The reason I can't stop smiling

What does it feel like to get a three-book deal from Balzer + Bray?

I am thrilled to finally announce that my book THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER is going to be published. Once my heart starts beating again (it skipped a few beats there), I want to thank my awesome agent team Josh Adams and Quinlan Lee at Adams Literary for making this happen so smoothly and quickly. Seriously, I’ve been to work meetings that seemed to last longer than it took them to sell the book.

THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER is the fourth manuscript I’ve written. For years I’ve been reading every book on writing I can find, reading all kinds of YA, working with critique partners, attending conferences, and creatively finding excuses for why I couldn’t see my friends and family (I couldn’t bring myself to say I was “working on my novel.” That sounds like I should be wearing a silk robe and sighing wistfully at clouds.) So now you know where I’ve been for, oh, those last few years.

Here is the official announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:

Megan Shepherd's debut THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER, a gothic thriller trilogy pitched as loosely inspired by H.G. Wells' classic THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, in which Dr. Moreau's 16-year-old daughter travels to her estranged father's island and finds murder, madness, and a love triangle with an enigmatic castaway and her father's handsome young assistant, to Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer & Bray, at auction, in a significant deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in Winter 2013, by Josh Adams and Quinlan Lee at Adams Literary (North America).

Murder, madness, and a love triangle...the only thing cooler than that is this awesome Megan Shepherd action figure my writing group made for me, complete with an action figure-sized book contract: