I'm home. Tour was fast, furious, and ridiculously fun. More on it tomorrow.
Today I wanted to let you know about two incredible things that happened in the last few days.
The first: on Saturday, I won the Utah Book Award for Paranormalcy! (Found out via tweet from fellow-finalist-and-all-around-super-cool-lady Jessica Day George.) I'm incredibly honored and grateful. I'm not sure whether or not they read my acceptance paragraph (one of these days I'll win an award that I can actually attend the awards ceremony for!), but here it is:
I miss the mountains. Blasphemous for someone living in San Diego, but there it is. I miss knowing the contours of my horizon and filling it with my dreams. I miss being cradled against a history I can claim. I miss driving for a few minutes to wander canyon paths beneath aspen trees and be alone. There is not a lot of alone to be had in Southern California. Utah nourished me both as a person and a storyteller; I carry it as home with me everywhere. I wouldn’t be here without the mountains and the soul and the people of Utah. Thank you so much.
(DON'T TELL SAN DIEGO I WAS DISSING IT. SAN DIEGO IS ALSO AWESOME. I don't want to get banned from carne asada french fries or something.)
And then, as if the Utah Book Award wasn't enough awesome to be attached to all of the other awesome already attached to Paranormalcy, THIS happened:
OH MY GOSH! Thank you SO MUCH to all of my amazing teen readers who voted for Paranormalcy and made it a YALSA Teen Top Ten book! I'm still floored. I love, love, love this award, because unlike most awards, the books are selected and then voted on by teens--the audience I actually wrote the book for. I can't quite believe I'm on this list with so many authors whose work I love.
I'm happy and floaty and incredibly humbled and grateful today, from both of these amazing awards and from everyone who made it to the Dark Days tour stops. I have the best. freaking. job. EVER.