efforts of a powerful force that will stop at nothing to see the demi-god children of Zeus destroyed. Can Phoebe collect the items she needs and save Olympus once again?

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