absence makes the heart grow fonder

Hello!

I’m alive! And still not blogging regularly! So, pretty much everything is in order.

Some good things have happened since I last posted, which generally occurs when you take five-month breaks between blogging.

First, I finished all my edits for POINTE and now it’s being turned into an almost-book! The interior was designed and now it’s at the printer, being made into an advance reader copy. I’m not sure when ARCs will make their way to me, but I’m thinking within the next couple of months, so stay tuned!

Second, I revealed my cover, synopsis, and release date on the fantastic YA Highway, but if you don’t feel like clicking over, I’m just going to post the pretty cover here too, because why not?

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Gorgeous, yes? It’s hard to express how much I love my cover and how pleased I am with the amazing people at Penguin who worked to get it just right. Also? My book is available for preorder here!

And third, I’ve been rambling about writing and books and whatnot in a few places around the Internet, so I’m linking to those below in case you wanted proof that I’m blogging for other people and not myself:

Author Spotlight on YA Highway

Interview on the Writing Pad blog

So You Want to Read YA? on Stacked

Finally, I received truly amazing blurbs from two authors who inspire me to no end, and as soon as I get my ARCs, I’ll be revealing those blurbs and hosting a giveaway (one of my ARCs and each of their debut novels) on the Thirteeners blog. So stay tuned AGAIN! Maybe not here, though. Maybe best to keep up with me on Twitter or Tumblr, since I seem to update those more than four times a year.

I also want to say a huge thank-you to everyone who’s expressed excitement about POINTE, whether it was on Twitter or Waiting on Wednesdays or by adding my book to your Goodreads shelves. It’s been a long process and I still have about eight months to go, but knowing that people are looking forward to reading my book (people who aren’t my parents or BFF!) makes the wait absolutely worth it.

what i’ve been up to

Oh, guys. GUYS.

It’s obviously been a while, although if you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me hanging out there talking about TV I love and books I love and Cosby-inspired sweaters (which I also love) and I don’t even know.

1. Not a lot of book news to report right now, but what you need to know is that a) As I finish up another round of revisions, I must say the brilliance of my editor, Ari Lewin, cannot be overstated, and b) We will see lots of amazing things like jacket copy and a cover and a release date in the new year and I will be ecstatic to show them to you.

2. I’ve done some fun guest posts over the past few months, including this Q&A from yesterday and a roundtable post with a few of my debut writer pals. It always feels a little strange talking about my writing in a public forum. Two things I’ve learned in the last year is that I’m a pretty private person and that I don’t enjoy talking about my writing process (mostly because there is no real process), but I find interviews really fun. Perhaps because I’ve generally been on the other side of them my whole life, what with the whole journalism thing? Ponder. Discuss.

3a. Back in October, I visited New York for the first time in four years, where I caught up with a few old friends and some new ones, too; got lost a lot (typical); ate delicious food (also typical, but very appreciated); and probably walked more than I have in the past year and a half (blame Los Angeles). I also met my agent, Tina Wexler, for the first time in person and she was, of course, delightful in every way just as she is over email and the telephone. We had lunch with my editor, whom I’d met back in August over a lovely dinner, and stormed the Penguin offices afterward. I wore a cat dress. And you know, even a year and a couple of months after my book deal, this whole author thing is very surreal (the Penguin offices, up close and personal?!).

3b. My trip to New York was two-fold; after three days in the city, I rode up to Woodstock where I embarked on a writing retreat with six other fantastic ladies. I am, admittedly, not much of the nature-y, outdoors-y type (somewhere in Missouri, my mother is cringing) but it was really nice being in such a remote location for five days. I got to see the gorgeous colors of autumn leaves that had turned for the season, breathe smog-free air for the first time in a long time, and see actual stars at night. There were lots of delicious homemade dinners, cheese, wine, book talk, career talk, games, AND some writing. Definitely one of the best trips I’ve ever taken and here is a picture to prove I was IN NATURE:

Photo by Alison Cherry.
From L to R: Alison Cherry, Caroline Carlson, Lindsay Ribar, me, Kristen Kittscher, Corey Haydu, and Liz Whelan.
Photo by Alison Cherry.

4. TV. You thought I was going to end a post without talking about television? SURELY YOU JEST. But, yeah. I’m a hardcore TV junkie to the end, but it turns out that watching whole seasons of TV shows while I’m revising is actually vital to my existence. In the past couple of months, I’ve devoured the entire series (thus far) of Awkward and Downton Abbey, and am steadily working my way through Breaking Bad and Scandal, both of which are absolutely phenomenal. And now I will stop because I can and will talk about television for days (but please know that the second seasons of Shameless and Homeland are on tap during the holidays).

That’s about it. I think. Either way, I’ll be back soon(ish) with a post about my favorite books I’ve read in 2012. So far I’ve read 51 books (only four shy of my goal for the year — can this slow reader do it in the next 11 days?) and there have been some really, really great ones in my stack.

Until then, my friends.

a giveaway! [closed]

Did you see the rad new trailer for my agent-mate Gina Damico’s debut, CROAK?

It is here and it is hilarious.

So is Gina’s book! I was lucky enough to get an advance copy and interview her for The Lucky 13s blog, which will post later this month.

In the meantime, I want to share the goodness, so I’m giving away my ARC of CROAK! All you have to do is fill out the form below, and you’ll get extra entries for tweeting about the giveaway, following me on Twitter, and/or posting about it on your own blog/Facebook/other site. This giveaway will be open until Sunday, March 11th, at 11:59pm PST. Then I’ll choose a winner and announce it next week. (Sorry, this giveaway is U.S.- and Canada-only, but I do hope to offer international giveaways in the future.)

Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed and the winner was Vivien. Thanks to all who entered!