I'm booking author visits from now through Spring 2017. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to share some howls.
(List updated on Feb 16th, 2016)
I'm booking author visits from now through Spring 2017. Please email me at email@example.com if you'd like to share some howls.
(List updated on Feb 16th, 2016)
The Incorrigible Blog Tour is over, but is anything ever really over on the Internet? I think we all know the answer! In case you missed it, here's a quick roundup of my guest posts for the blog tour. Each one was inspired by a different saying of Agatha Swanburne. Prepare to swallow some pithy nuggets of wisdom!
As Agatha Swanburne once said…
"It is easier to change one’s boots than to change one’s mind, but it is far easier to change one’s mind about whether or not to wear boots than it is to change the weather."
“A busy mind is a cheerful mind."
"Whatever will do in a pinch, will do."
"New boots never fit as well as the old."
“Sometimes there’s nothing more to be done but have a cup of tea and sit and wait for the post.”
"Trust whom you like, but rely on yourself.”
“Busy hands and idle minds have knitted many a sweater; busy minds and idle hands have knitted many a brow.”
"If you want fresh ideas in your head, get some fresh mud on your boots.’'
"Many are happy to give advice; few are happy to take it.”
And—as a special addition to the Incorrigible blog tour, I also was pleased to contribute to the International Reading Association’s wonderful “Teacher to Teacher” blog. Here’s my post on teaching and learning, and my thoughts on what Miss Penelope Lumley and the Incorrigible children have taught me.
Many thanks to all the great bloggers who hosted the tour, and all the readers who followed.
THE HIDDEN GALLERY will be in stores on February 22nd, but you can read the beginning right now. Ahwoo!
NY area people, come hear me read from The Hidden Gallery on Wednesday, along with some wonderful author pals. We'll read from our new books and then take Q&A. Fun! Please join us.
Teen Author Reading Night
Wednesday, February 9th, from 6-7:30 PM
Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library
425 6th Ave., at 10th St.
Gwendolyn Heasley – Where I Belong
Melissa Kantor – The Darlings are Forever
E. Lockhart – Real Live Boyfriends
Michael Northrop – Trapped
Maryrose Wood – The Hidden Gallery, Book 2 in THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE series
Then there is Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day, noble holidays both. There’s a week of midwinter recess for schoolkids here in New York (ignore the shouts of jubilation coming from my son’s room).
But, best of all (to me, anyway), THE HIDDEN GALLERY comes out on February 22. That’s 02/22/2011, for the numerically inclined.
And there’s more good news. I have recently been informed that THE HIDDEN GALLERY...
Is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Fist pump!
Is on the Spring 2011 Kids' Indie Next List. Happy dance!
Will have a starred review in ALA Booklist.
PIROUETTES AND COLLAPSES IN DELIRIOUSNESS!
Thank you, February! Now, about that snow…
Happy new year, everyone! I know I'm a bit late with first post of 2011. Do not panic! In between blog postings I am still here, typing madly away, muttering to the dog and drinking too much coffee. Occasionally I say, Aha! Or, Mmm. Or things unprintable. It's all part of the job.
If you feel you require daily proof of my existence (as I sometimes do), please follow me on Twitter.
Now, to the news. Important Dates Loom! I will wait while you fetch your pencils...
Okay, here we go:
January 25th is pub day for THE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING in paperback. It is so cute! It has extras! Look in the back and you'll find Jon Klassen's "outtakes" for his genius illustrations. Great stuff.
February 22nd is pub day for THE HIDDEN GALLERY. Oh, my! I am so excited about the continuing adventures of Miss Penelope Lumley and Incorrigible children. Also, it sports the best tagline for one of my books, ever:
Mystery. Mayhem. Delicious Desserts.
I mean, right?
I'll be making appearances throughout the next few months, with howling and book signings galore. More to come; in the meantime save these dates.
On February 9th I will read from THE HIDDEN GALLERY at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library as part of the awesome Teen Author Reading Night series. 6 PM.
March 9th: Books, Bytes & Beyond, Glen Rock, NJ, 4 PM.
March 11th: Barnes and Noble, Princeton, NJ, 6 PM.
From April 13-20 I will be on the Incorrigible Author Tour, Redux. Me, THE HIDDEN GALLERY, five cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta). Details to come soon.
If you fancy yourself an Incorrigible sort of person, you may click here to pre-order THE HIDDEN GALLERY from the bookseller of your choice. Thankawoo very much!
Yet there are many other times—like when I urgently need to look up, say, what sort of plants might grow on a windswept hilltop moor in northern England—that I say, way to go, Internet! Gosh, you know everything. With pictures, too.
And then there are the times when I just squee at the magic of it all, because if not for a bit of idle poking around on the Internet, I might never have gotten an early look at this: the German cover of The Poison Diaries.
That's Die Poison Diaries to you, pal.
p.s. — In case you're wondering, Liebe ist unheilbar means "Love is incurable."
How do I know? My Google translator, of course!
Thanks for your patience, Incorrigible tweeps! I have been a busy bee these last few weeks and have been looking forward to the day when I could sit down and choose the WINNERS of the #Incorrigible Twitter contest.
And, guess what? Today is that day!
Now, let me just say: you guys have some seriously incorrigible habits. It made me feel good to know, for example, that my secret urge to buy trashy magazines with headlines like “FORTY WAYS TO LEAVE HIM DAZED AND WONDERING” or “DOMINATE YOUR MUFFIN TOP BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE” at the supermarket checkout line and read them cover to cover while lying in bed eating cookies does not even come close to the shocking behavior revealed herein.
It wasn’t easy, but I’ve selected five winners and one Grand Prize winner. Winners will get a button that says “I’m Incorrigible.” The Grand Prize winner gets a button plus a signed ARC of The Hidden Gallery, book II in the Incorrigible Children series.
Winners, you are just impossible! Please email me at mw@MaryroseWood.com with a mailing address where I can send your prize. If you happen to be a kid, ask the Grownup In Charge before you send me your mailing address, okay?
AND THE WINNERS ARE….
1) Most #incorrigible spelling and grammar-related tweet
A competitive category. I admit that I was impressed by @LizzieKFoley’s entry:
But the winner is @bythebrooks, who confessed:
I write on public signs and fix the grammar mistakes. #incorrigible
Excellent! Keep up the good work, @bythebrooks!
2) Most #incorrigible food-related tweet
This was the toughest category by far. I hate to say it, but so many of you are freaks about food. Some of you eat cold pepperoni in bed. Some of you eat muffins with spoons. Some of you take the last bite without even asking if other people want it. You also steal M&Ms and hide your kids’ chocolate in the laundry room. For shame! I had to narrow it down to three finalists before I could choose a winner.
Oh, yeah! Stovetop Stuffing. You win, @Jakethegirl!
3) Most #incorrigible Harry-Potter related tweet
Only one entry in this category, but it’s a winner. Congrats to @basheemadory, (AKA The Tweep Who Lived), who asserts:
When you say "serious" I say "Black." #incorrigible
4) Most #incorrigible philosophical tweet
This one made me think very deep thoughts, and surely that is worth a button. You win, @martinkozicki, for sharing this:
Because I think funerals are funny, but clowns are sad. #incorrigible
5) Most #incorrigible teacher tweet
Do teachers text in class? According to my contest entries they do! Even so, the winner in this highly educational category is @amylovestrees, who says:
I allow my students to use swear words if they can find them in Shakespeare. #incorrigible
DRUMROLL!!! And the Grand Prize of a button plus signed Hidden Gallery ARC goes to…
Once again, it’s @bashmeedory, for this succinct gem:
I still play pokemon games and I'm 17. #incorrigible
Sweet! I will send prizes as soon as I get your mailing addresses. Congrats to all the winners!
I believe that life is all about trying new things. To prove it, I am about to do something I have never, ever done before.
That's right! I am going to have a Twitter contest! WHOO HOO!
Why? Because HarperCollins sent me a big bag of cute buttons that say "I'm Incorrigible." You must have one, they are adorable. They simply scream Contest Bait.
Here's what to do: To win your very own "I'm Incorrigible" button, tweet why you are! For example:
I wear socks to bed! #incorrigible
I read at the dinner table! #incorrigible
Make sure you include the hashtag #incorrigible so I see your entry. Remember, the thing that makes you #incorrigible is that naughty habit that you have no intention of breaking.
Enter as many times as you dare. Make me laugh a lot and you will get a BUTTON!
Make me HOWL and you will get a HIDDEN GALLERY ARC!
Winners will be announced right here on this blogaroonie. In like, a week or so.
Please retweet like mad! Just thinking of all your secret bad habits that are about to be revealed is make me drooly.
Ladies and Gentlemen, start your Tweeters!
How I heart Jon Klassen, that Incorrigible illustrator! I am delighted to share with you the cover for the second book in the ongoing adventures of the three Incorrigible children and their plucky young governess, Miss Penelope Lumley: The Hidden Gallery.
As you might surmise from the picture, in The HIdden Gallery our brave heroes decamp to London. They have no choice, really, for in the wake of the disastrous holiday ball at Ashton Place (which was blood-curdlingly described in Book I, The Mysterious Howling), the repairs to the house are so extensive that everyone must move out temporarily—including Lady Constance and Lord Fredrick.
And to London, of all places! Penelope is tremendously excited, as you might well imagine:
...Penelope had never been to London. However, she had read a great deal about it: a noisy, odorous, fogbound city where gaslight made the nighttime bright as day, yet the air was so thick with coal soot that the daytime was dim as dusk, and where poor orphans were likely to have terrifying encounters with escaped convicts, but were just as likely to inherit large fortunes willed to them by long-lost relatives they never knew they had. Surely such a paradoxical place would be well worth a visit.
Believe me, it is. Within these pages the children hear an alarming prophecy from a semi-toothless soothsayer, and Penelope makes the acquaintance of perfectly nice young man. Cultural excursions to palaces, museums and the theater do not go off precisely as planned. Penelope's guidebook to London (a gift from Miss Charlotte Mortimer, whom we will meet) proves to be full of surprises. There is an adventure on a velocipede, a crushing series of disappointments involving the London General Post Office, a poem by Mr. Robert Burns, and a dessert so indescribably delicious that it literally cannot be described.
Luckily for all of you, many of these episodes are depicted within the book in pictures by Mr. Klassen that are evocative, charming and hilarious by turn.
The Hidden Gallery will be in stores Feb 22, 2011. Click here to preorder from the bookseller of your choice.
And stay tuned for news of The Incorrigible Author Tour, Redux. Dates and details to come, but Los Angeles, San Franciso, Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix, you'd better start practicing your howling now.
I am very happy to be returning to the Princeton Children's Book Festival this year. Come hang out with all these neat authors (including featured author R. L. Stine), get books signed, hear readings and more.
It's tomorrow, Sept 11th, from 11 AM – 4 PM in lovely Princeton NJ, at the Princeton Public Library.
Details here. Hope you can come!
If you followed me on Twitter, you would already know that I'm the August Featured Author at the not-to-be-outdone, super-Ultimate YA Reading Group.
Go to their site and you will find:
• Seven little-known facts about moi (one involves the Taj Mahal)
ª Part 1 of an interview, in which I reveal the no-fail cure for writer's block.
• Part 2 of the same interview, in which I talk about Twilight Chapstick and give more advice about writing that I hope some of you will find useful.
Break out the absinthe! It's North American pub day for The Poison Diaries.
“Lyrical and lovely, a fast-paced literary gem.”— Ally Carter, New York Times bestselling author of Heist Society
“This intriguing fantasy has many tendrils to wrap around teen hearts...the haunting ending will leave readers wanting to talk about themes of cruelty, honesty, and loyalty.” — ALA Booklist
“Wood fashions a narrative whose conventions of gothic romance intertwine with, then utterly succumb to, the brutal forces of human obsession....Absorbing.” — Kirkus
CONTEST NEWS: There are two blog contests currently going on; either one might win you a copy of The Poison Diaries.
For a chance to win a signed hardcover copy, leave a comment on my interview at Oasis for YA by midnight, July 23rd (that's Friday).
Leave a comment on my interview at Linda Gerber's blog to win an ARC. You have until midnight Wednesday, July 21st for that one.
And don't forget about the Inkpop contest, which offers some amazing prizes. All you have to do to enter is vote on your favorite stories. We're down to the top ten! Voting ends July 22nd, so please vote now.
SEQUEL NEWS: Last but not least: many of you are already asking about a sequel. The answer is yes! The Poison Diaries is the first book of a trilogy. Book II will be out next summer, and I will tell you the title as soon as I know what it is.
Now go enter those contests, quick!
The Oasis for YA is a great blog for readers and writers of YA books. Today they've interviewed me! We talk about THE POISON DIARIES, the difference between middle grade and teen fiction, my most comical moment as an author, writing tips and more.
I really enjoyed doing this in-depth interview with Canadian bookseller and blogger Lindsey Carmichael at her blog, 10 Stories Up. Such smart questions! We talk a lot about The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the role of comedy in my writing, and why big words are fun to use. I also reveal some scrumptious tidbits about the second book in the series! Do check it out.
Teen Author Reading Night is here again! So much fun. Please come by; there's a wonderful lineup of YA authors reading from their new books. I'll be reading from THE POISON DIARIES. See you there.
Wednesday, July 7th is Teen Author Reading Night!
6-7:30 PM, Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library, 425 6th Ave, at 10th St.
Featured authors are:
Jen Calonita, Reality Check
Sarah Darer Littman, Life, After
Kieran Scott, She’s So Dead to Us
Alyssa Sheinmel, The Beautiful Between
Jennifer Sturman, And Then I Found Out the TruthMaryrose Wood, The Poison Diaries
Many thanks to Ariel at Reading Rocks for having me on the blog for an interview. We talk about how The Poison Diaries got its start, and what makes me giggle when I write. Read all about it here.
Me on THE BALANCING ACT! I read from The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place and howl up a storm with charming host Kristy Villa. THE BALANCING ACT is on Lifetime, every weekday at 7 AM.
HarperTeen is going wild! For a limited time (and don't ask me how limited, because I don't know) the THE POISON DIARIES is available to read online. The whole book! Seriously!
The US publication date is July 20th, so this is really a sneak peek. (UK people, you already have the book in stores. Australian people, you will have it in stores July 1.)
Here's the link:
UPDATE!!! Submissions to the contest ends tonight.You have until midnight (EST) on Monday, June 14 to submit your entries. Come back tomorrow and start voting!
To celebrate the July 20th US release of THE POISON DIARIES, Inkpop is hosting an amazing writing contest on everybody's favorite theme: forbidden love.
So start working on those stories and poems! The contest starts accepting submissions on Thursday, June 10th. Visit Inkpop for rules and more info.
The list of prizes is amazing, from iPods to gift cards to mammoth shopping sprees. You don't have to enter to win something, either—you can vote for your favorite submissions or register for random drawings.
I am looking forward to reading your genius submissions, people. So enter! Check out all the other great contests, too.
SO SPOOKY! Watch the video, see the poison garden, meet the Duchess of Northumberland. You will not look at plants quite the same way again, I guarantee. Go to www.poisondiaries.com for more.
BEA-goers, I will be signing The Poison Diaries ARCs on Wednesday from 1:30 - 2 PM at table 16 (Incorrigibles too!). Or drop by the HarperCollins booth. See you there!
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place make their television debut! I had the most fun taping a segment with host Kristy Villa for The Balancing Act. It'll air on June 22, at 7 AM on Lifetime. We talk about the book, I read aloud to Kristy, and, of course, we howl. Yup. Both of us. You look up good sport on the dictionary and Kristy's picture is right there. Love. Her.
Can we give The Balancing Act and Lifetime a big THANKAWOO for promoting children's books on TV? Yes we can! Please go to the site and check it out. You'll see a lot of support for children's book authors, the Children's Book Council, and all their other great segments too. And you can watch it all online! Awesome.
I'll tweet a reminder closer to the air date, so if you're not already following me on Twitter, please do! You can follow the Balancing Act too, while you're at it.
I am so happy to share with you this lovely and thoughtful starred review from the May 1 issue of School Library Journal. Here's an excerpt:
"Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket in this smart, surprising satire of a 19th-century English governess story....Humorous antics and a climactic cliff-hanger ending will keep children turning pages and clamoring for the next volume, while more sophisticated readers will take away much more...." —School Library Journal (starred review)
The whole review is here; it's the last one in the fiction section.
Add this to the starry praise from Kirkus, Booklist and PW (blurbage below), and I think Agatha Swanburne must be smiling, wherever she is! I know I am.
“It’s the best beginning since the bad beginning [by Lemony Snicket] and will leave readers howling for the next episode.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“How hearty and delicious . . . Smartly written with a middle-grade audience in mind, this is both fun and funny and sprinkled with dollops of wisdom (thank you, Agatha Swanburne). How will it all turn out? Appetites whetted.” —ALA Booklist (starred review)
“With a Snicketesque affect, Wood’s narrative propels the drama . . . pervasive humor and unanswered questions should have readers begging for more.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Isn't that wonderful? I'm so grateful and pleased. But, as Agatha Swanburne once said, "Studying astronomy is all very well, but sequels do not write themselves." It's back to work for this Incorrigible author...
This is such a great book festival! Tons of authors signing all day, tons of workshops and panels, food and music, all in the adorable town of Hudson, NY. I'll be there signing The Mysterious Howling for Incorrigibles fans, and all my YA titles too. Come spend a beautiful book-filled day! Click here for directions and a full list of authors and events.
Check out this in-depth Incorrigible interview in the Fort Worth News-Tribune. I had to think hard to answer some of these questions about how this series came to be. I also share my take on Lord and Lady Ashton, and reveal why big words are important.
Read to the end and get some tantalizing hints about what happens in the next book, too!
At last! THE POISON DIARIES cover is here! Isn't it yummy? But remember, sometimes the prettiest flowers can be the most deadly... In stores July 20th.
I am home from the Incorrigible Author tour (SO MUCH HOWLING! SO MUCH FUN!), and yet the fun is not over, because I'm just in time for the NYC Teen Author Festival. This is an awesome week. It's like Woodstock for people who love teen books, teens, books, or any combination thereof. You will be bragging you were there long after the hippie love vans have been towed out of the mud and all that's left are the souvenir tie die t-shirts and occasional acid flashbacks.
Every day, from Monday through Sunday, there are panels, readings, mash-ups, smack-downs, and the ever-rockin' Tiger Beat, plus the biggest Teen Author signing ever, anywhere, anyhow. It's Authorpalooza, all week long!
For complete and astonishingly star-studded schedule, go here.
Or the New York Public Library, Friday at 4:15 PM (cool panel: "The Boy You Can't Have"). 42nd St. & 5th Ave., South Court.
Or Books of Wonder, Sunday at 2 PM (mass signing! buy Sharpie stock now!). Signing starts at 2 PM, I'll be signing closer to 5 PM. 18 West 18th Street, New York, NY.
Here I am in Austin. It's Sunday, it's kind of a rainy day, and I have the day off before another round of visiting schools and whipping kids into an Incorrigible frenzy. Hmmm, what to do? Maybe I'll read a book....
Despite the mischief and destruction that must inevitably result, the Incorrigible Author has been let loose on the public! I'm on the road and having a howling good time.
Today I will stealthily gain entry to two different elementary schools, where I will do my best to tame great howling groups of feral 4th and 5th graders. If that escapade is survived, it is on to Anderson's Bookshop.
• See me tonight (Wednesday) at 7 PM. Anderson's Bookshop, 123 West Jefferson, Naperville, IL 60540
And on Friday I'll in the Dayton, OH area.
• Friday, March 5, 7 PM. Books & Co., The Greene Shopping Center, 4453 Walnut Street, Beavercreek, OH 45440
Would you like to hear it? Make yourself a cup of tea, sit someplace cozy, then go to Audible.com and click "sample." Enjoy!
Today is publication day for the Incorrigible Children, yay! I'm celebrating in all the usual ways: spreading galley pages all over the dining room table for proofing, scooping the cat boxes, obsessing about how to pack for my tour...the author's life is very glamorous, you know!
But if you really want to celebrate with me, try playing Squirrel Spotter! It just makes me smile.
Looking for adventure? Feel like doing something awesome? Check out HarperCollins' fabulous new Awesome Adventure! site. There are six new books to check out (including The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book I: The Mysterious Howling, yay!), each with games, quizzes, author videos and podcasts, book trailers, and even sweepstakes you can enter to win some very cool prizes.
And, Incorrigible fans: you must, must, must play Squirrel Spotter. Too much fun for words. But I warn you, those furry little scamps are quick!
Have fun adventuring,
Happy new year, people!
It's time to begin the publication day countdown for THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE, Book I: The Mysterious Howling. In stores Feb 23rd. I could not be more excited, and here are a few reasons why:
*Publishers Weekly starred review! "With a Snicketesque affect, Wood's narrative propels the drama…the pervasive humor and unanswered questions should have readers begging for more.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
*ALA Booklist starred review! "How hearty and delicious...Smartly written with a middle-grade audience in mind, this is both fun and sprinkled with dollops of wisdom (thank you, Agatha Swanburne). How will it all turn out? Appetites whetted." —ALA Booklist (starred review)
*Kirkus starred review! "It's the best beginning since The Bad Beginning (1999) [by Lemony Snicket] and will leave readers howling for the next episode." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Five city tour! I will be coming to see YOU in Chicago, Dayton, Austin, Houston and Cincinnati in the beginning of March. Details will be posted here and on BookTour.com as soon as I have 'em.
Can I hear a happy ahwooooooooooo? Well done, wolfchildren!
A grateful shout-out to Becky Anderson and her wonderful staff at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. My first Incorrigibles event with kids, parents, teachers and librarians was so much fun it didn't even matter that we were kind of stuck in a blizzard. Thanks and hugs to all who attended.
The awesome YA author Melissa Walker occasionally publishes a "cover story" on her blog: using her awesome girl-sleuth abilities, she unearths the story of a cover. Don't you sometimes wonder how the cool cover designs of your favorite books got to look the way they do? The cover story answers your questions!Today, the cover story is about the Morgan books! Get the inside scoop about how all three of these very cool covers came to be. Enjoy!
More WHAT I WORE TO SAVE THE WORLD pub week fun: check out my guest blog at TeenReads.com. I really enjoyed the chance to reflect on Morgan's adventures in all three books of the series, and think about the way she's grown as a result.
Happy pub day to Morgan & Colin! Now, if it were Colin talking, pub day would mean something quite different, of course—but what I mean by it is that, today, WHAT I WORE TO SAVE THE WORLD is finally here. Find it in stores, find it online, just find it!
Some early reviews:
"...yet another addicting mythical adventure to follow up Morgan’s previous episodes in Why I Let My Hair Grow Out and How I Found the Perfect Dress....Morgan’s attitude is just as sarcastic and undoubtedly hilarious as ever, which makes reading about her adventures all the more interesting and fun. Seriously, I don’t think there’s one dull moment in this novel with its abundance of humor, interesting characters and places, and, of course, mythical obstacles to overcome." —the bookmuncher
"....gets you hooked from the very beginning...a captivating book." —Flamingnet, Top Choice Award"...a fun, fast-paced frolic that young adolescents will especially enjoy." —Worlds of Wonder Book Blog
Thanks for stopping by! Here's where I post miscellaneous musings and rants, inside scoop about upcoming books, invitations to special events where you might meet me and other authors, news about book giveaways, contests, guest blogs, links to interviews and podcasts, and other amusing stuff along those lines.
The appearance of this blog will be evolving over the coming months as I launch a new website that will link here. So don't get confused! I'm still me.
In stores December 1: WHAT I WORE TO SAVE THE WORLD, the third book about Morgan Rawlinson and her adventures as a half goddess.
I'm launching not one, but two new series in 2010: the first book in my first-ever middle-grade series, called THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE, Book I: The Mysterious Howling, will be out in February. It's the rather hilarious adventures of a young governess who is hired to care for three children who have, literally, been raised by wolves. There are wonderful illustrations by Jon Klassen, who also did the cover.
The Shady Glade book blog is celebrating its third blogoversary by hosting author interviews all month. This week it's me! Come visit and read what I have to say about, you know, life stuff, writing stuff, new projects, old projects, and the answer to my favorite question: If my life were a TV show, what would be my theme song?
Enjoy! And happy B-day, Shady Glade!
p.s. — you want a hint, you say? Well, okay, since you asked so nicely...
Squeee! The awesome lineup of fall Teen Author Reading Nights has been announced.
All of these readings are from
The Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library
425 6th Ave, at 10th Street
New York, NY
Reading nights are hosted by the witty and attractive David Levithan. Come meet your favorite authors and hear them read from their new books! I'll be reading in November from the upcoming WHAT I WORE TO SAVE THE WORLD.
Gordon Korman, Pop
Justine Larbalestier, Liar
David Levithan, Love is the Higher Law
E. Lockhart, The Treasure Map of Boys
Lauren McLaughlin, Recycler
Bennett Madison, The Blonde of the Joke
Dan Poblocki, The Stone Child
Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan
Libba Bray, Going Bovine
Tom Dolby, The Secret Society
Sarah Beth Durst, Ice
Melissa Kantor, The Invisible I
Shani Petroff, Daddy’s Little Angel
Jeff Rivera, Forever My Lady
Natalie Standiford, How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Matthew Cody, Powerless
Matt de la Pena, We Were Here
Barry Lyga, Goth Girl Rising
Marianne Mancusi, Boys That Bite
Courtney Sheinmel, Positively
Robin Wasserman, Crashed
Maryrose Wood, What I Wore to Save the World
So get this: one of my favorite teen book bloggers, Diana Dang over at Stop, Drop and Read, asked me to do a guest blog as part of her way fun blogaversary celebration.
But Queen Titania stole my blog! She went over there and guest blogged in my spot. This is very weird, people. I'm kind of used to Queen Titania messing with Morgan and Colin, but this is the first time she ever pulled one of her mean faery-queen pranks on me. Which makes me worry that the veil between the fictional world and the author world might be slipping a bit, frankly, and—
OMG! That is basically the plot of the third Morgan book! WHAT I WORE TO SAVE THE WORLD. Coming December 1. Veil slippage galore!
Anyway, you might as well go read Queen Titania's blog. She does make an interesting observation about which awesome YA author is an adorable dead ringer for which Harry Potter character. Can you guess?
And Diana is giving away THREE signed copies of HOW I FOUND THE PERFECT DRESS. So leave a comment on Queen T's post and you might magically be a winner!
Congrats to Diana, who won a signed copy of Why I Let My Hair Grow Out over at Mrs. Magoo Reads.
Diana, the book will be winging its way to you today!
In the meantime, check out a fun interview I did for this most enjoyable blog. You'll hear about my worst hair disaster and some advice for would-be writers.
In case you didn't get a chance to watch, here's the video book review Mrs. Magoo posted of WILMHGO. Enjoy!
Sophie, the awesome book blogger at Mrs. Magoo Reads, is having a WILMHGO giveaway. It is so easy to enter.
First, you go to her blog.
Second, you watch the fun video review she's produced of WILMHGO! So sweet!
Third, you leave a comment on the video (include your email address).
You can even get bonus entries by linking to her post and following her on Twitter. Winner will be announced next Monday. I will sign the copy to the winner!
I was just about to post the video here too, but if I do that, I know some of you will leave comments here and not on Mrs. Magoo Reads. A tragic mistake, if you want to enter the contest. So go watch it there, okay? It is short and fun, and the blog is all about books and stuff! Can't beat that.
Time to let a very exciting cat out of the bag — I’ve begun work on a new YA trilogy called The Poison Diaries. It will be published by Balzer & Bray (IMHO the coolest of all the many cool imprints at HarperCollins), and the first book will be released next summer.
Here’s the rather unbelievably awesome part: these books are based on a concept by the Duchess of Northumberland, and are inspired by the real-life Poison Garden on the grounds of Alnwick Castle, in northern England.
Duchess. Castle. Poisonous plants. Are you following how awesome this is?
Two months ago, while researching the first book, I had the opportunity to visit the exceedingly lovely Duchess (and her gracious husband, whom you may call, natch, the Duke). I roamed around the Poison Garden (look but don’t touch!), and was treated to a dungeon-to-parapet tour of Alnwick Castle. Here’s what we’re talking about:
If the castle looks at all familiar, that’s because Alnwick was used as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films. Allow me to recap:
Duchess. Castle. Poisonous plants. HOGWARTS, PEOPLE!
I am very excited about these books, and I think you will be too. It’s so inspiring to be able to set a story in a place that is both totally astonishing and absolutely real. This project is also a chance for me to flex some of my favorite but lesser-known writing muscles: it’s creepy, gothic, and darkly—dare I say lethally—romantic.....
At long last! I know some of you guys found this cover image on the internet already (see, sometimes authors are the last to know about these things), but still, I am very, very pleased to officially announce: the third book about Morgan Rawlinson (and her hunk o'Irish hottie, Colin, of course) is done!
It will be on sale on December 1st (can anyone say HOLIDAY SHOPPING?).
And it is called (drumrolllllllllllll):
WHAT I WORE TO SAVE THE WORLD
Here's the little teaser that will appear on the back cover of the book, just to whet your appetites. Do you love the new cover? Tell me what you think!
Senior year’s coming up fast and I still have no clue about college, or a career — the whole rest-of-my-life thing is basically a blank. Maybe it’s because I spent junior year obsessing about Colin, the hunky Irish guy I fell for last summer (that was right around the same time I discovered I’m a half-goddess from the days of Irish lore — trust me, you had to be there). I even saved Colin from a nasty faery enchantment, but he doesn’t know that. Colin doesn’t believe in faeries, not one magical bit.
…it’s the end of the world.
The truth is my grades stink and all my best extracurricular activities happened in the faery realm. But a visit to this wacko college counselor turns things around: soon I’m on an all-expense paid trip to England to take a very special campus tour. A mysterious message reunites me with Colin, but it turns out he’s caught up in the biggest faery-made disaster ever. We’re talking the end of reality, people, and I don’t mean reality TV. To save the world, I’m going to have to tell Colin the truth about my half-goddess mojo. But if he doesn’t believe in magic, how will he ever believe in me?
Isn't that the cutest poster? I'm so looking forward to participating in the first annual Hudson Children's Book Festival on Saturday, May 16th. I'll be there with more than fifty other authors for a full day of signings, shmoozing, workshops, panels, and of course, snacks. Stop by from 10 to 4, would love to see you there.
(First Amendment fans, note that I'll be on a panel at 2:00 PM discussing "First Amendment 'Writes': How Far Is Too Far in YA Literature?" Other panelists are Daphne Grab, Michael Northrop and Amanda Marrone.
Directions and a full listing of all the authors and cool events are on the festival's website. Also, please check out the "Name the Whale!" contest. When was the last time you got to name a whale?
To book me for school and library visits, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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