It’s been nine years since she graduated from high school, but Pembroke native Stacy Padula remembers clearly what it felt like to be a teenager.
“It was such a war zone,” she said of high school. “You’d have somebody say something about you and you’d be like, ‘I don’t even know where they got that.’ […] Between the rumors, the gossip, the fake friendships and the drugs … it was definitely a war zone.”
A 2001 graduate of Silver Lake Regional High School, Padula has good memories, too, and is still best friends with people she went to school with. But she also believes kids may not get an honest picture of what high school is like before they get there.
“I grew up reading a lot of books and it kind of painted a picture in my mind of what high school was going to be like, and then I stepped into it and it wasn’t anything like that,” Padula said. “It’s not Baby-Sitters Club; it’s not Sweet Valley High. I just felt like kids really needed books that were realistic to kind of prepare them.”
Padula hopes to help fill that gap with a series of novels called “Montgomery Lake High.” The first in the series, “The Right Person,” was released this month, published by Connecticut-based Eloquent Books, part of Strategic Publishing Group.
Padula started writing the series when she was in high school and rediscovered the books after college.
“I read through them and I was shocked that at such a young age I knew what half the stuff I wrote about was,” she said. “I decided to edit them and write additional books to kind of connect them, to explain how one got to the other, and added in bits of wisdom I picked up along the way.”
She sent out query letters to about 70 literary agencies, found one interested in representing her and then shopped the book around to publishers.
“I started sending out the letters in January 2009 and got an offer by October 2009 from a publisher. I felt like it was forever, but evidently it can take a lot longer than that. I ended up signing with them in November,” Padula said.
She is currently working on the second book in the series and said in total she has written five — though she doesn’t have plans to stop anytime soon.
“I just want to keep writing. I want to know what happens next, because I don’t know when I sit down what I’m going to write but I know my characters,” she said. “It’s like watching a movie. You can’t wait for the end.”
The first book tells the story of characters Chris Dunkin and Courtney Angeletti (later books center around other characters at the fictional school).
“Chris is realizing he’s kind of gotten in over his head with partying at a young age and it’s really affecting his life. One day, he meets this girl and he’s just drawn to her, he just sees a light about her. Something’s different and he just wants to know what it is,” Padula said. “Courtney, the girl, had been raised as a Christian and she’s very strong in her faith and was able to not get pulled into what Chris and his friends are into. […] She’s dealing with getting pulled into high school and getting to know Chris’ friends and how all of a sudden she’s feeling like she doesn’t fit in and wanting to get accepted.”
Padula said the books do follow a spiritual theme — the author grew up attending St. Thecla Church in Pembroke and now attends New Hope Church in Norwell — but that it isn’t overwhelming.
“There’s a Christian message to it, but not like a rigid, follow-the-law message — more like the law of liberty and love and pursuing a relationship with Christ as opposed to following all these rules thinking that’s going to set you free,” she said.
Padula grew up in Pembroke, moving to Kingston her sophomore year of high school. After graduating from Silver Lake, she attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston where she studied architecture and interior design, temporarily putting her writing on hold. After college, Padula worked at an architecture firm for several years but felt something was missing.
“I wanted to be doing something that helped. I wanted to be more involved with people and doing something I felt was useful and utilizing more of my talents and gifts,” she said.
Padula got connected with JBG Tutors, a company that helps kids work on certain subjects and study for tests like the SAT and ACT. She recently was promoted to program director when the company expanded to JBG Educational Group, now doing career counseling and consulting as well as tutoring. She lives in Rockland and works mainly in the Metro West area of Boston, though the business is starting to expand.
“I love my job. I literally wake up every day and I can’t believe I get paid to do this,” Padula said. “It also leaves me time to write.”
Padula’s first book, “Montgomery Lake High #1: The Right Person,” is available now on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Eventually, it will be available in whatever bookstores decide to order it through the distributor, Padula said.
She said she is open to the idea of doing book signings or speaking to kids at school about her books.
“I believe in the message behind the books, so anything that’s going to reach out and help kids find out about it, I’m open to,” she said. “[…] I figure the books will get in the hands of whoever is meant to read them. My hope is that they meet them wherever they’re at, and that it can prepare younger kids for high school or encourage kids who are in high school to kind of rise above it and to hold their ground, not buckle under the pressure.”
Newly Released Political Cookbook
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TAX BITES & TASTY MORSELS: WHO’S BEEN EATING MY PIE? REAL RECIPES AND “UNREAL” TAXES
Tax Bites & Tasty Morsels is a totally unique cookbook, one filled with tantalizing recipes to tempt your appetite as well as a smorgasbord of tax trivia that will stimulate your mind.
From the simple recipe Figs Topped with Gorgonzola to the hearty Mustard and Brown Sugar-Crusted Corned Beef, a variety of recipes are accompanied by a Tax Bite, a little-known and quirky fact about many of the taxes we pay and the programs they fund. Tax Bites will reveal “Who’s Been Eating Your Pie!”
TAX BITES & TASTY MORSELS (ISBN: 978-1-60911-529-6) just released on July 15, 2010. Available through amazon.com or the author’s website for $19.99.
Author’s website: http://taxbitesandtastymorsels.com
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About the Author: Susie Iventosch is a food columnist for two Northern California newspapers: the Lamorinda Weekly and the Auburn Journal. In addition to her enthusiasm for home cooking, she is passionate about the need for tax reform. “A 67,000-page tax code is enough to turn anyone into an activist!” She is preparing her next books: Citizen Rising and Refugee Nation. She and her husband, Lenny, live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Creative Screenwriting Now Accepts Low-Cost Small Display And Classified Ads
Creative Screenwriting, the most respected magazine on screenwriting in the world, now accepts low-cost classified ads, just like the Other Magazine – with two significant exceptions:
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Classfieds are a great way to advertise script consulting services, classes, software, books, events, tools of the trade, your screenwriting website or blog, or even promote your screenplay. Creative Screenwriting and the Other Magazine circulate to the same demographic, but most readers buy one or the other.
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Writers Literary Script Consultant Named in the Top National
Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s BEST SCRIPT ANALYSTS AND CONSULTANTS AS RATED BY SCREENWRITERS report just came out and Anton Diether of Writers Literary is ranked! This report is based on a survey conducted over a period of weeks from December 2009 to February, 2010. More than 80,000 recipients of the CS Weekly E-Zine, published by Creative Screenwriting, were invited to take the survey on line at surveymonkey.com, a professional surveying forms service.
“I’m pleased be included in Creative Screenwriting’s report,” stated Diether, “ but most of the credit should go to Writers Literary’s expert staff of editors whom I have personally handpicked and trained to assist screenwriters around the world.”
The survey received nearly 1,000 responses covering 212+* script analysts and consultants. About 100 responses were dropped from the final study because of confusing or incomplete data entry, leaving 905 responses in the final study. The full data set was analyzed for totals, ranges, and average scores. This report individually names and reports on the top 164+* analysts and consultants as rated by screenwriters.
ANTON DIETHER is the writer of the 1998 Hallmark TV miniseries Moby Dick, the highest-rated long-form show in basic cable history, nominated for five Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards; the 1999 ABC-TV miniseries Cleopatra; and the 2002 Hallmark Channel miniseries Stranded. Anton developed Beauty and the Beast for Fox Family, Land of Oz for Disney, Gold Fever for Phoenix Pictures, Operation Greylord for Showtime, and Taj Mahal for Threshold Entertainment. He recently wrote Lost At Sea for TNT, which was to star Patrick Swayze, directed by Nicholas Meyer; and Swim For Your Lives for RHI, to be filmed in 2011.
For more information about the BEST SCRIPT ANALYSTS AND CONSULTANTS report, visit http://www.creativescreenwriting.com.
For more information about Writers Literary, visit http://www.writersliterary.com.
For Immediate Release
Sixty years after being held captive and displaying valor for his nation, World War II veteran Kenneth Horrigan is finally able to tell his story, and he hopes it will inspire veterans of other wars.
Readers will find his story compelling, and engaging. It is a testament to the mental effects of war.
Coffin Corner is available for purchase through Strategic Book Publishers, New York, NY and can also be bought online at Amazon.com. For more information about Kenneth’s story and book, visit www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/CoffinCorner.html, or www.coffin-corner.com
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Author of The Caregivers, Kathryn Smaw Amerson, will be at Craven Community College on July 20th. Readers are invited to meet Amerson at 2:30 PM at:
Craven Community College
Godwin Memorial Library at Barker Hall
on the New Bern Campus
800 College Court
Kathryn Smaw Amerson is a native of New Bern. She is a history and humanitiesinstructor at Craven Community College. “The Caregivers” is a work of creative non-fiction. The Caregivers can be purchased as a Kindle book from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Caregivers-ebook/dp/B003MC5DHS
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A Bellaire physician who has combined his love of medicine with his penchant for writing has published his first novel.
Culminating after decades of professional practice, and extensive writing, Dr. Magid’s completed Infidelity’s Fool, published by Strategic Books in 2009. According to Dr. Magid, “It is about petty traits that push relationships into trouble, and the regrets.”
“Maybe people will see themselves or know someone like the main character who is narcissistic. This book will be meaningful to anyone in a relationship or who has had problems in a relationship.”
Readers interested in Dr. Magid’s latest work can learn more at http://amazon.com
Author of several books, including the recent 1st place prize winner at The Hollywood Book Festival, W.G. Griffiths, would like to express appreciation to his fans and readers for his recent success. Griffiths is also working a new book titled, Angel, the authorized biography of legendary hall of fame jockey, Angel Cordero Jr. who had over 7,000 wins in over 40,000 races. This is certain to be most amazing jockey story ever. About Methuselah’s Pillar From the cradle of civilization, to technology beyond control, Methuselah’s Pillar takes readers on an urgent race across time and faith, where myth and science wrestle for truth. Prehistoric legends are resurrected into the modern world of greed, espionage and bio warfare. Readers interested in W.G. Griffiths, are encouraged to visit his website at http://wggriffiths.com
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