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YA / Adult Science Fantasy Series by Tina Field Howe

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The Corning Leader - October 12, 2010  
Event to launch Corning author's sci-fi audio book

Corning, N.Y. — A launch party will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Southeast Steuben County Library for the release of the audio book version of “Alysa of the Fields” by Corning author Tina Field Howe.

“Alysa of the Fields” is a science fiction novel, targeted for teenage readers, that was published in 2006. It is the first book in an ongoing series, “The Tellings of Xunar-Kun.”   More...


Press Release - September 28, 2010  
A
ward-winning Corning Author Releases Audio Book

Corning, NY - Award-winning Corning Author Releases Audio Book Corning, NY - September 28, 2010 - The release of the audio book “Alysa of the Fields” by Tina Field Howe will usher in Teen Read Week on October 16 at the Southeast Steuben Public Library in Corning. The theme of the Teen Read Week is “Books With a Beat”, and “Alysa” certainly fills this bill, as there is a lot of music accompanied by drums in the story. This unique eight-CD, 9.5 hour audio book features the voice talents of 41 actors from the Corning area, Ithaca, Sayre and Binghamton, with Howe narrating.

Read the whole Press release...


August 23, 2010   The actors and I joined Toni Quest, The Screaming Woman, for an internet radio interview. Listen and enjoy this 30 min. conversation.



 

These are some of Toni's comments from the show:

"What intrigues me is that you are able to be transported to another planet; you really do feel like you’re on another planet in another time...To me, this particular series is good for young people to read. It progresses very well to be appealing to an adult like myself...The music is indicative of the planet you’re on. I’m impressed with the production. The sound quality is really good, not amateurish at all. I can see that you were very, very meticulous as you strung together the audio...The character voices are so distinctive...Tina Howe is a really great writer. Her writing is done in a very visual way and she will take you away...I think it’s good to see that women can be objects of emulation as well. It’s not always about men."  I could not have said it better, Toni! Thank you!  


August 1, 2010   AOTF Audio Book, The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun
Finalists in Readers Favorite Competition!

 

On August 1, 2010 Readers Favorite announced the finalists for the 2010 competition - the audio book is a finalist, and Book Two is, too! The winners will be announced on September 1. Stay tuned...read more about the contest


Press Release: Corning Author Wins Award, Plans Public Performance

The Leader - Corning, NY  November 25,  2009    Tina Field Howe’s second installment in The Tellings of Xunar-kun Series – The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun - has won First Place in The Written Art Awards, Science Fiction/Fantasy Category. This award was founded to pay tribute to authors who are self-published or have had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher.

 

Howe, who received a 2009 Artist Crossroads Grant from the ARTs Council of the Southern Finger Lakes to create an audio book from the first book – Alysa of the Fields - will hold a performance of the audio book on December 5 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Soul Full Cup, 81 W. Market St., Corning, NY. The performance, a requirement of the grant, is titled “Be Part of the Living Audio Book”.

 

Lead by actors who lent character voices to the audio book, Howe will encourage the public to participate in reading selections of the audio script. She will also play finished audio clips and briefly explain the process she and the actors went through in the creation of this audio book, unique in the number of actors (44) used in the production. The audio book will be available early in 2010. More information is available at www.AlysaBooks.com.

 

Barry Eva, guest author and host of internet radio show “A Book and a Chat with Storyheart”, will also be on hand to participate in the performance and to sign his novel, “Across the Pond”. Howe and actors from the audio book were interviewed by Eva on November 21 to promote the performance. Eva lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.


November 17, 2009
Cast of Alysa of the Fields Audio Book Interviewed by Storyheart

 

Barry Eva conducted a very lively interview with a few of the cast members. Listen to the interview with actors by Storyheart.

 

 

 


September 17, 2009
The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun Places First in the Fall 2009 Written Art Awards, Science Fiction/Fantasy Category

 

Criteria for judging was content/originality, presentation/design, innovation, social relevance, production quality, enjoyment/impact, plot/story line, and  resourcefulness. Finalists in each category were determined by a point system. Final judging was determined by a jury of judges. View the list of winners. Further information about the requirements below.


September 1, 2009
The Fall 2009 Written Art Awards Finalists Announced

 

The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun is one of three finalists in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category in RebeccasReads.com's The Written Art Awards is a biannual literary awards program that takes place in the spring and fall of every year. The Awards were founded to pay tribute to authors who are self-published or have had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher. The winners will be announced by October 1. 

 

The review by Danelle Drake says: “The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun: Book Two in the Tellings of Xunar-kun will have you hooked. This book will teach you lessons while you are being entertained. I have passed it on to our teen daughter and she is totally engrossed in the story.”  more...

 

RebeccasReads.com posts book reviews, author interviews, and offers many promotional services to authors. 


July 7, 2009
WSKG Public Radio Publishing Panel

 

Writing may fill a personal need and can be a solitary act. Sending a manuscript to a publisher may feel like sending a child off to the first day of school. The separation anxiety and fear of rejection may be tremendous, even with the knowledge that James Joyce's now-classic "Dubliners" was turned down 22 times , while Richard Bach received 20 rejection slips for "Jonathan Livingston Seagull". more...


June 20, 2009
2008 Ninth Annual Dream Realm Awards Finalists Announced

 

We proudly announce the Ninth Annual Dream Realm Awards Finalists in the Categories of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Anthology, Erotica, Spec. Fiction Romance, Young Adult and Cover Art in Electronically Published Books. The cover of The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun is a Finalist!

 

 

 


April 18, 2009
Learning about writing in Waverly

Eric Hrin, Staff Reporter, The Daily Review, Towanda, PA

 

WAVERLY, N.Y. — Tina Field Howe was back in town Friday. Howe, a former Waverly resident, conducted a writing workshop at the Waverly Free Library. She also had copies of her books, including the second book in the “Alysa” series, “The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun.”

 

According to her biography, Howe, who lives in Corning, N.Y., holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Art. Her love of creativity, her interest in diverse peoples, and the experience of her own struggles inspired her to write “Alysa of the Fields;” she has been writing for several years, mainly business communications, poetry, screenplays, web content, and short stories, the background sketch notes.   Read full article...

 

 

 

 

 


February 15, 2009
Cast Selections for Audio Book Announced!

 

Tina has selected an extraordinary collection of voices for the audio book.  Read more!


Week of February 2: TrailFolk Featured Book on Reader Views


Read reviews, interview, listen to the podcast interview, view the book trailer, all from one web page!


January 26, 2009: Cyber Spotlight Blog Interview by the ARTs Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

Read the blog post featuring the author and her comments on the writing process!

 


online book publicity award winnerJanuary 25, 2009: Substance Books Online Publicity Award
Given ONLY to “Well Connected & Well Promoted” Sites

 

“We at Substance Books invite all those with a publishing-related website to apply for our SUBSTANCE ONLINE PUBLICITY AWARD. Your site will be judged on originality, overall design and appearance, substance, ease of navigation, and interconnectedness. This is an award worth fighting for—it is not a giveaway! All sites are carefully considered before being included in the winners database.”


January 8, 2009: Audio Book Auditions Announced
Auditions to be held February 1 & 3
at 171 Cedar Arts Center, Drake House

 

Tina will be holding auditions in Corning, NY for voice roles in her audio book. The project: Bring the Written Word to Life through an Audio Book.  

 

This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program, administered locally by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


January 8, 2009: ARTS Press Release

 

CORNING, NEW YORK - The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes announces the recipients of the 2009 Decentralization Regrant Program which serves residents of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Tioga counties. Decentralization Program funding is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Read the full press release

Visit The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.   


January 2009: Author Interview in 2007 Featured in WSKG’s
A 10th Year Retrospective on OFF THE PAGE

Aired January 6 at 1 & 7 p.m. Available as a podcast.

 

“Way back in January, 2000 we convened a panel of science fiction mavens to share their forward-looking impressions on how futuristic and imaginative writing would fare now that the 21st century had actually come into view. Whatever other observations they might have propounded that afternoon, the one certainty was that our newly-established "forum for writers from our region" would have a future of its own. The program was called OFF THE PAGE and it gave time and space for authors and ideas, and an opportunity for listeners to ask questions and add their comments.” (story continues on the WSKG website)


November 2008: Grant Awarded to Author to Produce Audio Book in 2009

Tina will receive an Artist Crossroads award in 2009 for her project, Bring the Written Word to Life through an Audio Book. Book One, Alysa of the Fields, will come to life through the recorded voice talent of actors, and she will add sound effects and music to create an experience akin to a film without the visual aspect. In fulfillment of the grant application, copies of the CD will be donated to learning and health organizations for their libraries. Watch for audition details and other news.

 

This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program, administered locally by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


August 27, 2008: Alysa of the Fields Screenplay is Quarterfinalist in 10th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition!

 

Scriptapalooza is a contest for screenplays; Tina converted “Alysa” into a screenplay last fall. It’s available for review by interested parties. Please inquire!

 


     Reel Exchange

 

 


Listen to Live with AngelLesa on The Odd Mind. on internet talk radioAugust 15, 2008: Radio Interview with Lesa Trapp on The Odd Mind

 

Lesa and Tina talk about Book One and Book Two, the writing process and more.
A must-listen!


May 26, 2008: PRWeb International Press Release

Alysa of the Fields is a fantasy and science fiction blend about life on Xunar-kun, a fictional planet that surpasses many less well-imagined worlds.

 

Howe’s extensive background in anthropology allowed her to create a believable world complete with different races, cultures, religions, and a history stretching back over three thousand years. Her post-apocalyptic world, which she credits to the Cold War’s influence on her childhood, reminds us we must overcome prejudice and work together if we are to survive. (read the full review)


May 26-30, 2008: Alysa Featured book on Readers Views  and

Reader Views Kids (scroll down when you get to this site)

 

From these links you can watch the book trailer (PreView), read and listen to interviews, and read reviews!

Listen to the


 

Radio Interview with Juanita Watson!

48 min. - Click “Download MP3”


April 19, 2008: Literary Women

One Seventy-One Cedar Arts Center, 171 Cedar St., Corning, NY 

1:00-2:00 p.m.   Free and open to the public.

 

This event is a component of the Big Read sponsored by the Southeast Steuben County Library through an NEA grant. Tina performed, in character, a theatrical piece based on a strong theme from Alysa and the theme of the Big Read: Tolerance. Akua Lezli Hope also performed her award-winning poetry on the same topic.

 

         


November-December 2007: After-school Creative Writing Workshop

 

Tina has designed a five-week series of classes which she will be conducting at Corning Free Academy Middle School in Corning, NY to help younger writers generate ideas and learn a process to get them imagining and writing.

Tina is now conducting Creative Writing workshops! LEARN MORE!


August 2007: Cover Artwork Winner - 2006 Dream Realm Awards

 

The 2006 Winners were announced at ArmadilloCon 29, A Literary Science Fiction Convention, August 11, 2007 in Austin, TX. Alysa of the Fields was awarded the winner in the Cover Art category!

 

Alysa of the  Fields, also available in e-book format in addition to soft and hardcover, is available from BookLocker.com.

  


July 2007: Alysa of the Fields Featured on NPR.org 

WSKG PUBLIC RADIO’S “OFF THE PAGE” TO BE FEATURED BY NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

 

(Binghamton, NY -- July 27, 2007)—WSKG Public Radio’s bi-weekly show, OFF THE PAGE, has been chosen as one of the participants in National Public Radio’s on-line feature “Summer Books 2007”. OFF THE PAGE, hosted by Bill Jaker features interviews with regional writers. Recent guests have included Rebecca Barry, author of “Later at the Bar”, David Sloan Wilson, author of “Evolution for Everyone’, and Tina Field Howe, author of a novel for young people, “Alysa of the Fields.” Off the Page is broadcast live on WSKG-FM on alternate Tuesdays at 1:00pm. The program is streamed and also available as a podcast through www.wskg.org. WSKG is archiving the audio of each Off the Page program for at least a year after broadcast, making for a rich online library of programs with regional authors for our web visitors to sample.

 

The National Public Radio website, www.npr.org will highlight three books, including excerpts read by Bill Jaker.

 

WSKG Public Broadcasting currently serves 21 counties in New York and Pennsylvania. An important resource, WSKG uses the power of noncommercial television, radio and the Internet to provide its audience their quality programs and educational services that inform, inspire and entertain.

 


As Published in the Morning Times, Sayre, PA - February 17, 2007

Waverly native concentrates on writing career                       Lisa Howeler

CORNING - Tina Field Howe refused to believe the common belief that there is no real career opportunities for artists.

 

As a student at Waverly High she was involved in the art club and band and knew she wanted a future involving something creative.

 

Now living in Corning, Howe has defied all odds and is, in fact, making a living not only as an artist, but as an author.

 

Howe graduated from Waverly in 1970, later earned an anthropology degree, trying her hand at archeology for awhile and eventually she became what she always wanted to be - an artist making a living. She is the daughter of Betty and Jesse Howe of Waverly.

 

She worked at Corning Inc. for 15 years before her job was eliminated in 1995. Now she is still working for Corning, but this time as a freelance graphic designer, who designs web sites, brochures, and other materials for the Fortune 500 company, as well as writes for them. Additionally, she designs signs and other promotional materials for the Gaffer District in Corning, which is the city's business district. She is one of the lucky people who is able to work from home.

Howe has now written her first novel, called “Alysa of the Fields.” Her own illustration dons the front of the book and features an image of her niece, Caitlin Hatch, a student at Athens Area High School, who Howe says is a prolific writer in her own right.

 

Howe has also written and illustrated a children's book called “Snailsworth: a slow little story.”

 

Howe thought of Caitlin because she was around the same age as the main character in Howe's novel. The novel focuses on the growing pains of a young girl and is set in a fantasy world that Howe created. Even though the focus is a young woman, the novel also features strong male characters and older women, said Howe.

 

Howe will be holding a book signing for “Alysa of the Fields” at the Jivin’ Java on Broad Street in Waverly from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 3. Caitlin will also be at the signing. In addition, Howe will be featured on “Off the Page” with Bill Jaker on WSKG public radio on March 6.

 

“I think my own growing pains were the inspiration for this book,” said Howe. “I was raised in a traditional household where we were told not to make waves and don't be a show off.”

 

The story in “Alysa of the Fields” is about Alysa struggling against tradition. Her parents have a very strict tradition and she breaks out of the traditional role. At first she suffers hardship for her decision to change, but later she saves her people.

 

“And a lot of secrets come out,” said Howe.

 

The story is also about the challenges of life and about taking a chance. Kendira, is a mother figure for Alysa in the book and teaches her “how to hold her own,” said Howe.

 

Howe said she wrote the beginning and the end of the book first and then filled in the middle. She didn't realize at first that the idea for the book paralleled her own life, at least in some fashion, as a teen-ager, until it was completed, she said.

 

“I see this as a book about growth and being authentic, living with passion, living from your heart, doing what you have to do even though you don't know why at the time,” she added.

 

Howe said this book came from the heart and that she “just had to write it” even though she isn't sure why right now.

 

She has already begun to work on a sequel to the book, but does not yet have a release date for it.

 

Howe relied on various friends and acquaintances to help her tighten the story for the book and it was a young reader who told her something was missing.

“Someone found a hole,” said Howe. “She found I just left a gap in time. It turned out to be ‘the kiss' and it was a pivotal scene.”

 

When it came to a front cover for the book, Howe said she wanted a personal quality to it and immediately thought of Caitlin as a model.

It was Caitlin who struck the pose that became the illustration.

 

“I had her do all this other stuff and it just didn't work and then she just struck this pose and - that was it,” said Howe. “I'm going to use her for book two and I'll do the same thing, let her pick some poses like before.”

 

While Howe feels she was a type of model for Alysa's personality, she points to her own little sister Laurissa as the inspiration for Alysa's little sister in the book.

 

“We are really close to this day,” said Howe.

 

Howe's son Matthew, 19, is now following his mother in her footsteps, moving into a creative field by attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for gaming design and development.

 

Howe is pleased her son has been encouraged to try his hand at a creative field and she also hopes other young people will realize that they too can pursue their dreams of a career in art. She currently makes presentations at area schools, telling students about her career and the dreams she has realized.

“I tell them they can do stuff over the Internet even now,” she said. “I can live in any city in the world and still work for Corning.”

 

More information about Howe, her work and her books can be found at www.tinafieldhowe.com.

 

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