Come meet Sharon Huss Roat, author of How to Disappear and Between the Notes, on Wednesday, August 16th at 6:30pm.
How to Disappear
Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.
So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.
To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.
In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.
From Sharon's wonderful website
Hi, there! I'm Sharon Huss Roat, author of young adult novels BETWEEN THE NOTES (June 2016, HarperTeen) and HOW TO DISAPPEAR (coming August 2017).
I grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and now live in Delaware with my husband and two children. I worked in the public relations/communications field for twenty years before pursuing my dream of being a novelist. When not writing, I can usually be found reading, gardening, or cooking. Also napping. (Naps are key.) I loves to hear from readers, so visit me online at www.sharonroat.com, on Twitter @sharonwrote or Instagram @sharonhussroat.
I am an avid reader, wife and mother, vegetable gardener, nap taker, and YA author. Growing up in Lancaster County, Pa., I attended a small high school where students who were involved in anything were involved in everything. I was both a jock (field hockey, basketball, track) and a band geek (clarinet!). I sang (badly) in the choir and performed in musicals. Last time I checked, I still held the record for high jump at my high school.
I wasn’t recognized as much of a writer back then, and didn’t even get accepted onto the school newspaper staff until my two best friends were named co-editors and took pity on me. During my sophomore year at the University of Delaware, a Communication professor finally took me aside and said, “You can write!” No one had ever acknowledged it before, and his vote of confidence made all the difference. I went on to work in the communications/public relations field for more than 20 years, writing and editing for magazines and employee publications, and running my own PR business.
It was around 2008, while doing publicity for the Delaware Book Festival, that I met YA author Laurie Halse Anderson. To promote the festival, a newspaper editor and I had arranged for students at six schools across the state to provide questions for six different authors. They ALL wanted Laurie! Her novels had made such an impact on them. I look back to that experience as a turning point for me, as it was then that I first gave serious thought to writing a novel. When I shared that seemingly crazy idea with another author at the festival, she said, “go for it!” So I did.
With my husband’s enthusiastic thumbs up, I handed most of my PR clients over to a colleague, trimmed the household budget so our family could survive on half the income, and dug into a huge pile of YA novels and writing books.
Two years, six drafts, a trail of traumatized Beta readers, and countless rejection letters later, I secured a literary agent. After another two years and several drafts of a second novel, we found a wonderful publishing home for me at HarperCollins.
Today, I live in Delaware with my husband and two awesome kids. BETWEEN THE NOTES was my first published novel. HOW TO DISAPPEAR is my second. I hope there will be many more to come.
I'd love to hear from you! Email me here.