Spring into updates! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

Hello, friends!

It is so nice to (metaphorically) see you again! I’ve spent the last few months writingwritingwriting (more on that later) so I’m so glad I can finally resurface over here at Ye Olde Blog and talk to you about THINGS. SO MANY THINGS.

First, there are updates all over the website! I updated my FAQ with information about whether or not I’ll do your book report homework for you (spoiler alert: I won’t) and school visit information. I also updated the events page with information about next month’s Ontario Teen Book Festival! I’ll be there all day and I’m really looking forward to it, mostly because I love talking with readers and I love when people provide me with free coffee. So yes. You + me + Ontario + coffee = that cute heart emoji with the little stars. Get into it.

And speaking of events, last weekend was the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books! I absolutely love that festival because as we established earlier, I like when people give me all-I-can-drink caffeinated beverages, but also because it’s just so much fun. I get to see writer friends that I normally only get to chat with on Twitter, 140 characters at a time; I get to meet readers and sign their books for them; and since it’s in my hometown, I can sleep in my own bed at the end of the day. Win-win-win.

I was lucky enough to do a panel with moderator Aaron Hartzler (if you have not read “Rapture Practice” yet, then stop reading my blog right now and go get it), Lauren Myracle (possibly one of the sweetest people alive–we’ve taken a survey and the results should be back in a few days), and Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, aka The Fug Girls, aka superheroes who manage to produce an incredible amount of original content every single day. I have no idea how they do it, but I’m glad they do because they’re the best.

Here we are doing Readers Theatre with Lauren’s book “L8R G8R”:

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This is us celebrating a very successful event and signing! The celebration then continued into the green room, where I drank two Diet Cokes and ate three Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Kind bars, followed by a plate of jambalaya. (Note: I do not recommend doing this in the future. But those Kind bars are amazing!)

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(Photo courtesy of Jessica Morgan)

But this year at the festival, I was a little tired. (Not after those Diet Cokes, though! Woooo!) A few days earlier, on Friday, I did something that I’ve been wanted to do for four years now: I handed in the first draft of my newest book, “Emmy & Oliver”.

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(I always put the date, time, and my location at the end of each of my first drafts. It’s become a thing.)

For those of you who don’t know, “Emmy & Oliver” is about two kids, Emmy and Oliver, who were born on the same day and grew up next door to each other. When they’re seven years old, though, Oliver is kidnapped by his father in a parental custody dispute. For ten years, his whereabouts is a mystery, until one day, when they’re seventeen, Oliver is found and returns home.

At least, that’s what I thought it was about when I first started writing it. But as I kept going, and as I got to know Oliver and Emmy and their friends and their parents and siblings, I realized it was about a lot more than just disappearances. It’s about family and love and parenthood, and how some bonds are never severed. It’s about loving someone so much that you let them go, and loving someone so much that you almost will them to come back to you. It’s about how our paths cross in time and how, once in a great while, you’re lucky to share the road with someone more than once. I love these characters so much and I can’t wait for you to read about them. In the meantime, you can add it to Goodreads if you would like, and even add a few little GIFs if you want! I love GIFs.

And before you ask, it will be out in Spring 2015 from Harper Collins. So far and yet so close! Hudson is already exhausted from waiting, as you can see.

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As soon as there’s more information about pre-orders and such, I’ll let you know. But I hope you’re as excited to read it as I’ve been to write it. These books, man. They take you on a ride.

In the meantime, though, I’ve been catching up on life. I’ve read an equal amount of issues of the New Yorker and US Weekly (life is all about balance, right?), watching movies (what’s up, Wes Anderson and Captain America?) and I’m about to attack the stack of books next to my bed. It’s gotten quite tall. It’s probably a safety hazard. I should look into that.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful spring so far, that the snow is melting and the tulips are blooming, and that your bookshelves are overflowing!

xo

Tour dates! Tour Dates!

Happy New Year! I know we’re only three days into this exciting 2014 experience, but fingers crossed that it holds lots of wonderful surprises for us! I spent this morning wrestling five strands of lights out of the Christmas tree  so really, it can only get better from here…

…like when GOING ROGUE comes out on January 14! I can’t believe we’re that close to the release date! Did you know you can pre-order the book? Because you can. Also, the audiobook will be out the same day, and just like with ALSO KNOWN AS, I narrated this one, too. This time, you get to hear me impersonate a bunch of cuckoo clocks. (If you want a humbling experience, sit in a sound booth and make cuckoo clock noises for ten minutes. That’s a super fun experience. Note to self: don’t write any more cuckoo clock scenes.)

And yes, I’ll be touring for GOING ROGUE!

Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7pm
KEPLER’S BOOKS
with Daisy Whitney & Joelle Charbonneau
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
650.324.4321

Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:30pm
THIRD PLACE BOOKS
with Mandy Hubbard
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
206.366.3333

Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 2:30pm
MYSTERIOUS GALAXY
2810 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, 90278
310.542.6000

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7pm
CHANGING HANDS
with Megan Miranda
6428 S McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283
480.730.0205

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7pm
BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP
with Megan Miranda
14532 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77079
281.497.8675

And in exciting international news, I have two new covers in the UK and France!

For UK readers, the sequel to Spy Society, SLEUTH OR DARE, will be out on 27 February 2014. And have you seen the cover? I love it.

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(Can we talk about all the awesome hats that Maggie’s rocking on these UK covers? Somewhere, Roux is nodding in approval.)

And for French readers, LA PIRE MISSION DE MA VIE (“The Worst Mission of My Life”, in case you’re like me and took Spanish in high school) will be available on 14 Janvier (i.e. in TWELVE DAYS). I hope you’re ready to meet Maggie and her merry band of criminals! (Hint: they’re a handful.)

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Also, starting next Monday on The Songs that Saved Your Life, I’ll be posting a song every day from GOING ROGUE’s playlist, along with snippets from the book. All of my books have soundtracks, but this is the first one that ever directly influenced the plot. I can’t wait for you to hear it!

In the meantime, if you’d like to keep up with more book news, pictures of Hudson, and the daily minutia of my weird little life, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram! I’ll do my best to keep you entertained.

I hope you all have a lovely start to our new year and hopefully we’ll meet soon!

xo