A Month of Autofocus

November is my birth month, which makes it pretty awesome. To celebrate, I’m having a month of AUTOFOCUS! Each day throughout the month I’ll post on Twitter info on a chapter. (So, the 1st will be chapter 1, the 2nd will be chapter 2 and so on.) Either a deleted scene, a fun fact, or just a thought I had while typing. And at the end of the month, there will be prizes. Yes, prizes.

 

Want to play? Awesome, it’s easy:

  • Get the book (buy it, borrow it from a friend, get it from the library, check out an ebook, etc…) (Please do not illegally download it. Please.)
  • Follow me on Twitter (@laurengibaldi)
  • Check out #autofocusreadalong
  • Comment on my Tweets, or Tweet your own thoughts. Use #autofocusreadalong. Every Tweet with that hashtag will go into a drawing for PRIZES. (1 point for each Tweet. 5 points for a photo with the book!)

That’s it! If you can’t keep up with 1 chapter a day, that’s totally cool. There’s school and work and, you know, life. You can still participate. Send me comic recommendations for Bennett–he’ll love them.

Excited? I know I am.

As always, THANK YOU for reading. I appreciate you all. A whole bunch.

 

AUTOFOCUS Release, Orlando Love

Today is Friday. This past Tuesday, AUTOFOCUS officially released into the wild. Then, on Thursday, I celebrated the one year anniversary of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES being published. It’s a crazy experience, knowing something I wrote – something I imagined – is out in the world. That people from all over are reading it. That they’re discussing it online, and having favorite characters and quotes. Writing is such a personal experience that when the book is finally published, it’s…crazy. And terribly exciting.

All that said, the week has been overshadowed by a lot of sadness. I’m devastated by what happened in Orlando, Florida. I’m devastated that I live in a time where people are still full of so much hatred. I’m proud to say the city is rebuilding, and that there’s so much love being passed around. People from all over are coming here to show their support. There are so many beautiful rainbow flags flying over the interstate. The city is united, and while I love it, I hate that a terrible situation caused it.

I love Orlando.

Here’s what I wrote on my Facebook page:

For those who don’t know, I live in Orlando; it’s been my home for so long. It’s why all my books take place, at lease in part, here. Last night I was discussing the scene in TNWSY where Ella says she feels safe in Orlando–that the only thing she fears is bad ex-boyfriends. That’s kind of how I felt when I was in high school. I was in this small bubble where nothing could go wrong. Though times have changed, and it’s completely idealistic, I want to raise my daughter like that. Not to fear, but to love. And love and love and love. So, I dedicated my second book to her–and I’m celebrating that love today. Thank you all for your love, and for reading. xo

Photography Challenge: 1

My second novel, AUTOFOCUS, comes out this summer. In it, Maude is a budding photographer. Whether it’s her trusty DSLR or phone camera, she’s always trying to capture moments. She wants to find ways of making moments immortal, in a way, since finding anything on her birth mother is nearly impossible.

Since photography is a huge part of AUTOFOCUS, from now through its release I’m going to have a different photography challenge each month. And each month I’ll choose a winner who will receive a signed ARC of the book. Sound fun? I hope so!

Photography Challenge 1: 

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Maude loves taking pictures with her best friend Treena. She calls them buddy shots (a selfie is when you take a picture of just yourself, a buddy shot is when you take a picture with your buddy.) Take a buddy shot with your BFF. It could be an old picture or new. It could be a friend, a relative, a pet even.

To enter: Tweet photo to me (@laurengibaldi) with the hashtag: #autofocusbuddyshot

Open to US/Canada through February 26th. GOOD LUCK!

AUTOFOCUS

I know it’s been a while since I’ve last written, and I apologize for that. But…I come with exciting news! When THE NIGHT WE SAID YES sold, it was a two-book deal. Well, I can now discuss my second book!!

My follow-up to THE NIGHT WE SAID YES is called AUTOFOCUS. It follows a girl as she searches for information about her long-deceased birth mother, and, along the way, wonders if who we are is determined at birth, or if we can change as we grow.

You guys, I’m so excited about this book. It came as a random idea I had one day–I saw a girl going to an unknown city looking for answers. I kind of went from there, and the book came to be. I’m so thrilled my editor picked up this story, and I can’t wait to share more about it!

AUTOFOCUS is another YA contemporary, and, no, not a sequel to THE NIGHT WE SAID YES. It’s tentatively scheduled for a summer 2016 release with HarperTeen.