Okay, so, I wasn't going to post this quite yet since I'm sure everyone is busy with the holidays but I can’t hold it in any longer…
I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!!!!!! Balzer + Bray is publishing my debut YA, The Promise of Amazing, in 2014!!! Champagne for everyone!!!
I’m still pinching myself.
In honor of this and in the spirit of Christmas, I’m having a GIVEAWAY!!!
In the comments section, tell me which writers have influenced you and why and I’ll randomly select someone to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card! Okay, my turn:
One of the writers who has influenced me is fellow Jerseyan, Judy Blume. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret was the first book I remember falling in love with. I lived in that book. It was also the first book I read over and over again. What struck me most about that book was the way it made me feel. I was going through some of the same things that Margaret was going through…trying to figure out where I fit in, who my friends were, getting a bra, (worrying about having something to fill out said bra!), and going to my first boy/girl parties. These were thrilling, yet sometimes, scary events! Reading about someone going through those same things made me feel that all the emotions, the highs and lows, that I was experiencing were…normal.
This is what I aspire to do in my own work - to create characters and stories which grab you by the collar and pull you into their world. To laugh, cry and maybe even recognize yourself there.
So how about you, Paper Waiters? Which writer has influenced you? Any comments left before midnight on December 24th will be eligible for the giveaway!! (Just make sure to include an e-mail address so I can contact you!)
Oh, and I apologize for the overuse of exclamation points...but I just can't HELP IT!!!!!!