Big News!

I've thought about writing this post over the last few years. I've thought about the gifs I would use and the way it would feel and what an arrival it would be. I daydreamed and nightdreamed and hoped and wrote the best book I could. And guys, it's even better than I thought it would be.

After two weeks of querying, I have officially signed with Mary Evans, legend and literary agent extraordinaire.

I guess I've always wanted to be a writer. I remember writing my first story (about Unicorns, duh) and the power and the wonder there. I wrote my first book in a Hedwig notebook when I was thirteen. Despite my love of stories, I decided to pursue music at the University of San Diego. It was hard and sort of terrible. I minored in English after an amazing creative writing class. Love what you do and study guys. If you don't, you might be in the wrong place.

I spent the next two years revising thirty pages of a novel. I started blogging about baby stuff, then crunchy stuff, then responding to flash fiction writing prompts. I submitted stories to online magazines and anthologies.I started researching low residency MFA programs. I only applied to one: UCR Palm Desert. It had the coolest website, was in driving distance, and just seemed right. If I didn't get in, I would take it as a sign.

And it was. Tod Goldberg was charming and welcoming and funny. I may have cried. He told me the thing that stood out to him in my writing sample was the piece of my novel I sent in amidst flash fiction and short stories. That really surprised me and stuck with me. It gave me the courage to write books.

The last two years have been an amazing adventure. I have learned so much about craft and story and who I am. I've found my tribe, my best friends. These are the people I want with me for the rest of my life.

My final workshop quarter, I started working with Mark Haskell Smith. (I could write a whole book about how awesome Mark is and it still wouldn't do him justice. Go read NAKED AT LUNCH and you'll get a glimpse.) I pitched him an idea for a new thesis, unsure whether I should keep editing the space opera or work on something new. He told me to go for it.

I wrote HEARTS, WINGS, AND NASTY THINGS in four months, and then started editing and editing. I read my novel backwards and forwards. After submitting it officially as my thesis, I polished my query and cultivated my query list. I sent out my first queries on October 23rd, the eighth anniversary of my house burning down. I stole that day away from sorrow, and have turned it into a day of joy. Take that, universe.

After two weeks, I got the Call. I am so excited to work with Mary Evans and fellow Torero Mary Gaule to make my book the best it can be and be partners in my career. This is the stuff dreams are made of, and I couldn't be any happier.

Now the work begins!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations. I found you through Krista Mclaughlin being a member @YAAvengers and saw your retweeted tweet. So happy for you.