I was so lucky this past weekend to attend YA Fest in Easton, PA with tons of awesome authors. I hadn’t done an event in several months and it was a happy reunion with many great friends. I met so many lovely teens and parents and teachers and librarians. The absolute best moment, though, was when Kara Glaser showed up. I met Kara back in 2012, when she took a writing workshop with me at a bookstore. She and her incredibly supportive mom have been coming to my book events ever since and each time I’m so touched to see them and eager to catch up. On Saturday, though, I had to do a double take because Kara is now 17 years old and looking at colleges and she’s a serious writer in her own right. I’m so thrilled to see the mature young woman she’s become and can’t wait to read her work when she’s the one sitting behind the table. Here she is back in the day:
Last week, the cover for BEHIND THE SONG was revealed on EW.com. BEHIND THE SONG is a music-themed anthology edited by the awesomest K.M. Walton, and features some seriously amazing authors and musicians, including Anthony Breznican, James Howe, Ellen Oh, Tiffany Schmidt, E.C. Myers, Donn T, Suzanne Young and more. My story is inspired by the Oasis song “Wonderwall,” and it’s definitely a departure from my published books, so I’m super excited and nervous for it to be out there in the world when the anthology releases in September. There’s also a playlist you can check on Spotify.
The Coin Heist Netflix Original movie drops today. I love this movie so much and I can’t wait to share it with you. Find it here, add it to your list, stream it and let me know what you think! In the meantime, here’s a (kinda blurry and dark) pic of me on set with director Emily Hagins.
I have been waiting for what feels like FOREVER to share this insanely exciting update, but the COIN HEIST movie is coming out. On January 6, to be exact. On Netflix!
That’s right—it’s a Netflix Original, starring Sasha Pieterse, Jay Walker, Alex Saxon and Alexis Zall. I’ve seen it and all I can say is that director/screenwriter Emily Hagins truly brought my vision to life and these actors… just wow. It’s sooooooo good, and I can’t wait for you to see it, too.
It’s here! It’s here! PRETTY WANTED, the third and final book in the PRETTY CROOKED trilogy is out today and available in bookstores.*
It has been a wild and fun journey, writing this series, and I’m so so grateful that you were there along the way, whether it was attending a release party or event, helping to make a trailer, emailing me to let me know your reaction to the books, or connecting me to librarians and teachers to help spread the word. Whatever the case, thank you for helping make my dream of becoming a published author (with actual readers!) a reality.
*If you don’t see the book in your local bookstore, and you want to buy it, ask them to order it. Reviews on sites such as Amazon or B&N are also hugely helpful to authors like me who are, shall we say, NOT Suzanne Collins. Old-fashioned word-of-mouth mentions to fellow readers? Also great and also deeply appreciated! But mostly, thank you for getting to the end of this protracted footnote.
**I have a lot of fun events coming up… stay tuned for more details!
You will be hearing more from me in coming weeks (OMG! PRETTY SLY pb! PRETTY WANTED release! COIN HEIST pb!) but before we get to all of that I wanted to call attention to a new program I’m facilitating this spring at William Jeanes Memorial Library in Lafayette Hill. PA (my childhood library). It’s called the Teen Reading Lounge and it’s open to ages 12-18. We’ll be reading, of course, but also doing some cool hands-on activities around the books (PAPER TOWNS and DIVERGENT). Flier is attached. If you live in the area, this will be a superfun way to hang out in the library, meet other teenlike folks and eat free food. Seriously. FREE FOOD.
Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I want to show my gratitude for anyone who’s supported, read, bought, borrowed, blogged about, or otherwise shown interest in my books. That’s why I’m announcing a NEW giveaway. I will be giving away three ARCs of PRETTY WANTED (due out on March 17, 2015), plus one set of the entire trilogy. (That’s right. You can binge-read Willa’s saga from beginning to end.) All you have do is enter the Rafflecopter below!*
I am still basking in the joy of the past week, and especially Sunday, which was the PRETTY SLY launch party at the Franklin Institute. Over 100 people came out to celebrate, which blew my mind. Dear friends and family, awesome teen readers, beautiful food and flowers, and lots of books to sign—it just doesn’t get any better.