Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
I couldn't figure out this book until pretty much the last page. It made me mad while I was reading it...I have been scolded a few times for being a tricky little monkey, because some people don't find this feeling you describe at all fun. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it! Thanks for spreading the word! And for your listening enjoyment, the audio version of a sea chantey from a few contests ago, thanks to the talented Jonathan Quist. This shows that forcing people to be creative can really pay off! I LOVE this. LOVE it. A huge thank you for Jonathan for belting it out! The Dust of 100 Dogs by J. Quist
Thursday, March 26, 2009
...a YA lover MUST read this book. MUST. It’s unlike any other YA I’ve ever read. I read a lot in my subgenre of YA (realistic), and not so much in other subgenres. But this one . . . it’s its own subgenre, really: historic magic realism.Give that woman a prize! Perfect description! See you Wednesday!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
"I had a moment of introspective clarity (other than the conviction that I'm a pirate at heart) while reading this story. Do I have convictions so strong that I'd be willing to kill others, and FIGHT to the death?"
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
"A remarkable and compelling story for readers seeking something out of the ordinary."Now, ARIZONA. Here's the deal. Joanne Levy took these awesome pictures So, a HUGE thank you to Joanne. Without her I would have zero pictures of this trip, and that would be a massive bummer because I had such an amazing time and having pictures to look back on makes it even more wonderful. So let me start there. I had an amazing time. If Arizona wants me back for any reason, I am SO there, man. The people were awesome, the weather was heavenly, and the casual feel of the place was right up my street. (Also, all the houses there have walls, which you can see best if you put on your chickens.) So, I caught you up last on the Changing Hands reading & signing, but let me say one more time -- WOAH. Changing Hands Bookstore is AWESOME. If you haven't been there, you need to go one day. I met many fascinating people and signed a lot of books. After that event, we drove to Tucson, where the view from our window looked like this. We took a day to chill. We ate really really really really really really nice Mexican food with Robin Brande, whose EVOLUTION, ME & OTHER FREAKS OF NATURE is awesome. (Did I tell you that I finally read Lisa McMann's FADE on the flight there & it was also AWESOME? Seriously. There is a reason it's on the NYT list for a fifth week in a row, people. Read that book.) Saturday we went to the Tucson Festival of Books and it was a day I won't soon forget. I had a very early reading at 10:30 in the Teen Tent and answered some questions, and then we wandered the many tents and booths that were set up along the University of Arizona campus. I was able to thank Ronald McDonald in person for the lovely breakfast, and got to hug Curious George. We even had a minute to chill before our panel, and here is my favorite picture of myself, during that chilling moment. Again--Joanne Levy is a great photographer. Then came our panel. (Lisa McMann, Robin Brande & me.) It was called Dorks, Nerds and Geeks: How daily mortification, ridicule and unpopularity as a teen can turn you into a superstar YA author. After a wonderful introduction by our escort Judi, we started out by each telling an embarrassing story from our youth. Let me say for the record: this was a great way to open a panel. The laughter was infectious for the entire hour, whether we were talking books or answering audience questions. That panel was one of the best hours of my little life. I don't say this lightly. If I could take Lisa & Robin on a tour and do that same panel every other day for a year, I would be the happiest woman alive. Too. Freaking. Funny. After this, we signed books, and then Lisa had her reading in the Teen Tent, where she ROCKED. And then she drove us back to the Phoenix area. Here is where I say a public thank you to Lisa for driving us everywhere. If I had a herd of goats or camels who could also do neck massages, I'd give them to you, Lisa. (Here is also where I mention that for reasons that will remain unsaid, if ever I am driving with you, reader, especially where the speed limit is 75 mph, you should allow me to sit in the backseat and stare out the window. Trust me on this.) Here is where I also mention that if it wasn't for Lisa, I'd have never gone to Arizona in the first place or heard of the Tucson Festival of Books, so thank you a trillion times. So, then, on Sunday, our last full day in Arizona, we went to an old mine town and it was really cool. This was as far west as I'd ever been, so getting a glimpse of the wild west was a total treat for me. I guess until then, it had always been a bit of a movie set, you know? Keeping with the whole movie angle, I was put in jail -- complete with poker-playing floosies. And Joanne & I panned for gold, which my six-year-old hasn't forgiven me for yet, even though I gave her my gold. Then, the signing at B&N, which ROCKED. You know, there is NOTHING like meeting an enthusiastic bookseller who loved my book. Missy, at the Chandler Mall B&N was so nice and so energetic and just so hard core into selling books that we nearly moved every single copy. A HUGE thank you to everyone there who made that event happen. I learned a lot. :) After a massive meal at The Cheesecake Factory next door, we headed back to the hotel, said goodbye to Lisa, and packed for our flights home. Some names I haven't mentioned, but who need to be thanked: Holly from Changing Hands, & Jim & Faith. The made-of-awesome Liz Danforth, Rita Brown & Lauren, JM Prince, Patti (from my reading at the Teen Tent) Krystle & Donna, Mit (who sucks more), Sibley & Dwayne, and anyone who bought a copy of D100D at any of my events or laughed at any of my jokes! And I almost forgot--a big shout out to Joanne's Arizona family! What smashingly awesome and generous people. So now you're in the know. A.S. King loves Arizona. Here's a letter I wrote on the plane home: Dear Arizona, I love you. Love, Amy. QUESTION: How many times did the word AWESOME appear in this blog? ANSWER: Leave your answer in the comments with an email address and be entered to win a signed copy of The Dust of 100 Dogs. .
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
- beth said: Fortunately, still both in my head.
- elisa nader said: Immeasurably benefiting from under eye concealer.
- pepsivanilla said: Unappreciative of being poked with contacts at an ungodly hour.
- emilyhainsworth said: Sliced with lasers - YOU can't see - but now I CAN!
- nhertel85 said: My eyes take up my whole face.
- Anonymous (carolee999a) said: Round and squishy, but surprisingly powerful.
- Erika Lynn said: when closed, there’s a freckle on my eyelid
- Joanne Levy’s Kia said: blue-white like a glacier, on the lookout for dropped food.
- penny roth said: First thing people notice (since my boobs are kinda small).
- Angel said: Blinded by love, one eyeball plucked out at a time.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"Epic win. Just completely, totally epic win,"...gets a big YAY from me. So so glad you liked it Willowe. Thanks so much for saying so! Contests: You've got one more week to enter the HUGE GIVEAWAY at Reviewer X. If you've bought D100D, you really should think about entering. Who doesn't want $300 worth of books? THE EYEBALL CONTEST closes tonight at midnight EST. Winners will be announced Friday. I'm now on my way to Arizona, so I'll be scarce until next Wednesday...though I might get some writers you all know to help me figure out the weekend's contest and toss it up while we sit by the pool, sipping something refreshing and probably icy. In case you live in in the Phoenix area or you're coming to the Tucson Festival of Books, here's where I'll be and when. Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ - March 12th 4:30pm-6pm The Tucson Festival of Books Saturday, March 14th Reading at Teen Authors Lounge 10:30-11:15am Author Panel - 2:30pm-3:30pm - Dorks, Nerds and Geeks: How daily mortification, ridicule and unpopularity as a teen can turn you into a superstar YA author. Lisa McMann, Robin Brande & A.S. King. Book signing until 4:30. (Lisa McMann reading follows the signing, in teen author lounge.) Barnes & Noble, Chandler Mall, Chandler, AZ Mar 15th 2-4pm See you there!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
"Whereas there are great books available at BN, if you really care about finding something other than the bestsellers your local BN is oftentimes not the place to go to find them..."I think this piece and its conclusion has a lot of truth in it, and I don't think it's automatically a negative thing, either. I think it just is what it is, and I think, as readers, it's nice to remind ourselves that there's a huge big world out there beyond the top 40. There's also a really great Q&A at Writer Unboxed with my first and favorite independent bookseller, Rob Dougherty of Clinton Book Shop, where he discusses the ways in which indies support us as authors and readers, and the ways we can support them. Shout Outs: A super amazing review of D100D touched down this weekend from Karen Kincy. And I totally spaced linking Shana's awesome review last week. Thanks so much for all the support, guys! It means an awful lot. WE NEED ABOUT 20 MORE ENTRIES IN THE EYEBALL CONTEST. GO ON. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME. CONSIDER IT A BIRTHDAY GIFT, K? Now, I'm off to pack for Arizona. And if you totally ignored this before, I'm giving you one more chance... Here is a post I wrote to celebrate my birthday over on Liviania's March Blog Party. (If you didn't click on the link, you're missing out on some pretty funny pictures that I wouldn't share with just anyone.)
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
WHY PEOPLE TAKE PICTURES The Huffington Post READ IT HERE.
I AM MOMMY Literary Mama READ IT HERE.
SKIN Underground Voices READ IT HERE.
HOW I BECAME MY FATHER Lit103.3 (written version) READ IT HERE.
MONICA NEVER SHUTS UP Washington Square Issue 20 Summer 2007 BUY
THE TESTS I FAILED Quality Women's Fiction Issue 53 Aug 2008 BUY
BUTCHER Quality Fiction Summer 2009 Issue BUY.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
"The Dust of 100 Dogs is an absolute page-turner; my only disappointment was in reaching the end of an excellent pirate's yarn."Danke, BG! Glad you dug it. And another, by PJ Hoover, author of The Emerald Tablet, who posted a review of D100D as part of Barrie Summy's (I So Don't Do Mysteries) Book Review Club. Thank you for all the support!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
"To be completely honest, I almost didn't read D100D because of all the hype around the blogosphere, I was scared to read it and be that one person who didn't enjoy the novel. I mean what book could really be so good that every single reader loves it? So instead of ditching it completely, I bought the book and forced my little brother to read it. Him and I have very similar personalities so i decided that if he liked the book I would read it. Well, he loved it. In fact, he nagged at me every ten minutes until I finally agreed to read it."Well, Taylor, not every reader has loved it, but many have, and I'm grateful that you finally tried it, and so pleased that you liked it! Thanks for dropping by the blog last week & saying so. (And thank your brother for me, too! :) ) And here's another review from another wicked-awesome reviewer at Fire Must Burn who I had the pleasure of meeting at one of my events last month. And OO! A cool interview in which I reveal my writing secrets! Now, on with the list.
LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Ghoti Magazine READ IT HERE.
HARRY'S GIANT Eclectica READ IT HERE.
LEROY CAN TELL YOU WHEN FRiGG READ IT HERE.
RIVER 16 Eclectica READ IT HERE.
WILL DEIRDRE BEAT THE ODDS? Contrary READ IT HERE.
HOW I BECAME MY FATHER Lit103.3, Valley Free Radio LISTEN HERE.
CAN YOU SEE LOIS GARDENING? Amarillo Bay READ IT HERE.