Julie Elise Landry, author of the dark fantasy novel "Bless the Skies," will present on writing and the self-publishing process to groups of teenagers at the Ouachita Parish Public Library (OPPL) on Monday, June 19.
Her presentation "Self-Publishing: It Started in High School" will focus on the writing process, self-publishing and methods for remaining motivated as a young writer.
Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to attend. Landry will speak twice: once at the Main Branch at 1 p.m. and again at the Ouachita Valley Branch at 3 p.m.
"I'm thrilled for this opportunity," Landry said. "Writing became a full-fledged passion for me as an eighth-grader, and I wrote the primordial draft of 'Bless the Skies' when I was 14. I want this audience to understand—they can start writing now, as soon as they decide to start."
A New Orleans native, Landry relocated to Monroe in Ouachita Parish in 2007 to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish in 2011 then a Master of Arts in English in 2013. After graduating, Landry reported on crime and safety for The News-Star in Monroe. She self-published her first novel in 2015 after returning home to New Orleans.
The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition (EPIC) named "Bless the Skies" a finalist in the 2017 EPIC eBook Awards Competition. The winners of the competition will be announced by the end of June.
"Bless the Skies" is currently available for checkout at OPPL.
For more information, call the OPPL Main Branch at (318) 327-1490 or the OPPL Ouachita Valley Branch at (318) 327-1470.