After 2.5 weeks on the road, I’m (finally) home! The Young Authors Give Back tour was exhausting, but a huge success. We visited a bunch of cities, did some sight-seeing, and sold books. But without a doubt, my favorite part of the tour was the reason we did it in the first place: the giving back. Meeting with young writers and talking to them about craft and publishing was incredibly rewarding. So many of the teens we met with were super talented, not to mention fearless. Their writing was pure and daring, not yet weighted down by their inner editors or publishing woes. I’m so glad we hosted these free writing workshops. I hope they were as inspiring for the teens who attended them as they were for me. Other fun highlights included attending BEA, meeting readers, being interviewed on live TV, seeing news of the tour in print, and doing it all with three of my best friends! photo credit goes to the one and only Alexa Susan wrote a fabulous recap post of the tour on... Read More
I’m actually at BEA right now, but because technology is fancy, I wrote this before hitting the road and set it to auto-publish. Win! That said, I spent most of May recovering from TAKEN’s launch, slogging my way through book three’s first draft (there is still much slogging to come), and packing for my upcoming tour. Here’s the reading I managed to get done in May (all of which seemed to feature red covers): I read Kasie West’s PIVOT POINT earlier this year and thought it was sweet, smart, and charming; so naturally I was excited to get my hands on an ARC of THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. This is an unrelated, straight-contemporary series, releasing as a paperback original come July. The story follows seventeen-year-old Cameron, who lives with her mother in a tiny apartment above their porcelain doll shop (where she also works). When she crosses paths with Xander Spence, heir to an upscale hotel chain, she knows that the rich have a short attention span.... Read More
Next week is BEA!!! For those living under a rock, Book Expo America is a gigantic book fair/publishing conference (the largest in North America, I believe), and this year it takes place 5/30-6/1 at the Javits Center in New York City. All sorts of industry professionals will be present, and it’s basically a book-lovers dream come true. I am super excited to have the opportunity to attend BEA this year. In the past, I’ve only experienced the magic via twitter, and each time left me seething with envy and crossing my fingers that I would one day be fortunate enough to attend myself. (So again: I’m super excited.) A quick run-down of my schedule… Where you can find me before BEA: Wednesday (5/29) at 6:30pm, I will participate in the Teen Author Carnival Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY This event brings together a bunch of YA authors for a series of discussion panels. I’ll be on a “World Play” panel,... Read More
Look at all these RTs about the Young Authors Give Back tour! Thank you, thank you!!! I promised to reveal the title of TAKEN’s sequel after 50 RTs, and as you can see above, you guys met that challenge like pros. Rather than continuing to ramble, I’m just going to say thanks one last time–THANK YOU!–and get to the goods. It’s why you’re here, after all. … So without further ado, the title of TAKEN2 is ……………… …………. ………. …… … . . . . . . . . !!!!!!!!!! FROZEN !!!!!!!!!! Guys, I love this title so much!! Unlike TAKEN, which had a lengthy and exhausting titling process, FROZEN is the first thing I wrote on the page when I started drafting this sequel, and it stuck. This title says so much about book two, both literally (the landscape/season), and figuratively (poor Gray and his conflicted heart). Not to mention the additional ways I can’t... Read More
I’ve been given the green light to share TAKEN2’s title, but because I’m evil, I’m going to make you work for it. (But not too hard, I promise.) I’ve got a lot coming up in the next few weeks. I’m heading to BEA for some fun events, and then hitting the road with fellow writers Sarah J. Maas (THRONE OF GLASS), Susan Dennard (SOMETHING STRANGE & DEADLY), and Kat Zhang (WHAT’S LEFT OF ME) for the Young Authors Give Back tour. We’ll be signing at various bookstores (open to the public) and hosting FREE writing workshops for young aspiring writers (registration required). The full schedule and further details are available on the YAGB website, but here’s a quick rundown: New York, NY 5/29 Teen Author Carnival @ Jefferson Market Library –- 6:30-9:30 pm 425 Avenue of the Americas (at 10th St.), New York, NY 10011 Erin Bowman and Kat Zhang will participate in the Teen Author Carnival along with 11 other YA authors. Full... Read More
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