2014 was a weird year.
I didn’t have a solo book that came out in 2014, but my short story, Better, was in the GRIM anthology, and I’m immensely proud of it. Readers seemed to like it too, which was nice.
I sold three (THREE!!!) new books. VIOLENT ENDS is the anthology about a school shooter coming out at the end of 2015, WE ARE THE ANTS is my YA contemporary book due out Spring 2016, and I’ve got an untitled work due out Spring 2017. I also sold the translation rights to THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY to Brazil. So it’s been a great, creative year. When I first sold Deathday, my plan was to publish a book a year. I had some hiccups along the way, but I’m finally on track.
According to Goodreads, I read 62 books in 2014, not including books I re-read. My favorites among those are definitely GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, JOSS WHEDON: THE BIOGRAPHY, THE ART OF ASKING, TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME, and THE SUMMER PRINCE. Honestly, I don’t think I read a single bad book this year.
Now that 2015 is here, I’m realizing the THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY is twenty days from being released. I am both excited and filled with anxiety. I’m trying to find a zen place so that I don’t lose it.
There are so many books I’m looking forward to this year. The next book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, Melina Marchetta’s SHAMING THE DEVIL, A HISTORY OF GLITTER AND BLOOD by Hannah Moskowitz, A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab, THE ALEX CROW and STAND-OFF by Andrew Smith, ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers, LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray, WE ALL LOOKED UP by Tommy Wallach, ARMADA by Ernest Cline, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Trish Doller.
2015 is shaping up to be an even better year for books than 2014 was.
I wish I had something to say about my hopes and dreams for the year, but the truth is that 2015 for me is going to be all about keeping my head down and writing. I’ve finally found my path and I’ve got to do all I can to keep moving forward.
I hope everyone else has a fantastic new year!