This has been quite a year—and there are still two months left! I’ve been kind of a failure as an author this year. My email has gotten completely away from me to the point that I get anxiety every time I open it. If you’ve written me in the past couple of months, I apologize for not getting back sooner. I promise that before the year ends, I will answer each and every email you’ve sent me, and I hope you’ll forgive my slackerness.
I just wanted to share a couple of cool things and update you all on what’s going on. It’s difficult to believe We Are the Ants came out almost a year ago! And now it’s in the first round of Goodreads Reader’s Choice Awards in the YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi category. I’d be honored if you voted for it (though it’s up against some AMAZING books, so I couldn’t blame you if you voted for one of those.)
A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of presenting the Sunday Keynote at SLJ’s 2016 Leadership Summit where I spoke about the importance of books as bridges. The best part of it was that after, I got to sign copies of We Are the Ants for attendees (mostly librarians and teachers), all of whom are awesome. I was amazed by the number who got a book and told me they knew exactly the kid who needed to read it. Teachers and librarians are so vitally important to teen readers. I don’t think I can stress that enough. Anyway, the speech is embedded below if you want to give it a watch. It’s long, but I’m really proud of it.
There’s still lots of stuff coming up that I’m beyond excited about.
- 12/13/16 The paperback of Violent Ends comes out.
- 2/7/17 My next book, At the Edge of the Universe is released.
- 4/4/17 The paperback of We Are the Ants is out.
I’ll be updating the site soon with where I’ll be in the coming year, so keep an eye out for that.
And in the meantime, just wanted to thank everyone who’s supported me and my books and let you all know how much I appreciate you. Keep marching on!