January, 2012


It’s been another fun and busy week with lots going on in a lot of different areas. Here’s a quick update:

ARCs for TIME BETWEEN US are being printed right now, and should be available in March. I’m trying not to think about it because every time I do, I find myself distractedly staring off into space wearing this goofy perma-grin. Someday soon a box will arrive on my doorstep, and my heart will start racing, and I won’t be able to find the box cutter because someone didn’t put it back where it belongs (probably me), and so I’ll just rip it open with my bare hands to get to the goods. I can’t even imagine how it’s going to feel to see those books inside, but suffice it to say I’m pretty excited. Rest assured, the moment will be documented with photos. Perhaps even video.

I’ve also been having a blast on the music front. There are two sets of lyrics in TBU, and in order to include them we needed permission from two very amazing bands and their respective labels. It’s funny, I completely remember writing these lyrics into the book for the first time, and thinking about how cool it would be if I actually got to work with the bands to secure their approval. And well, that day came (and lasted about three months). I got to work with them (well, their management, not them directly) and after a lot of back and forth—sharing details about the book and showing them the actual pages that included their beautiful, perfect lines—they agreed! As a bonus, I was also able to license one of my all time favorite songs from a third, equally amazing band as music for the book trailer. I know I’m witholding a lot of details here, but once I sign the contracts and everything’s official-official, I’ll shout all about it. I still can’t believe it’s all coming together so perfectly.

There’s also some exciting momentum on the film adaptation, and while it isn’t official yet, it makes me feel like a movie might actually, really, truly happen someday. Stay tuned!

Most important, I’m writing. Boy, am I writing. I’m writing at my desk, in coffee shops, in the school parking lot, on my laptop, on my phone, and on the new iPad Mike and the kids gave me for my birthday (thanks again, loves!). I honestly have no idea if my second book currently rocks, sucks, or does something in between, but after months and months of revising and fine-tuning TBU, I’m just overjoyed to be creating something totally new, completely from scratch. Have I mentioned how much I love this job?

Tomorrow night, I’m headed to Books, Inc. in San Francisco to meet Marissa Meyer (CINDER) and Megan Miranda (FRACTURE). If you’re in the Bay Area, stop by and join the party!


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What A Week!

The 2012 fun is officially underway, filled with readings and launch parties, spotting debut novels out in the wild, and even watching new writer friends become New York Times best selling authors after being on bookshelves for merely a week! If you haven’t heard about this book, you will:



This week, I got to attend two fantastic launch parties for two amazing YA and Middle Grade books.

Last Sunday, I went to the standing-room-only launch party for Veronica Rossi, held the beautiful Rakestraw Books in Danville, CA (yes, for you Phineas & Ferb fans, Danville is a real city. In fact, there are five of them. Who knew?). The room was full of support for Veronica and enthusiasm for her debut, UNDER THE NEVER SKY:


I had such a fantastic time meeting a bunch of fellow writers and bloggers.

Veronica Rossi

A packed house!

Me and Veronica


Last Wednesday night, I took my kids to Anne Nesbet’s launch of THE CABINET OF EARTHS, a Middle Grade adventure set in Paris.

It was another packed-to-the-rafters room and Anne was her delightful self. Everyone was riveted by the sections Anne read, and both of my kids came home talking about Anne, Paris, books and salamander cookies!

The very gracious Anne let my son pick the door prize winners

Anne, reading from THE CABINET OF EARTHS


Anne, me, and my kids























Next week should be relatively quiet (lots of writing planned) but the following week I’ll be heading to San Francisco for Marissa Meyer’s launch party for CINDER. I can’t wait!



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Time is Nothing

I love this time lapse video documenting a very talented photographer’s world adventure.

17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs.



For more information, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGnrT0F-Igs




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2012 is Here!

Our debut year has finally arrived! All of us Apocalypsies have been working so hard to finalize our books and now we get to watch them make their way into the world.

I can’t say enough about this supportive group. When I joined The Apocalypsies in April I had no idea what to expect, but over the last year I got to watch it grow to over 135 debut authors, each with their own inventive story and unique path to publication. We’ve spent 2011 sharing information, voicing concerns, asking questions, and generally living to spread the word about each other’s big moments on Twitter, Facebook, and our own blogs. I wish I’d had the opportunity to read every one of these books prior to its release, but I can say this: these authors are not only incredibly talented, they’re really fantastic people. 2012 is going to be an amazing year for middle grade and young adult fiction.

We’re only THREE days into the new year and we already have FIVE debuts to celebrate:

I’m so excited about my local San Francisco Bay Area neighbor, Veronica Rossi’s UNDER THE NEVER SKY. I got to meet Veronica last month and she let me read the first chapter, and now I can’t wait to dig into this book again. I have a feeling I won’t be able to put it down.

The first in a trilogy, UNDER THE NEVER SKY debuts today from HarperCollins and will soon be available in more than twenty-five foreign markets. Film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. Read more about UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

I’ll be at at Rakestraw Books in Danville, CA on Sunday, January 8 at 7 PM to hear Veronica read. Tahereh Mafi, Ellen Schreiber and Anna Carey will be joining her for this great event! Check out Veronica’s site to see if she’s coming to a bookstore near you.

Anne Nesbet is another Bay Area neighbor and the debut author of THE CABINET OF EARTHS. This middle grade fiction story is already getting great attention:

“a-shimmer with magic” (Horn Book)… “charmingly creepy” (Kirkus)… “evocative prose and a confident narrative voice” (Publishers Weekly)… “readers will be swept along by the novel’s swift pace”(Shelf Awareness)… “a unique, interesting fantasy with just enough suspense to keep readers turning the pages into the night” (VOYA). It’s also featured on the Winter 2011-2012 Kids’ Indie Next List! Read more about THE CABINET OF EARTHS.

I’m taking my kids to meet Anne at one of my favorite book stores, Books Inc. on Fourth Street in Berkeley on Wednesday, January 11, at 7 p.m. I hear there will be salamander cookies!

CRACKED by K.M. Walton sounds like an incredible book. It’s the story of a teen who takes a bottle of pills and lands in the psych ward with the bully who drove him to attempt suicide.

I teach an anti-bullying program at my children’s school, so the premise of this story covers a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to read this book. Read more about CRACKED.

And I dare you to visit K.M. Walton’s website and try not to hang out there for hours. All I need to know is that she’s a fellow LOST fan to know that she’s my kind of person.

Then there’s Marissa Mayer’s CINDER, the futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella as a cyborg mechanic. This book has been getting so much attention and I just can’t wait to read it myself. Read more about CINDER.

To get a taste of what we’re in for, check out the book trailer over at Entertainment Weekly: http://shelf-life.ew.com/2011/12/20/cinder-book-trailer-marissa-meyer-exclusive/

I’ll be at Marissa’s launch event on January 26 at Books Inc. in San Francisco Opera Plaza at 7:00 p.m. Marissa will be reading along with fellow Apocalypsie, Megan Miranda (FRACTURE) and Daisy Whitney (THE RIVALS). Check out Marissa’s tour schedule to see if she’s coming to a bookstore near you.

THE BOY PROJECT (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister) by Kami Kinard, landed in bookstores on January 1 and sounds like another fantastic read.

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Kinard creates a highly credible middle-school universe of popular girls, dorky boys, unpredictable teachers, and volatile loyalties; she hits all the right notes as Kara learns that first opinions are rarely accurate and that the scientific method does not always apply to human beings.” Read more about THE BOY PROJECT.

I’m so excited for my newest author friends as their books make their way into the world in 2012, and I’ll continue to share books here as they debut. Here’s a list of all of our books, debut dates, and links to our sites. Much more to come this month and this apocalyptic year. Read ’em like there’s no tomorrow!

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