The ABCs: Bookitcon Edition with Avery Roe (Kendall Kulper)

Posted July 27, 2016 by Andi in character edition, The ABCs / 1 Comment

Today on the blog we have a special guest post from one of the fan authors from BookitCon. (To find out more about BookitCon see below.) Joining us today is Kendall Kulper, author Salt & Storm. Kendall is doing an ABCs post for her her character Avery Roe.


Accessory: Scrimshaw necklace
Avery lives on a whaling island off the coast of Massachusetts rich in history and magic. Her family has traditionally made its living crafting and selling good luck charms to sailors, so she would be all about a necklace with a beautiful charm. This particular charm is an example of scrimshaw, a kind of art form created by whalers on long sailing expeditions. Sailors took pieces of whale teeth or bone, carved images into them, then darkened the lines with ink and gave the pieces away to their friends and loved ones. There are only a handful of traditional scrimshaw artists left in the world (who, these days, work in synthetic whalebone, recycled piano key ivory, or found whalebone), making these charms extra special. (Side note: long before I wrote SALT & STORM, my favorite piece of jewelry was a scrimshaw necklace my dad bought for my mom on their honeymoon)

Book: The 1930s Random House Edition of Moby Dick
Obviously going to have to go with Moby Dick here, since Avery would love to read more about whales and whaling (and she would be intimately familiar with the real story behind Moby Dick: the sinking of the whaleship Essex by a huge, maddened whale), but I can’t just choose any copy. My favorite is the 1930s Random House edition, illustrated by Rockwell Kent, a groundbreaking artist who worked in woodblock prints. His images for Moby Dick are so stunning; gorgeous and evocative, they show an innovative and intimate style well ahead of its time. I loved these pictures so much, I paid homage to them in SALT & STORM by making one of the main characters, Tane, an artist in Kent’s style.

 Clothing: Red velvet jacket
One of my favorite parts of the redesign of SALT & STORM’s cover is the choice the designer made for Avery’s clothing. I was adamant that my strong, independent main character not just be a pretty girl in a pretty dress standing by the ocean, and so when I first saw the image of this tough (and fully covered!) girl running for a storm, I pretty much did backflips. But what I love more than anything is her cute, practical, and eye-catching little red jacket. It’s so perfect: period-appropriate, region-appropriate (hello ocean breezes), but still vibrant and reflective of Avery’s inner fire and spirit. Love it.

The ABCs: Bookitcon Edition with Avery Roe (Kendall Kulper)Salt & Storm (Salt & Storm, #1) by Kendall Kulper
Published: August 11th 2015
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Dream-teller. Storm-raiser. Prisoner.

Avery Roe is her mother's captive, and she has fought her whole life to escape and take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island. Though the island is nothing more than a windswept rock out in the ocean, the witch's power is legendary, and it is Avery's birthright. But when Avery foretells her own murder, she knows her life is about to change--many times over. Amid the swirling currents and rising storms of betrayal, first love, and family secrets, she fights to save herself.

Kendall Kulper:
Author of SALT & STORM and DRIFT & DAGGER (9/8/2015)
Little, Brown Young Readers

Bookitcon: Chapter Two

(Full list can also be found here:
Albert Borris
Amanda Foody
Anna Breslaw
April Lindner
AV Geiger
Barbara Dee
Beth Fantaskey
Charlotte Huang
Claire Legrand
Emma Chase
Eric Smith
Jodi Meadows
Josh Berk
Julie Chibbaro
Julie Eshbaugh
Karole Cozzo
Kathryn Holmes
Kendall Kulper
Kit Grindstaff
Lee Kelly
Lisa A. Koosis
Mackenzi Lee
Martina A Boone
Mia Siegert
Nancy Norbeck
Phoebe North
S Usher Evans
Sandy Hall
SJ Goslee
Victoria Scott

Bookitcon: Chapter Two is a charity book event. We currently have 30 incredible authors in our lineup. The book event will include meet-n-greets with the authors, along with two panels and the opportunity to get all of your books signed by all of the authors!

If you purchase the VIP ticket, you will also be invited to a VIP dinner/after party with the authors, along with getting an extra hour to get your books signed!

2:30- 3:30pm VIP signing! (open to VIP ticket holders only)
3:30- 6:00pm Regular signing! (open to all attendees)
3:30- 4:15pm Surprises in Publishing Panel!
4:30- 5:45pm Facts + Fiction Panel!
6:00- 8:00pm VIP Afterparty! (open to VIP ticket holders only)

Panel: Surprises in Publishing
Moderator:    S Usher Evans
Panelists:  Anna Breslaw
Kathryn Holmes
Lee Kelly
Jodi Meadows
Julie Eshbaugh

Panel: Facts vs Fiction
Moderator:    Claire Legrand
Panelists: Beth Fantaskey
Sandy Hall
Kendall Kulper
Mia Siegert
Eric Smith

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Sunday, August 7th, 2016

I decided to start UBUbiz because I wanted a way to combine my passions for reading, business, and charity/community service. After wracking my brain for months, the idea of Bookitcon suddenly appeared! This is my second year hosting Bookitcon, and I can’t wait.

Bookitcon: Chapter Two isn’t just your ordinary book event. I’m working with the nonprofit Grace in the Mud and two K-8 schools in Camden, NJ to help them grow their outdated libraries. The proceeds from this event will be benefiting them.

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