This was my first ever YALLWEST, and it was one jam-packed day full of amazing authors, readers and just so much fun. It was incredible getting to be invited as a guest on a few panels and getting to talk to so many amazing people. This was also the cover reveal of Not Your Villain and we had a little cover reveal boba party with Duet Books!
I’ve always loved the LA Times Festival of Books! The first time I went I was …nine years old. It was so cool, getting to see how many other people just loved books and I was so amazed at how many authors were there! I was pretty much this wide-eyed kid then and this year I got to live out my dream and be there as an author, just as wide-eyed.
Holoprojectors in the Sidekick Squad universe can do a lot of things, including display full color books and other interactive content. Bells Broussard is an active member of the Andover Heights High School yearbook. His primary job is doing layout and occasionally some art, but sometimes (and you 21st century yearbook folks would definitely know this) he has to juggle a few different hats and write some articles. So of course Bells would write about his two best friends…
Not Your Sidekick takes flight in the year 2123, a hundred years after a major solar flare catalyzes for not just superpowers but also a series of major disasters which drastically changed the world. Yesterday The Gay YA hosted NYS on their monthly book club discussion, and the question was asked about how sexuality is seen in the NYS world, how it’s not entirely accepted, but not too much phobia either.
On the Not Your Sidekick virtual book tour I chat about all the things from character development to worldbuilding to the YA genre… Here’s a roundup of all the interviews, extras and more!
Putting this aesthetic together was so much fun! It’s always great working with the talented Tiffany Chien. We traveled to the inspiring Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area to a few of my favorite locations to really bring Jess and her dreams to life…
My parents both come from large families, and as long as I remember at least once a month we would all get together for a huge party that would last all day. Sometimes it was for a holiday, or someone’s birthday, but more often than not it was just a random Saturday where we’d just gather and celebrate being alive.
Thank you so much to Barnes and Noble for inviting me to your Teen Book Festival to be on this amazing young adult panel with so many incredible authors! I had such a blast meeting people and signing books and being on this panel with Livia Blackburne, B.T. Gottfred, Michelle Gagnon, Jen Kelin, Ann Stampler, and Gretchen McNeil.
In one of the drafts for Seven Tears At High Tide, I thought about doing a series of flashbacks, but it didn’t end up working with the flow of the story. This is a scene from Morgan’s adolescence and shows more of his relationship with the rest of the selkies and his thoughts on how he fits in.
The incredible Tiffany Chien helped bring Seven Tears at High Tide to life with her stunning photography! We captured the dreamy look of the novel and the ever-changing landscape of the California coast on a windy, blustery day, with the tang of salt in the air and magic on the horizon…