Monday, October 18, 2010

14 In Stores This Week (with Interviews & Giveaways)

This week is short but very sweet. Thank you, YALit.com for keeping us updated on new young adult books each week! Read on for some amazing interviews and scroll all the way down for a chance to win awesome prizes!

This Week's Interviews

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
  • From Goodreads: Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?

How long did you work on this book?
That’s actually a trick question. **grin** I had the idea for about 10 years, but I didn’t actually write it until I pitched the book to my agent. She basically told me to get cracking and write the book. And then it all came pouring out in four weeks. (Granted, it’s a short book.)

How was your journey to publication? Long, short, how many rejections?
HUNGER is my sixth published novel, but the first with the byline “Jackie Morse Kessler.” Back in February 2004 was when I started querying for a literary agent for my contemporary fantasy novel (my Great American Novel, or the GAN, for short. I’d been working on this book since **counts** 1988. Yes, seriously). By January 2005, the GAN scored triple-digit rejection letters. My husband convinced me to write something else. So I wrote a chick lit novel (my timing got better, because that one took me only five months instead of a bajillion years) and queried for that. I got about 40 rejections, but most of them were extremely positive. And then I wrote a third book, an adult paranormal romance. That book got me five offers of representation. And then one week after I signed with my agent, I got a pre-emptive offer for three books. Hooray!

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
You can’t fix what you don’t write.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author? 
No matter how cool it is that I have books in the bookstores and people who tell me how much they enjoy my books, I still have to change the kitty litter. **grin**

The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist) by Rick Yancey
  • From Goodreads: While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fianc - to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband from death and starvation, and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo. Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied? This second book in The Monstrumologist series explores the line between myth and reality, love and hate, genius and madness.

How long did you work on this book?
About eight or nine months, longer if you count the rewriting and editing. I had written about two hundred, mostly unusable pages before I realized I had taken the story in a totally wrong direction. This is the danger of my refusal to outline. Once I figured out the right way to go, it flowed pretty quickly.

How was your journey to publication? Long, short, how many rejections?
It took about a a year to write my first novel, another year to find an agent and publisher, and another year after that before I saw it in print. Is that long or short? Probably a little shorter than average. Lots and lots of rejections. More than I care to remember. One agent called and said he loved it, then refused to rep it! I cried that day. But it all turned out okay in the end.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
No matter how hard you think it is, it will be harder. No matter what you expect, it will be different. Talent goes a long way, but luck and hard work go farther. If you only write one sentence a day, you are writing. You are NOT your characters, no matter how much you want to be. If you want to be a writer, you probably aren't. If you want to write, you probably are.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?
How writing the manuscript is only half the battle. The rest is marketing.

Additional Releases


Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • From Goodreads: In this compelling sequel to Chains, a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson shifts perspective from Isabel to Curzon and brings to the page the tale of what it takes for runaway slaves to forge their own paths in a world of obstacles—and in the midst of the American Revolution. The Patriot Army was shaped and strengthened by the desperate circumstances of the Valley Forge winter. This is where Curzon the boy becomes Curzon the young man. In addition to the hardships of soldiering, he lives with the fear of discovery, for he is an escaped slave passing for free. And then there is Isabel, who is also at Valley Forge—against her will. She and Curzon have to sort out the tangled threads of their friendship while figuring out what stands between the two of them and true freedom.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  • From Goodreads: Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything--including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
Giveaways

Thank you, Rick Yancey for kindly offering up a copy of THE CURSE OF WENDIGO (THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST) for a giveaway! And a big thanks to Jackie Morse Kessler for offering up a small signed poster of the cover of HUNGER for a prize! To enter, you must leave a comment on this post and fill out the form below. The contest is open to US residents only and will run through midnight EST on October 22, 2010!

Happy reading!
Martina & Marissa

14 comments:

  1. Great books! Hunger sounds so different. I love all the covers. Thanks, ladies.

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  2. I love their advice. Like "You can't fix what you don't write." So true. And "Talent goes a long way, but luck and hard work go farther." It makes me wonder how much luck is a part of the equation. I guess I feel that talent and hard work and tenacity should be what leads to success, but can you have those three and, without the luck, succeed? I wonder just how much is talent and how much is luck. Anyway, thanks for these weekly posts. You two do an amazing job and I am forever grateful.

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  3. Those all look so good! Hunger sounds fantastic and I can't wait to read Nightshade. Thanks ladies!

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  4. Hunger looks so fascinating! And I can't wait to read Forge - Chains was just so intense.

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  5. I'm seriously going to have to move to the US. ;)

    As always, love the mini interviews. :D

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  6. sounds like another great contest. thanks!


    -- Tom

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  7. Great advice from Rick Yancey. I especially like: "Talent goes a long way, but luck and hard work go farther."
    But noooo! I don't want to hear: "No matter how hard you think it is, it will be harder." LOL
    No...really, I'm up for it. Bring it on!

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  8. Great interviews and some truly terrific books! Thanks! :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  9. Rick Yancey is amazing. I loved his advice.

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  10. Thanks to Rick Yancey for his comments--what great advice! I was already planning to read Wendigo, so finding out about Hunger was a lovely bonus. I'm definitely interested in that one now.

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  11. I've been watching Nightshade for a while now, trying to decide if I should read it. The cover is interesting.

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  12. Wow, this sure is a sweet week! Thanks for including advice along with the books, so inspiring.

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  13. Just found your site thanks to Rick Yancey's facebook page. I'm a librarian and sometimes writer so I'll be back again.
    Lynn in Texas

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