Monday, February 25, 2013

Hot Stuff Writes

I'm going to be incredibly, sappily honest: though I've got a pretty great imagination, I cannot imagine a happier life than the one I have with my husband. I often joke I was the smartest eighteen year old alive for picking him out, but I'm not really kidding. He's amazing. And today he's written a blog post! With no further ado, the man who would never, ever call himself Hot Stuff, so I am forced to do it for him. He's asked himself a bunch of questions to give you insight into the writer spouse's life.

Q: What’s it like living with an author?
A: Pretty normal actually, except she works crazy hours. When she is drafting/editing she works from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. I swear I’m not exaggerating. Granted, it’s hard for me to verify because I am usually out cold by 9:30 p.m. every evening.
Q: How come you’re not an author?
A: Because I don’t revise anything I write. I actually wrote some drafts a few years ago, but for me, that’s where the journey ended.
*Kiersten's note: Hot Stuff writes absurd humor absurdly well, and would make a phenomenal middle grade author.
Q: What’s wrong, are you lazy or something?
A: Probably a little. The truth is, I don’t have a ton of energy once I get home from work. And it takes me so long to write a draft that by the time I’m done I never want to see it again.
Q: At what stage do you get to read Kiersten’s books?
A: Usually after she does one full edit of a draft. She never lets me read a first draft. Most of her books I’ve read at several stages.
Q: Which of Kiersten’s books is your favorite?
A: Ack! That’s a tough question. The correct answer is all of them, but I’ll try to narrow that down a bit. My favorite in the Paranormalcy series is Supernaturally, but my favorite of her books overall is Mind Games. I love the frenetic energy that book has, as well as the impossible choices the characters are forced to make.
Q: What about The Chaos of Stars?
A: The last draft I read of that book was way back when Chaos of Stars was meant to be the opening part of a series. I haven’t yet read the final one-book version to see how Kiersten ended the story. Therefore, I will have to read it again before comparing it to Mind Games and the Paranormalcy series.
Q: Do you have any input on her books?
A: No, thank goodness. If I had any say, all of her main characters would have had tragic endings (not saying they don’t, but I am more melodramatic than Kiersten—think male version of Anne Shirley, sans the red hair).
Q: Who is your favorite character from Kiersten’s books?
A: I can’t say. She has a character in an upcoming book who is the coolest character ever. I can’t say more because I would be giving too much away. However, among her characters in her published books, I’d have to say Fia from Mind Games.
Q: Why Fia?
A: Because she could beat everyone else to a pulp. Evie is fun also, but Fia scares me, and I like that.
Q: Do you buy your wife’s books?
A: Of course! It’s the coolest thing ever to walk into a store and see copies of a book someone you know and love wrote. It’s more fun to buy them. I have copies in my office at work and I give some to close friends.
Q: Any advice for spouses/domestic partners/lovers/non-dangerous stalkers of writers?
A: I probably don’t have anything too useful to add here, since every individual is so unique. The writing process, from my point of view, is like a roller coaster with five thousand miles of slow flat track with a few dips and hills scattered throughout. Months go by where nothing exciting happens, and then all of a sudden everything is crazy. You need to be patient. You need to be understanding. Most of all, you need to be loving no matter what happens. I’m not sure how good I am at any of those things, but I try to have some sort of positive impact.
Apart from that, have fun! The writing community, both on and offline, is awesome. Being a part of it in any capacity is worthwhile. And the best thing about it is, since your spouse/domestic partner/lover/stalkee is the author, you don’t have to do the work! 
I love him. The end.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

MIND GAMES Preorder Contest Winners!

I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to preorder and enter the contest! Thank you SO MUCH for your continued support. It makes me happier than you can know!

So, with no further ado, here are the winners of the hardcover Paranormalcy trilogy, courtesy of HarperTeen!

Sarah Mercier
Angela Hargrow
Cheyanne Young

And here are the winners of the signed hardcover Paranormalcy trilogy!

Paula Heuschkel
Kristin Jones

But...bonus! HarperTeen sent me all of the books directly, so they will ALL be signed! I'll email the winners to find out their personalization preferences.

And finally, our grand prize winner of the iPod Shuffle, iTunes gift card, signed Kiersten White library, and handwritten, unreleased MIND GAMES playlist is...

Brandee Crisp!

Thank you again, all, so very very much. There is a lot of signing of bookmarks and writing of addresses in my future, and I will do it all with a happy, grateful heart.

Monday, February 18, 2013


Happy, happy me. I hope you enjoy it! If you can't make a signing, you can call Mysterious Galaxy (858-268-4747) tomorrow and order a signed, personalized copy. I'll sign it, they'll ship!

Contest winners announced on Wednesday. In the meantime, please know how much I appreciate your support. My readers = the best readers EVER.



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MIND GAMES Preview + Signing Info

First and foremost, if you live in Southern California or can get here, come party! On Tuesday, February 19th, at 7 PM we'll be hanging out at a library, talking books, signing books, eating books--wait no, eating snacks provided by the awesome Carlsbad Library. Kasie West, author of PIVOT POINT, which just came out and is awesome, will be joining me. YOU SHOULD, TOO. I totally want to see you! Follow the link for directions. (Please note: this is not the same place my other launches have been, and it is the Carlsbad Library on Dove. [There are two branches of the Carlsbad library. Don't go to the wrong one. That would be too sad.])

If you want to see two of my favorite authors, Gayle Forman and Stephanie Perkins, gushing over MIND GAMES, head on over to the Amazon page to read an interview they did!

There are only four days left to enter the preorder contest. Just sayin'.

And finally: a sneak peek! HarperTeen has the first five chapters of MIND GAMES up for your previewing enjoyment!

Whew. I think that's it. For now. If you follow all those links, I give you permission to take a nap and/or eat a cookie today!

Monday, February 11, 2013

THE CHAOS OF STARS Cover Reveal!!! not here. It's over on EpicReads, a fabulously fun book site run by HarperTeen.


After you've looked, you can come back here to see my opinion.

Frankly, I've loved all of my covers. That's a rare and fortunate thing for authors, since we don't really have any say in what we get. But each cover I've gotten has a) been amazing and b) somehow topped the last. I really don't know what they're going to be doing seven or ten books from now. Maybe they will be holographic and taste like chocolate but with no calories? That's pretty much the only way they can keep escalating like this.

THE CHAOS OF STARS was my most difficult book. I worked on the first draft on and off for nearly two years, trying to get it right. And then edits with my brilliant editor Erica Sussman were intense and more involved and sweeping than any edits I had done before. I despaired that the book would never, ever be what I wanted it to be.

And then, sometime just before copyedits, I realized: we'd done it. I finally had Isadora's story, the story I was hoping to tell all along, and it was amazing. (The feeling, not the story. Though I think the story is amazing, too, but that makes me sound arrogant. WHAT CAN I SAY, I WORKED REALLY HARD, GUYS.)

I'll admit I was super nervous for this cover. It could have gone wrong in so many ways. This is a weird book, a sort of hybrid contemporary-family-drama-romantic-comedy-coming-of-age-but-oh-yeah-also-with-Egyptian-gods creature. That is a very hard creature to try and capture in a cover image. And giving Isadora a fauxhawk with a hunter green chunk in the middle didn't really make their job any easier.

So, when I got this cover, I'll admit it: I cried.

I haven't cried over any of my other covers, but seeing something so beautiful and so perfect for a book I worked so long and hard over was the most completely validating reward possible. Don't tell my other books, but this is my favorite cover. The gorgeous simplicity, the way my name is worked into the design, the little details that say so much about the book. It's all exactly right.

I hope you love it! I hope you'll read it when it comes out on September 9th! And, in the meantime, don't forget about that other gorgeously covered book that goes on sale in just eight days... Still time to enter the preorder contest!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Very Paranormalcy Thank You!

I have so much to thank my readers for, I don't even know where to start.

Wait! I do know. I'll start with posting a never-publicly-released Paranormalcy short story! You can find it under the "Bonus" tab on this site!

I hope you enjoy it!

(And, if that isn't thanks enough, you know you can still enter the MIND GAMES preorder contest, right? If you're going to buy the book anyway, just preorder and leave your info and you'll get a signed bookmark [guaranteed!] plus be entered to win Other Cool Prizes.)

(I like you SO SO MUCH.)

(Thank you.)

(Again. Some more. Forever.)

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Hey! If you have a Nook, PARANORMALCY is the Daily Find Deal for only $1.99! I don't know how long it will be this price, but if you've been meaning to read one of my books, this seems like a pretty good time, no? Here is the link.

It also happens to be $1.99 on Amazon, too, if you have a Kindle!

And if you have neither, well, have a picture of a pug.