May 6th, 2011

The first week and happier news

Please don’t ask me how my first week as a full-time writer went. It was interrupted by tornadoes. I was very lucky: we are safe and my house and yard look like nothing ever happened. We only lost power for a few days. People in my own suburb of Birmingham, all over Alabama, and the surrounding states were not so lucky. If you have not already done so, please consider giving to the Red Cross. Or bid on books, manuscript critiques, and other great stuff for readers and writers at

On a happier note, I managed to send the advance copies of Love Story to reviewers, and I’ve sent the final proofs back to the publisher. I’m blogging about how I feel about that today on YA Outside the Lines. Great news: even though the book will not be in stories until July 19, my publisher is going to try to have it available for purchase at the Romance Writers of America Booksigning for Literacy in New York on June 28. The booksigning is open to the public. We will also give the book away free at the Pocket signing on July 1, but that’s just for RWA conference attendees. If you plan to be in New York around that time, I hope you’ll stop by and say hi!

As for the work in progress, Free Falling, which is scheduled for publication in July 2012, is now called Such a Rush, and it is going great! *looking around desperately for wood to knock on*

In a blast from the past, Gone with the Words and A Blog About Nothing have posted lovely new reviews of Going Too Far. Thanks y’all! I really appreciate the reads.

Carla Swafford, the blogmistress for my local chapter of RWA, Southern Magic, has decided it is Jennifer Echols week apparently. She has posted a new interview with me, my thoughts on writing YA from 2006 when I had sold a book but it hadn’t come out yet, an adorable book trailer that a reader made for Going Too Far, and details on the talk I will give to the chapter on June 25 along with four other YA authors. It will be open to the public. Please come!

And finally, the best news of all. Carla has gotten THE CALL, meaning that a publisher has asked to purchase her book! I have read the first few chapters of her book and I am dying to read the rest, and now we will all get the chance. Congratulations Carla!