You guys know I love to visit schools. What makes them extra special? It’s when the school has lots of students who have read my books. And at Lopez High School in Brownsville, Texas, there were many students who had read my Shadow Falls books and were excited to talk with me about them. Most of you have heard me say that Kylie, Lucas, Derek, Miranda, Perry, Burnett and Holiday are like my friends, but nothing is better than when I meet people who feel the same way. So, I’ve got to say, I really had a blast meeting all the students and chatting about our mutual friends.
So, if you’d like me to visit your school, ask your principal or librarian to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check my Events page on my website to see if I’ll be in a city near your school soon. Or I can make a special trip to your school. I’d love to meet you and your friends.
Before I went to Brownsville, I was in Las Vegas, Nevada–yup that exciting city in the desert. I went for the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. The Rio Hotel, where RT held its convention, was beautiful. I only wish I’d had a little time to sit by their pool, but I was too busy having fun catching up with old friends and making new ones. The Teen Day was so awesome and the giant book signing was mobbed! But I did leave the Rio and spend one night at the Paris Hotel. It was awesome! So, here are a few of my favorite pics from my trip.
There has been a lot of talk in the publishing industry and among writers about the future of YA books. Where are we headed in 2016? Which genres are hot and which are fading? Some publishers are saying the popularity of paranormals like Shadow Falls are fading. But my fans always ask me to write more. And look at the success of writers like Colleen Gleason and Cassandra Clare. Vampires, Shadow Hunters and werewoles abound!
I just read an article in the Huffington Post that said time travel story lines are an up and coming trend. And of course the twist on the old classic has been selling well for a while. Think of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (there’s even a movie!) or books like Cynthia Hand’s My Lady Grey, a twist on British history’s Lady Jane Grey as a teen. Actually, I’ve heard anything with strong, royal female leads is popular. Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries helped bolster that trend–and it has kept getting stronger. Royalty in any time period seems to go over well, especially with a strong female lead that changes things or goes against authority.
Best friend themes have been around for a while, and I don’t see them going anyplace anytime soon. Doesn’t everyone love a good story about besties that will go to great lengths for one another? But much of the YA fiction is issue driven with relatable stories filled with problems everyday teenagers face. And with the success of The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene, contemporary stories with heavier topics and “illness books” are also on the rise.
So, I’d like you to tell me your favorite YA genre and the themes that you like to read.
Catch Up With Me
I mentioned my friend and fellow author Colleen Gleason, and if you live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, Colleen and I will be at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids on April 28th at 7:00 PM. If you haven’t read Colleen’s Stoker and Holmes series, you’re missing out! Come by Schuler’s and say hello. We’ll be giving away t-shirts and my tote bags.
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood.
I know some of you are still shoveling snow in parts of the country. But spring has come to the Texas Hill Country, and that means it has also come to Shadow Falls Camp. And boy, is it ever pretty. Every year about this time, the Texas Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes paint the hillsides with splashes of color.
So, I can imagine my Shadow Falls campers walking through the fields of wild flowers and swimming at the river–not too close to the falls. Unless they call to you. Then you may not have a choice. It’s the time of the year that all the campers love. And maybe it was the Hill Country springtime that made me decide to set the Shadow Falls Camp there. I mean, isn’t it beautiful?
And there’s a water fall there, just outside of Austin, which reminds me of what I imagined the falls to look like. You’ll have to tell me if it’s anything like what you have imagined. Doesn’t look that scary though does it?
I’m excited to tell you that I finally finished writing Miranda’s book, too. And it’s going to be a real doozie! She surprised me in several ways, and I think you’re gonna love her as much as I do. I revealed the cover and title for her book last week. Midnight Hour will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2016, but is available for pre-order now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.
Anyway, happy spring! I hope wherever you live warms up soon and the wildflowers bloom. In Texas, we’re lucky to have them now.
So, have you ever been to the Texas Hill Country? What is it like where you live ?
It’s finally here! It’s so bittersweet to reveal the cover for the final chapter in the Shadow Falls series! But I have finished writing Miranda’s book. Yup, I typed “The End,” and sent it off to my editor. I can’t tell you I didn’t cry, but it felt right. So, today I’m revealing the cover of Miranda’s book, Midnight Hour. Again, St. Martin’s has done a brilliant job. I love this cover! And Midnight Hour will be out in October 2016! But you can pre-order your copy now at all major retailers, and let me know in the comments: What do you think will happen at Shadow Falls in Midnight Hour?
Oh, I found this photo of a really cool witch’s broom, and I think Miranda needs it. It’s probably the Harley Davidson of the witch’s world. What do you think?