Monday, July 27, 2009

Bree Despain

So one of the pleasures of teaching creative writing is that you can get out your pom-poms and CHEER!!!! when a former student makes good.

Last summer lovely Bree "Divine" Despain signed up for my class at BYU's Writing and illustrating for Children's Workshop (best conference in America btw) and shared a thrilling paranormal romance along the lines of TWILIGHT with us. Anyway, I was impressed and had a feeling Bree would sell it. Which she did. And people THE DARK DIVINE comes out in December. Yay for our Bree!

I want to make two points here. The first point is that I didn't teach Bree a thing. She was already an experienced writer and workshopper when she showed up to my class. But I'm delighted to claim her as a former student.

Second thing. I said THE DARK DIVINE is similiar to TWILIGHT, which it is, because there's romance! And creatures of the night! But without taking anything away from Stephenie Meyer's achievements, which are considerable and I do feel like she gets picked on unfairly, I think THE DARK DIVINE is more tightly constructed from the sentence level on up.

I'm so proud of Bree and I wish her all the luck in the world.

6 comments:

Valynne said...

I'm sure she did learn something from you! Can't wait for her book. She really deserves it.

Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Thanks so much for the love, Ann! You've made my day once again. and yes, you ARE on of my teachers!

Brodi Ashton said...

I am so excited to see The Dark Divine in print. Daniel is my new secret crush...

Lisa B. said...

I am excited to read this book! I am always (secretly) on the lookout for books like this, but I have never found one that made me fall in love with it. High hopes for Bree!

Alyosha said...

Yay for Bree! When do I get a blog post? (my story is in the Friend this month). Plus, you taught me way more than you taught Bree. :)

Kim said...

Yeah for Bree! Her book is so good! Can't wait to read it again.