Some Fun Now

A few fun book updates:

My advanced copies are in! Look at them! They’re beautiful!

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I might have cried (a lot) when I opened the box with them. I also might have non-verbally cheered. (I have a cold now, so my cheering was rather raspy.) Still, I’m beyond excited to see the book as a Real Thing. Each step of the way is exciting, each update thrilling, but seeing it as this – an actual physical thing - is truly amazing. I’m so in love.

(Also terrified because that means people will be reading it now.)

Aside from that, the book is available for pre-order, if you’re interested, on Amazon and the HarperCollins website. Which means i’m on the HarperCollins website, which is INSANE.

So insane.

All that to say, my book is doing well.

And I hope you are, too.

Banned Books Week, 2014 Edition

I think one of my favorite displays to make each year for my library is the banned books week one. I have a new theme each time, and love showing people how crazy some of the bans are (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been banned simply because it was thought of as nonsense. Really.). So, one year was focused on classics, one on kids books, one of feeling bad for the characters (please don’t ban me, I love you). Here’s my theme for this year:

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And here are my bookmarks:

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Excited to hear the reaction this year!

(If you’re a librarian or teacher and interested in using my flyers/bookmarks from this year or the previous ones, please email me! I’ll be happy to send them along.)

Some Fellow 2015 Debuts

There are some perks to being an author. One is getting to read other books early. (I suppose reviewers have this perk, too, so NEVER MIND.) As part of the Fearless Fifteeners, we’re passing around early advanced copies of our books, and it’s been so fun reading them. I’ve gotten to enjoy three so far, and highly recommend them all. They are…..

 

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Beautiful and haunting, it’s about a girl who creates a suicide pact with a boy with a dark past. Though bleak sounding, there’s so much light and hope in it, I cheered. I can really see this one connecting with readers.

Denton Little’s Death Date by Lance Rubin

A new twist on the knowing-when-you’re-going-to-die idea that takes place in exactly one day. So hilarious and so utterly fun (for a death book. I know.)

Conviction by Kelly Roy Gilbert

Oh, how do I talk about this one? A boy thrown into the middle of his father’s legal problems, while dealing with his own issues. It’s about faith and, well, conviction, and losing both. I don’t want to give too much away about this one, but trust me, you’ll want to read it.

 

These all come out in 2015, so get them on your reading lists now.

What books are you excited to read in the new year?

Books Before They’re Books

Inspired by fellow 2015 debut, Adam Silvera, here’s a look at where my books are pieced together.

photoI have a journal for each of my manuscripts. I bring them around and jot down notes/ideas/scenes as they come to me. The full book isn’t written in them (i’m a much faster typer), but they have a ton of details I like to go back and look at.

On the left is, obviously, the one for TNWSY. My friend Katie got it for me because it’s circus themed. Before it tragically lost its cover, it said “reach for the sky, be adventurous,” which is kind of fitting for writing your first novel.

The middle one is for my second contracted book with HarperCollins (more on that later, but yes, I have a second book set to be published-!!!!-it’s also a YA contemporary, and this one takes place in Tallahassee because I clearly only like to write about places I’ve lived in). My friend Sarah got it for me. It’s blue and thick and hasn’t lost its cover…yet.

The one on the right is for something I’m currently working on. My friend Michelle got it for me, and the story is fun and sweet like her.

I used a journal I bought myself once, and the manuscript fell apart. So i’ve decided to only use ones given to me, because then I associate the person with the book. And I wouldn’t want to let my friends down, right?

So those are my books. And it’s weird thinking that inside them lies actual books that one day will see the light of day. (And the inside of a library!)