Bonjour, Mes Anges!
Okay, first of all, I realize that I did NOT deliver on my WTF Friday promise. In my defense, I completely forgot that I would be traveling on Friday, and that my chances of blogging would therefore be very, very low. And sadly, I will be traveling THIS Friday as well (to a seeeeecret locations with seeeeeeecret people, and...okay, I'm going to Utah to hang out with Lindsey Leavitt.)
Artist's rendering of me and LL in Utah.
So I don't want to make any promises for THIS Friday either! I will try, though!
This past Friday, I was in our nation's capital for the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. It was quite the whirlwind trip (I was literally there for less than 24 hours!), but I had a BLAST! Not only did I get to meet amazing authors like Beth Revis (ACROSS THE UNIVERSE), Veronica Roth (DIVERGENT), and Melissa Kantor (THE DARLINGS ARE FOREVER), but I also got to talk with tons of independent booksellers from all over the country! Heck, all over the WORLD, since I met one lady from Norway (I may have scared her with The Story of How Her Country Attempted To Murder The Husband Via a Reindeer).
People, if there is an independent bookstore in your town, USE IT. The people who run these stores are so passionate and knowledgeable and fabulous! I literally left ABA with DOZENS of stores I wanted to visit! And it made me even MORE excited about the great indies I'll be seeing on tour!
I also got to eat something called Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, but it was a deeply personal and spiritual moment, and I'd prefer not to share.
Speaking of tour, my Soon-To-Be Tour Buddy, Sarwat Chadda, did a very fun interview with me over at his blog. In it, we discuss the HEX HALL books, British Stuff, and whether or not Boobs Are Magic (spoiler: Yes. Yes, they are.)
You may wanna go read it. And yes, if you come see us on tour, we promise to be that level of funny/inappropriate! YAY! (And dates to come soon, swear!)
When I haven't been talking about breasts on the internet, I've been hard at work on REBEL BELLE, the first book in a BRAND NEW TRILOGY coming out Summer 2012. One of my favorite parts of writing is researching since I am a Total Nerd. I mean, former English Major. What do you mean, same diff?
Anyway, research for this book has included stuff about Charlemagne, oracles, and debutante balls, so make of that what you will. ;-)
It's also included looking at this picture of James Dean a lot. THE THINGS I DO FOR YOU, MES ANGES!
Have a fabulous week, lovelies!