So, Greenwillow/HarperCollins bought two more books. And I get to write them. And I'm freakishly happy and grateful about this.
Here's the announcement that was in Publishers Weekly yesterday:
I've been sitting on this news for about six months, which actually HASN'T BEEN TERRIBLE, as I've been busy with other things. But yeah, so exciiiiited, you guysssss. Greenwillow is awesome and so is my editor, and I'm just really happy I get to work with them longer.
I don't know if I'm allowed to say anything about the second book in the deal, but here are six points about the first book:
1. It's called Dead Man's Palace. Maybe. Except my mom hates this title. She thinks it sounds like a book about pirates, which is not ideal, because there are no pirates in this book. D'you guys like it, or no? I don't know what my editor's opinion on it is, but if she hates it, too, then it will NO LONGER be called anything like Dead Man's Palace.
2. It's YA. So I can make it scary. (Haha.)
3. It's a standalone.
4. It's going to be a wayyy different style for me. With The Peculiar and The Whatnot, I spent a ton of time on pretty writing and a historical faery-tale-ish tone, but this one
is going to be more of a bare-bones, survivalist-type thriller, and characters
will DIE, and things will get CRAZY.
5. I shan't say if there's any fantasy in it or not. However, it is does take place mostly in ze now, so the
people in it will draw from real-life, much more than the
characters in the faery books. (Not like REAL, real life, though. Don't
worry, real-life friends. I won't put you into books and air your deepest darkest secrets.)
(Unless they're really juicy secrets that lend themselves well to YA books.)
(I kid, I promise. . . xD)
6. I'm DETERMINED to make it sharp, fast, and surprising, and I'm going to work at it until it is.