Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oh the joy of Genres

Who knew there were so many genres in writing? I sure didn't.

I mean you've got fiction and non-fiction. Right? That's what the school librarian taught us when she showed us the good ol' Dewey Decimal System.

But whoa. Now days there are many, many, genres in fiction. In fact, my editor at Cedar Fort recently wrote on Facebook that she was writing a (drum roll please) Upper-Middle-Grade Low Fantasy. I'm not going to lie. I had zero clue what the heck she was talking about. But, she filled me in. Upper-middle-grade is the higher end of the 8-12 year old range. And low fantasy is "when you have fantastical things happening in a relatively normal world as opposed to an entirely fantastical realm."

Good to know!

Of course there is romance, western and mystery. But did you know within each category there are numerous "sub" genres? For instance, there is contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and inspirational romance.

In my writing world, there is also an LDS version to each of these genres.

So, what's the point of all this rambling? None. Goodbye.

Just teasing. The point is, my writing partner recently pointed out to me that I have mis-categorized my next novel. Rookie mistake. I know. Hey, give me a journalistic lead and I will tighten it to as few words as possible, but this fiction world is a little different and new to me.
So, the appropriate GENRE for The Letters Never Sent is Family Saga.

Doesn't that sound nice? Family Saga.

Parts of it are in the present day while the oldest sections are in the early 1900s. But ALL of it revolves around the Cameron family. So, that's that! I'm getting excited about revisions on it and then passing it on to my awesome first readers.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fire and Ice Book reviews Growing Up Gracie

Fire and Ice Book Reviews gave Growing Up Gracie four stars.

"Maggie Fechner addresses with candor and grace the growing pains of teenage pregnancy, adoption, finding a testimony, making your place in the world and receiving personal answers to prayer. She weaves in a small town romance with its roots in friendship and faith. I am looking forward to reading more from Maggie..."

To see the whole review, an interview with me, AND to enter her giveaway for a free copy of Growing Up Gracie Click here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

"The Letters Never Sent" Rough Draft Is Done!

My second novel, The Letters Never Sent, has a finished rough draft! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

I LOVE the feeling of something accomplished! My critique partner BR Paulson and I have been really pushing each other to finish our current novels and I am so happy to say our persistence has paid off. She is nearly finished with hers too.

Now, for me, the process from first draft to actual book is a long one. Here is what's next:
*About a month of germination... I don't even look at the thing for awhile. I need to distance myself and then read it with fresh eyes.
*Read over my book and begin the process of rewriting.
*Rewrite some more and more and more and more
*Let my first readers take a peek
*Rewrite again with any feed back I've received
*Craft a query letter
*Submit to publisher
*Hold my breath and hope for acceptance

Here is a brief description of the book:

When Lily Foster makes a major life change and discovers secrets about her ancestors she never bargained for, the first step of an exhilarating journey is taken. As she struggles with her own trials Lily finds a link that will take her from present day to that of her great-great grandmother Annie Cameron, making her own way from Scotland to Wyoming. This book is about a journey of redemption and a search for sense of self. And the realization that sometimes what we long for the most is the one thing that was right in front of us all along.
The Letters Never Sent is a mainstream historical fiction novel about the women of the Cameron family.

(And I know, I know. I just can't get away from Wyoming). Maybe next time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


These few weeks have been super exciting with the release of Growing Up Gracie. The most frequent question I get asked is this: Where can I buy your book? So, here's an update!
On shelves it is available at most Deseret Bookstores in Utah and Southern Idaho. It has been ordered and will be on shelves soon at The Thistle in Cody, Wyoming, (where the book is set). It is on shelves at the Brass Plates Bookstore in Spokane Valley. I have also had friends go in to Barnes and Noble and Hastings and had clerks order it for them.
As far as online, it is at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Deseret Book, and Cedar Fort.
Thanks for buying it. The more books sold the more likely a publisher will want the next book I produce, so thanks!

Also, my college alma matter ran an article about me and my novel in their newspaper this week. Here is the link to the Eastern Washington University Easterner story.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Growing Up Gracie is released!!!

This has been an awesome week. Growing Up Gracie was officially released on Monday and I received my very own first copies on Wednesday. Amazing.
We had a fantastic launch party last night and had lots of wonderful people come by to say Congrats and buy their own copies of the book. I was able to read my dedication and acknowledgments to those who mean the most to me and supported me while Growing Up Gracie was becoming a reality. My sister catered the event and I only have two words for the food-Holy Yum.
Now what's even better is that some of the folks who have bought the book are starting to post their opinions on Facebook and that is total heaven. I have been so very nervous about the simplicity of this first novel; and so far all the comments have been great!
Yay for a wonderful week.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

TWO more places to buy Growing Up Gracie

Hi! A few folks have informed me Amazon said "Temporarily Out of Stock" and "Borders" said "backordered" for my book. Either this is FANTASTIC news and lots of you are ordering my book, or they only ordered one or two copies in the first place and are needing to replenish their stock. Either way, I found two more places to order it:

Through Deseret Book


Cedar Fort

I know The Brass Plates LDS bookstore in the valley has ordered the book and is waiting for it to arrive.
Also, I will have lots of copies for sale this Friday at my release party, so feel free to come buy it from me!

Thanks so much for your support!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What other authors had to say about Growing Up Gracie

Book Blurb for Growing Up Gracie:

This book is young adult fiction but will resonate with readers young and old with the story of Gracie Fremont.

As the fifth of six kids in rural Cody, Wyoming, it's sometimes hard for Gracie to see what makes her special – aside from her pointy arched eyebrows, of course. But with the help of her family, her two best friends, and a few unexpected bumps along the way, Gracie eventually discovers that with the Lord's guidance even the most ordinary girl can lead an extraordinary life.

Growing Up Gracie, and Maggie Fechner, are already garnering rave reviews:

“Maggie Fechner drew me in from the first page with her unique use of description and compelling characters. Growing Up Gracie is sure to be just the first offering from this rising author.”
- Tristi Pinkston, author of Agent in Old Lace and Secret Sisters

"Fechner's characters are fun and diverse. She'll have you rooting for your favorites and weeping for their struggles."
-Heather Justesen, author of "The Ball's in Her Court" and "Rebound"

The book's official release date is November 8, but it is already available through pre-order online at Borders, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Family and Friends,

Whoot, whoot! It's finally here. My novel "Growing Up Gracie," has officially been released by Cedar Fort Publisher and it's time to celebrate!! We're going to throw a monster bash at my house Friday night. Appetizers, desserts, prizes and fun friends. Books will be for sale!

Friday, November 12, 7-10p.m.

Remember "Gracie" grew up in Wyoming, so feel free to get yourself all hicked-up if you want to.

I'm not a huge fan of posting my address for everyone, so if you are planning on coming, shoot me an email at dmfechner@gmail.com and I will get you directions.

Because my house isn't huge, we suggest you get a babysitter for your kiddos (Friday's date night anyway, right?) BUT, if it's a deal breaker, definitely bring those kids!

P.S. If for some HORRIBLE reason, you can't make it, you can check out my book online at Borders, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon!

Thank you

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Can't wait any longer!

I've been waiting for details to share any information, but I've just got to get the word out on my book--even though I don't know EVERYTHING yet.

For all North Idaho and Eastern Washington folks who are interested in checking out Growing Up Gracie and meeting the author, a fantastic release party is in the works, and details will be announced soon. Books will be available there!

For everyone else, the time to go out and look for that book has finally arrived! The official release date is November 8--Monday! And some November release Cedar Fort books are already making their ways to the bookstores. If it's not at your favorite bookstore, request they order it!

And if you'd rather shop from the comfort of your computer desk, feel free to order online at Borders, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon. It's also available directly from the publisher, Cedar Fort Inc.

Pass on the word to your friends and family. Or better yet, buy it for them for a Christmas gift. It's definitely an LDS novel, but is also appropriate for anyone who just enjoys a little clean romance.

Thanks for the support and I'd love anyone who sees my book on a shelf to leave a comment on where they found it.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Praise for Growing Up Gracie

“Maggie Fechner drew me in from the first page with her unique use of description and compelling characters. Growing Up Gracie is sure to be just the first offering from this rising author.”
- Tristi Pinkston, author of Agent in Old Lace and Secret Sisters

"Fechner's characters are fun and diverse. She'll have you rooting for your favorites and weeping for their struggles."
-Heather Justesen, author of "The Ball's in Her Court" and "Rebound"

"There is a warm comfort that comes from reading Growing Up Gracie, the memoir of one teen and her two best friends growing up in Cody, Wyoming...I am looking forward to reading more from Maggie as this book is just the beginning and a first installment in a new Fremont Family series."
-Fire and Ice Book Reviews

"Growing up Gracie is charm in a book. It was like reading a modern day Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea all rolled into one. Filled with humor, depth, strong bonds of friendship, and yes, romance (my favorite), Maggie takes the reader on an adventure so real and poignant, it will make you wish you grew up in a small town."
-Rachael Renee Anderson, author of Divinely Designed and Luck of the Draw

"When I first saw this book I thought, “Okay, Mormon chick-lit. Not for me.” I got the book for my eighteen-year-old daughter, and she devoured it in less than a day... Once she was done, the book was just kind of lying around, whispering “get past your preconceptions and read me.
I’m glad I obeyed the whisper...
I truly enjoyed this quiet story, and recommend it to all readers, although girls in their teens wondering what the coming years will bring will find it especially resonant."
-Michael Knudsen, author of The Rogue Shop

"The book is phenomenal, and not just for those readers of the Young Adult Genre! I enjoyed the realism and development of the characters - which are some of the most important parts to a book for me."
-Bonnie R. Paulson, Author of Dictating Desire

"Fechner has created realistic characters and a voice that made me feel like she was sitting next to me sharing this story as her own. I could relate to many of Gracie's experiences in the book and I found her to be a very honest, endearing character.I'd compare this book to comfort food--it makes you feel good and all warm inside."
-Rebecca Talley, Author of Heaven Scent, Altared Plans, and The Upside of Down

"Growing Up Gracie is the kind of story you can relate to--Gracie is the kind of character we care about. She's strong without knowing it. She's brave without realizing it. And she grows into herself a little at a time, just like we all do. The book starts out with a little teaser of the boy Gracie eventually loves, and each time she met a new one I asked myself, 'Is it him?'"
-Cheri Chesley, Author of The Peasant Queen