Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upcoming Appearances!

mood: bouncy
pandora/ipod: "the promise" by when in rome

I've been freaking horrible about keeping my appearances page updated, so I'm going to apologize for that upfront.  I still can't figure out how to maintain writing, promoting, and blogging without losing my ever loving mind.  I think I need an intern.  Or a clone.  Or both.

Anyway, here's a quick update on where I'll be in the next few months, including RT and BEA!

WONDERCON - Sunday, April 20th, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
11:30AM Panel: Surviving Well - Saving the world, etc. is always important, but so is the quality of life for the survivors. Guest Marjorie Liu (Labyrinth of Stars), Cecil Castellucci (The Tin Star), Genese Davis (The Holder’s Domain) , John Mulhall (Geddy’s Moon) and Gretchen McNeil (3:59) discuss when “just” saving the world is not enough. With moderator LeAnna Herrera of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 208

3:00PM Signing - Mysterious Galaxy Booth #709


PASADENA TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL - Saturday, April 26th, Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena, CA
1:40PM Panel: Thrills and Chills - I'll be moderating this panel, featuring Catherine Linka (A Girl Called Fearless), Lissa Price (Enders), Sarah Skilton (High & Dry) and Carol Tanzman (Circle of Silence) in the Auditorium.

2:30PM Signing


RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION - Thursday, May 15th-Sunday, May 18th, New Orleans, LA
I'll be signing paperbacks of TEN at the Avon party Friday, as well as participating in the Giant Book Fair, and Teen Day speed rating events and the big Teen Day Party (where I hear there will be ARCs of GET EVEN in the gift bags...)


BEA - Thursday, May 29th, Javits Center, New York, NY
2:30PM Signing - I'll be signing ARCs of GET EVEN!  Remember, these tend to go really fast, so you might want to get there early!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Writing Process Blog Tour

mood: groggy
pandora/ipod: "oxford comma" by vampire weekend

I was tagged by my Apocalypsies co-founder Lynne Kelly, a sign language interpreter and a writer of novels for children and young adults. Lynne is represented by Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary and Media Representation, and her first novel, CHAINED, is out now from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.  You can follow Lynne on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

I'm so excited to be continuing this tour! I think there's something intrinsically needy about writers when it comes to talking about their process, probably because the creative process is such a vague, intangible thing to begin with, we like to talk about it because in doing so, it becomes less elusive and more concrete.

Or I just like to talk about myself.  :D

Regardless, here's a little insight into my ever-capricious "Writing Process!"

What am I working on?

At the moment I am chin deep in edits for GET DIRTY, the sequel to GET EVEN which is the first book in my new Don't Get Mad series for Balzer + Bray, on shelves September 16, 2014.  GET DIRTY was bumped up a season, from Fall 2015 to Summer 2015, so I had to write the entire book in 60 days, and now I have three weeks to turn around the first edits.

Fun, right?

If anything, a schedule like this brings your "process" into laser focus!

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I pitched the Don't Get Mad series as "John Hughes with a body count" which I kind of think says it all.  Basically, I'm doing funny teen emo angst with romance and dead bodies.  So comedy-suspense?  Is that a thing?  No idea.

Why do I write what I do?

I try to write what I would have wanted to read when I was a teen.  While I loved gothic romances, my first love was always scary stories (I dig the creepiness of Thornfield Hall over the Jane-Rodchester romance any day...) I loved reading books that scared the crap out of me, books that I desperately wanted to put away, but literally couldn't stop reading.  So I've tried to tap into some classic horror tropes - demonic possession, trapped on an island with a serial killer, evil twins - that strike that chord.

How does your writing process work?

I don't know?  HAHAHAHHAHA.

Okay, seriously.  The initial book idea can come from anywhere.  At the moment, the SHINY NEW IDEA I'm thinking about was inspired by an episode of A&E's Biography that my husband wrote, directed and produced 15 years ago.  After the idea nugget takes hold, I usually do some research, starting online while I amass a reading list.  Since this would be an historical novel, it will require more research than a book like TEN, and I'll start sneaking that in over the next few months, taking notes in mid-sized spiral notebooks.

Research influences plot in my world, so while I'm reading, the plot bunnies are working hard, bringing it all together.  At that point, notes turn into an outline.

My outlines are a mixed bag.  Usually, I have a pretty firm outline for Act One, and a good idea of the climax of Act Three, and maybe some tent poles for the rest of the book.  But I do give it room to develop because things will change as I write.  Characters morph, plot points become more or less important as relationships change, and I need the space to let that happen.

When I'm writing a draft, I treat it like a job.  If you haven't already seen it, check out my spreadsheet writing schedule for the first draft of GET DIRTY.  I basically write every book like this, though on a slightly less masochistic timeline.  I just need to get out of my way and get the words on the page, and I absolutely refuse to go back and edit as I write.  If something big changes, I make a note and keep moving forward.  I find 15 minute writing sprints are my gold standard - I set a timer and don't do ANYTHING else online for those 15 minutes.  I can usually knock out 350-500 words per sprint, which makes my daily word count goal seem more tangible.

After I type "the end" I usually print out the entire manuscript, then out comes my trusty red pen.  I try to read the whole book through in like two days, so it's all fresh in my mind, and I slash the hell out of it.  Red pen is awesome - I can say things like "Fix! This is stupid!" without actually telling myself how to fix it.  That's for later.

When the red pen notes get incorporated into the manuscript, that's where the magic happens.  Meaning, I can't quite articulate it. Something just comes together in my brain, and I start fixing all the crap that's wrong with it.

And that's it.  So not glamorous, right?  Especially when I'm usually doing all that in my jammies.

I've tagged two of my favorite people in the world to continue this blog tour!

Carrie Harris and I both write scary/funny books and we share a love of Agatha Christie.  BAD TASTE IN BOYS, BAD HAIR DAY and SALLY SLICK AND THE STEEL SYNDICATE are all on sale now, and DEMON DERBY (blurbed by yours truly) will hit shelves this July!

Stages on Pages founder Stasia Ward Kehoe is, like me, a former performing artist.  A ballerina for years, Stasia now writes gorgeous prose novels about the performing arts, including AUDITION and THE SOUND OF LETTING GO.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

YA Scavenger Hunt!!!!


The YA Scavenger Hunt for Spring 2014 is now over.  Please check back in the fall for the next one, and thanks for your participation!



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Presents: Jeri Smith-Ready

Jeri Smith-Ready is one of my favorite people in publishing, and I'm so glad I get to help promote her knew release THIS SIDE OF SALVATION!

This Side of Salvation


THIS SIDE OF SALVATION

Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure:  The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined… 




What Others Are Saying:


“THIS SIDE OF SALVATION is impossible to pigeonhole. It’s a mystery, a
love story, a tale of friendship, of prejudice, and of a family
overcoming tragedy…Jeri Smith-Ready has her finger on the pulse of
American youth.” — Printz Honor winner and NYT Bestseller Elizabeth Wein


“This is a frighteningly realistic story that delicately handles the issues of religion and family—an emotional mystery sure to be popular and perfect for discussion.” — VOYA, **Highlighted (Starred) Review**


“[A] smart, well-rounded, and unpredictable tale...bringing to light
issues of belief versus free will, spirit versus body, and family versus
self—while never being heavy-handed.” Booklist, **Starred Review**


“This book has some of the best written, strongest, and most satisfying
character dynamics that I have read in a long time...There are no
extreme moral rights and wrongs in this book. These people just are, and
they work, and they make this story beautiful.” — Bibliopunkk


Giveaways Galore!

Jeri has two ongoing giveaways to celebrate the release of This Side of Salvation.

Join the Rush swag fest: free EXCLUSIVE swag for everyone who orders TSOS on or before Monday, April 7.

Superfan contest (March 31 – April 9): share the TSOS characters’ “trading cards”  on your social networks to earn points. Biggest Superfan wins the grand prize, but there’s a chance to win a book and a gift card every day you play!

Here's the first day's card, featuring the main character, David Cooper:





Cat blogging meets book birthday!

Meet Misha and Twinkle, the real-life inspiration for the cats of This Side of Salvation, on PulseIt, the official site of Jeri's publisher, Simon Pulse.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Zero to 85k in 60 Days

mood: boggled
pandora/ipod: "far gone and out" by jamc

Let me start by saying this not an April Fool's prank.  I kinda wish it was, but it ain't.

Last night at 10:12pm PST, I hit send on the first draft of GET DIRTY, the second book in the upcoming Don't Get Mad series, debuting this fall from Balzer + Bray with GET EVEN (September 16, 2014).  GET DIRTY had, without a doubt, the most insane writing schedule I've ever attempted, and up until about ten days ago, I wasn't entirely sure I was going to hit this deadline.

But before I explain, let me give you some backstory.

Back in mid-January, my agent and editor presented a plan to bump the publication of GET DIRTY up a season from Fall 2015 to Summer 2015, publishing the first book and the sequel roughly nine months apart.  Which is great!  Trust me, no complaints here.  With all the bumping back of titles in this industry, this is now the second time I've had a book bumped up, (POSSESS went from Winter 2012 to Fall 2011) and I consider myself incredibly lucky that both my editor and my publisher have such faith in me.

The caveat in all this was that I needed to turn a draft of the book in no later than April 1st, which makes it like the cruelest April Fool's joke ever.  At the time, I mere ten weeks ago, I had no plot, no words, no clue.

Of course, I've sort of done this before.  I had ten weeks to write TEN back in 2011 so, you know, in my head I'm like, "Yeah, I can totally do this!"  But TEN was a significantly shorter book (under 70k) and a stand alone.  GET DIRTY is a sequel (my first time writing one...) and I knew from the first book in the series that it would clock in close to 85k.

I spent two weeks working with my editor on a detailed synopsis, the only way I thought I could pull this off.  When you have to write a novel in 60 days, you don't really have time to pants around with the plot.  Then on February 1st, I began.  Here's what happened next:


I wrote the 79k words of the first draft in 52 days. Originally, I'd mapped this spreadsheet out for 75k in 50 days, but it went longer than I expected.  You might notice that there are only three days here with "0" word totals:

Saturday February 22 (we saw our current new home that morning then drove to San Diego for a family event)
Tuesday, March 4 (we went to the LA County family court house to witness my best friend's adoption finalization, and then I got stuck at my day job until late)
Sunday, March 16 (we moved into our new place - yep, I had to pack up and move in the midst of all this!)

Some days were small (Was it really worth it to write only 65 words on March 13th, Gretch?) and some of them were huge (March 5-7 was a writing retreat) but they were basically all writing days.

79k in 52 days left me exactly 8 days to edit this monstrosity into shape before turning it in.  I spent 4 of those days working on hard copy edits with my trusty red pen, 3 of those days implementing said edits, and 1 day writing the very last scenes which I'd skipped.

84,774 words in 60 days.  I went from nothing to what I feel is a halfway decent manuscript in two months.  And while I know other writers seem to do this ALL THE FREAKING TIME (how? are you guys insane or just masochists?) this was a first for me.

Today I'm kinda shell-shocked, kinda tired, and slightly lost.  But tomorrow I need to start finishing a proposal for a new book, so I can get that off my plate before I get my first edit letter on GET DIRTY next Thursday.

Cuz there ain't no rest for the wicked.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Presents Denise Jaden

Rather than doing a traditional interview-filled blog tour, Denise Jaden is celebrating the release of her new nonfiction writing book, FAST FICTION, by dropping tips about writing quickly at every stop of her blog tour, and offering some awesome prizes for commenting on any of these posts (including this one!)

The more you drop by and comment, the more chances you have to win these great prizes:

Denise's Fast Fiction Tip: Know your favorites and least favorites to better prepare yourself.


My favorite part of the writing process is typing “The End” when I finish a first draft. So exhilarating! My least favorite part is the research involved in making all the little details authentic. Because I know this is my least favorite part, I usually go into a first draft with very little research under my belt. If I spend too much early time on research, it tends to kill my excited buzz for drafting. Instead, I stay excited about getting the draft down, reaching "The End," and then I highlight areas throughout that will need additional research. Then I make it a social project, asking friends, family, fans and anyone else I can think of for more knowledgeable input. It’s why you can sometimes find me on Twitter asking silly questions like “What’s a winter hat called in the U.S.?” or “What’s that football warm-up called where they run in the spot with their feet apart?” Sometimes, these days, my least favorite part of the process actually becomes one of my favorite parts!
The Prizes:
  • Compliments of New World Library: They will be giving away A BOX of copies of FAST FICTION by Denise Jaden and GET IT DONE by Sam Bennett (US and Canada only):
  • Compliments of Denise Jaden, TWO BOXES of great fiction (US Only). Details on Denise's blog.
  • Audiobook copies of NEVER ENOUGH by Denise Jaden!
  • A critique of your first five pages, compliments of Denise's agent, Michelle Humphrey from The Martha Kaplan Agency!
All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win (at the bottom of this post, I've included links to all of the other blogs where you can comment for more chances to win).

About Fast Fiction:
Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of her two published young adult novels during NaNoWriMo. In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. Her process starts with a prep period for thinking through plot, theme, characters, and setting. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirty-day drafting period. Finally, her revision tips help writers turn merely workable drafts into compelling and publishable novels.

A portion of publisher proceeds will be donated to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)


Praise for Fast Fiction:

“Fast Fiction is filled with stellar advice, solid-gold tips, and doable, practical exercises for all writers who want to draft a complete novel.”

— Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway


“Being a ‘pantser’ I have always resisted outlining, but I have to say that Fast Fiction changed my mind! Denise Jaden takes what I find to be a scary process (outlining) and makes it into an easy and, dare I say, enjoyable one. Fast Fiction is a hands-on book that asks the right questions to get your mind and your story flowing. I know I’ll be using Fast Fiction over and over again. Highly recommended for fiction writers!

— Janet Gurtler, author of RITA Award finalist I’m Not Her


“Fast Fiction is full of strategies and insights that will inspire and motivate writers of every experience level — and best of all, it provides them with a solid plan to quickly complete the first draft of their next novel.”

— Mindi Scott, author of Freefall


“Fast Fiction provides writers with the perfect mix of practical guidance and the kick in the pants they need to finish that draft. This book is a must-have for writers of all levels.”

— Eileen Cook, author of The Almost Truth


Practical and down-to-earth, Denise Jaden’s Fast Fiction makes a one-month draft seem doable, even for beginners, any month of the year.”

— Jennifer Echols, author of Endless Summer and Playing Dirty


“One of the greatest challenges any writer faces is getting a great idea out of one’s brain and onto the page. Fast Fiction breaks that process down into concrete, manageable steps, each accompanied by Denise Jaden’s sage advice and enthusiastic encouragement. And anything that helps streamline the drafting process is a-okay by me! Fast Fiction is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox — I’ve got it in mine!”

— Catherine Knutsson, author of Shadows Cast by Stars



“Forget the fact that this resource is directed at those wanting to complete a fast draft — if you’re out to get your novel done, period, Jaden’s Fast Fiction will be the kick in the butt that gets you there, from story plan to ‘The End’. . . and beyond.”

— Judith Graves, author of the Skinned series for young adults



Where you can find Fast Fiction:




Help an author out:


Can't get a copy of FAST FICTION right now? I wonder if you'd consider helping out in other ways. I'd really appreciate any way that you can help!
  • Ask your library or bookstore to bring in FAST FICTION
  • Leave a review on Amazon (the more books are reviewed on Amazon, the more they will show up as suggestions for readers).
  • Mention FAST FICTION on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or pin a link to Amazon on Pinterest

Blog Tour Stops:

Comment on any of the following blog posts celebrating Fast Fiction's release to be entered to win prizes galore! 

(All Fast Fiction blog posts should be live by March 9th, or sooner. Contest will be open until March 15th. If any links don't work, stop by http://denisejaden.blogspot.com for updated links.)


GCC Blogs:

Additional Participating Blogs:
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http://lstaylor.blogspot.com
http://sharigreen.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/fast-fiction-denise-jaden/
http://www.shana-silver.com
http://www.tonettedelaluna.com
http://careann.wordpress.com
http://www.yascribe.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Presents: Jessica Brody

Unforgotten_CVRUNFORGOTTEN, the second book in the Unremembered Trilogy by Jessica Brody, is now in stores!

Some memories are better left forgotten...

After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden.

Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.

Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this riveting second installment of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no one’s memories are safe.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Presents: Kristina Springer

Before the spotlight and interview, I want to announce that Kristina is hosting a huge giveaway until January 15th! You could win an autographed copy of the book, a $20 giftcard for coffee or books (your choice!), a Fake Boyfriend Emergency Kit, or a swag pack. Check out Kristina's blog for details!

ABOUT THE BOOK
Now available everywhere in paperback, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS which Meg Cabot says is “Irresistible as a fluffy kitten. I laughed out loud and so will you!" was a Scholastic Book Club Bestseller and a YALSA Quick Pick.

Seventh grade was supposed to be fun, but Tori is having major drama with her BFF, Sienna. Sienna changed a lot over the summer—on the first day of school she’s tan, confident, and full of stories about her new dreamy boyfriend. Tori knows that she’s totally making this guy up. So Tori invents her own fake boyfriend, who is better than Sienna’s in every way. Things are going great—unless you count the whole lying-to-your-best-friend thing—until everyone insists Tori and Sienna bring their boyfriends to the back-to-school dance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kristina Springer is the best-selling author of THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS, THE PAPARAZZI PROJECT and BOY SWAP. She has a Masters in Writing from DePaul University and she resides in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and children. Read more about her at http://www.kristinaspringer.com and follow her on twitter @TinaSpringer.
PRAISE FOR MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS
"Irresistible as a fluffy kitten. I laughed out loud and so will you!" —Meg Cabot, author of the Airhead and Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series

"Tori is an appealing, engaging protagonist whose peppy first-person narrative includes some introspective moments and incorporates issues that readers will appreciate, especially the importance of honesty, trust, and self-appreciation. An enjoyable, entertaining read." —Booklist

"Friendship versus one-upmanship in seventh grade is the subject of Springer’s very funny and strongly realistic novel." —Publishers Weekly

"The sheer exhaustion of a fake-boyfriend arms race, with the need to create fake email accounts and to come up with competing romantic gestures on the fly, is cleverly depicted." —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"The themes will resonate with any girl who’s ever gone through the hardships of middle school: friendship, boys, popularity, and, most importantly, choosing to do the right, but often more difficult, thing. A fun read." —School Library Journal

"The dialogue is realistic, and Springer brings refreshing personalities to standard character types; Tori’s parents are divorced, but both parents are active in her life, for instance, and the popular girls aren’t mean." —Kirkus Reviews

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GM: What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the writing "process"?
KS: I love writing the first draft and the thing I like the least is revision.

GM: What was the main inspiration for this book?
KS: I had my own fake boyfriend in 7th grade and I was thinking about that time and the idea for this book came to me.

GM: Who would you cast if your book was made into a movie?
KS: Sabrina Carpenter from Disney’s Girl Meets World would make a great Tori. And Sienna would be played by Emily Skinner from Austin & Alley

GM: If you could ask one person, living or dead, a single question that they'd HAVE to answer, who and what would be it?
KS: Wow, that’s a hard question! Ummm, okay, I’d ask Meg Cabot if she could please give me all of her book marketing techniques.

FAST FIVE:
Pie or Cake?
Cake
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Mac or PC? PC
Guilty Pleasure? Any of the Real Housewives shows
Can't live without? iPhone

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Blog Tour: CLAN by Realm Lovejoy

It is with great pleasure and pride, that I'm able to participate in the blog tour for Realm Lovejoy's novel CLAN.

About CLAN:


Clans are Unity.

No variation. No deviation.

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. 
A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, 
even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them 
on an unforgiving planet. 

Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) 
was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. 
But he did. Illegally. 
He is different from the other Clans.

A secret that could destroy him. 


CLAN ebook and paperback can be purchased on Amazon. Until 12/26, the ebook (not illustrated) is 99 cents and the paperback (illustrated) is under $8.99. Also, don't miss the giveaway at the end! 

Realm: "Today I am revealing another illustration of one of the Fives Values of Clan: Cleanliness. The Clans must be free of unnecessary emotions, personal preferences, and special relationships. They must also be physically clean. Their buildings must be spotless inside. However, if you read the book, you'll find characters with a few dirty secrets." 






What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the writing "process"?

My favorite part is when I start a first draft and can't stop writing. I love the initial enthusiastic rush of energy as I discover my new story for the first time. 

My least favorite part is the final line edit (although it's a really important step). At this stage I've read my manuscript a countless number of times and I have to read again, ever more carefully, and go over every single little detail. It's hard work. 



Where do you derive your inspiration for projects?

From elements of surprises. I don't enjoy how cookie-cutter a lot of entertainment is... but I'll occasionally happen on something that surprises me and I'll remember that feeling. Or sometimes something will bother me when I watch or read something--and that feeling drives my inspiration. When I write, I try to surprise myself and make myself scared--that means I'm taking risks and trying something new. 



How long did this book take, from idea to execution to publication?

I wrote the first draft in four months. I revised for several months after that before I went searching for an agent. I found an agent within a month of looking. Since this was my first book (and a pretty risky book), it took six years of going on submission, revising, shelving it, revising it again, shelving it again, and so forth, while I wrote some other books. Finally, with my agent's blessing, I made the decision to publish CLAN myself.



Do you picture your characters in your head as you create them?  And do you have a "dream cast" in mind for the movie adaptation?

Yes! I am a very visual person. My characters don't fully form in my head until I draw them. Once I draw them, I learn new things about the characters that I didn't know before. 

A dream cast? Hmmm... I don't have a specific actor in mind. The cool thing is that you can just use one actor for the clones! (Except for the older and younger clones.) I think for Twain, Buster, and Chad, the actor would need to be a teen male with very expressive eyes to represent the different personalities.   



If you could be on a ComiCon panel with four other authors, who would they be?

You, Gretchen! I want to be on a panel with you because you're really fun. Also Frank Miller, Alan Moore, and Suzanne Collins. If I could bring the dead back to life, it would be pretty awesome to be on a panel with Tezuka Osamu who is the most amazing graphic novelist of all time. 

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Gretchen! 




That concludes the Intro Blog Tour! On 12/4, Realm Lovejoy will be revealing the final Five Values of Clan image! On 12/9, the YA Bound CLAN tour begins!





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About the Author:


Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. 


You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com


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CLAN Book Trailer: