Monday, April 14, 2014

Pulitzer Prizes announced

I was super excited to find out who won the Pulitzer Prizes this year. Why? Because I had the honor of being a juror for this year's Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing.

I gathered at Columbia University in late February to judge the entries with an esteemed group of colleagues. We judged an outstanding body of work and everyone who entered should be proud.

The prizes are given in 14 categories of journalism as well as drama, music, poetry and books.

I was also happy I had the opportunity to work with Sig Gissler, who is retiring as administrator this summer. Those familiar with Sig know how much he helped the Pulitzer Prizes move into the digital age. Prior to becoming the Pulitzer administrator, Sig was editor of The Milwaukee Journal.


From left: Joyce Terhaar, Mark Lorando, Carolyn Murray,
Jill
 Williams, me, and George Getschow. Missing: Bill Church

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

David and Goliath in 'The Lion Awakens'

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I’ve always loved the story of David and Goliath. I suppose it’s because I’ve always rooted for the underdogs, believed in them even when they failed to believe in themselves.

Here was a shepherd boy who took on the champion of the Philistines. Who would have believed David even had a chance. After all, Goliath was stronger, bigger. He had everything going for him. Or did he?

David, armed with a bag of stones and a sling, defeated the mighty warrior.  He might not have matched Goliath's stature or strength, but he out matched him in ways that mattered.   

I’m sure King Saul, after watching David remove the armor he had dressed him in, doubted the young boy had a chance. But David used the talents given to him to achieve great things.

When I began writing “The Lion Awakens,” I wanted to tell the story of David and Goliath with a twist (or two, or three). I knew that Gabriel would be the messenger and that Peter would provide the foundation Annie and David would need to build a new world. 

I incorporated a lot of religious imagery in the book, from crosses to a crown of thorns. And of course, the lion.

The book involves a parallel universe, mean girls who will make your blood boil, and loyal friends who you can’t help but love.While this book is aimed at the young adult market, I think people of all ages will enjoy it.

And the ending? Let’s just say it will make your jaw drop! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Lion Awakens is on shelves!

The Lion Awakens is now available

I'm super happy to announce that "The Lion Awakens" has been published. *Happy Dance*

Here's the blurb


Two worlds, two teens, two destinies... 

For thirteen years, Annie Lange and David McClure believed their parents were killed in fiery car crashes. They learn the truth about the past when they find hidden messages in anonymous gifts left on their front porches. The notes lead them to a mentor who helps them discover and master their special powers, powers they will need if they have any chance of saving their world from the tyrant Goliath. 

When the lion awakens, their world is forever changed...


And here's the first review: 


Buffy Andrews has done it again! “The Lion Awakens” is adventurous, mysterious, surreal, intriguing and perfectly crafted. Not to mention, the story line is unique and compelling! As with all of her books, Ms. Andrews drags you into the story within the first few pages and keeps you there until the very end. You will want to know how, who and why, and won’t stop reading until all of the questions are answered. Nothing is predictable, and your imagination will run wild with anticipation. I highly recommend this book, and guarantee you will love it! - Sharon Kirchoff

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sold another middle grade: High Street Dares

I love when I check my email and find unexpected GOOD NEWS. I'm excited to announce my newest middle-grade book, High Street Dares, will be published by MuseItUp Publishing.  This is the same team that will publish "Freaky Frank" (summer 2014) and "Will, Middle Name Trouble" (Fall 2014).

I'm thrilled that MuseItUp will be publishing all three of my middle-grades.

In other author news, I will be doing a very special Author Tea at The Yorktowne Hotel 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 27. I hope to see you there. We'll talk about "The Moment Keeper," which has been an Amazon best-seller. The book has more than 35 5-star reviews and continues to do well. A scene in the book was based on The Yorktowne, a beautiful historic hotel that I've always admired. For reservations to the tea, call, 717-848-1111.



Read my books:

The Moment Keeper

The Christmas Violin

The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike

The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom 



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Learn how to cherish rare time with your family

My youngest son was home on spring break recently and we had a rare opportunity to go out to dinner.
Now that we’re all busy adults with crazy schedules, it’s not always easy to get the family together.
Sitting across from my sons, I was reminded of the fine young men they have become.

These are the same boys who put rubber snakes in our bed and thought the floor was their personal wrestling ring.
Time has a way of blurring our memories, but there are some that are as clear and bright as a cloudless blue sky on a crisp spring day.
Rocking them to sleep while singing a soft lullaby.
Putting Power Ranger Band-Aids on boo-boos (even when they were nothing more than scratches).
Making a SpongeBob SquarePants costume for the school parade.
Clutching my heart as they learned to drive.
With age comes wisdom, and what I’ve come to realize is that life’s wrinkles have a way of working themselves out.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Join me at Yorktowne Hotel for author tea


Join me at Yorktowne Hotel  for a Meet the Author tea 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 27. The event includes full tea service. This is a great event to get a group together to attend. I'll talk about my writing, what inspires me, how much of it comes from "real" life, and so much more.

Specifically, we'll talk about "The Moment Keeper," which includes a scene based on The Yorktowne Hotel. I'll talk about that scene and the why behind it. Plus, you get the chance to ask me questions. I hope to have my newest book, "The Lion Awakens," available for purchase.

Monday, March 3, 2014

What I've been up to...

Sorry I've been a little scarce around this neck of the woods lately. I've been swamped with work. Here's a quick rundown of what I've been doing:

1. Finished edits to my middle-grade book, "Will, Middle Name Trouble," which will be out in the fall.

2. Finished edits to my young adult book, "The Lion Awakens," which will be out the end of March.

3. Prepared for some book club discussions. One club has read all of the books ("The Moment Keeper," "The Christmas Violin," "The Yearbook Series: Gina and Mike" and "The Yearbook Series: Sue and Tom") so I'm prepared to discuss those titles and answer any questions they might have.

4. Making plans for a Sunday tea at The Yorktowne Hotel in which I will read from and discuss "The Moment Keeper." 

5. Preparing for a fellowship at DePauw University, where I'll be at the beginning of April.

6. Working on book 3 in "The Yearbook Series" (Tess and Jeremy). I hope to finish this book by the end of the week.

In addition to my personal writing, I'm going through a major restructuring at work. I'm anxious to see how it all plays out.

Check back for more updates. I hope you have a fantastic Monday!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cover reveal: The Lion Awakens

I'm super excited to release the book cover for "The Lion Awakens," a young adult title from Prism Book Group.  



Two worlds, two teens, two destinies... 

For thirteen years, Annie Lange and David McClure believed their parents were killed in fiery car crashes. They learn the truth about the past when they find hidden messages in anonymous gifts left on their front porches. The notes lead them to a mentor who helps them discover and master their special powers, powers they will need if they have any chance of saving their world from the tyrant Goliath.

…When the lion awakens, their world is forever changed





Friday, February 14, 2014

Pew: Fewer bookworms

The Pew Research Center recently reported that almost a quarter of American adults haven't read a single book in the past year. *Gasp* Here's a look at the numbers, starting with 1978 when Gallup conducted the poll.

Percentage of Americans who haven't read at least one book in the past year:

Gallup 1978: 8 percent
Gallup 1990: 16 percent
Gallup 1999: 13 percent
Gallup 2001: 13 percent
Gallup 2002: 18 percent
Gallup 2005: 16 percent
Pew 2011: 18 percent
Pew 2012: 23 percent
Pew 2014: 23 percent

Does this surprise you?