Photo credit: Kristi Hedberg PhotographyHello! I'm a young adult book writer living in Asheville, NC. My debut novel, THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, is the first in a Gothic trilogy coming January 29, 2013 from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.


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Links & Contests

A few cool things to share today. 

First of all, my fellow Friday the Thirteener, Mindy McGinnis, interviewed me on her Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire blog about the C.R.A.P. (Cover Anxiety Reveal Phase). AKA, how an author is feeling when they first see their cover. Check it out the interview here.

Also, at the Friday the Thirteeners blog, to celebrate the recently past Friday the 13th, we are giving away THIRTEEN books to one lucky person! We also found an anagram website and each anagrammed our names and our book titles to creature our "pen names". Mine was Sane Hangmen, and THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER anagrammed into A DAMNED HAMPSTER THUG. You can find your own anagrams on this Wordsmith site. Warning: it's addictive. And of course, enter to win our huge 13-book bonanza package here! There's still a few days left to enter.

Also, I'm in Publishers Weekly this week! PW put out their Spring 2013 Sneak Preview for children's and YA books and included THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy! You can read the article here


Bookstore love & GIVEAWAY

First of all, thank you everyone for the kind words and congratulations about THE CAGE! I am blown away by the great response. One of the things I love most about writing YA is that there's no hard and fast genre "rules" like there are in fiction for adults. Both THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER and THE CAGE are a mix of sci-fi, romance, and thriller. It is so much fun to blend styles and create something new.

To celebrate & thank you all, I wanted to let you know about a contest to win an ARC of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER. And the best part? There are TEN copies up for grabs, so your odds are good. You can enter at Goodreads here. It's only open in the US & Canada. Good luck!

Even though THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER's pub date isn't until January 29, 2013, it's already available for pre-order. You can order a signed copy at my family bookstore, Highland Books, and they'll ship it to you. Here's their website with contact info, and yes those are my lovely parents on the front page. I stopped in the bookstore today, and found this really nice display my mom set up. A bunch of local people already signed up to pre-order, which is so cool.

And you can also pre-order a copy (though not a signed one) through Amazon here and through Barnes & Noble here


Announcing THE CAGE!

Well, everyone, I might be crazy. I also might be the most fortunate person alive. As Publisher's Weekly reported today, I have a new three-book deal for a sci-fi series called THE CAGE. Here's the blurb from PW: 

Some of you may be thinking, But isn't she working on THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER series? And the answer is yes, I am. I just got the ARCs for the first book, I've revising the second book before submitting it to my editor, and I've just started writing the third book. I am absolutely in love with the world of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER. It's Gothic, it's dark, it's breathlessly romantic, and I hope that all of you get absolutely swept up in it when the first book comes out. 

I definitely am not flush with free time. It wasn't as though I was twiddling my thumbs, yawning, looking for something else to fill my non-existant leisure time. But you see, I had this idea for ANOTHER series, a totally different world but one that is still dark, and mysterious, and filled with unexpected people and romance and twists and yes, even a little madness, and I just got so excited about it that I had to sit down to write it.

And it sold.

As reported in the Publishers Weekly article, THE CAGE is a TWILIGHT ZONE-esque sci-fi which follows six teens who are put in an elaborate "human zoo" by a powerful and psychic otherworldly race known as The Kindred, and one girl's attempts to escape without falling for her terrifyingly beautiful captor. 

The first book in THE CAGE trilogy will be released in summer 2014.

I am so grateful to my editor, Kristin Rens, and my publishing house, Balzer + Bray, for taking such an enormous leap of faith in buying a total of six books from me before my first one is even out. I am so touched that they love my books as much as I do. I feel beyond lucky to be able to write for a living, and I cannot WAIT to share my books with everyone! I hope you all enjoy reading them as much as I've loved writing them!


Madman's Daughter ARCs!!!

I am dying of excitement. DYING! Yesterday afternoon a box from my publisher arrived filled with ARCs (advanced review copies) of The Madman's Daughter!

Aren't they gorgeous? This is the first time I've held my story in my hands in book form. There's just something special about reading it type-set in a beautiful font, flipping through the pages, that is so much better than reading a Word document on my computer. My publisher did an absolutely amazing job with the design and production. And it's 420 pages...did I really write all that??

If you guys don't know what ARCs are, they are a marketing tool publishers use to get books reviewed by well established authors, book reviewers, and previewed for librarians and book sellers. They aren't the final copy, because they haven't been proofread, and some tweaks to the text or cover or layout might happen, and of course they aren't hardcopy. 


As a matter of fact, if you are a reviewer, blogger, librarian or book seller, you can request an ARC of The Madman's Daughter here. (though no guarantees, there's a limited number). 

And even better, they're also a promotional tool, which means giveaways & prizes! If you want to win an ARC, along with an ARC of my writing friend Ellen Oh's Prophecy, you still have one day (today!) to enter this contest on YA Book Central:

Enter contest here!

And here's a few sneak peaks at the interior pages.




Me on a Trapeze

So a few weeks ago I took a trapeze class here in Asheville, which was terrifying and fun, and now that I think about it, significantly more terrifying than fun.

I posted a video of it at the Friday the Thirteeners blog with an explanation for why on earth I would do such a crazy thing.

Check out the video here!