Sunday, February 5, 2012

Things I'm Psyched About Now!

Where to begin? There are so many interesting things going on! First, I'm excited because I just got the final proof of the paperback edition of Darkride and I'm so happy with it. My partner Marcy worked extremely hard to get the details of the text and the cover just right, and I hope that the paperback will be out in the next week or so. Keep an eye on this site and I'll let you know as soon as it's available!

Second, I'm excited because I've been invited to be part of a special event called This Is Indie YA, organized by Ashley at the excellent blog What's Your Story. For the entire month of March, What's Your Story will be featuring a different indie YA author every day with guest posts, giveaways, author and character interviews and all sorts of fun stuff. I'm in awe of the the amount of work Ashley has done to bring this together and thrilled to see indie YA get the spotlight. I'll be sure to keep you posted as we get closer. I have a feeling March is going to be a great month!

But Febuary is no slouch, either! For one thing, I'm psyched to be co-teaching a workshop with my friend Carrie Mesrobian at the Loft, here in Minneapolis. It's a one day workshop called "Harry, Bella, Percy and Katniss: Writing Lessons from the Young Adult Novel" and it's happening Saturday Feb. 25th from 9-1. The workshop takes a look at what makes blockbuster YA novels like The Hunger Games and Twilight tick - why we love them as readers and what we can learn from them as writers. We have fun hashing out the cliches and tropes of YA and finding ways to put a fresh spin on our stories, while also talking about what makes a great villain, how to make YA dialogue ring true, and tips for world-building in fantasy and paranormal, along with a host of other topics. I'm extra excited for this workshop because my co-teacher Carrie Mesrobian just sold her first novel to Carolrhoda, where it is slated to come out fall 2013! Go Carrie!

So much to look forward to! Hope everything is going well with you, too!

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