1.31.2011

Contest Contest Contest Contest!!! Ahem.

It's been too long since I've given away an ARC. Here's how I'm going to fix that.



I'm giving one awesome person a SIGNED ARC of Claudia Gray's AFTERLIFE, the stunning conclusion to the EVERNIGHT series. And I'm not posting the synopsis, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read the previous books.

But if you haven't read the previous books? And you love paranormal romance? And suspense? And kissing?

Run, don't walk, to the nearest book store. You won't be sorry.

You know ze drill.

To enter, leave a comment sharing why YOU love paranormal romance. That's it! That's all you have to do to enter!

But if you’d like EXTRA entries?

+1 New followers of this here blog
+2 If you're already a follower of this here blog
+1 New followers on Twitter
+2 If you're already a follower on Twitter
+1 Linking to my contest on your blog, twitter, etc. Including links! (up to 5)
+3 For posting about my contest on your blog. (Must be an actual post!)
+2 Adding me to your blog roll

And the top commenters (who aren’t spammers), of course, get their extra +4!

Me and math get along like kittens and Great White Sharks. Which is to say not at all. So please add up your entries in your comments. And for clarity’s sake, your initial comment stating what YOU love about paranormal romance counts as one entry. Everything ELSE is gravy. Winners will be selected randomly.

And because I have so many friends from so many countries (you are all so lovely and wonderful!), this contest will be international TOO.

The contest will end next Monday night (February 7th) at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Winner will be announced thereafter. Good day, good luck, and thank you a gajillion million billion times for reading.

ETA: By top commenters, I mean those folks who comment most often on the blog. There's a widget on the lower right hand side of the page titled "Top Commentators," and that's where I get the data. I have the bonus in place because I LOVE giving good things to peeps who chat here often!


ETA: Because there are almost FIVE HUNDRED of you reading my shenanigans here and almost FOURTEEN HUNDRED of you following my shenanigans on Twitter, I am sweetening the pie thusly:


If we make it to 1400 on Twitter before the contest deadline, ONE commenter will be chosen at random to receive:




And if we make it to 500 friends on the blog before the contest deadline, one commenter will be chosen to win:




Enter away!

1.28.2011

Be Still My Heart: A Valentine's Day Gift Guide For the Writer (or Reader) In Your Life

WHEE! It is almost FEBRUARY my friends! How did this happen?! 

In any case, it means that Valentine's Day is fast approaching. I am going to take a shot in the dark here and assume that most of you are either a) readers or b) writers or c) both. And though we probably spend an ungodly amount a lot of money on books and such, sometimes it's nice to get something pretty that isn't a book. Here are some gorgeous things I'm coveting, thanks in large part to the visionary Grace Bonney at Design*Sponge (one of my favorite non-literary diversions) which featured several of these items in previous roundups. And with only one exception, they are all under $50! And most of them are handmade! Cue swooning. 


From left: fancy iomoi pens for writing fancy things ($20), gorgeous nesting bowls for paperclips, flags, and other odds and ends ($26), this sleek (and vegan!) journal for those (rare) moments we aren't attached to our laptops ($36), and a print with a message we can all take to heart ($20). 



A perfectly stunning laptop sleeve which would fit a 13" Macbook perfectly ($23), a lovely little bowl with a reminder to be happy at every stage of our journeys ($22), an unexpectedly gorgeous print for Harry Potter fans ($10), and lighthearted bookends for our very heavy shelves ($18)


A feather USB drive for those of us who can't get enough of angels ($32), superfun headphones for writers without a designated office ($35), a stunner of a Kindle sleeve ($36), and a playful and literary cover for your Nook ($30).


A steampunk splurge for genre fans who deserve a special treat ($145), a practical and sexy paperweight for keeping our printed pages in order ($13), this super unusual and cool perforated laptop case ($40), and this simply beautiful iPad case, which really makes me wish I had one ($44)


I will never get over these gorgeous clothbound classics from Penguin ($14 each), and this unique Kindle gelaskin makes me drool ($20). These desk accessories would keep all of our papers in place (and so cheerfully!) ($9-$39, or $79 for the set), and lastly, an e-reader would never get lost while clothed in this ($20). 

What writing (or reading) stuffs do YOU covet?

1.27.2011

What Literary Agents and Assistants To The Executive Managing Editor Are Doing When They Aren't Reading Your Slush:

SCENE: 
Gmail chatbox, 8:32PM


LITERARY AGENT: *puts up blog post on what I want to see in the slush*

ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE MANAGING EDITOR IMs LITERARY AGENT: "I have a cyberpunk thriller romance that is set in an anachronistic technologically advanced 1950s NYC, entitled ROBOTO & JULIET. It's a strong first-person narration by Roboto, a 17-year-old cyborg."

LITERARY AGENT: "DONE! SEND IT!"

ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE MANAGING EDITOR: "In the end, the apocalypse happens. I have one sentence. Would you like to see it?"

LITERARY AGENT: "NOW"

ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE MANAGING EDITOR: "Kathleen was the bossest Betty around. Even for a fullskin. All the other borgboys agreed. But, since she wasn't interested, I set my cybernetic eyes on Juliet instead."

LITERARY AGENT: *dies*

ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE MANAGING EDITOR: "Want six figures for this, with a promise to publish my second book, a collection of erotic poems for toddlers."



You Tell Me...

So it is January 27th. Which means that a) January is almost over (????) and b) THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER can be yours in just EIGHT MONTHS (!!!!!). It might seem like a long time to you but to me? OMG. I have no idea how this happened. 

But needless to say, we're now about a month into this new year and new decade, and I have read some  inCREDIBLE 2011 debuts already that are going to blow your mind. And there are more I’m desperate to read that I haven’t gotten my grubby little hands on yet (but I have my ways). But I'm more curious to hear what YOU are all buzzing about. 

(This is my curious face)

So you tell me: what’s on your 2011 must-have list? What books would you break into a federal prison to steal if you could? What books would you purloin from rosy-cheeked, fair-haired children if you had to?

Lets hear it.

1.25.2011

Curiosity killed the cat.


Just in case you are curious about whether a book has changed my life, whether I've ever hidden anything I've read from a family member, or what secret I'd share about MARA DYER with the world, Wastepaper Prose has the answers. The awesome Susan let me participate in her Authors Insight series again, and she’s posting my answers on her blog, in the incredible company of:

Veronica Roth, Lauren DeStefano, Shaun Hutchinson, Andrea Cremer, Robin Benway, Rachel Hawkins, Myra McEntire, Mitali Perkins, Dia Reeves, Kimberly Derting, Kristi Cook, Beth Revis, Kim Harrington, Jaclyn Dolamore, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and MORE.

Also, on The Elevensies, I shared eleven really weird (and sometimes embarrassing) things about me.

So there you have it. Teasing shall commence in 5, 4, 3, 2—

For the writers out there, I’m curious: what are YOUR answers to the questions above? Holla!

1.24.2011

Unsticking

"If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient." ~ HILARY MANTEL

I'm not stuck, I'm happy to say. But I do find that the more words come in--from Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, television, the phone, real live human beings (what are those, again?)--the harder it can be to get words out. The best words always seem to come when I'm walking or in the shower or pretty much anytime I'm not connected to the laptop, and so I do seem to be one of those people who needs white space to let them in. If only I could be like this bunny thing all the time.



What about you?

1.19.2011

Answer Time #1!

O.M.G. Thank you guys SO much for playing along. I adored your questions, and I am going to tackle them in the order they were received. Kind of like customer service. But hopefully in a way that doesn't make you want to shoot yourself in the face.

First, we have the LOVELY Akasha Hale, who asked...

What inspired you to become a writer? Was it a friend, real life event, or a family member?

The truth is that THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER inspired me to be a writer. This was, quite literally, the story I had to write. I didn’t grow up wanting to be an author--not because it's not an awesome job, because it totally is. But it didn’t even enter into my field of consciousness as something I could do.

Why? Maybe because I’ve always been eminently practical, and believed in expertise—you can go to medical school and become a doctor by studying hard, getting good grades, and passing your boards. You can go to law school and become a lawyer by studying hard, getting good grades, and passing the bar. You become a teacher that way, too. Or an accountant. Or a police officer. You go through the requisite schooling, you pass tests, and there you go.

But that's not exactly how you become a published author. There are as many ways to get published as there are stars in the sky. Some authors get their book deals by being an inexplicable reality television phenomenon. Some become President of the United States first. Others didn’t do well in school, didn’t graduate, and write breathtaking prose I couldn’t replicate on my best day. And because of this lack of prescribed track, maybe I thought being an author was just one of those things, like being an actress or a rock star, that just happens to people through some indefinable combination of luck and effort. Sure, there are degrees in Creative Writing, but that doesn’t guarantee publication. And it’s certainly not a prerequisite.

But then that story held me hostage. And I have to say, for me, I probably wouldn't be a writer right now if it weren't also for a friend of mine who was querying her novel at the time I had the idea. She had such guts—she didn't know any writers when she began her book, so she went out and joined a writing group. She knew nothing about querying—so she did the research on her own. And so I had a story that I had to write, and a friend (and later, many friends) who believed that I could do it and inspired me to try. And that's how I became a writer for the very first time, at the ripe old age of 27 :D

Thank you so much, Akasha, for such an awesome question. I loved loved loved them all and I'm going to answer them all, even though I won't be posting them every day. So if there's anything else you'd like to know about me, or Maggie, or viruses that maim and disfigure, feel free to ask me in the comments of the original post, or via email at mdhodkin at gmail dot com. You guys rock.

1.18.2011

Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies.


So I have made a lot of new friends here and on Twitter (HI!) and as such, I want to make sure we are all REALLY friends, not just acquaintances.

AND THEREFORE, I ask you...to ask me something! Anything! Are you curious how many teeth Maggie has? (I will count them for you- she is very accommodating!) Want to know how many teeth *I* have? (I have wisdom tooth horror stories that would make your insides shrivel!). Want to know why this post is about TEETH? (Because I am weird...I have no other explanation). 

Anyway! The bottom line is: whatever you want to know, ask me! Whether your question is about MARA DYER or writing or animal rescuing or reading or eating, I will try my hardest to answer if I possibly can. And if I can't--I will mumble a lot and apologize and probably post pictures of baby animals to distract you from my myriad abject failings.

So without further ado, ask me your questions and I shall answer them in Very Special Future Answer Time blog posts. It will be a lot like Hammer Time, but without the pants. I mean, with pants, but not HAMMER pants...meh. You know what I mean. 

Shoot.

1.17.2011

Failure and Imagination.

I have been thinking about both of these things, lately. But instead of writing about them, I'm just going to suggest you pull up a seat beside me, grab a mug of tea, and listen to someone who can speak about it more eloquently than I ever could.

What's on your mind today?





1.14.2011

Thank you.

When this little post went up last week revealing my cover, I did not know what to expect. I knew my editor loved it. I knew my publisher loved it. I knew I loved it.

But I had no idea whether you would love it.

I cannot think of anything more subjective than art. And that's what book covers are. They are designed and manipulated and styled and shot, they are tweaked and slaved over and tweaked again, just like a painting or a photograph hanging in any gallery. But unlike pictures in a gallery, they also have a job to do. An important one, in my opinion.

They're supposed to make you want to pick up the book.

And so it was that I was nervous when I saw people begin to write about the MARA DYER cover. What if it made you not want to pick up the book?

But you didn't say that. In the past eight days since my book has had clothes, you have said these things instead:

The Bookish Type The Story Siren Mundie Moms Late Bloomer Online i swim for oceans YA Book Queen  YA Bliss Paranormal Indulgence Gabry Writes Misguided Bibliophile Ghost VLC Photo Daisy Chain Book Reviews A Good Addiction The Hiding Spot Book Nerd Becca Holes in My Brain Scarlet Reader Builder of Words Persephone Reads  Books Over Boys Musings of a Reader Happy Harmony's Radiant Reads An Abundance of Books Words and Whispers Beastie Books Reading the Best of the Best  Reading Addict Novel Thoughts Michelle's Bookshelf Midnight Bloom Reads Pure Imagination

And because of your blog posts and your 200+ tweets about MARA DYER, over 450 people have added it to Goodreads. In eight days.

I can't really express how much this kind of word of mouth means to an author. To a debut author, in particular. It makes me so happy I feel as if I might burst into song. Instead, I am going to do what I try to always do when I'm overwhelmed by good stuff: share it.

So I wrote down the names of the above blogs.

I cut and folded them and put them in a hat.

I put the hat in front of Maggie.


Told her to close her eyes and pick one.


It didn't work out the way we hoped.


So I closed my eyes and picked one. i swim for oceans, I shall be sending you a print of the cover art. With an excerpt from the book, which only my agent and editor have seen. Email me at mdhodkin at gmail dot com and I will make arrangements to get it to you :)

Thank you all so, so much for all of the awesome you readers, writers, and bloggers spread in the book world every day, and for thinking my book is pretty and more importantly, for wanting to read it. And thank you for your incredibly happy-making comments in that first post. I wanted to reply to them all individually but thought one big post would be better. And if you also blogged about the cover but didn't see your post included here, let me know about it in the comments? I tried to include every post I saw on the interwebs and on Twitter, but I'm sure there were some I missed because I'm incompetent. But worry not, because there will be more surprises like this one on the way.

Thank you again, a million times over.

*HUGS*

1.13.2011

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is HERE!

I had a very memorable evening with Beth when we were both in October doing publishing-ish things in NYC. I hadn’t read her book, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, at the time. 


But I sure as *&%$ have now. And you can too.

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is fascinating. It is disturbing. It is original and surprising and compelling and I love it SO MUCH.

Don’t take my word for it. Buy it yourselfs :D

The Bookanistas are a group of writers - in various stages of the publishing process – who have decided to band together and review the special books of our peers.  No negative reviews here! We post every Thursday and cover various topics– upcoming ARCs, books we love, special diamonds in the rough, classics, and even cover reviews. Here's what the other Bookanistas are reading this week:


Elana Johnson and LiLa Roecker celebrate the release of Across the Universe with giveaways
Christine Fonseca gets lost in Nightshade
Shannon Messenger raves about Like Mandarin with an ARC Giveaway
Jamie Harrington thinks the outlook is good for The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball
Shelli Johannes-Wells celebrates Harcourt winners
Carolina Valdez Miller and Shana Silver travel Across the Universe
Scott Tracey gets some Clarity
Myra McEntire is In The Fort with Beth Revis
Megan Miranda falls head over heels for Fall For Anything
Bethany Wiggins is living for Three Quarters Dead
Jen Hayley worships Unearthly
Carrie Harris flips for Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Kirsten Hubbard goes crazy for Delirium 

1.12.2011

Walk Away

It’s done. Revisions. Copy edits. Finished. 

Some people (normal ones, probably) would feel relieved. What do I feel? 

Sad. 



I started writing THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER on May 15, 2009. Simon & Schuster won the auction for it in late May 2010. I revised it a bunch of times before it sold. I revised it a bunch of times after it sold. But now…it’s over. 

I could have a genius idea about the conversation between X and Y tonight—and I won’t be able to edit the scene. I could realize tomorrow that the sentence at the end of ___ chapter really works better as the first sentence of the next chapter—and I won’t be able to switch it. 

I’m not sure it is ever going to feel finished to me. Even when I see it bound in final form. Even when I see it on shelves. I have spent thousands of hours working on it and it has become a part of me. And it will live forever in Scrivener, taunting me with that mothereffing little cursor. I have a feeling I’ll never be able to read the finished copy, because if I do, I’m afraid I’ll wonder if I should have done something differently or have a lightbulb moment and wish I could add something new. And it will be too late. That opportunity will be lost.

But I will have a new opportunity. To share something that was a part of me for so long with a lot of other people who love books. MARA DYER is going to end up with strangers in eight months. Lots of them, I hope. And I hope I have the chance to make some of them laugh. And cry. And swoon. And swear. And shudder. In all the good ways.

And I hope many future readers will find me here or on Twitter so they don’t stay strangers for long. Because sharing something I’ve worked so hard on with friends? That isn’t scary—it’s fun!

So if you’ve never talked to me on Twitter—please do—I respond to all @ replies that I see! And if you’ve never commented on the blog? I hope you will soon. And in the meantime,  if you have anything, anything at all you want to ask me? Go for it. I’m going to make this a regular feature, actually, until the book is out (and after, though it’s hard to imagine a world in which my book actually lives in stores. It seems as impossible as turning 80). I’ll take whatever you can throw at me. 

Lets be friends.



This one's for you, MARA 1.

1.11.2011

Literary Mixtapes

I had a special post all planned and specialized for you today but I came across this piece and, well, sharing it with you takes priority x1000000000.



"No matter his (considerable) faults, Humbert Humbert is a hopeless romantic. And a fairly pathetic one too, it would be fair to say. After all, he falls in love with a twelve-year-old girl and does everything he can to stay close to her, even as she manipulates and scorns him, and even as he follows her to his own destruction. His is the definition of an obsessive, unconditional love. Now, while we are mightily tempted to proclaim that Humbert Humbert would only listen to Man Man, Frou Frou, Mother Mother, Xiu Xiu, Motel Motel and of course, Duran Duran, we think he’s a little more complex (and self-conscious) than that."

Some of their picks?

“Only Sixteen” – Sam Cooke
We know, we know, she was actually twelve. But even still.

“Don’t Stand So Close to Me” – The Police
Duh. So he wasn’t her teacher, but he was her stepfather. Same difference.

“You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” – Barry White
A dorky middle-aged man like him would definitely have some Barry in his collection.

“Just the Two of Us” – Al Green
That was the idea, anyway. Effing Quilty.

“Father Figure” – George Michael
This is the most pedophilic song we have ever heard. “Put your tiny hand in mine”? “Sometimes love can be mistaken for a crime”? “I will be your father figure”? Just saying.

I think You're Beautiful by James Blunt would be up there. The MELODRAMA of that VIDEO kills me. So perfect for old Humbie.

What would your favorite literary characters listen to?

1.10.2011

Unfinished business

I have unfinished business. I ended up prolonging my Thanksgiving break into a vacation that turned into an extended writing retreat and I’ve been away from home for a long time! I came home to giant boxes of books (whee!) and envelopes of books (YAY!) and the beautiful cover (!!!!) and some awesome news I can’t share yet (!!!!!!!!!!!) but also a lot of Things I Planned to Do That I Never Did Because I Was Living Out Of A Carry On For Four Weeks. Which means that DELIRIUM is as of yet unclaimed. That ends now.

The winner is: Abby Stevens!!!

And because you were all so patient, there’s another winner: Jamie, who won the *amazing* CRYER'S CROSS! 

Guys, email mdhodkin at gmail dot com with your address so I can send the ARCs on their way!

And for everyone else, fret not: next contest is in a few weeks. And I’ll be giving away a signed ARC of the stunning conclusion to Claudia Gray’s EVERNIGHT series, AFTERLIFE. It was not everything I hoped it would be. It was better :)

Thanks for sticking with me. 


1.06.2011

Haunted by The Near Witch

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The Copy Corner
What it says: 

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. 
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. 
There are no strangers in the town of Near. 

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. 

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him. 
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy. 

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

Why it works: 

It is haunting. Haunting and gorgeous. “There are no strangers in the town of Near.” “The children of Near start disappearing in their beds.” “The history of this nameless boy.”

It is extraordinarily difficult to capture the voice of a novel in jacket copy, or in a query letter for that matter. But this copy comes as close as you can get, and gives you a real taste of what's inside. “Entirely original and achingly familiar” is a perfect description of the prose. I have read the The Near Witch (those are the opening pages, narrated by Victoria's mother, who has the perfect voice for this, by the way) and I have read no other recently written YA novel like it.

Add this to your to-read shelves, guys, and to your Amazon carts while you're at it. You will not want to miss it. 


The Bookanistas are a group of writers - in various stages of the publishing process – who have decided to band together and review the special books of our peers.  No negative reviews here! We post every Thursday and cover various topics– upcoming ARCs, books we love, special diamonds in the rough, classics, and even cover reviews. Here's what the other Bookanistas are reading this week:






1.04.2011

Words of wisdom



My mother once told me when I was little that if I loved books, I’d have friends wherever I’d go. 

At the time (I was in second or third grade) my favorite books were the THOROUGHBRED series by Joanna Campbell and I wanted to grow up to be a jockey. So I related her words in a childlike way to my then-chosen profession—I love horses, horses are my friends, books have horses in them, books are my friends.  

But as I grew up (and too tall and too round be a jockey) and my love of reading exploded into a love of books so profound that I re-read my favorites as much as thirteen times (On Gold Mountain, by Lisa See) and found myself crying over The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston in high school or gleefully writing about Chaunticleer and Pertelote in college, I thought I really understood. I’d learned to love some books so much that if I took them to any of the future cities I moved to (current count eight) or states (current count four) or stepped off a plane in a foreign country, alone, to work on a trillion dollar lawsuit, I’d be surrounded by the familiar. By characters I loved. By words that comforted me and consoled me and made me laugh and cry and that made my heart pound. My favorite books have become a part of me, certainly, and my mother’s dedication in teaching me to love books and reading and being able to escape in them, no matter where the tides of life take me, has been one of her greatest gifts to me (and there have been so, so many). 

Now that I’m an author, though, her wise words have become incredibly literal. When I walk into a book store now, I see the work of people I know. When I see Beautiful Creatures on the shelf I think not only of Ethan’s Southern charm and Lena’s haunting dilemma, but of Kami Garcia’s Coca Cola cake addiction and Margie Stohl’s wild laugh. When I see the bright yellow words The Duff placed face-out on the book shelves, I think not only of searingly hot Wesley Rush but of a night on the town in New York with one of the coolest of cool YA authors, Kody Keplinger. When I walk past Hex Hall, I itch to buy it, even though I already have a copy and have bought three others—for my mother, for my grandmother, and for my cousin—because not only is Sophie a joy to hang out with, but because Rachel Hawkins is, too—we discovered we are both unabashed, adoring fans of Quentin Coldwater. And there aren’t enough of those by a long shot. 

Now that the year of publication for THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER is here (!!!!), I find myself in the strange and wondrous company of debut authors whose books will also be published in 2011. Beth Revis. Lisa and Laura Roecker. Kirsten Hubbard. Lauren DeStefano. Veronica Roth. Elana Johnson. Karsten Knight. Victoria Schwab. Myra McEntire. Kathleen Peacock. And more. I’ve shown Beth Revis, author of the mind-blowing ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, the mind-blowing joy that is Pommes Frites on St. Marks in New York. I’ve sat for hours in a quiet hotel room with Veronica Roth, both of us taut with energy during the madness that was BEA 2010, and then sat for hours in my quiet living room, taut with energy as I devoured her unbelievable triumph that is DIVERGENT. I gorged myself on food and drink in front of Victoria Schwab in Atlanta, and gorged myself on the gorgeous prose of THE NEAR WITCH this past Thanksgiving. Their books aren’t in stores yet, but when they are, all of the moments we’ve shared together—in person or on the computer (and believe me, those can be just as vivid), are sure to fill me with warmth and familiarity and comfort whenever I walk past them.

I can’t wait.

1.03.2011

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER: Sneak Peek

HI. I'M BACK! It's 2011!

Which means that THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER is coming out. THIS YEAR. And also means I shall be resuming a regular schedule and there will be other posts about that and super neat other things soon! But I wanted to post this first. Especially in light of this and this


Okay, okay. I tricked you a little with the title, maybe, and I'm sorry for that. But there will be more news--of the variety you're looking for--soon! For now, this is what MARA still looks like to me. 

Curious how all that = a novel? A YA novel? A paranormal novel? A romantic type novel? 

Well, stay tuned :D

PS: That screenshot was taken of my MARA Scrivener file. Scrivener is an awesome, incredible, program for writers that I can't say enough good things about. I'll be writing about it's amazingness forthwith. 

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