Well, I've been blogging quite infrequently lately. This is mostly because I'm focusing on doing writing that actually pays money (or at least has the potential to pay money). Go figure!
So I thought I'd put out a little update on what I've been working on lately.
1. Copy edits for TESSA MASTERSON WILL GO TO PROM with friend and co-author Emily Franklin. This is a story about how Luke develops a crush on his female best friend and asks her to prom. Surprise! She's a lesbian and is planning to go with her girlfriend! Luke, feelings hurt, lashes out at his friend and a small town shitstorm ensues. I'm really proud of this book. It's coming next year from Walker Books. You should totally add it on goodreads. (Please?)
2.Finishing the first draft of ESCAPE FROM ASSLAND with friend and co-author Trish Cook. We have no idea if they're gonna let us keep this title. Fingers crossed! It's about a group of kids in a therapeutic boarding school and how they manage to improve their lives in spite of the rules meant to help them. It deals pretty frankly with some teen mental illness, but there is a wacky caper involved. Am also super proud of this one. I don't know about the release date yet, but since we haven't even done the first round of edits yet, I'm guessing it's at least a year away. From Egmont USA.
3. Working on my first solo project in 4 years. Hard to believe, but SHUTOUT was the last book I wrote by myself. (Also the last book I finished before I started teaching again. Coincidence? Nope!) This one is a real departure, as it's a kind of noir-ish tale about a teenage superhero. I've really never written anything like this before, as even THE MALL OF CTHULHU had a tongue-in-cheek vibe that this one lacks. I'm going to finish the entire thing before submitting it since it doesn't fall into any of my usual categories. Just over 150 pages done. I've got a lot of work to do to turn my rough draft into a presentable, submittable draft, but the initial writing is coming along nicely. The story is complete in my brain, and it's just a matter of finding the time to let it out. So that's cool.
Thank you, as always, for your support!