What’s next? (2014 and beyond edition)
So you might have noticed my virtual happy dance last week because I turned in the finished manuscript of (the book formerly known as) Arcadia Falls. It’s been a long, slow road with that book, not only because I’ve been working outside my comfort zone but because I’ve been struggling with a bit of burn out. I’ve been writing almost non-stop since 2006 and after Where the Stars Still Shine was released, I hit the wall. Anyway, my editor has some strong bones on which to hang editorial suggestions and I’m looking forward to revisions—after a self-imposed no-writing vacation through the holidays.
In the meantime, there is no news on a title yet (I sent some suggestions with the manuscript) or cover (it’s still early days), but I’m excited to imagine what the cover might look like. The tone of (the book formerly known as) Arcadia Falls is darker and more sinister than my other novels, so I’m hoping the design will reflect that difference. We’ll see!
It’s weird that I don’t have a book coming out in 2014 but I’m pretty thrilled that Where the Stars Still Shine will (likely) hit shelves in the Czech Republic and Brazil in 2014 so we’ll have those covers to look forward to, as well as the paperback edition in the United States.
But…but…I will not be sitting idle in the new year. In addition to revisions, I’ve got two—yes, two—manuscripts in the works, including an epistolary adult novel about sailing and a YA set in Berlin. That’s really all I can say about these right now because they’re not books. This is not a deal announcement. No happy dances yet because I’m about to embark on the hard work stage of the game. But I’m really, really excited to write these stories and I hope one day you’ll find them in bookstores.
And since 2013 isn’t over quite yet, I’d like to end this year with an enormous thank you to everyone who bought and loved Where the Stars Still Shine this year. Your support means the world to me! And if you still have it on your TBR pile for 2014 or have a gift card burning to buy a copy, thanks to you, too. I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it!
Finally, no matter how you celebrate, I hope your holiday is filled with love and happiness, and that the new year brings you the best—whatever that may be.
I considered Callie in Where the Stars Still Shine, a girl who is openly reclaiming her sexual agency in the aftermath of abuse. It contains the sexiest scenes I’ve ever written and I was worried because what kind of message would I be sending to teenage girls? But here’s the thing: that is the message. Sex is for girls, too. Where the Stars Still Shine advocates for sex that is responsible, but also enjoyable, especially when it’s a partner who is respectful of your boundaries and thoughtful of your needs. And I’m never going to apologize for that message.
I just found out that Where the Stars Still Shine was selected for the Winter 2013-2014 Kids Indie Next List and I might be slightly wildly crazily excited about that. Maybe. A little bit. OKAY. A LOT. *dies*
Also, congratulations to EVERYONE on the list! We are in for some great reads this winter!
1. The audio version of SLN is available now on audible. I listened to the sample to see if the narrator sounds like the Travis in my head. He doesn’t, but he’s good. So I can’t wait to listen to the rest.
2. My friend Alli is an intern at The Gateway Center, a center for homeless veterans. She recently noticed that they had a pretty meager library and decided to do something about it. If you have books you’d like to donate (new or used) here’s the information. To sweeten the pot a little, I’m throwing in a free copy of SLN to the person who donates the most. But even without that incentive it’s a crazy excellent thing she’s doing and I hope you can help her.
3. Where the Stars Still Shine is a semi-finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards in the Young Adult Fiction category. It’s up against some really wonderful books so no matter who wins it’s going to be great, but if you loved STARS and want to vote for it, I’d certainly not be unhappy about that.
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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL SAYS NICE THINGS ABOUT STARS
Gr 10 Up—Readers who appreciated the gritty realism tempered with romance in Doller’s Something Like Normal (Bloomsbury, 2012) will welcome this book about a 17-year-old struggling to move beyond a traumatic past and find redemption. Callie was kidnapped at age five by her mother, Veronica, and both have been on the run ever since. Rootless and bouncing from place to place, the teen has become accustomed to loneliness. But when Veronica is finally arrested for her daughter’s kidnapping, Callie’s reunion with her father, Greg, is bittersweet. Left to her own devices all those years, she bristles at his attempts to establish a stable home environment and draw her into his close-knit family. He is part of a large Greek-American community in which everyone seems to know everyone and she is overwhelmed by it. Callie’s competing loyalties to both parents prove trying as she grapples with creating friendships and fulfilling family expectations. Terrifying flashbacks also reveal that Callie was sexually abused as a child. She seeks solace in the arms of Alex, a local boy with a “ladies’ man” reputation. Soon, their relationship develops from something steamy into enduring tenderness. Adding depth is the novel’s stark contrast between Callie’s itinerant, heartbreaking former life and her new one, suffused with warmth and Greek traditions. Doller gracefully handles complex issues including mental illness, parental neglect, and trauma in a respectful manner that will ring true to readers. A highly suitable choice for teens who enjoyed Erica Lorraine Scheidt’s Uses for Boys (St. Martin’s, 2013).—Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library, CA
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