Book Trailer

It’s here! It’s here! Check out my book trailer for THE NIGHT WE SAID YES!

More information, and the exclusive reveal, can be found on the B&N Teen blog.

As mentioned in the post, it was so much fun filming. My actors were great, the location was fantastic, and I’m so happy with the final product. (Big shout out, again, to my friend Joe who filmed/edited/scored the entire thing. And, yes, I realize it was filmed during the day, but have you tried filming at night? It’s not easy. Still, I think it gets the feel of the book across pretty wonderfully. I’m so happy!

Here are some photos from the shoot of my adorable and wonderful cast.

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And here’s me looking extremely short next to them. Hi!

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The Story Behind Matt’s Story

I didn’t plan on writing a companion story for THE NIGHT WE SAID YES.

In fact, in between writing TNWSY and MATT’S STORY, I finished two other manuscripts. Seriously. But while editing the book with my editor, it just felt, I don’t know, lovely being back in that world. With my Ella and Matt and Jake and Meg. So I kind of wanted to dabble. For fun.

At first I started hanging out with Meg. I was writing her story, after TNWSY ended. What happens with her as she approaches college. But nothing felt right. I love Meg, and the story wasn’t doing her justice. And it wasn’t fun. So I scrapped it.

And then I woke up one morning with a vision – Matt in a classroom, alone. So while eating breakfast I started writing that scene. And I enjoyed being with him – and these other new characters he interacts with – so much that I brought my laptop to work and kept writing during breaks. And then I went home and kept writing. Even when S interrupted so we could talk to one of his friends in the UK via Skype, I had one eye on my laptop.

And by the end of the day I had nearly 8,000 words. It was INSANE. I had never written that much in one day. Ever.

The next day I read it over and didn’t hate it. I changed a few things here or there, elaborated, deleted,, but still felt good. So I sent it to my agent a bit later, asking if something was maybe, possibly there. To my utter delight, she saw it too, and told me to write about 10,000 words more. Okay.

Interestingly, those extra words weren’t that hard, either. I worried I’d hate it, would push it aside, but no – on the contrary, I loved elaborating on his time away. I loved creating this little world for him that his friends didn’t know about. And it was great timing, really, because it came as I was doing some final edits to TNWSY. I knew so much more about him. It added so much to the story.

After some back and forth edits between my agent and I, we gave it to my editor and, oh man, she saw potential in it, too. Which was so incredibly amazing to hear.

Because here’s the thing – I love writing, I do, but sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it’s absolutely brutal getting out 10 words. But Matt’s story was fun. It was different and weird and cool and I don’t know. There was no pressure, it was all for myself. And now it’s going to be something. And, yeah, it’s totally not necessary for people to read to fully get TNWSY. But to me, it’s important. To me, it makes Matt so much more whole. And it’s kind of cool knowing that writing doesn’t always have to be a struggle.

I’m so excited it’s going to be out there.

So if you decide to check out the ebook, I hope you like reading his story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Matt’s Story!

Exciting news – THE NIGHT WE SAID YES is getting a companion novella! Ahh!

TNWSY takes place two nights, exactly one year apart. In the THEN chapters, Ella meets Matt and they have a great night together with friends. In the NOW chapters, it’s a year later, and Ella is seeing Matt again, after several months apart. Well… MATT’S STORY: A NIGHT WE SAID YES NOVELLA will be the time in-between, as told by Matt.

Official description:

Seventeen-year-old Matt had the perfect life in Orlando. He met the girl of his dreams, rocked out on bass in an awesome band, and partied with the best group of friends he could ask for. But then his family gets a call and he has to move back to Texas—immediately. Now stuck with no possibility of ever seeing his friends in Orlando again, Matt is ready to give up. But can he open up his heart to new friends and a second chance?

I had so much fun going back into the Ella & Matt universe and giving Matt a chance to share his side of the story. I love Matt, and I’m so thrilled HarperCollins is publishing my novella! So much love to my agent and editor who agreed to do this with me.

MATT’S STORY will be published by Epic Reads Impulse, a HarperCollins digital imprint, on August 4, 2015. It’ll be available anywhere you buy eBooks (and it’s already up on iTunes and Amazon).

Book on the Go

What does one do after getting their advanced reader copies?

If that one is me, it’s bring the book to work and take photos around the library. Because why not?

But first, some morning coffee.

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Obviously my ARC would use a literary mug.

Now off to work!

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You may be the guest of honor, but you still have to work, ARC. And watch out for the monster door.

LOOK! THERE YOU ARE ON THE SHELF! YOU LOOK WONDERFUL!

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So perfect! So great on the shelf! (Like the bookends my teen club made? Each is based on a different book – that’s “The Book Thief”.)

But let’s be honest, when you’re actually checked in, you’ll be on the front of every display.

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Librarian bias.

Can’t wait to see you as a real, hardcover, beautiful book, ARC!

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.

The Story Behind the Cover

Untitled-4THIS is the cover for THE NIGHT WE SAID YES! Isn’t it wonderful? Doesn’t it scream “I AM THE BEST BOOK EVER?!” (Okay, maybe not, but I’m kind of proud of it.) As I mentioned on my cover reveal yesterday, I’m extremely happy with the direction HarperTeen decided to go. Yes, the romance is central, but so is the friendship. To me, friendships are relationships, and, especially in high school, best friends are just as important as boyfriends/girlfriends. I try to show that in my book.

But here’s the fun part of creating this beautiful cover: when my editor asked if I had any thoughts on the image, prior to design, I pleaded for one thing – for it not to be a kissing cover.

Don’t get me wrong, I think there are some LOVELY kissing covers out there, and, yes, my book totally has kissing in it. But if you were to see a cover with two people kissing, and then were to read my title…what would you think?

EXACTLY.

Apparently HarperTeen had the same idea, and already said no to that type of cover. It’s a wonderful feeling, knowing you’re on the same page with your publisher. It’s also hilarious, to me, thinking that they were discussing that.

After, I was asked if I wanted just Matt and Ella on the cover, or if I preferred all four of the characters. I asked for four, but left it to them, because they know best. They know what image will work. But, as it happens, they went with four, believing in the friendship plot. (The message of friendship is also woven into the official description, too, which I adore.) And I cried with happiness at the final image.

So what you see here today is the final product, and what will grace bookstore and library shelves June 16th of next year.

HarperTeen designers, I love you.

(Don’t forget to enter to win a signed advanced copy of TNWSY! Go here!)

TNWSY Cover

So do you want to see the cover of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES?

DO YOU?

NOW YOU CAN! My cover and official description were revealed today on YA Highway! Go check it out! Let me know what you think! And enter to win an advanced copy!

Ahh, i’m so excited!!