Wednesday, March 31, 2010

SPECIAL EDITION



To celebrate the three year anniversary of Lost in Oz, which is on May 3, Joshua Dudley just released an all new EXCLUSIVE special edition! This special edition features a beautiful new cover, new images inside and a very slightly modified text. This exclusive special edition is only available at lulu.com:

http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/lost-in-oz-special-edition/8585744

STORE!



Be sure to check out the all new Lost in Oz store! You will find all kinds of goodies related to the series. T-Shirts, Magnets, Stickers, Framed Art, Posters, Mouse-Pads, and even Lost in Oz Video Cameras!

http://www.cafepress.com/lostinoz

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Nashua Telegraph Interview Part 2

Here's the the story that was written about Joshua in this weekend's Nashua Telegraph. There are some beautiful photos on the site, http://www.encorebuzz.com/entertainment/687606-249/new-hampshire-writer-has-created-popular-new.html

New Hampshire writer has created popular new trilogy related to beloved classic

By PAMME BOUTSELIS Correspondent

From the time he was just 2, Joshua Patrick Dudley has been enthralled by the world of Oz.

His mother and grandmother read the Oz books to him at that young age and throughout his childhood in Hooksett. The first time he watched the MGM classic film version of the stories with his twin sister and mother, Dudley became “obsessed with this magical land and its inhabitants.”

“It was wonderful for me to see all the characters brought to life that I had read about in novels,” said Dudley, 24. “The MGM movie itself is a masterpiece, especially considering the time period it was made in. The colors, sets and special effects are the reasons I was so fascinated by it.”

Throughout his teen years, Dudley explored a new love: performing onstage, which led to his appearance in more than 80 shows throughout his teens and early 20s. Much to his delight, four of the shows were Oz-related, and he portrayed the beloved Scarecrow in three of those performances.

He has also portrayed Riff in “West Side Story,” Doody in “Grease” and Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

His love of the stage brought him to New York City, where he studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

“I would dance, sing and act for 50-plus hours a week,” Dudley said. “I performed at local venues in the city, such as nightclubs and bars, performing original hip-hop music.”

Shortly after completing school, Dudley’s family incurred a significant loss with the death of his grandmother. He decided to write a book in her honor, and began to work on the first installment of what would become a trilogy of books about the world of Oz.

“One night, I woke up from a dream where I had visited Oz with my twin sister,” Dudley said. “I thought it was such a neat idea that I didn’t return back to bed. Instead, I spent the entire night on my computer, writing a rough idea for the first story.

“The dream I had was very realistic; most of it was fun and fancy free, but there dark parts, nightmare sections that I knew would make a great book.”

Unlike many novels, Dudley’s four main characters are actually real people – he and his twin sister, Tamara, along with two of his best friends in real life, Tommy and Laura.

“All of my novels feature a lot of local personalities from in and around New Hampshire,” Dudley said. “Almost every character that isn’t from Oz, in the novels, is someone from the real world.”

In the third and final novel of the series, he’ll introduce his dearest friend from the real world, Maria DeProfio, and one lucky reader, as well.

His books, “Lost in Oz” and “Lost in Oz: Rise of the Dark Wizard,” have garnered a sizeable fan base nationwide, much of it reinforced through correspondence with readers, classroom visits and appearances at “Wizard of Oz” festivals throughout the country.

“Almost each and every student that I have talked to has begged to be a character in my book, so I thought I’d give them a chance,” Dudley said.

The result is a contest that will enable one winner to land a cameo role in his third Oz novel. The winner will be selected by Dudley and will be notified by e-mail on Jan. 1, 2011, and announced on the books’ official Web site.

The response thus far has been overwhelmingly good. Dudley has received more than 200 entries to date, with more coming in daily. He can’t wait to read each entry and see where his readers’ imaginations have taken them.

Dudley said members of the Oz community were originally put off by his first book, “Lost in Oz.” He said that some feared parts of Oz were just too dark.

“Once they compared my work with the original L. Frank Baum stories, it was clear that Baum’s vision of Oz was even scarier than mine,” Dudley said.

He receives hundreds of e-mails each month from kids all over the country who tell him they like his version of Oz and the twist it put on the classic tale.

Although the book was initially geared toward teen readers, Dudley realized it was a mistake to target just that audience.

“Oz is, was and always will be about the children,” he said. “My books seem to be the most popular between grades five and nine.”

Dudley has visited about 20 schools throughout the country, discussing the story of “The Wizard of Oz,” his own personal take on it and the book publishing process. His first appearance was at Hooksett Memorial School, where his mother is a fifth-grade teacher, and it has built from there.

“We discuss the basic building blocks of writing a story,” Dudley said. “Then after the lesson comes the best part, an interactive writing session where the kids write the story with my guidance, adhering to the lesson I have just taught them. It is a truly rewarding experience and the best part of my job.”

Now living in Manchester, Dudley is a full-time writer these days, although he spends a significant amount of time doing all that’s entailed in promoting his work, acting as his own booking and press agent, and his Web site creator. He also writes and records his own music, another of his passions.

While there are illustrations in all three of his books that were drawn by W.W. Denslow, the original illustrator of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” Dudley began creating computer images, using various 3-D rendering software and Photoshop, for his second and third books. He plans to release the entire collected trilogy at the end of 2011, and the release will feature all-new images that he has created for each chapter of all three books.

From the beginning, the work had been planned as a trilogy.

“I always knew what I wanted the stories to be,” Dudley said. “I have an odd fascination with the number three. I think it brings good luck, so I knew that it would take me three books to tell my complete story.”

Dudley’s books may be purchased through amazon.com, bn.com and lulu.com. Bookstores such as Barnes & Noble may not have the books on the shelf, Dudley said, but they’ll be happy to order a copy for you.

To learn more about Dudley or his books, visit www.joshuapdudley.com or www.LostinOzBook.com.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Book 3 Finished

Look what Joshua announced on Lost in Oz's FaceBook page:

Tonight, at 10:23pm, exactly, I finished writing my third novel, Lost in Oz: Temple of the Deadly Desert. 236 pages and 45,475 words.

Friday, March 26, 2010

iBookstore Features Lost in Oz


Lost in Oz, one of the most popular books on Lulu.com, has been selected for Apple's new iBookstore, an e-reader app and bookstore for the iPad, using the ePub format. More details coming soon!

Map of Oz


Check out this Map of Oz, created by author Joshua Patrick Dudley!

Click on the image to view it larger, or save it!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lost in Oz on "That Guy with the Glasses"


A blog, entitled, That Guy with the Glasses, posted an article about Dorothy from Oz and Alice from Wonderland, encountering one another. Lost in Oz got mentioned in the article! Check it out!

http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/community/blog/19070

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Wizard's Wireless

Joshua just completed an interview with "The Wizard's Wireless!" This well known, on-line feature of the Daily Ozmapolitan, run by Blair Frodelius (who also runs the Books of Oz Project), interviews people inspired by Oz! Joshua's interview will be up soon, and we will post a direct link when it becomes available!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Nashua Telegraph Interview




Joshua just completed an interview with the Nashua Telegraph, in Nashua, New Hampshire. The story will be run in the Sunday edition and will also be online at www.nashuatelegraph.com! We will post a direct link when it becomes available!

UPDATE: Here's the link! http://www.encorebuzz.com/entertainment/687606-249/new-hampshire-writer-has-created-popular-new.html

Monday, March 15, 2010

Indiana Oz Festival 2010


Joshua will be appearing at the 29th annual Wizard of Oz festival in Chesterton, Indiana, September 17, 18, and 19, 2010. Joshua will be signing and selling copies of his first book, performing on stage with John Fricke, and may even come to town early to visit some classrooms and teach creative writing workshops!

More details coming soon, keep checking back!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Oz-Cast Interview



Joshua just completed an audio interview for the special 20th episode of OzCast! More information, and a link to listen to the interview, are coming soon!

Friday, March 05, 2010

Oz-stravaganza 2010


June 4-6, 2010: Oz-stravaganza, Chittenango, New York. L. Frank Baum's home town honors their favorite son with this annual festival (formerly known as Oz Fest). This year the festival will honor the centennial of The Emerald City of Oz, and its dedicatee, Baum's niece, Cynthia Baum Tassini, who was from the area and died in 2004. Special guest appearance by Jerry Maren, the middle member of the Lollipop Guild and Joshua Patrick Dudley, author of the Lost in Oz Trilogy. Joshua can be found in the Author's Alley, a new attraction at the festival, located near the Munchkins! For more information, see the festival's website at oz-stravaganza.com, or the town's website at www.chittenango.org

Wonderful Weekend of Oz 2010


Joshua will be appearing at the 2010 Oz festival, The Wonderful Weekend of Oz, in Fayetteville, NY from October 8 - October 10, 2010. He will be signing and selling copies of his first book.

http://www.matildajoslyngage.org/

Book 3 Teaser Trailer