THIS TINY PERFECT WORLD is getting a paperback! It’ll be out July 2, 2019. So if you like your books a bit cheaper, and totally bendable, please check it out!
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
Here they are, the books I read in 2014! My typical goal is 50, but with a new baby this year and writing/editing books of my own, that proved to be…difficult. Still, I think I conquered a lot.
(* = book not yet released)
- DRAMA HIGH by Michael Sokolove
- PAGE BY PAIGE by Laura Lee Gulledge
- THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
- MAN MADE BOY by Jon Skovron
- BOXERS by Gene Luen Yang
- SAINTS by Gene Luen Yang
- THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU AND ME by Amanda Grace
- ROOMIES by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr
- THE SPECTACULAR NOW by Tim Tharp
- SEPTEMBER GIRLS by Bennett Madison
- THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson
- DUDE, YOU’RE GONNA BE A DAD by John Pfeiffer (I know, I know…)
- THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON by Paige Toon
- A USER’S GUIDE TO NEGLECTFUL PARENTING by Guy Delisle
- THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Pamela Druckerman
- BRINGING UP BEBE by Pamela Druckerman
- BEBE BY DAY by Pamela Druckerman
- WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick
- HIDDEN: A CHILD’S STORY OF THE HOLOCAUST by Loic Dauvillier
- WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING by Charles J Lockwood
- SEX CRIMINALS, VOL 1: ONE WEIRD TRICK by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
- THE HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK by Harvey Karp
- WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart
- THIRTEEN WEDDINGS by Paige Toon
- BABY LAUGHS by Jenny McCarthy
- EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour
- FORGET HOW YOU FOUND US edited by Nathan Holic (with a chapter by ME!)
- THIS ONE SUMMER by Mariko Tamaki
- OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord
- CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert*
- MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga*
- DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE by Lance Rubin*
- SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli*
- STARBREAK by Phoebe North
- LOST AT SEA by Bryan Lee O’Malley
- SECONDS by Bryan Lee O’Malley
- IN REAL LIFE by Cory Doctorow
- PAPER AEROPLANES by Dawn O’Porter
- HAWKEYE, VOL 1: MY LIFE AS A WEAPON by Matt Fraction, illustrated by David Aja, Javier Pulido, Alan Davis
- ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
- HAWKEYE, VOL 2: LITTLE HITS by Matt Fraction, illustrated by David Aja, Steve Lieber, Jesse Hamm, Francesco Francavilla, Matt Hollingsworth
- THIN SPACE by Jody Casella
- BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg
- THE RISE OF AURORA WEST by Paul Pope
- MS. MARVEL: #1: META MORPHOSIS by G. Willow Wilson
- ON THE FENCE by Kasie West
- BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson
- YES PLEASE by Amy Poehler
- SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick
- MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, edited by Stephanie Perkins
- A manuscript by my friend Joe
- A manuscript by my friend Jennifer
In all, YA beat out any other category (obviously), followed by graphic novels (some really great ones this year). Non-fiction primarily revolved around being a mom, which is not surprising. I also read a ton of picture books, which I didn’t list. (SO many beautiful ones! I must point out, specifically, THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIEND, which both L and I adored.) So what are my reading goals for this year? More plays I think and more adult fiction. I don’t see either happening, though, because have you seen the amazing YA books coming out in 2015? Specifically by debut authors?
A few fun book updates:
My advanced copies are in! Look at them! They’re beautiful!
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.
All that to say, my book is doing well.
And I hope you are, too.