August Book Photo Challenge
Day 28: Colors
A rainbow of some my favorite books.
This makes me SO HAPPY because a) pretty, b) ENDLESSLY, and c) hanging out with Stephanie Perkins in any form always makes me smile.
I’m getting this question a lot. I did structure Illusions to be a standalone, and there are no current plans for future books.
I would dearly love to write a companion novel from Eleanor’s POV, exploring more of the magic and the history of the magic, the two magical lines, where they came from, what really happened to Finn’s parents, and of course (OF COURSE) the super hot forbidden love interest that comes into Eleanor’s life as she is cheekily investigating something as only she could.
BUT, it might not ever happen. Because there are no further books in that deal or with that publisher at this time. Doesn’t mean there never will be. But I have other things under contract I am working on.
I think of all my books/series as open/closed worlds. Paranormalcy is closed, meaning I have no novel-length ideas for that world and don’t anticipate ever having another one. (Though I *might* have a short story involving our favorite blond nightmare, Jack, that I’ll try to give you next summer.) Mind Games is open, meaning I have ideas for more books in that world, though, again, may never write any of them and am okay with either option. Chaos is closed. In the Shadows is closed. Illusions is open.
But, in the end, as crazy as it sounds, authors are not always in charge of what we write. With first books, yes, but as far as sequels for existing books, that is much more up to the publisher AND to demand. So, if you want to see more books in worlds you love from any author, buy the books that already exist. Tell your friends about them. Spread the love.
In the meantime, I’m working on my next contracted books, and sending SO MUCH LOVE to everyone who loves any of my books and wants more.
You are the best.
Kelly Link is the greatest.
How do I girl-crush on Kelly Link? Let me count the ways.
Hurrah! My True Love Gave to Me has received a second *STARRED* review—this time from Publisher’s Weekly:
Cute boys, mistletoe, counting down to the midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve—there’s no shortage of cozy setups for holiday romance in this captivating collection of short stories by a dozen of today’s top YA authors. Readers will also find a broad cross-section of other emotions and relationships in these tales about the significance of varied holiday traditions. Jenny Han delivers a fantasy-tinged entry about a Korean girl left as an infant in Santa’s sleigh, who is now the only human girl at the North Pole (and crushing on a cute elf). Kelly Link delves into supernatural territory, featuring a mysterious Christmas Eve visitor in an elegantly embroidered coat. And the Jewish narrator of David Levithan’s story undertakes a wild nighttime mission, donning a Santa suit to help preserve a sense of Christmas magic for his boyfriend’s young sister. A rare seasonal treat.
• Featuring stories by: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.
• Mark it to-read on Goodreads here.
Look at the gorgeousness! When they sent me the cover model photos for Jessamin, I *may* have come close to asking for her number? (JK I’m married but seriously.)
Juuuuuust in case you somehow missed it, Illusions of Fate! Available now everywhere because yay!
AHHHHHH, Y’ALLLLLLL! TODAY IS THE DAAAAY THAT YOU CAN BUY THIS BOOK!
So riddle me this:
1) Do you like Magical Stuff?
2) Do you like Awesome Ladies?
3) Do you like clever and imaginative world-building?
4) Do you like kissing?
5) Do you like Awesome Ladies Dealing With Magical Stuff In Beautifully Crafted and Clever Imaginary Worlds While Also Kissing People?
If the answer to all of those is yes (WHICH IT SHOULD BE BECAUSE COME ON), then you will loooooove Illusions of Fate. *I* loooooooved Illusions of Fate. Downton Abbey+ Howl’s Moving Castle+ the lulz that make Kiersten’s books so fun. PUT IT IN YOUR FACE.
Thanks, Rachel “Goddess Divine” Hawkins, for writing my release day post for me! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
This is an info tip and a bit personal, but I wanted to show you why authors go to certain places on tour vs others. This is my bookscan map (for Amazon PB sales only)—the darker the area the more sales in that region. Meaning if I tour there I have a higher chance of people coming. This also helps me know where I’m selling in moderate amounts that could possibly be improved by visiting on a stop. My home region is the most sales, probably because I do most of my events nearby. It’s all very interesting and helpful to know when planning a tour.
So true. I also tend to go where I have relationships with bookstores (meaning an event is easy and pleasant to plan [because I still get nervous emailing bookstores and saying, “Hey, want to host me?”]) and/or authors I like who can do an event with me.
Another big factor is travel time. I don’t like being away from my family, so the shorter the hops I have to make, the better.
Next year, since it is free of new releases, I’ll try to hit more places that I don’t normally get to! But we’ll see how ambitious I really get when it comes time to go out of my comfort zone and schedule things…
COUNTDOWN COMPLETE: One day remains before The Iron Trial is out! In fact, mere hours remain! Here’s Cassie and I getting ready to road trip to New York for our launch event at Books of Wonder tomorrow!!
Yay! So happy to share a release day with THE IRON TRIAL, because I will already be in a bookstore, making obtaining a copy utterly convenient.
"Hi, Kiersten! Please tell readers why they need your new book, Illusions of Fate.”
In the event of an apocalypse, it serves as tinder to start a fire and SAVE YOUR LIFE.
"Sum up your book in one sentence."
Solidly rectangular, made of wood pulp, ink, and glue.
"How did you get the idea for this book?"
I bought it off eBay, but I think it was a knockoff because the packaging was funky.
"How do you find time to write?"
I check between the couch cushions. Spare time always falls down there when I’m sitting around.
"How long does it take you to write a book?"
Thirty-one years, currently. Next year it’ll be thirty-two.
"How did you find your critique partners?"
Hired a PI, who followed credit card trails and tracked fake passports. THEY CAN NEVER GET AWAY.
"And finally, what can we expect from you next?"
I’m currently zeroing in on 50k tweets, at which point I finally earn my “Disturbingly Prolific Time Waster” bonus and can retire!
*stolen shamelessly from my twitter feed