The past couple of weeks I’ve talked about the different charities that authors support with their writing. Author Dianna Love found a whole different venue to include schools, libraries and the arts.
Dianna used her character, Feenix, a lovable young gargoyle to stimulate people’s imaginations. MyFeenix.com challenged high school students and adults to use their creative juices to showcase their interpretations of the character.
There were 3 categories in both divisions, flat art, digital art and 3-d art. There was no charge to enter the contest, so the field was wide open. Dianna made Blood Trinity (the first book in the Belador series which she co-wrote with Sherrilyn Kenyon) available to everyone by offering to send it to the school or public library if they needed a copy, to level the playing field.
There were 2 rounds of judging before the art pieces made it to the final round held in the art gallery of Alexi Torres in Atlanta, which was judged by 6 different people. I was extremely impressed by the quality and detail in the work. While I read both books in the Belador series, I was again reminded that when we read, we all see the characters differently. None of them really were the vision I had of Feenix, but that didn’t make them wrong….just different.
When I asked Dianna if she felt any particular art entry matched her vision of Feenix, she was quick to admit that she had a totally different picture in her mind, but she was thrilled that so many entered and how they envisioned her creation. I’m sure a lot of authors would be surprised by the way their fans saw their characters.
Here’s a list of the winners (You can check them out at MyFeenix):
Adult Flat Art
1st – Cara Bevan
2nd – Christine Rossi
3rd – Donna Peters
Adult Digital Art
1st – Cara Stemo
2nd – Andrew Bernier
3rd – Mary (Mia Snow) Nason
1st – Ann Pressly
2nd – Nikki Overkamp
3rd – Heather Machel
High School Flat
1st – Annelisa Leinbach
2nd – Zachary Meyer
3rd – Sarah Stock
High School Digital
1st – Maddison Authur
2nd – Evelyn Lumish
High School 3D
1st – Drew Shields
Along with prizes and money, each winner won a set of books for their school or local library.
Dianna Love (who is also an artist) explains why she ran this type of contest.
Bottom Line: When books are donated to any kind of library, everyone’s a winner.
From Debby Giusti: At Seekerville, he big giveaway this week is a $25 gift card to buy books–Seeker books, of course–and a $25 gift card to Starbucks! Thanks, Glynna and Cara, for the great prize.
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From Stephanie Barko: An excerpt & signed paperback of young memoirist Jamie Patterson’s Lost Edens about marriage and denial is yours for a comment at literary publicist Stephanie Barko’s blog from 10/17 through 10/22.
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