Quick Poll for a Short Story… Cast your vote!

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Yes, I am absolutely still working on book two, so let me get that out of the way first. BUT I also have ideas for short stories / novellas featuring Rennie and the gang, exploring some prequel material and some alternate points of view. All of these would be very spoiler-y so they would only be intended for those who have already read Drawn In. But the bonus is that I can work on these simultaneously with book two (with quicker results to getting them out to YOU!). So I’m curious which idea you as a reader would most like to see… help me out, wouldja?

For ease of use, I’ve narrowed it down to four options… leave your vote in the comment section here (or on Facebook if that’s easier for you), or message me if your answer is more involved.

I already have a plan for a prequel short story that will take place after book two, but even the short version of that description would be spoiler-y so you’ll just have to trust me that it’ll be fun. Whether or not that sways you in any way towards or away from the prequel option here, I thought it was only fair to disclose since it’s already partially in the works.

Okay, that’s it. Go vote!

(PS – if you have a different idea or a twist on one of the above ideas, lay it on me! I’m always open to suggestion.)

A Winner!

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We have a winner! Goodreads told me last week that we have a winner for the giveaway, and the book has been sent out… all the way to the UK! Can I tell you how excited I am that the winner was a Brit? Silly of me, I know, but I just can’t help myself. I opened the contest up to the US, Canada, and the UK. The last time I had a giveaway through Goodreads, I did the US and Canada and had one winner in each. This time was just ONE book to give away and the Anglophile in me was secretly hoping for a British winner. Why? Maybe it’s the Doctor Who references in my book that I’m hoping will go to someone who says, “Yes, I get that.” Or the fact that I put a British character in my book for the sheer joy of ‘hearing’ her accent in my head as I read/write. What can I say? I’m just wacky that way. Anyway, congrats to my book winner… and here’s hoping that she’ll pass along the good word to her lovely YA-loving, UK-living friends! 🙂

Update on book two and perhaps another book one giveaway coming in the new year. Stay tuned!

A Giveaway!

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I’m doing another giveaway on Goodreads! TODAY November 29-December 10, enter to win a signed paperback copy of my book Drawn In. I’m only giving away ONE copy so cross your fingers and make a wish. Also, if you email or message or comment here and want it personalized, just say the word. And if you’d like a few “behind the scenes” annotations, I’m always happy to write a little in the margins. 🙂

Oh, and if you’re awesome enough to already own a copy, maybe a nice Christmas present for a YA loving friend in your life?

Here’s the link… click here to enter!

Rennie has a voice!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am so very pleased to announce that the search is officially over. My dear Rennie, main character of Drawn In has a voice!! I’m thrilled to introduce you to the sweet and talented woman who will bring Rennie to life via audio book: Julianne Lawson.

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The last time I worked with Julianne, I think she was probably twelve. Although I haven’t worked with her since, I invited her to audition for the role and I was absolutely blown away by what she was able to bring to a simple reading. Her voice is sweet and pleasant with just the perfect touch of quirky, she understands the character(s) and really gets the style and the humor written into the text, and her pacing and instincts are just perfect for this. I couldn’t be more pleased with this match.

My top four choices made this an incredibly difficult decision, but in the end I had to go with my gut. And now we start making an audio book! So so SO excited for this project, I can’t even tell you! (Except I just did.)

Surreal on a Whole New Level

So… this happened.

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Yes, that’s a friend of a friend (thank you Dana Yeoman for this!!! And Tom Webster for making this happen!) cosplaying as my main character Rennie. When she tagged me in the first photo, I was like “Hey, that’s cool, she’s reading my book! Probably because she’s also wearing yellow, like Rennie on the cover. So who’s she going as?” And I started looking… yellow sundress, red hair, dagger tied into the sash at her waist… and that’s when I started crying. I was at work, checking my email and facebook feed on my lunch break, sitting at my desk and crying. I was overwhelmed by this. Someone I’ve never even met loves my Rennie. She gets her. She loves her enough to dress as her for an Anime convention in LA, carrying my book around and telling people about it all day long as they asked who she was. How freaking amazing is that?? I never knew that this was on my writer’s bucket list, but seriously… if it’s not on yours, it should be. This is amazing.

I also have to share how she captioned that second picture of her reading in the forest. “In a weird Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey way, Paige (aka Rennie) is reading her own autobiography in the forest to figure out how to travel through parallel universes by using the pages of her book.” Not only brilliant, but she includes a Doctor Who reference. Rennie would be so proud.

Choosing a Voice, or Decisions Are HARD

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Auditions for the narrator of the audio book version of Drawn In went very well! I received thirteen auditions and every single one had SOMEthing that I loved about it. There is a particular thing that I’m looking for and it would be so much easier if I could identify what that is in a clear and concise manner. But ultimately it’s just a feeling… something in the way a certain phrase is read, or the way that a bit of humor is approached, or the way that a pause is used rather than just taken. It is truly an art and those with a flair for it have my highest respect.

Somehow I managed to narrow it down to my top four. I had intended to choose a top three, but that just wasn’t possible. Let’s face it, I know some amazingly talented people. And yesterday I received the callback recordings I asked them to do to help me decide, which was supposed to make my decision easier. It’s still REALLY. FREAKING. HARD.

Maybe I’m making this too complicated. Maybe I just need to close my eyes and pick a name (they’re all wonderful, I couldn’t go wrong!). Or maybe I just need to trust my gut and make the best decision I can with the information I have.

Giving a voice to Rennie is a very personal thing. She’s mine. I know her and understand her and I know what she sounds like. Trusting that to somebody else feels like a very big thing, even though I know that anyone else listening to it won’t have those preconceptions at all. My pro/con lists help, my friend Katherine and my niece Shelby are helping, and in the end I’m just gonna have to trust my gut. There isn’t a bad choice to be made when all four could easily do it. That should make this easier, right?