McGuiness alum Maya Sloan (class of ’95) will return to Oklahoma City to promote her new novel, ‘High before Homeroom,’ for a book signing in northwest Oklahoma City. It is her book’s debut.
The author lives in New York City and is now working on the book’s screenplay, which is in pre-production. The buzz has her as a rising literary star.
“I couldn’t imagine launching my book anywhere else,” said Sloan. “Actually, my two best friends live in NYC and both graduated from McGuinness in my class. We like to try and keep the Okie spirit alive on the East Coast!”
The story takes the reader through a classic boy meets girl story, but with a bizarre twist. ‘Nerd’ boy wants to date the hot chic so he decides to develop a meth habit to get her attention.
He soon learns just how normal being screwed up really is. The novel depicts that we are as ‘sick as our secrets’ and we tend to have many secrets. This paperback is an easy read at nearly 300 pages, and does include some harsh language. Cost is $15 at the book signing.
In her acknowledgements, Sloan recognizes not only McGuinness High School, but Oklahomans in general. “They are the nicest people in the world….you will always be my home state and the state that I love.”
After growing up in Oklahoma City, she obtained an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University, and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Arkansas. Currently, Sloan is an adjunct professor in literature and film at Pepperdine University.
The book signing for this homegrown, rising talent is June 22, 7 pm at Barnes & Noble located at 6100 North May Ave in OKC. For information, call (405) 843-9300.