Friday, October 19, 2018

I Love Librarians

Lookie what's on the YA shelf in Neill Public Library in Pullman, WA!!! Thank you, Kathleen Ahern. To have Bound in a place where I spent so many happy hours reading and picking out books and albums to take home, brings me great joy. Libraries are truly the great equalizers. But it is very difficult for a self-published title to get into libraries. Why? There's no vetting process for them. They aren't reviewed in the various journals that librarians read to decide what books to carry. So unlike my other books that magically appear in schools and libraries all over the country, Bound is going to have to find its way into the hands of librarians through a different route. The one I'm planning is to apply for awards presented by the ALA. If Bound can win or be on the honor list, I'm sure it will get picked up by many libraries. So wish me luck! 

However, winning the Printz (a dream) isn't going to be so easy because I cannot even nominate my own book. So please, my friends, ask your local library to order Bound. Libraries are truly the best route because then the book is available to all in the community. And unless you request it, librarians will not know that it even exists. And perhaps a librarian will nominate my book. Why yes, I'm already dreaming of what I might want to mother's sari, most definitely.

A friend alerted me to these Instagram posts from a librarian, BarbinNebraska. Aren't her caricatures expressive?! I was so tickled to see Bound rubbing shoulders with Jada Jones!!! Note that Barb's nail-polish matches the books. This has to be the ultimate in cool. I really do love librarians!!! If I weren't a scientist or a writer, I'd be a librarian. Funny, I think Rebecca feels the same way :) 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Press Release for Bound

Press Release Moultrie News

Vijaya Bodach is a very happy transplant to the Lowcountry from Washington along with her husband and two children. She knew this was home from the first Mass they heard at Stella Maris on Sullivan Island. She is a scientist-turned-children’s writer, an atheist-turned-Catholic, and most recently, a writer-turned-publisher of Bodach Books. She is the author of more than 60 books for children, mostly for the school and library market, and just as many magazine articles, stories and poems. "Bound" is her first young-adult novel in which she explores the love between two sisters: Rebecca, a burn survivor and Joy, who is intellectually disabled. They hold on to their hopes for the future, as the tension between their duties and dreams threaten to tear them apart. A book to ponder the many questions regarding life, love and responsibility.

"'Bound' is a realistic, honest, portrayal of a young woman's struggle to overcome physical, emotional and social burdens. Her journey toward the growth that is found at the heart of those burdens is one we should all make. A courageous book about courage." - Francisco X. Stork, author of "Disappeared"

"A powerful story beautifully written. Tough topics - eugenics, abortion, adoption, family (and more) - confronted unflinchingly, and yet with compassion. No didacticism or pat answers in 'Bound'. A wonderful debut. I recommend this novel used in classrooms for much-needed discussions." - Christine Kohler, author of "No Surrender Soldier"

"Powerful debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful story. The characters are well-defined, three-dimensional, and real, the setting full of sensory details, and the plot exceptional. Highly recommend!" - Ellen Gable Hrkach, author of "Julia's Gifts"

Island Expressions on Daniel Island is hosting a book signing along with author meet-and-greet on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 4-6 pm.

"Bound" is available at Island Expressions on Daniel Island (next to Publix) and Pauline Books and Media, on King St., downtown Charleston, as well online on Amazon and other outlets. You can find out more on her web/blog:

Interview with Heath Ellison of Daniel Island News

Friday, October 5, 2018

Interview and Giveaway on Dreamwalks

The beautiful and talented Janet Lee Carey, author of contemporary and fantasy children's literature has an interview with giveaway on her Dreamwalks blog for the month of October: 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Labor Day Sale

For this Labor Day weekend, I'd like for you to have the fruit of my labor for only 99 cents! 

I hope Bound reaches many new readers at this low price. Please spread the word.

The e-book is also now available on other platforms besides Amazon thanks to Draft2Digital. I've changed the price on all the platforms through Sept. 3rd.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Interview #1

Over several cups of tea, Faith and I chat about BOUND:   

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

First Reviews Trickling In for BOUND

It is so heartening to see the first reviews trickling in for BOUND. Once you release a book, it no longer belongs to the author, but the reader. Readers bring their own sensibilities to it and make it part of themselves. I still remember that when I was asked to write a biography for the first class I took at the Institute of Children's Literature, I ended up writing about the books that made an impact throughout my life. Oh, this is why I wrote BOUND. 

"This book was such a surprise, and is food for thought... It is engrossing and well written, with characters so believable that I wanted to keep up with their journeys into the years beyond the book’s ending. Most of all, it is unlike anything I’ve seen in young adult books in many years." ~ VCarter

"This engaging story is a sensitive treatment of prolife themes including abortion, end-of-life issues, and eugenics. Appropriate for teenagers, this would make an excellent classroom read." ~BarbS

"I loved the way Rebecca's ideas and ideologies change as her character develops in the story--without a touch of preachiness, the author is able to present both sides of many difficult topics that the characters encounter. Look no further if you're interested in reading a story as diverse in its ideas as in its characters." ~ Faith

"Bound is the best fictional book I’ve read in a long time. The author wove a plot that kept me guessing until the end... I highly recommend it, especially for book clubs because it will ignite lively discussions." ~ Janeen

"The author helps us explore the most significant battle of our time – upholding the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. We are privileged to witness this struggle through the eyes and culture of an immigrant family from India." ~ MichaelS

Read the full reviews on Amazon. And just this week, the paperback on sale so hop on over and get a copy for yourself or your cat :) They love being read to. 

Crossposted from my personal blog (it has more cat pictures :)

Thursday, July 5, 2018


My first young-adult novel, BOUND, published July 4, 2018, is now available for purchase. I am writing a discussion guide for teachers to use in high schools or for book clubs. Stay tuned.
Set in Pullman, WA, home of Washington State University (Go Cougs!). Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Joshi, an adopted girl from India, burn survivor, and primary caretaker of her intellectually disabled sister, Joy, has one dream—to be a physician. Her traditional Indian father relies upon Rebecca to care for Joy while he buries himself in work to drown his grief over his wife’s death. Leaving home is the only way Rebecca can envision reaching her goal. She helps Joy develop greater independence, and is devastated when Joy becomes pregnant. Rebecca tussles—with her father and with herself—over who is responsible for Joy and her baby. When Rebecca discovers the truth of what happened the day she was burned, she struggles to hold onto her dream while wrestling with questions of life, love, and responsibility.

Read a free preview.