Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My Middle Grade Debut

I am so ecstatic to make this announcement. This is such a special book. Not only because it is told in verse, which is a first for me. And not only because it is my middle grade debut. It's because of the subject matter itself. My editor put it perfectly in one of her e-mails:

"There are many children/teens that suffer from diagnosable ailments (among them, clinical depression or Asperger’s), which we see reflected in the children’s marketplace. But loneliness is something different. To me, loneliness is a symptom of something far deeper and more complex: feeling other, feeling less than, and feeling disconnected from those around you. While not always easily treated or palpable, the effects of loneliness are often equally devastating and traumatic. THE LONELY ONES feels at once timeless and so relevant to me for this reason—advocating for connection, kindness, compassion."

Liza had already bowled me over with her enthusiasm, but when I read that, I just knew she was the one to work with. As of right now the book won't be released until early 2016, which feels like an agonizingly long wait, but I have a feeling it'll go by faster than we think. Here is the PM announcement to hold you over until then!
Children's: Middle Grade
Kelsey Sutton's THE LONELY ONES, a novel in verse in which lonely thirteen-year-old Fain, who is queen to a legion of imaginary creatures, struggles to connect to those around her until a boy from school and an equally lonely next-door neighbor show her the value of making friends in the real world, to Liza Kaplan at Philomel, by Beth Miller at Writers House (World).
I'll post updates here when I have them! And now I'm off to go dance some more. Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Four (2/7/14)

1. Well, Where Silence Gathers is up on Netgalley, which means that it is officially exists outside of my laptop. This is nerve-wracking on so many levels. For the past year I've seen two words a lot around the blogosphere: sophomore slump. Or maybe I noticed it more because it's become a fear for me. I just keep telling myself that I'm proud of this book, and I did the best job I could. Which is all any writer can do, right? So, though it's very different from Some Quiet Place, I hope Alex's story will resonate with many readers.
2. I learned a very important lesson this month: I am addicted to my cell phone. See, the one I had broke beyond all repair, and I was forced to order a new one. It took a week to arrive, and in that time I had nothing else to use for my texting or obsessively-tweeting needs. And in that time I can't count how many times I reached to check my phone... only to discover my fingers were closing around empty air. I realized that I am on it constantly. Frankly, I was a little annoyed with myself. So I've made a vow to be on the phone less, and in the moment more.
3. In between work and school, I've been working on a new YA novel. Right now it's at 33,000 words - yes, the dreaded middle - and I'm still in love with it. Which means that it will probably end up in the "Finished" folder on my computer. Since I've been getting some curious tweets about it, I thought I would share that the tentative title is Under and my agent has called it "bizarre" and "intriguing". And for someone who didn't bat an eyelash when I sent her a book about personified emotions, you know it must be true. There are no guarantees that it will ever see the light of day, but right now, the fun I'm having with it is all that matters. What are you working on?
4. I've always adored E.E. Cummings, and recently I bought a volume containing some of his most well-known work. Sadly, it didn't have my favorite poem, which is I Carry Your Heart With Me. Which isn't supposed to be capitalized, but the English major in me just can't bear to spell it out the way it should be. Anyway, if you haven't heard of Cummings or read his work, I really hope you find it as special as I do.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Amber Hart's BEFORE YOU Cover Reveal

Happy Friday, everyone!

I know I haven't posted in a while. It's a good thing, actually, because it means that I'm so busy writing that I don't have the time. (School might be a factor, too.) Anyway, I had to come back today because one of my dear friends is revealing the cover for her debut! Having read some of her work, I can tell you that she is an amazing writer. You won't want to miss out on this book. And I will stop babbling now, since you're probably not reading this anyway. Without further ado, here is the cover for Amber Hart's fabulous BEFORE YOU:

Goodreads Summary:
Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn’t stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.

Isn't it beautiful? And even if the cover didn't capture someone's interest, the excerpt sure will. Check it out on Amber's website. Also, don't forget to add it to your Goodreads. Look for Faith and Diego on July 29th, out from Kensington Books.

Have a great weekend!

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