Hey y’all! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a new regular here! Seriously, I remember going to my first ConCarolinas and seeing Faith and David and Misty on panels and being so awed! And now here I am blogging with them! Squee! (I promise my books don’t have nearly as many exclamation points but I do tend to use them with abandon in blog posts).
A bit about me: I write young adult novels and live in Charlotte with my fiancé, two fat cats and a lazy dog. My first book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth (FHT), came out a year ago and the second in the series, The Dead-Tossed Waves (DTW) just came out on Tuesday (yay!!). I’m writing this post from a hotel room in Baltimore, the first stop on a tour for DTW (and hoping I have time this afternoon to sneak out and visit the National Aquarium and a cool looking old ship).
Everything I’ve published so far is set in the same world about 150-200 years after the zombie apocalypse. I wasn’t always a fan of zombies — in fact, when I was a kid my babysitter sat me down to watch the movie Poltergeist and I never recovered. It wasn’t until I was in law school and my fiancé somehow convinced me to go to the Dawn of the Dead remake that I became fascinated with zombies and the idea of survival after an apocalypse.
But at that time I was writing YA chick lit (I’d started out in 2000 writing romances) and so, to me, zombies were just sort of a hobby — my fiancé (JP) and I would watch movies, we’d read a few books, but that was it. Until National Novel Writing Month in 2006. See, one of the rules for NaNoWriMo is that you have to start something new and I just had a bunch of unfinished projects laying around. I was whining about this to JP when he said “Write what you love” and I laughed and said “The zombie apocalypse?” and he smiled and shrugged.
A year later I sold a zombie apocalypse book. You can see why I dedicated it to him.
When it comes to the publishing industry and the craft of writing, I’m a big geek. That’s one of the reasons I’ve always loved Magical Words because everyone gets into the meat of things and I always leave with something to think about. I only hope I can help contribute to the conversations!
If you can think of anything specific you’d like me to talk about in upcoming posts, just let me know! And if anyone of you live in the NYC, Chicago, Lansing, Seattle or San Francisco area I’d love to meet you in person when I head your way during the next two weeks!
I’m so excited to get to know all of y’all and thanks for inviting me aboard!