WHAT? WHAT HAPPENED HERE? First Powerslide made the CCBC list and NOW Dawn Patrol has been selected as a 20123 YALSA Best Book for Reluctant Readers! YALSA Best Books for Reluctant Readers list (Insert me doing a happy dance which looks a little like this: Happy Dance )
This makes me immensely happy.
I received the news while I was at the OLA Super conference in Toronto signing books for Orca. I love this event. All the librarians. All these people who believe in books and keep reading and getting others to read and say nice things to me about my books. Librarians are like the gatekeepers to other worlds. Someone should write a book about magical librarians. This someone is likely not me. But someone should do this. Because they are THAT AWESOME.
Where was I? Oh, yeah, YALSA. YALSA rocks too.
In writing news, I have finished a book about a talking ferret and a Furry, have submitted my next Orca Sports books (Above All Else) which is due out Spring 2014, and hope to have another book finished this week (A mystery about a boy who goes missing, and a girl who refuses to believe her brother had anything to do with the crime, tentatively titled Set You Free). I say I hope to have it finished and by finished I mean a horrible first write which I already know is horrible so will therefore need a lot of fixing but fixing is writing and when else in your life can you scold your previous self? (Seriously, Jeff, you thought that dialogue was good? And what’s with this plot point, does that even make sense? And what’s with this guy’s name? And why can’t you spell restaurnat resteraunt, RESTAURANT?)
So the rewriting phase will begin the next week at which time I will NOT get all depressed and moody and weird and drive my family nuts with my weirdness about how awful a book it is because every first write should be awful. At least that’s what I’m told (and anyone who says they just ‘wrote it’ and the book ‘was pretty much complete when they were done’ is either a liar or has a mind which straightens every curve).
I’ve also been working on a Private Eye novel.
Which should make any sane person ask ‘Why would you do that, Jeff? No one asked you to suddenly write an adult novel. Nor, actually, does anyone want this from you. It isn’t even your genre, or age group, and what do you know about PI’s?’
And I would answer, ‘Well, if you’re going to be like that, I won’t let you read it! Plus, I’ve written tons of adult stuff (short stories which have been published all over the place, novels which have been published nowhere). Plus I think anyone should be able to write whatever they want. Genres and age and everything else be damned. PLUS I have a PI license. Yes, an actual license with my picture on it and everything. I took a PI course! So…. there.)
Though my real answer is I love the plot of this book. I love the characters, and it all just seems to work. So I’m going to write it and hope for the best.
So, that’s new news. Check back next week when I can tell you how horrible my first write is and how I just know I can make it better.