t's hard to believe that Tweet Heart came out FIVE months ago! So much has happened since then and I figured why not tell you all about it. Life sure has taken some crazy turns for me!
I'll start at the beginning (because, as Julie Andrews says, that's a very good place to start). Tweet Heart came out at the end of June and before it had actually even hit the shelves in bookstores (hopefully some near you!), Disney Hyperion sent me, and six other authors with YA novels coming out around the same time, on tour. It was called the UnRequired Reading tour and it was a complete blast. I have never met a more amazing and talented group of people and as a debut novelist, it was so much fun to hear about their experiences in the publishing world and even get some much needed advice from them.
We were split into two groups in the beginningthe East Coast group and the West Coast group. I was part of the East Coast group which included Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin (co-authors of the wonderful novel Half-Life of Planets) as well as Daniel Waters (who writes the fabulous Generation Dead series). Our group started off in Memphis, TN where yours truly had to do a TV interview on the first day I was there. It was terrifying! I'd never been on tv before (like I said, I like to watch the news but not BE the news). But it turned out to be a breeze and I actually had a lot of fun. Wish I could share the clip but alas, it is no longer in existence. Actually, maybe that's a good thing! After that we had the first event and then it was on to Miami, Atlanta, Chicago (where we met up with Brent Crawford (Carter's Big Break), Stacey Kade (The Ghost and the Goth), and Kristin Tracy (A Field Guide to Heartbreakers), Wichita, New York, and finally Washington DC. It was a whirlwind! We were on a plane every day, doing panels every afternoon, and sleeping not much at all. That sleep deprivation resulted in some serious goofiness (at least on my part), but it was the most incredible experience of my life.
In fact, it was so incredible, it made me sort of reevaluate what I wanted to do with my life. After talking with the other authors, it became clear that if I had the opportunity to write full-time, I should take it. And so I did! After saying good-bye to my friends and co-workers (who I still miss everyday!), I packed up all my things, threw a LOT of stuff in storage, put the dog in the back and moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I've been coming here for years and always wanted to call it home and now I can! It's pretty wild. I love it here. There is something incredible about being on a little spit of land jutting out into the Atlantic. The light is different, the air smells cleaner, and everyone is your neighbor. Its definitely been a change from New York City but a good one I think. Now I have time to focus on writing and the dog couldn't be happierhe gets to run on the beach everyday.