Monday, March 24, 2008

Homeschool Graduate Gets Published

I have some mind-blowing awesome news to share. Kaleb Nation is about to be published!!!

Oh, you don't know Kaleb? How can you not know Kaleb? Well, golly, I guess I better start at the beginning.

Some years ago, I was invited to speak at a Catholic homeschooling conference in Texas. The lovely Nation family was assigned the task of picking me up at the airport. We had the most wonderful conversation driving to the restaurant and later to the hotel. It turned out that the two oldest boys loved to write and were excited to talk about all things writing.

I told them all about our teen writers club here and they were terribly jealous. They lived a a pretty rural area and there weren't many homeschooling friends. So, someone, I'm not sure who, came up with the scathingly brilliant idea to start an online writers club for homeschooled teens.

Most of the kids were into writing fantasy and a few were even writing novels. Kaleb was an active member, helping others with editing as well as sharing his personal writings. During this time Kaleb also showed a talent as a web designer (he designed my Catholic homeschooling website) and as a radio dj (The Top Five).

Well, here it is years later with Kaleb in his first year of college. The online writing club isn't very active these days but Kaleb has sure kept busy. He went and got himself an agent, who went and got Kaleb a contract.

The first book of Kaleb's fantasy series, BRAN HAMBRIC: THE FARFIELD CURSE, should hit the bookstores in 2009 or 2010.

I promise to keep you all up-to-date on the book's progress. How about in the meantime, you all join me in giving Kaleb a big round of applause! Homeschooled kid makes good!


Anonymous said...

Hey this is awesome! My daughter or two would LOVE to be in the writing club. One daughter is writing a fantasy novel and she (sitting over my shoulder) is very anxious to hear how to get into that.

Maureen said...

The group has been inactive for a while. If your daughter(s) would like to pump some life into it and get it going again, email me privately. I held pretty tight reins on it. It's a private Yahoo group that isn't viewable by the public. It's set up so you have to be invited before joining.