May Updates

Just because I haven't posted in a while doesn't mean lots of things haven't been happening. A few updates:

Release Date
My tentative release date for The Madman's Daughter (Book #1) is January 29, 2013. That's only eight short months away, or 256 days, but who's counting? (I am!)

Cover News
I've seen the cover that the great designers at HarperCollins have put together, and it is GORGEOUS. It has a beautiful and dark gothic feel to it, and I can't wait to share it with you all. I should be able to share it publicly in another few weeks.

Interior Pages
I also got a chance to see the interior pages as they'll actually look, with beautiful fonts, layout, page numbers, and all that stuff most readers probably don't notice but that I love. Yes, I'm a nerd for fonts.

Madman's Daughter Book #2
I've been hard at work drafting the second book in the Madman's Daughter series, and I am super excited about it, because the action gets bigger and the romance gets swoonier and it's set in creepy Victorian London! The first draft is finished and I'll be revising it over the next few months.

Movie News
I had a chance to speak to the screenwriter adapting The Madman's Daughter book into a script. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is the absolute perfect person to do this--he comes from a comic book background and he loves classic literature like The Island of Doctor Moreau, and he has worked on amazing projects like adapting Stephen King's Carrie, writing and producing for Glee, writing for theater and musicals, and so much more. Whether or not Madman's Daughter is actually made into a movie is a decision that is a loooong way off, but this is a cool start.

First Author Event
A few weeks ago I had my first event as an author! I spoke at Asheville's independent bookstore, Malaprop's, with eight other writers. We were all together in Bat Cave, NC, for a week-long writing retreat organized by the great Alan Gratz, and spoke at Malaprop's at an informal panel about writing, our books, and all kinds of crazy stuff.