Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thank You

What does one say on a Dream Come True Day such as today? I've written and deleted four different posts now.

I think all I can say is this:

Thank you.


Thank you for reading. As a lifelong reader, few things mean more to me than the fact that you'll loan me your brain for a few hours at a time. Your brain is a very wonderful thing, and I do not take the privilege of renting it lightly.

Okay, one more thing to say:

BLEEP! I HAVE A TRILOGY!

Friday, July 20, 2012

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!!

Guys, I've been sitting on this news for a while, but I've managed to secure an EXCLUSIVE interview with Kiersten White, ahead of her next book release! I still can't believe she let me ask her some questions. Here it is!

 

That Kiersten. I love her. And I hate her. We have a very complicated relationship.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

First 80 Pages of ENDLESSLY + Book Trailer!

Oh, HI! You look REALLY CUTE today! I have two super exciting links for you.

The first is a browse inside sneak peek at ENDLESSLY with the first eighty (eighty!) pages!

The second is the debut of the ENDLESSLY book trailer on Epic Reads (which is a really fun book social networking site that you should totally check out)! When Editor Erica sent it to me I was like...wow, this is kind of...intense? And then I started laughing out loud. Go. Watch. You'll understand.

Edit: It's on YouTube now, too! Though I still recommend checking out Epic Reads.



Very soon my video escapades from Comic-Con, including a bunch of interviews with a bunch of awesome authors, will go live. But I was thinking--I interviewed all those other authors, right? I really ought to interview myself, too. It's only fair. So stay tuned for that! Turns out Kiersten is a real pain to try and schedule things with. ("Can we do it now?" "No, I need to wash my hair." "WELL SO DO I, BUT I'M NOT MAKING EXCUSES ABOUT IT.")

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ENDLESSLY Release Events!

ONE WEEK. ONE WEEK. DID I MENTION ONE WEEK?

On ENDLESSLY's release date, Tuesday, July 24th, at 4 PM, I'll be hanging out with Robin LaFevers, Marie Lu, and Cynthia Hand* in a library in Oceanside! You can come hang with us, too, especially if you are of the teen variety of personhood. Link here. (As far as I know, Kristen White will not be there. She regrets that, since she is not me, she cannot attend my events. I hope you'll accept me as a substitute.)

Then, hop on over to the Oceanside Barnes and Noble with us, where we'll start a book event at 6 PM! We'll chat, answer a few questions, and then sign!

On Thursday, July 26th, I'll be at The King's English in Salt Lake City at 7 PM. This time all by my lonesome, so...you really ought to come visit me! I'll talk and make weird jokes (both specialties of mine!) and then sign until the signing is done.

If you can't make a signing, you'll be able to call ahead and order signed, personalized books, and then The King's English will ship them to you! My local indie, Mysterious Galaxy, also has a limited number of pre-signed books for order. Yay signed books!

I hope you can make it if you're in either area!

And, in case you don't know about my fellow authors, here are some photos and bios:

Cynthia Hand is the author of the Unearthly series. UNEARTHLY and HALLOWED are available now, with BOUNDLESS coming in January.

I adore these books! One word: Tucker. Oh, also, one more: Christian. Cynthia has an unparalleled deft hand at making supernatural elements feel utterly believable in a story about a teen girl trying to find her place in the world when she is, in fact...unearthly. (DID YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?)

*Cynthia might not be able to make the library event, which is very sad, but she'll be at the signing for sure, which is very happy!


Marie Lu is exactly what I wanted to look like when I grew up. Wait, I mean, Marie Lu is the author of the LEGEND trilogy, the first book of which is out now. PRODIGY follows in January. One of my favorite dystopians, LEGEND follows two teen geniuses--one working outside the rules of the oppressive government regime, the other working for it--as they realize maybe their goals aren't so far apart, after all. Trivia: LEGEND was the book that planted the "Maybe I should try dual POV" seed in my head that grew into the tree that became MIND GAMES.


Robin LaFevers is the author of many middle grade novels, as well as the new YA book GRAVE MERCY. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but all I have to say is this: ASSASSIN NUNS. ASSASSIN NUNS, guys. I KNOW. I'm so excited to buy it and have Robin sign it for me. I love being an author!






Monday, July 16, 2012

ENDLESSLY Complicated

(Anecdote: Yesterday at Comic-Con I was signing next to the lovely Maggie Stiefvater. When they brought over a stack of ENDLESSLY for me to sign, she looked at all the spines and said, "That many ENDLESSLYs in a row is kind of tripping me out." Me, too.)

So, ENDLESSLY comes out a week from tomorrow. People keep asking me if I'm excited and I honestly don't know how to respond.

On the one hand, yes! SUPER EXCITED. I am so proud of this book. It's exactly what I wanted it to be, the ending to Evie's story, the book I'd been waiting to write since I started the series in 2009 on a challenge from Natalie Whipple. I sat in the middle of my bed and dreamed up a blond girl with a sparkly pink Taser and a serious distaste for vampire theatrics.

I'm not exaggerating when I say discovering Evie's voice changed my life.

Working on PARANORMALCY deepened my then-new friendship with Stephanie Perkins, who taught me how to self-edit and really gave me the final push I needed to be publishable. It wasn't the book I got my agent Michelle Wolfson with, but it was the book that cemented our relationship, proved to me that she was the right agent for my entire career. And, obviously, it was the book that sold.

It was the book that took me from writer to author. It was the book that brought my editor, Erica Sussman, into my life (a development that would improve any life, anywhere, because Erica is simply that delightful).

This series basically represents a lifetime of dreams made reality, and then that reality surpassing my dreams and building a phenomenal foundation for the rest of my professional life. The success of these books has afforded me a great deal of freedom as a writer and a person, and I have nothing but extreme, deep gratitude for everyone who has supported me along the way--from my publisher, HarperTeen, to bookstores, to family and friends, to individuals who bought the books. Especially those last ones.

(Right now some lovely person or blog is running a contest to win ENDLESSLY, and in the tweet that people are required to post in order to enter, my name is spelled wrong. So every hour more tweets about how my book is a summer must-read pop up in my twitter feed, all with my name messed up. It's hilarious and humbling and I find it really adorable.)

So with all this gratitude and excitement is a pinch of sorrow (for flavoring, naturally, though I prefer salt myself). I can't open up ENDLESSLY without getting teary. Because it's over. This series, at least. I'll never write in Evie's voice again, and I miss her like you miss that best friend you grew up with and then moved away from. You can still see each other, still speak, but it will never be like it was when you stayed up late, whispering secrets, laughing, crying, discovering the world and yourselves together. Because the relationship as it was--magical, intense, occasionally maddening--is done.

OH MY GOSH IT'S OFFICIAL I'VE LOST MY MIND. I AM TALKING ABOUT A BOOK SERIES AND A FICTIONAL CHARACTER.

Ahem.

I'm so freaking proud of this book. One of the reasons I write young adult is I love telling stories about that confusing but amazing time between childhood and adulthood, that time when your decisions really start mattering, when you start building the structure you will live in for the rest of your life. And...I took Evie to the end of that time, and set her on the path for her adulthood. There is heartbreak. There is loss. There is destruction. But there's also clear-eyed hope for the future, responsibility for decisions made, and kissing.

WE CANNOT FORGET THE KISSING.

Plus unicorns and dragons. So, you know, best book ever.

I promise the rest of the posts leading up to ENDLESSLY's release next Tuesday will be all perk. This pinch of sorrow is mine, but Evie? She's anyone's. Everyone's. Whoever opens up her and listens to her voice, travels her story from start to finish.

And that is a small miracle of nothing but the sweetest flavor.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bring On Comic-Con!

So, pretty much I'm super excited about Comic-Con. I mean, 100,000+ people in the same building? With costumes?? Either it's a recurring nightmare or it's the best time you can have in San Diego in July.

Fortunately this time it's the latter option.

And, even better, I get to do all sorts of awesome stuff at the con this year. Due to my well-earned reputation for being willing to be ridiculous on camera/the internet, HarperTeen asked me to be their official correspondent. My duties include interviewing the other HarperCollins authors you are dying to hear more from (Aprilynne Pike! Dan Wells! Michelle Gagnon! Rae Carson! SJ Kincaid! Ned Vizzini!), popping up as a special guest at the HarperTeen preview panel, and speaking on a panel with a bunch of super cool authors (including Amber Benson whom I will absolutely not even think about referring to as Tara from Buffy). (NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.)

So basically what I am saying is, if you are at Comic-Con, FIND ME IT'S GONNA BE AWESOME.

And, if you are not at Comic-Con, I'VE STILL GOT YOUR BACK WITH TONS OF FUN VIDEOS OF INTERVIEWS AND OTHER GOOFERY AROUND THE CON. I'm so excited about this because HarperTeen is giving everyone a chance to get a feel for what Comic-Con is like, as well as see more from some seriously awesome authors. Yay!

My official timey things are:

What's New at HarperVoyager and HarperTeen Preview, Saturday, 7-8 PM room 9
Foes with Furs and Fangs panel, Sunday, 1:45-2:45 room 5AB, with a signing to follow

My unofficial things include interviews and count-the-slave-Leias and otherwise running around like a gremlin on a sugar high. And if you find me on the floor (meaning not at one of my panels or signings), and say the following secret phrase: "So, how are you preparing for the unicorn apocalypse?" I will give you a prize! Prizes may be anything from candy to books to toys, because that's how my purse of wonders works.

And, best of all, if you are at the con, ENDLESSLY will be for sale early!

But if you aren't, no worries--TWO MORE WEEKS, GUYS!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fickle Inspiration

I have a lot of notebooks.

A lot of notebooks.

I buy them on sale whenever I notice them. Some are scribbled on every single page. Some are half-filled. Some have a single page or two of writing before they were forgotten. I love finding these notebooks and looking through them. Ideas and plotting for old books, discarded chapters or POVs, so on and so forth.

But every time I look through an old one, I have this secret, desperate hope: I want to find an idea. I want to rediscover something I thought of on a whim and then left behind. I want to see it and think OH MY GOSH THERE IT IS. THE IDEA. THE GENIUS IDEA I'VE BEEN CHASING THIS WHOLE TIME.

Of course, this is what I find instead:

I have no response to that.

Inevitably, Present-Me ends up annoyed with Past-Me for writing nonsense, or a handful of unrelated key words that probably made sense at the time. (Oh, who am I kidding, they definitely didn't even make sense at the time, much less months or years later.)

But Present-Me can't grudge Past-Me her slightly malicious glee at being so unhelpful, because Present-Me has the same twisted sense of humor and appreciates the joke Past-Me is always playing on her by being so maddeningly odd.

Future-Me, however, wishes Present-Me and Past-Me would quit leaving her all the really hard work.