Want to discuss the writing process? Interested in knowing more about how the publishing industry works? Want a bit of inspiration from a pair of Random House authors who’ve juggled real life with the writing life for years?
If so, visit The Avid Reader in downtown Davis at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, for the “He Said, She Said” author tour, featuring Wendelin Van Draanen and Mark Huntley Parson.
Van Draanen has written more than 30 novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the long-running Edgar-winning “Sammy Keyes” series, and two four-book series for younger readers (“Shredderman” and “The Gecko & Sticky”). Additionally, she has written several stand-alone novels, including “The Running Dream,” “Swear to Howdy” and “Flipped.”
Parsons has published primarily nonfiction, penning more than 100 articles for national magazines as well as a pair of nonfiction books. His debut novel, “Road Rash,” is a young-adult adventure about a high school boy who goes on the road with a band. It draws from Parsons’ many years of experience as a rock drummer.
This writing couple from California will discuss their books, the writing process and how they’ve managed to share the same office for 20 years without bloodshed.
Van Draanen was a classroom teacher for many years, and Parson an instructor at a Fortune 500 company. They have two sons, two dogs and two wild imaginations.
They’re on a road trip tour of more than 80 independent bookstores across the country. The Avid Reader is at 617 Second St. in Davis.