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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Five (8/8/14)

1. WHERE SILENCE GATHERS has been out for a month now. It's strange to think about. So much of being an author is waiting, circling a certain date and watching the days crawl toward it. When you actually reach that day and everything you've been waiting for happens, it's hard to let go and move on to other things. But that's what I'm doing. I hope you enjoy Alex's story, guys, and I want to thank those of you who've offered support and encouragement. I couldn't do this without you.

2. Speaking of doing other things, I've been getting one question a lot lately. What are you working on? Just in case you missed the announcement, I do have another book coming out. Granted, it's not for another year and a half, but we all know that time always moves faster than we expect it to. This book will be my middle-grade debut, and it's coming from Philomel (an imprint of Penguin). I'm so excited to explore this genre. Don't worry, though! I'm always working on a young adult manuscript, whatever else is on my plate.

3. I had a birthday this summer. And I'd like to thank Taylor Swift for releasing a song that people automatically sing every time they hear how old I am, ensuring that it's the only thing I'm able to sing for the rest of the day. I probably mumble it in my sleep. How sad is it that I had a panic attack when I realized another year had gone by? There's just so much left on my list. I still need to go skydiving, travel to Europe, learn another language, audition for a movie, participate in a poetry reading... Here's to hoping twenty-three is slower in coming. What's on your list, guys?

4. If you're a writer looking for inspiration, I'd suggest moving into a house with roommates. It's extremely entertaining and there's always something happening. At least there is where I live. In the brief time we've been in this little green house, I've witnessed fights and proposals and so much else. I accept that this is where I'm at in life right now, but I do look forward to the time when everything is quiet again, and it's just me and the dogs. I think they're pretty exhausted, too:

5. School starts in two weeks. It's hard to believe. At this point last year I was convinced I'd be somewhere else in the world, doing something besides homework and studying. But then I discovered that I was just a few credits away from a second degree. And since the school I'm at is one of the few that offers this particular program, I thought, Why not? So I'll be in Minnesota for one more year, and hopefully at the end of it I'll walk away with my degrees in hand.

Have a great weekend, everyone!
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