First off, I’m guest posting over on Ellen Oh‘s blog today. Ellen is a fellow YA writer (her debut, Prophecy: The Dragon King Chronicles, comes out from HarperCollins in Winter 2013, just like me!) and she’s currently running a series aptly titled: “What’s the Best Writerly Advice You’d Give Your Younger Self?” I discuss, as I often do, time; how I struggle to find it, how we all have the same amount of it, how I wish I knew years ago that you can always “make” more time if you prioritize accordingly. You should check it out. In other news, I have new author business cards! I feel so official now. Being the designer that I am, I put my skills to use and laid out some clever cards – at least I deem them clever – and then used moo for the printing and production. If you’ve never heard of moo, you must check them out. They make some of the loveliest business cards I have ever seen. The stock they print on is thick and... Read More
A fast-paced adventure that’s a little too close for comfort. Summary from the inside jacket: In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all its worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. I have a confession to make. This just might be my favorite dystopian-esque read since THE HUNGER GAMES. I certainly didn’t devour it as quickly as I did some other recent reads in the genre, but this book haunted me. I thought about it for days. Maybe it was because I could feel the grime on my skin, smell the salt of the ocean, see the rust of the ships. There... Read More
A beautiful, gritty story about family. Summary from the goodreads: Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss? Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive… According to Hannah herself, this is not your typical beach read. I agree. If you are looking for a light, fluffy, full of smiles story, this is not your book. That’s not to say I didn’t smile while reading it – there were some hilarious moments that had me giggling audibly – but this book, at it’s core, is about a messed up family. The story of the McGill family is narrated by Chase and told over the course of four summers at the family’s beach house. I absolutely... Read More
So it came. I read through it – I surprisingly understood most of the fancy legal lingo – and then called Sara to walk me through the few clauses I needed clarification on. Two people have to sign this document: the president of HarperCollins and yours truly. Let me just say that while the legalities of this contract made things feel pretty real, those two signature lines hit home. HarperCollins wants to publish my trilogy and they need me to sign on the dotted line to seal the deal. And they are going to pay me to do what I love. Ah! Each step I take toward publication leaves me continually feeling more blessed and fortunate and humbled than the step before. (Note: I am still pinching myself on a regular basis for fear that I’m dreaming.) In order to avoid the “pics or it didn’t happen” shout-outs that are sure to ensue in the comments if I don’t provide some, here’s a shot of me signing my contract. Please pardon my look of general... Read More
Summer Fridays! Today begins Summer Fridays at the day-job. This means that if I have met all my deadlines and finished all my designery work for the week, I can leave at 2pm. Score! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this wonderful treat. As someone who drives in at the crack of dawn (well, not literally, but I consider 5am pretty early) and doesn’t get back home until close to six or seven, this is like being handed five extra hours on a silver platter. Actually, that’s exactly what it is. Five free hours. Look, I’m already putting them to good use by using one of them to write this post. Revision Letters! Also, in case you failed to check your calendars, it is now June. This is the month I get my revision letter for LAICOS. How I am feeling can only be described as equal parts excitement and horror. I can’t wait. I really can’t. I’m so excited to see how editor Erica thinks I can make this story stronger. But at the same time, I know... Read More
If you own a digital copy of any of Erin's books, you can request a signature via Authorgraph. If you're interested in purchasing a signed physical book, you can order through her local indie, Gibson's.