New Kids on the YA Block Northwest Tour

Now that the dust has settled, I can’t wait to share the slice of awesomeness that was the New Kids on the YA Block Northwest Tour!

New Kids on the YA Block (not pictured: Carole Estby Dagg)

Megan Bostic (NEVER EIGHTEEN), Kendare Blake (ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD), Kiki Hamilton (THE FAERIE RING), Carole Estby Dagg (THE YEAR WE WERE FAMOUS), Kathy McCullough (DON’T EXPECT MAGIC), and I started the tour last Wednesday night at Third Place Books in Seattle. After we each introduced our book and read a short selection, moderator William Kenower of Author magazine plied us with questions. Then we answered questions from the audience and ended with a book signing.

The sweetest moment for me was being approached by a girl who had already read FLYAWAY and had written me a fan letter. She came to the event specifically so I could sign her book.


The next morning, we headed for Olympia, where our first stop was a visit to Capital High School. We had expected to speak to several classes, but because of a schedule change due to testing, we only had half an hour with a small group of students who had signed up to see us. But what a treat they were! Most of them were writers themselves, and we were impressed by their impassioned questions about everything from dialogue to writer’s block.

We met more writers that evening at the Olympia Timberland Library. A sizable group gathered to hear us speak, read from our books, and answer questions. Most of the attendees were adults, so we fielded a lot of questions about how to land an agent and get published. The local Barnes and Noble sold books for us after the event.

Our final event took place on Friday evening at Garfield Book Company near the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma. This event was especially lively because our moderator, Daniel Marks, author of the upcoming YA novel VELVETEEN, kept everyone laughing by asking questions such as, “If your main character were an ice cream flavor, what flavor would they be?”

But for me, the best part of the whole tour was spending time with my fellow 2011/2012 debuts and sharing perspectives on the ups and downs of this crazy business. We had such a great time together that we’re already busy dreaming up our next event.



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2 Responses to “New Kids on the YA Block Northwest Tour”

  1. Kimberly H. says:

    Thats me in that picure!!!

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