Friday, July 29, 2011

Reason #398 I Love Stephanie Perkins

At dinner, both of us so tired we are slumped against the walls of the booth, randomly looking at each other and giggling over nothing. Somehow this happened during the course of a conversation:

Steph: "An eleven-year-old? Yeah, I think an eleven-year-old could understand that. That's how old Harry Potter was."

Me: "What?"

Steph: "In the first book. He was eleven. I base all knowledge of those stages of child development on what Harry Potter could do and how he thought during the corresponding book."

Me: *crippled with laughter*

Steph: "SUPERFAN. Also I do actually think that way."

I miss you, Steph. Come back.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

In Person

So, I know a lot of you won't be able to see me in person this year. Maybe ever. But I am doing this whole series of vlogs for HarperTeen's YouTube channel, which is almost as good! Mostly because you can pause or mute me whenever you want. AMAZING.

Since I am visiting the awesome library patrons of Irving, Texas today, I thought I'd turn my blog over to, uh, myself to entertain you. Enjoy!







(Favorite comment? The person who thought it was so funny that my dogs were screaming in the background. Umm, that would be my children screaming. On another floor of the house, because that's as close as I'll let them get to the stun gun.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In Which I Stand on a Chair to Talk About Unicorns

You guys.

YOU GUYS.

Yesterday was awesome.

As an author, you try to keep expectations low. I knew that I was excited about the launch party, and that I had two freaking awesome authors there with me (Andrea Cremer and Stephanie Perkins). I knew that it would be fun no matter what. But I really, really hoped that there would be at least thirty people there other than direct friends and family.

Ummm.

Why is that very short woman standing on a chair while her beautiful companions laugh?

Walking out to see the entire section of the Barnes and Noble full, plus people standing in neighboring aisles, to the point where I could only see the first row? Bleeping. Amazing.

We each read a short passage, took a few questions, and gave away some chocolate. (My favorite was the bar we gave for the person who had read any of our books the most times. I don't know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn't Racquel, who had read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS ten times, and NIGHTSHADE and PARANORMALCY more than five times each. Holy adorable re-reader, Batman!) The crowd was incredibly awesome. And then we signed.

And signed.

And signed.

For the next two-and-a-half hours.

Thank you so very, very much to everyone who came. Thank you for waiting in line. Thank you for still being excited when you got up to get your books signed and take a picture even though you had been waiting in line for so long. I hope you had fun. I know we certainly did! Favorite moments include walking in to head to the back pre-signing and having a girl go, "Oh, you're Stephanie Perkins and Kiersten White. Oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH." And then hearing her repeat "Oh my gosh," over and over again after we smiled and waved and hurried to where we were supposed to meet Andrea.

Oh, fans, you make us feel so much cooler than we really are!

I was also absolutely delighted by a teen fan who brought me a totally pink-decked out Dr Pepper, complete with an adorable hot pink list of why she loves me. I love her, too.

Modeling my Dr Pepper with the (YES OH MY GOSH I KNOW SHE IS HOT, RIGHT?) gorgeous Andrea Cremer. Special thanks to her for sharing her book birthday with mine. It made everything that much better!

And finally, to Velvet and Nieves, who drove six hours straight from Las Vegas just to attend: YOU ARE AWESOME.

I also want to thank the Oceanside Barnes and Noble staff for the event. Their store is consistently amazing, and I have always been so impressed with them. Their events ROCK.

Special, special, specialest thanks go to Steph and Andrea for being willing to stay a couple of extra days after Comic-Con to do this together. I couldn't have imagined a better signing than with two women whose writing I love and whose personalities I adore.

Speaking of impressive people, I know not everyone can attend author events. Stupid geography; it ruins everything. But I hope you've been following along the supernaturally awesome blog tour that Katie at The Mundie Moms put together. It ended yesterday, but you can still read all of the posts by going to the blogs and searching for my name. Book bloggers make such a huge difference for authors, and we appreciate that community so very, very much.

Okay. Whew. How about another Kiersten Stands on a Chair so People Can See Her shot?

Now you are thinking: Wait. Kiersten, you're on a CHAIR and you're still only a head taller than Steph?
And I'm thinking, Yeah, yeah, yeah. Thanks for bringing it up. I KNOW.

If you happen to live in Texas (which is totally a small state, right? Tiny!), I'll be at the Irving Public Library TOMORROW! This is my only trip to Texas this year, which makes me sad, because I love love love the reading community in Texas. Hope to see you there! After that I go straight to Utah, where I will also be doing a couple of events. (Info in the appearances tab, as always.)

And somewhere in there, at some point, ideally I would like to sleep.

A lot.

But this author's dreams? Happy, happy, happy. Thank you again.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In Which I Am Exceptionally Grateful

Supernaturally comes out today. It is both less and more exciting than when Paranormalcy came out. Less because I was signing them all weekend at Comic-Con and that stole some of the RELEASE DAY! thunder, but more because I now understand the best part of being an author.

It's you.

Thank you for reading, so much more than these words can ever say.

Thank you.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blink. Blink.

You know how sometimes if you've been on a lot of roller coasters or on a boat, at night when you lie down to go to sleep you feel like you are still on the roller coaster/boat? Well, last night when I closed my eyes I saw a hundred thousand people milling around.

Yeah, having a bit of a Comic-Con hangover.

I met Stan Lee.

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I saw Nathan Fillion.

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I hung out with Laini Taylor and Stephanie Perkins and their super cool husbands (and my super cool husband).

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I was on panels with other authors and graphic novelists and talked and laughed and learned with them, and got to meet so many wonderful fans and readers.

[COME ON YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO TYPE HERE]

And I signed a whole bunch of copies of Supernaturally.

Between that and actually seeing it out on shelves at a B&N, tomorrow's release date should be feeling sort of anti-climactic. BUT fortunately I have an awesome joint launch party to look forward to! Andrea Cremer, whose sequel to Nightshade, Wolfsbane, releases tomorrow as well. And Stephanie Perkins is staying with me and joining us! (Little does she know I am keeping her forever and never letting her leave.)

Anyway. I wish I had something more coherent to put here. But between the post-Comic-Con ohmygoshiamsotiredicannotevenseestraight and the pre-SUPERNATURALLY release haze, I'm lucky I'm dressed and conscious.

More tomorrow.

I adore you all.

And yes, Nathan Fillion is just as awesome in person.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What?

You know you'd build a fort with them, too. Don't pretend you wouldn't.


One week left!

You, too, can have your own Supernaturally Awesome Fort! All you have to do is, uh, buy forty copies of the book. Or you can always just buy one. And it can be a...finger puppet fort? Which is pretty awesome, too. Just think of all the hijinks your finger puppets can get up to in their fort! And if they get bored, you could always, I dunno, read the book or something. Whatever.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Three Title Reveal!

Okay, friends, here's the deal.

I suck at keeping cats in bags. First of all, getting them in there is a pain. You feel like such a jerk, and then there's the scratching and the biting. And then once the cat is actually IN the bag, the yowling and pitiful mewing. It's just too sad. So, sometimes, on accident, I do something so that the bag no longer contains the cat.

Like, uh, when we decide not to announce Book Three's title until September or October, and then realize that we've inadvertently ALREADY PUT IT OUT THERE.

That's right. Book Three's title? On the internet. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find it! AND, bonus, first person to find it and comment on this post with the location? Gets a prize. Hints: It ends in a Y. You'll know it when you see it. It's not on a message board or in twitter or on my blog. It's very findable, just...not as obvious as you'd think it would be.

Why are you still reading this?? GO GO GO!

UPDATE: WE HAVE A WINNER! That...did not take long! And the title is...


SQUEEEEE! No more Para3!

I'm so in love with this title, guys. It took me a long time to come up with something I was happy with, but ENDLESSLY both applies very much to the themes in book three, and also strikes me as a very funny thing to name the ending book in a series. And we all know I like to entertain myself.

So, there you have it! Paranormalcy, Supernaturally, and Endlessly.

(And if you want to read the interview in which I accidentally spilled the beans, go to Amazon's SUPERNATURALLY page. Right beneath the box that lists the Kindle and Hardcover prices is another box with an exclusive author Q&A link!)

Friday, July 8, 2011

On Second Books

I'm counting down the days until the 26th, until Supernaturally comes out and is out there, in the world, out of my hands and control.

I'm trying not to feel sick about it.

See, second books are a funny thing. Because you know, no matter what--no matter what--there are going to be people who loved the first book and because they loved the first book they will not love the second book for the sole reason that it isn't the first book.

It isn't.

It can't be.

It shouldn't be.

But this doesn't change the fact that because they loved the first the second (through no fault of its own) will inevitably make them angry/disappoint them/leave them melancholy. You can't help but compare it to the first book. You might like it less. You might like it better. But it's different either way.

And you know what? I'm okay with that. You're allowed to like one better than the other. (They aren't children. You are not a terrible person if you have a preference.) I'm freaking proud of this book. It's exactly what I wanted it to be. It was HARD to write, and I think because of that I love it even more than I love Paranormalcy. It was always important to me to tell Evie's story, and Supernaturally is such an integral part of it. It's fun. It's funny. It's sad. It's agonizing.

It's life. It's that middle part--where you've finished getting that thing you've chased for so long and suddenly you're faced with what to do now that you're where you always wanted to be but...it's not what you thought it would be. And maybe you aren't who you thought you would be. Because even though you've changed where you are, who you are with, what you are doing, you're still you. And you shouldn't be, should you? Shouldn't you be a new you? A better you? A perfectly happy you?

A friend and I joked a while ago as we were struggling with different things that we were both in the metaphorical middle books of our trilogies. Hers was called "JUST LET ME SUCCEED ALREADY" and mine was called "I Have an Awesome Job BUT NO FREAKING BABIES." They weren't fun books.

I promise Supernaturally is more fun than either of those books. Neither of those books had unicorns in them. SUPERNATURALLY TOTALLY DOES, GUYS.

You may have figured out by now that as much as we say we don't, authors can't help but write themselves into their books. Supernaturally is about that in-between-time, that figuring out who to become so you can be ready for everything else that is going to happen.

Plus kissing.

Plus Tasers.

And plus unicorns.

I'm so excited for you to discover the next part of Evie's adventures, for you to get to know her better, to see what she does with everything she has--and doesn't have. I love this book. I hope you do, too.

UPDATE: And! And! If you want to get a sneak peek (of sorts) into Supernaturally, Amazon now has the Supernaturally playlist up! Many of you have asked what it was. Now you can see! (Also, one of the songs, the Etta James one, is not actually from my playlist. Not sure how it got there. But I'm sure it's awesome.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Who Says Pink and Red Don't Go Together?

Because Evie and I? We beg to differ. Pink and red go AWESOME together.

For some reason the "You sexy thing!" song is running through my head...

A bookstore friend gave me Paranormalcy's stand when they were done with it, so imagine my delight when I got a strangely shaped package from Christina, my fabulous marketing...hmm. Not sure what her actual title is. So I'm declaring her my fabulous Marketing Goddess. There was some shrieking, and some giddy laughing.

Tell me about it, Evie. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say it's bleeping overrated.

A lot of my publishing journey has exceeded my expectations. These gorgeous stands that will go up in bookstores? Pretty much the physical manifestation of my wildest dreams. That's why I keep them in my office. They're a reminder of how lucky I am. That, and they are PRETTY SO PRETTY.

But Editor Erica (hmmm, she's a senior editor officially, but I think she needs a new title, too. How about, Empress Editor Erica? Then we've got the whole alliteration thing going, and I always adore alliteration) had something for me, too. The paperback of Paranormalcy! And now we're singing "Paperback writer." My house is filled with song today thanks to HarperTeen.

But oh! What's that? In the back of the paperback? Why yes, yes it is:

Sneak peek! ROCK ON.

Both the paperback and Supernaturally will be on sale on the 26th. In the meantime, I'll be dancing around my house, singing songs of varying level of appropriateness for small ears, and marveling that this crazy dream of mine keeps coming true, and, best of all, so many incredible teens and adults join it by reading.

Thank you.

Life is happy.

I hope yours is, too!