Connie King Leonard is the author of Sleeping in My Jeans, a YA novel about a teen girl who has to live out of her car with her mother and young sister. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Connie to discuss what inspired her to write a book about being homeless, what message she hopes it will send, and the unique protagonist at the center of it all—Mattie Rollins.
Brian K. Friesen stands at the front of the room, a microphone in one hand and a small orange notebook in the other. “The Attic” of the Buffalo Gap Saloon and Eatery is packed full of people to celebrate him and the release of his new book, At the Waterline.
I was struck by the power of what I had been learning poring over my programming books. Anyone who, like me, was willing to spend some time, could now build a virtual printing press.
As this process unfolds, I hope to see the creation of content that delves into industry-related topics and takes advantage of the resources and opportunities that come from being immersed in academia and publishing, as well as a vibrant literary community like Portland. The Oregon Authors website is our opportunity to establish Ooligan Press as a pillar of the community and an authority in the publishing industry, as a collection of informed voices.