Saturday, June 20, 2015

Seeing Stars

I don't take nice reviews for granted.
If you know me or have heard me talk about reviews I get a bit shy about it. I never know how anyone will react to a certain book and I try not to think about reviews--ever. It's the healthier option for me. It's not that I don't appreciate reviews or reviewers. The opposite is true, really. I can't write a review to save my life, so I appreciate those who can.


I CRAWL THROUGH IT seems so far away to me that I was surprised to get review news this week. Good review news.

On Monday I got word that Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review saying:

"It’s bizarre, compelling, and not like anything else."

On Wednesday I got word that School Library Journal gave the book a starred review and said:

"An ambitious, haunting work of art."

I'm humbled and thrilled.
This is a book that I've wanted to write for a lifetime.

On top of that, my friend and brilliant author Beth Kephart read an ARC I gave her a few weeks ago and she blogged about it here. Beth's newest book, ONE THING STOLEN blew me away and I'm urging you to buy it and find out why.

Only three more months until I CRAWL THROUGH IT comes to bookstores near you. My local independent bookstore, Aaron's Books, is taking pre-orders now for a 15% discount. When you shop at Aaron's Books, you support my community, so it's pretty cool for me if you pre-order from Aaron's. Also, your books will be signed and personalized (if you want) and Aaron's will ship them to you.

But wait! There's more. The official launch of the book will take place at Aaron's Books on September 22, 2015 at 7pm. If you're nearby or plan on being nearby at that time, you can still get the 15% discount AND RSVP for the launch at this one handy link.

Summer is upon us.
For now, I will disappear back into revisions and writing and researching and even a little resting.

I'm reading: Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins. I last read it in 1992 and it's amazing.
What are you reading?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Like a Train

This post will be mostly pictures. I've been around.
The first half of the year was dominated by writing books. This is a good thing.
There are secrets. You will know about them soon.

But then I got to go places.
Here's a picture of going places.

In April I went to Children's Book World in Haverford, PA and appeared with these two radically awesome ladies. Libba has her Charlie's Angels pose down. I do not. Gayle and I may actually be robbing someone here.

And then The 10th Annual Rochester Teen Book Festival. You know how I feel about Rochester. Love love love love. Here's Terry Truman, me, and Zac-awesome-Brewer. As always, the craic was mighty and the humans were wonderful. 

More Rochester...the epic VW pickup truck. And there's MT Anderson just hanging out like he grew there. 

And then there was this beautiful cover for the Portuguese translation of Ask the Passengers.
It's June, so that means it's coming out soon if it hasn't already.
Go Brazil! 

And then I went to Book Expo America and right before I had to make the keynote speech at the School Library Journal Day of Dialog, I found my friend Rita Williams Garcia. I love Rita. Like, I love love love Rita. 

And this picture of me giving the speech thanks to Paula Willey. It's funny. I was nervous the day before, but on the day, I was feeling just fine. I was so honored to be able to talk to an audience about womanhood and feminism and books. All going well, the speech should be published somewhere someday this year. I'll link it when it happens. Big room. Big screen. And yes, all those pictures are of me. 

And this picture of the next day on the BEA floor signing ARCs of I Crawl Through It thanks to the best agent ever, Michael Bourret. That was a good day. Later, I got to thank Indie booksellers during the ABA award luncheon when I was so honored to receive a 2015 Indies Choice Honor Award. I forgot to write remarks, so I winged it and mentioned lettuce. If you know my connection to indie booksellers, then you know what it has to do with lettuce. If not, ask me one day during a Q&A.

And this. The train home. A barn. The sunset. 

And this picture thanks to Beth Kephart's camera and Ruth's the Moravian Writer's Conference last weekend. Talking with Beth on stage was so much fun. Authentic love we have for what we do, for each other, and for readers and writers. 

That's all I have for now. A me me me post about where I've been.
If you really want to keep up with me, I'm on Instagram as @petrifiedbat, Twitter as @AS_King and Facebook ---> click the links over there.

Now, back to writing and traveling. Next week? I go to NYC to record the audiobook of I CRAWL THROUGH IT. After that, some research travel south of the border.