Wednesday, August 15, 2012

SJL SummerTeen Answers, Tour Dates and...a Star.

Here we are, in the chute.

It always comes at me faster than I think it's going to. October and Ask the Passengers seems far away, but here we are, about to talk about its first review and the tour schedule. Hoo boy.

✮ It's a Star!

A huge thank you to Kirkus Reviews for a *starred* review of Ask the Passengers in their September 1, 2012 issue

"King has created an intense, fast-paced, complex and compelling novel about sexuality, politics and societal norms that will force readers outside their comfort zones. . . Quite possibly the best teen novel featuring a girl questioning her sexuality written in years."

RANDOM: Everybody Sees the Ants paperback is coming on September 18th, 2012. Love that cover, yo.

Ask the Passengers Fall Tour Dates

NAIBA Fall Conference
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
September 28-30th Details TBA

PA Library Association Conference

Gettysburg, PA
October 1, 2012

Collingswood Literary Festival
More info soon
October 6, 2012

Powell's Books
Cedar Hills Crossing Store
Portland, Oregon
October 22, 2012

Official Launch of ASK THE PASSENGERS
Exeter Community Library (w/ Aaron's Books)

4569 Prestwick Dr., Reading PA 19606October 25th, 2012

Wise Owl Bookstore
624 Penn Avenue  West Reading, PA 19611
Reading, signing & discussion about publishing & writing
Sunday, October 28th

YALSA Symposium

St. Louis, MO
November 2-4
Details TBA

Lititz Kid-Lit Festival (with Aaron's Books)

Lititz, PA
November 9-11

Details TBA

Clinton Book Shop
12 E. Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
Reading and signing
Saturday, December 1

So SLJ SummerTeen Rocked

We had a great web panel last Thursday, thanks to School Library Journal, called The Rockin' Women of YA, which you can read about here. Questions came in as the hour went along and we answered most of them, but two remained for me, so I figured I'd answer them here. 

A.S. King: What kind of software did he use? (Relating to my book trailers.): I have no idea. (Torrey? Are you out there? What software did you use for those fantastic trailers?)

A.S. King: What is your creative process? I write the book, starting with a few pages of character exploration. I get lost. I find the path again. I go back to writing the book. I get lost again. I find the path again. I go back to writing the book. Repeat until the first draft is done. Revise many, many times. Let it sit. Read it. Revise many, many times. Begin to hate it. Read it again. Probably hate it. Read it again for polishing. Read a lot of poetry. Polish it. Definitely hate it. Send it to my agent and editor. Begin entire revision process again. Then, we go into the chute and eventually find ourselves here.

Bonus Material if you got this far...

The audio versions of Everybody Sees the Ants (read by the awesome Kirby Heyborne, out Sept 12, 2011) and Ask the Passengers will be out this fall and Dan Mussleman, Director over at Random House Audio, sent me this COMPLETELY FANTASTIC video of Devon Sorvari reading the prologue to Ask the Passengers. This gave me great joy. Devon nailed this voice.

P.S. I have no idea what's with the wacky fonts in this post. But thank you for going with the flow. 


Unknown said...

Wow...can't wait for the book.

Susan Brody said...

Question: what does a rabid fan of yours have to do to get your permission to interview you for her blog once Ask the Passengers comes out? Do you do things like that, or is it contrary to your policy, or do you just not have the time? Thanks!

A.S. King said...


Contact me through my contact form on my website and we'll go from there.