Dude, Is That Typing I Hear?

So now that the holidays are over, I've dived head first back into my writing. The break was nice (and needed), and I've had several solid weeks of good work. The first draft of a new book will be completed at the end of next week. Still a LOT of work to do after that (nothing is ever right on the first draft), but that's where most of the fun is anyway. Taking a story and making it better.

What am I working on, you ask?

Something different from my usual fantasy fair. A caper, set in the real world. Okay, a real-ish world. I made up a place, but it's supposed to be a real place off the coast of Florida.

It's fun to write in the real world, because I get to use words like dude. Fantasy characters can't say that, even though sometimes you really want them to.

NYA: I think we should do something crazy that might just get us killed.

AYLIN: Dude, you are out of your mind.

NYA: Who's Dude?

Yeah, Aylin would totally say dude all the time.

Booksigning: Meet Me in Athens, Georgia

Me and Delilah on the road
If you happen to be in the Athens Georgia area this coming Saturday, come on by Avid Bookshop and meet me, plus six other fantasy-esque authors (a mix of fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction).

We'll have readings, a time for Q&A, and an opportunity for book signings. This is a mix of teen and adult novels, so there's fantasy for the whole family!

When: Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 6:00 to 7:30pm
Where: Avid Bookshop
493 Prince Avenue,Athens, Georgia 30601

The line up includes me (The Healing Wars middle grade fantasy series from HarperCollins), plus: