June? The year’s nearly half over already! The frigid cold and endless snow are distant memories now… at least down here. We seem to have skipped Spring. Oh well. The sunshine and warmth is a nice break. So, what’s happening with me?
What I’m Reading
I finished CHARM AND STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn, a nicely written and somewhat disturbing story of a teen with deep psychological issues (see my Goodreads review HERE). I also read an ARC of SWAY by Kat Spears, which is essentially a 21st century high school re-telling of Cyrano de Bergerac. Contemporary YA’s not usually my thing, but Kat’s Agent, Barbara Poelle was giving copies away on Twitter, and the premise looked interesting, so I took a chance (both on the giveaway and the book). Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a fun and thoughtful read, and one I think my Contemporary YA friends will enjoy when it comes out in September (see my Goodreads review HERE). I’m currently reading TAKEN by Erin Bowman, and I’m already getting drawn into the story, which is a good sign. It’s a dystopian story (at least it seems dystopian to me so far) that centers around a society whose males disappear at midnight on their eighteenth birthday, an event they call “The Heist.” Clearly there’s more to it than that, but I’m only a few chapters in, so I’ll talk more about it next week. This has been a great WAR AND PEACE break, but I’ll probably get back to Tolstoy after I’ve finished TAKEN.
What I’m Writing
For my next project, I’ve decided to re-work a novella I’d written some years ago into a novel. It’s a complete change of genre from my last couple of novels: Adult (not FIFTY SHADES Adult, you understand) mystery, but it was fun to write and I’ve been meaning to work on it for a while. We’ll see how that goes.
What Inspires Me Right Now
Yesterday, I blogged about the query trenches and linked to Dannie Morin’s “How I Got an Agent” article. That article has been very helpful to me as I wait for responses, and think through the what-ifs of the querying process. You can jump to yesterday’s post HERE if you’re in need of some query encouragement.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Nothing strange or startling. But right now, that’s good. I’m too easily distracted as it is!
BONUS COMMENT QUESTION: If you’ve read any Maggie Stiefvater books, which would you recommend I read first?