Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Four (3/20/15)

1. It's been a long time since I've done one of these. There have been changes in my life which have kept me busy and away from the blog. The most notable of which is that I'm graduating college! May 8th is just around the corner and I've been scrambling to make sure I have everything I need to get that piece of paper.

2. After that... I'm heading to grad school. Yes, I'm having trouble wrapping my head around it, too. I'd briefly entertained the notion that I was done with classrooms and assignments, at least for a long time. But then I was accepted in Hamline University and offered a scholarship, which was too amazing of an opportunity to turn down. So in June I'm heading to the big city! It's exciting and terrifying.

3. Despite all the insanity, there has been some writing, as well. My middle-grade debut THE LONELY ONES is nearly complete and about to go into copy edits. I was actually given a release date this week, which is April 26th, 2016! While this may seem like an insanely long wait, I know it's going to be on me before I can blink. That's how life seems to work these days. I also have a young adult suspense coming out. Don't have much information to share just yet, but feel free to add it on Goodreads.

4. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but I feel it's substantial enough to note here. Which is that my hair is gone. I was always the girl with the long brown hair, but this week I went into a salon and had my stylist chop off ten inches and donate it. While I do keep reaching for it and find myself clutching at air, it was worth it. This video reminded me of that when I started to feel wistful. And the thing to remember is that hair grows back.

Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, October 24, 2014

I Have Another Book Coming Out!

You may remember when I made the announcement for THE LONELY ONES, which is coming out in 2016. It felt bittersweet, because while I was ecstatic that my writing journey would continue, a year and a half is such a long time to wait to share another story with my readers. I honestly didn't expect to have a release for 2015. 

Which is why I'm so excited to write this post.

Almost two years ago, I wrote a book. It was young adult, and it was about a character that I absolutely loved. This girl was in my head so strongly that I wrote her story in just a month or two. After a few rounds of revisions, my agent sent it out on submission. And while editors had positive feedback and kind things to say about it, we couldn't find a home for this girl. 

So, after some long weeks and difficult rejections, we decided to give up on her. 

Until a couple months ago. I was sitting at home, browsing some old files on my laptop. I came across the manuscript and felt compelled to open it. A few hours later, I'd reread the entire thing. And I loved it just as much as I had the first time. For a writer, this is pretty big. I e-mailed Beth and asked if she had any ideas for bringing the girl back to life. She did.

Which is why I'm able to make this announcement. It's been two years in the making, but it just goes to show that even if you don't reach a goal or a dream right away, it can eventually happen if you don't completely let it go. 

Digital: YA
Author of SOME QUIET PLACE and the forthcoming THE LONELY ONES Kelsey Sutton’s GARDENIA, a novel of suspense in which a young woman, cursed with the power to see how long everyone has left to live, must solve her best friend’s murder before she too becomes a victim, to Randall Klein at Diversion, by Beth Miller at Writers House (World English).

I can't wait for you guys to meet Ivy and read her story.

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