Wednesday 15 April 2015

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway - Supervision by Alison Stine

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Supervision by Alison Stine
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: April 9th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Something is wrong with Esmé.
Kicked out of school in New York, she’s sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.

And something is wrong with the cute and friendly neighbor Ez’s age with black curls and ice-blue eyes: He’s dead.




10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

1.) Read. Everything. All the time. It’s the single best way to become a better writer.

2.) Write. Everything. All the time. It’s the second best way to become a better writer. I’m a big fan of trying your hand at every genre. How do you know what suits you best, both as a reader and writer, until you’ve experienced what else is out there?

3.) Make friends with other writers. Stick together. Many people helped me—my writer “family” at HarperVoyager help each other out daily with bolstering messages and advice—someone will help you. You need to help too. Pass it on. 

4.) Make friends with people who aren’t writers. I am most inspired talking to my friends who are visual artists, historians, scientists, and farmers. Especially if you’re in school for writing, it’s easy to get trapped in a bubble where all you talk about is writing. But learning about work that is very, very different from my own helps me go back to my work with new energy and ideas.

5.) Have a theme song. My current one? “God from the Machine” by Santigold.

6.) Don’t smoke or do drugs. Those brain cells? You’re going to need them.

7.) Go outside. When I’m stuck, I try to go for a long walk or change my surroundings. Go to a coffee shop or the library. Get up and get out.

8.) Keep in mind that there is no right way, no single path to becoming a writer—and don’t let any one tell you there is! You don’t have to go to graduate school or work in publishing. You don’t have to live in New York. What works for me—or what works for your teachers—may not work for you. You have to find your own way.

9.) Rejection is part of the business. Use rejection as fuel. Let it fire you up to work even harder.

10.) This is a long haul. Both Jeff VanderMeer, my former teacher, and Neil Gaiman gave me variations of this advice (Jeff in a long beautiful letter I had taped to my wall for many years; Neil on Twitter!): Writing is a wild, long ride. Just hold on and keep going.


ALISON STINE’s first novel SUPERVISION will be released by Harper Voyager UK in 2015.

Also the author of three books of poetry: WAIT (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), OHIO VIOLENCE (University of North Texas Press, 2009), and LOT OF MY SISTER (Kent State University Press, 2001), she has worked as an actor, an artist’s model, a high school teacher, and a professor. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio University, and is an avid urban explorer.

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