Tuesday, March 22, 2011


For young readers (and all the adults who send me fan mail for this series and The Unicorn's Secret)... I love you! 

There is a shiny new addition to The Faeries Promise series today...
Book Two, Wishes and Wings .   

You can read excerpts from all four books  here : http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=books%20kathleen%20duey

                                                                book one in the series


This lovely, sincere faerie story tempers sadness with joy. Readers will eagerly return for the next volume.
-- Kirkus

"With its magical tone, sturdy characters, and satisfying plot, this simple fantasy will engage young readers and leave them eager to read the next book."
-- School Library Journal

"The opening portrayal of Alida's isolation is particularly compelling, and young readers will no doubt feel at first her despondency and then her hope and determination as the story progresses." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

((I chose the name Alida because I have always loved the sound of it. A year after I wrote the books, I looked up the meaning. "small winged one". Really.))

Sunday, March 13, 2011

real things in my books

For anyone who wonders what the coat/key rack in Sadima's hidden room above the warehouse looks like: This is it. It hung on the wall of my grandfather's flour mill  for as long as he lived.  I think he brought it with him from Tennesee, but I can't be sure. I was fascinated with it when I was little. I remember pulling a chair up so I could get closer to the dragons. If you click the picture, you can too.

The lantern on the right is an old miner's lantern I used when I lived in a tipi until I could afford a Coleman. It became Sadima's lantern. The copper kitchen tools are from a garage sale years ago. The scarf was bought in Dubai  when I was there to do school visits. The bag came from a discount store in Chelsea, NYC. All of these things belong to Sadima now.  The Hame-harness breast plate side-piece with the brass knobs came out of an abandoned and rotting/literally/ tilting barn I stumbled across hiking in Steamboat Springs CO. It isn't in the book yet but yesterday I remembered that I once picked it up to walk through a dark house to investigate an odd noise, thinking, I am ARMED....

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Real people in my books

These cups belonged to my great aunt. I, who never played tea party or dolls,  somehow ended up with a cabinet full of her travel-treasures, many of them dishes and gravy boats and little painted tea pots. She died when I was six or seven, I think, so I don't have the stories to go with them. 

She had an automatic crank-up card shuffler, too, and cheated like crazy.  I loved her apartment in Denver, crowded with her collections, incense, furnished with expensive old stand-alone cabinets and divans with curved pecan wood feet. 

She was funny, adventurous, wry, elegant and nice to me. Really elegant, and really nice. This morning I wrote her into the third Resurrection of Magic book. It's a bit part, but I know she will like it.  

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

SKYPE is fun!!!

Another great library visit with teens and tweens, this one in Colorado. It was lovely. No airplanes were involved. 

Please get in touch, teachers, book clubs, librarians, writer's groups, bookstores... In person is better, I know, but this is POSSIBLE!!!

Contact me here, FB, @kdueykduey (twitter), kathleenduey at earthlink dot net (email) or through my website http://www.kathleenduey.com

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Writing about writing....again.

   Writers:  I  have been writing about writing in my free time, here and there, for years. Someday it will be a book. What parts of writing are difficult for you? What stops you, confounds you.  Comment here, please, and help me spend the ink where it is most needed.