We talk about the community of writers and how we support and encourage each other in our writing endeavours. We commiserate with each others’ blocks and rejections, rejoice over finishing manuscripts, finding agents and book deals, and maybe plug a friend’s new title now and then. Once published, we assume authors are hard at work doing their own promotion and marketing, and most times they are. When they are able to. For Albert Borris, however, life changed radically in the period between the writing and publication of his YA novel, “Crash Into Me”. The following excerpt is taken with permission from The Class of 2k9 website:
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Debut YA novelist Albert Borris has a way with words.
Or rather, had a way with words.
This past December, just months before the release of CRASH INTO ME (Simon Pulse), Albert suffered a stroke so powerful, his doctors told him he was lucky to be alive.
And alive he is, having made a full physical recovery, enough to roughhouse with his two young sons and work out at the gym. However, Albert is still working on recovering something else: his words.
To be sure, they are all up there in his brilliant mind. He just can’t get them out – verbally or on paper – in the correct order, yet. But he’s working on it.
Prior to his stroke, Albert was a full time teen counselor, husband and father. He also served as Co-President of The Class of 2k9, a group of 22 debut middle grade and young adult novelists banding together to promote their books. Words were his thing. Communicating with others, in person and on the page, was his specialty.
As his friends and fellow debut novelists, we, the Class of 2k9, are making it our business to get the word out about Albert and his novel, CRASH INTO ME. Here’s a bit about it:
When Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens mak e a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides…and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living–or if there’s no turning back.
Won’t you join us in spreading the word?
Pass this on to every librarian, teacher, and teen reader you know.
Send him an encouraging note on our website.
Blog about Albert.
Anything you can think of to show your support would be deeply appreciated.
The Class of 2k9
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Sometimes we feel there is not much we can do to make a difference in another person’s difficult situation, but in this case you can join me in wishing Albert a full recovery and offering the kind of support that shows what our “community” is all about. It wouldn’t hurt to say a prayer for him, too.