The Library Foundation invited me to speak on their Badgerdog Young Authors Reading Series! I'll read an excerpt from The Shadow in Her Pocket and talk about my writing process. Tune in live at 7:00pm CST on Thursday, May 6 to watch. This event is free and open to the public. It will be streamed live on The Library Foundation's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LibraryFoundationATX
¡Hola! I hope everyone caught in the storm is warm and safe, and that everyone is staying healthy. I’m thrilled to announce that, after over six years of dreaming and hustling, my fantasy novel is officially published! As of now, the Kindle version of my book is available to buy here, and the paperback version will be released in a few days! I’m partnering with Bookspring, a literacy nonprofit in Central Texas, so that a portion of the proceeds of my book sales will be donated to their organization. For every copy of my book sold, Bookspring will be able to buy three or more new books to give to families in need.
This project has spanned over a third of my life, and I’m so excited that I’ve reached the finish line, so to speak. Now I begin the new adventure of learning the business side of being an author, and starting on my new projects. I want to thank all of the people who have supported me throughout this process—my family, my friends, and my fellow book lovers and artists. I’m so grateful for everyone who believed in me; I couldn’t have done it without this wonderful community.
As for other updates go, I have a new job as a regular contributor to a magazine called Pipeline Artists, which features and celebrates a wide range of art-related stories. The magazine itself doesn’t exist yet, but is set to launch sometime this March. We’re hard at work preparing, and I’ve already turned in my first article!
I’m looking forward to all the things to come, and I’ll be posting updates to the website more often from now on. Thank you all for reading!
Ren Koppel Torres has adored fantasy books since the dawn of time and started The Shadow in Her Pocket at nine years old. Ren was born in New York City in a Jewish-Mexican-American family and now lives in Austin, Texas. Ren is passionate about advocating for child literacy and is donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales to Bookspring, a nonprofit in Central Texas. Ren is also a freelance writer, a visual artist, a guitarist in a rock band, a succulent aficionado, and a high school student.