I've been sitting on some mighty exciting news that I've been dying to share. Like literally dying. My internal organs were combusting with my attempts to keep this a secret. (Combusting organs is a new disorder that is so rare, I'm the only person that's ever had it).
I'm going to be on a YA panel at Comic-Con in San Diego in July. The Comic-Con I have been pouting about being unable to attend and sulking over as I watch G4 the past several years. I will be there. On a panel. With lots of other super rad YA authors.
Who are these other authors, you ask? Well, I'm glad you asked.
Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy and the upcoming Supernaturally
Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade and the upcoming Wolfsbane
Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and the upcoming Lola and the Boy Next Door
Laini Taylor, author of Lips Touch: Three Times and the upcoming Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Tahereh Mafi, author of the upcoming Shatter Me
The panel will be moderated by Nathan Bransford, former literary agent/current author of Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Kapow. He also has one of the (if not the) most informative blogs on writing and business of writing. So if you haven't checked that out, you totally should: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/
Other than being a little (incredibly) intimidated by all the talent on the panel, I'm pretty stoked. I don't personally know any of the other authors, but it'll be great fun to talk with them and interact with readers in person. This will be the first speaking-type engagement I've done, and it will be at Comic-con - the happiest place on Earth!
I am crazy excited/honored/humbled/amazed at this opportunity. And I once again have to thank all of you guys for making this happen. Without all the incredible support from all of you, I'd never have sold a book or been asked to be on a panel. Every single day, you guys make my dreams come true. And I love you for it.
In smaller but still fun news: The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook is available now. It was compiled by Christy Dorrity, and includes a forward from yours truly. It's a fun idea that pairs recipes with books. It even has a recipe "I Hate Chocolate Cake" to go along with my book, Switched.
Also, if you're in the Southern Minnesota area on Friday, I will be at my mom's house signing copies of my books at her garage sale. She lives in Adams, MN, and all the proceeds from book sales are going to help get Adams a new pool.
And to end the blog, check out how rad my dog Elroy looks in his new life-vest: