The awesome C. Alexander London, or Sandy, tagged me to join in on "The Next Big Thing", where I take a moment to both 1) talk about what I'm working on next, and 2) tag three other authors' projects that I love and see if they'll blog about what they're working on next (no pressure, though, of course!). So without further ado, here we go!
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PROXY by Alex London (Jun. 18, 2013): Are we allowed to list the person who tagged us? Oh well, I don't care--Sandy doesn't have to do this post all over again, but I just couldn't help tagging his upcoming Young Adult sci-fi, PROXY. It's about a wealthy boy named Knox, and a poor boy named Syd who acts as Knox's Proxy--or the futuristic equivalent of a Whipping Boy. It's a story about class, justice, friendship, sacrifice, and atonement. The pace is lightning fast; you'll probably finish it all in one sitting. It's so awesome, guys, I can't even. I can't wait for you all to read it next summer. Sandy is also the author of the middle-grade AN ACCIDENTAL ADVENTURE series and the DOG TAGS series!
ORLEANS by Sherri L. Smith (March 2013): I was lucky enough to get this book as an ARC. Now I'm about halfway through it--guys, this is one author to watch. ORLEANS tells the story of 15-year old Fen de la Guerre in a flooded future New Orleans. The world is fascinating and intense, the characters are awesome, and the writing has a strong voice that sucks you right in. Smith is the author of FLYGIRL, a historical YA about a black teenage girl who longs to be a pilot during WWII. (Anyone who knows me knows my love for planes.) Pick up FLYGIRL (now out) and keep your eyes peeled for ORLEANS this coming March!
A DARKNESS STRANGE & LOVELY (sequel to Something Strange & Deadly) by Susan Dennard (July 23, 2013): For those who haven't checked out Something Strange & Deadly (out now), you're missing out on a great YA steampunk/historical/fantasy/romance novel about a girl named Eleanor Fitt living in 19th century Philadelphia, who must deal with a mother who wants to marry her off to a wealthy man, a handsome young inventor/Spirit-Hunter named Daniel, and you know, the living dead. There are world fairs! And beautiful dresses! And hot inventor boys! And in July 2013, the sequel comes out. Excitement!
STAR CURSED (sequel to Born Wicked) by Jessica Spotswood (June 18, 2013): In Born Wicked (out now), Cate Cahill must protect her younger sisters by keeping their secret (the three girls are all witches) from the rest of alternate-1890s New England, lest they suffer at the hands of the oppressive Brotherhood priests. Let me tell you, this YA historical fantasy series has excellent female protagonists and a wicked hot boy named Finn (who, btw, is sweet, charming, freckly, brainy, and all-round marriage material). I'm counting down the days until the sequel STAR CURSED comes out! Definitely one to watch.
And now, I talk a bit about what I'm writing after the Legend trilogy. It's vague, but here it is:
Title: No clue. Currently I'm calling it The Young Elites. But my reputation for poor titles is well-known, so I promise nothing.
Synopsis: I can't say much about it yet, other than the following--magic, high-fantasy, loosely based on Renaissance-era Venice, brothers, colorful hair, flying ocean rays, and dangerous societies.
Genre: YA high fantasy
How long did it take you to write the first draft? Still working on it. I can't remember how long it's been...I haven't been keeping track. Officially...maybe 6 months?
And that's all so far! Be sure to check out the books mentioned above when they're out on the shelves. You'll love them!