Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What's next?? (HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!)

I've had so many of my fans and readers asking me "what's next?" and it has been SO hard to bite my tongue and keep this secret...I've been sitting in this announcement for months but I finally get to share my big news!

I sold a new duology to Scholastic for publication in Summer 2017!

DARK BREAKS THE DAWN is being pitched as GRACELING meets SWAN LAKE and I can't wait to share Evelayn's story with you all!

I've always loved the music and story of Swan Lake, and I've tried to do a retelling of it multiple times over the last six or seven years, but it just never seemed to work or come together the way I hoped. Until last summer. I was going through a difficult time. In talking about it, one person asked me, "how did you come up with the idea for DEFY?" I explained that I had merely been trying to put into words what I was feeling after Josh passed away, and he suggested I try the same thing, only for the new situation I was in at that time. And suddenly, it all clicked! My Swan Lake idea finally had the right characters and the right world and the right plotline - and I sold it a few months later to my editor at Scholastic!

It has been so fun to explore a new world and go on this adventure with these characters. And I'm very visual so I've put together a Pinterest Board of images that inspired me while plotting and drafting this series.  Here are a few to whet your interest: CLICK HERE to see the full board

And last but not least, my perfect Evelayn:

If you want to see more, check the board out by CLICKING HERE!

Signing my new contract!

And here's the official announcement!!

Can't wait to share more soon!! :-)