I haven’t been given a date yet but it’s all moving along quickly (I just saw the first sketch for book 2 and it’s AMAZING). I think it’s going to be early 2014 - I’ll put a post up with more details as soon as I hear :)
VAUGHAN, M. M. The Ability; illus. by Iacopo Bruno. Trade ed. ISBN 978-1-4424-5200-8 $15.99
R Gr. 5-7
Reminiscent of early Harry Potter novels with its neglected hero, oddball teachers, eccentric assortment of classmates, and secret school where students learn to harness their powers, the novel still manages ultimately to feel fresh and original, and the narrative strikes a delicate and effective balance between light-hearted wish-fulfillment, fun, dark moments of heartbreak, and genuine suspense. Occasional chapters from the point of view of the Genever brothers, the boys carrying out the evil plot, provide readers with a chance to learn more about the secret behind the attacks and create a second level of intrigue and suspense. Those looking for a read-alike to Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society (BCCB 5/07) will be delighted with Christopher’s adventure. Final illustrations not seen. AM
So the first week of my first book tour is over and what a week it has been! I flew to Dallas and San Antonio, drove to Austin and Houston and enjoyed every moment of it all - thank you Texas!
THIS WEEK I LEARNED…
* What cascarones are (eggs filled with confetti), how pretty that confetti looks all over the floor, what a good read “The House on Mango Street” is and how exceptionally welcoming the staff at Twig Bookshop are - even when they’re in the middle of packing up to move to a new location! Thank you :)
* You think you’ve seen one hot-dog shaped car, you’ve seen them all. Then 20 minutes later, a second one drives past.
Yes! I have already written number two and it will be coming out early 2014. I really enjoyed writing it - I can’t say too much but I will say that Ernest Genever plays a very important role in it and there is much more about the different cityscapes of people’s minds. If you’ve read The Ability, I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to hearing what you think of book two when it comes out!
Amazing day. Just amazing. And informative too.
TODAY I LEARNED…
* Texas is brilliant. And the people really are that friendly.
* When you’re nervous, you can sometimes, inexplicably, forget to wear any socks.
* If you’re going to pick a pen name, make sure you practice your signature before the day of your first signing.
2 years and 16 days ago, I printed out my first ever fully finished manuscript and placed the whole thing in a neat block on my coffee table. I then sat on the sofa and just stared at it.
2 months and 2 days later, a very nervous me went to meet the first of three agents I had appointments with that week. I was sitting in an armchair in my now-agent’s office when we began to discuss a particular line in my book. It was so specific, such irrefutable proof that someone - an agent! - had read my book, that I did (actually) pinch myself…you know, just to make sure.
2 months and 5 days after that meeting, Simon & Schuster bought the rights to my book. This moment - where my agent called to give me the news while I was on a train pulling out of Charing Cross Station; one of the best. Ever.
And now, here I am. In 40 minutes, I’ll be boarding a flight to Texas - the first stop on a five-week US tour. It’s been an amazing journey to get here. Beautiful and surreal. So much so that part of me always feels like maybe I’m making this up, maybe it’s all too incredible to be true. I’m not and it’s not. Sometimes I get so caught up worrying about whatever is coming next that I forget that, no matter what, everything up to this moment will still have happened. I just wanted to take a moment to really appreciate that.