So much to share!!!
Book 2 has a maybe title: THE SPACE BETWEEN US. No clue how maybe it is. I’ll let you know when I do.
Book 2 has a maybe cover: I can’t show you, but it is BEAUTIFUL and I absolutely love it! From the moment it magically appeared in my inbox on Friday, I’ve been smiling. It’s pink. And I love it—did I say that already? Because I do love it. If my 16-year-old self had any idea that I would write books and the first two would be PINK, that girl would be thrilled and then she would vomit into a trash can. But at 32, I’m no longer denying my love for the girlie color. In fact I’m considering painting my walls the shade of Pepto Bismol. My husband has not been consulted on that, but it may be one of those things where it’s better just to do it and ask his opinion later.
So why can’t I show this cover? Because it’s nowhere near final—editorial loves it, but marketing, publicity, and sales are yet to see it. So if in a couple of weeks I reveal a bright green book cover with the title RADIOACTIVE SWAMP PEOPLE, it’s because they’ve decided to take things in a different direction.
And now it is time to confess weird things. After staring at the cover for a long time, I realized the sweater on one of the girls—Amelia, my protag, the girl whose head I’ve been living in for over a year—is really cute. Extremely cute. I should mention that I stayed up till 3 a.m. on Friday night finishing my first pass pages, so I was really in Amelia’s mind at that point, and totally out of my own. Anyway, I thought “I kind of want that sweater. No, I really want that sweater. Wait, I freaking deserve that sweater!!! GET ME THE SWEATER, PEOPLE!”
So I did what I do every time I get a self-entitled thought, and emailed my editor. She sent me the link to Anthropologie but because I am way too impatient to wait for anything in the mail, I dragged my whole family down to the Mall of Millenia and bought myself Amelia’s sweater. (Except I bought orange instead of grey, but that’s because I don’t have a pink wash on my life and it looked a little bland.) And here it is.
Now you have almost seen my book cover. Subtract 15 years off this woman’s age and give her longer hair, add a taller, blonder sister, and wash the whole thing in the prettiest shade of pink you can imagine. And that’s my cover.
Also, to celebrate finishing my first pass pages I decided to take a little break and enjoy the gift my editor sent me. It’s a cookbook called Cutie Pies. I let my cutie pie assistant choose our first recipe, and here we are making Mini Key Lime Pies.