Events upcoming next week! Dystopia Panel! Teen Author Read Night! Yappiest Day! Wondercon! Literary Orange!
Here are my upcoming events next week!
I will have Odd Duck buttons to give away.
Monday, March 25th
Yappiest Day on Earth!Come join me and 15 other YA authors at Disneyland
Wondercon in Anaheim
Heroes vs. Villians 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 210BCD
1 PM Young Adult: The Awesome Age
Josephine Angelini, Cecil Castellucci, Jessi Kirby, Sarah Maas
Moderator: Allison Tran & Michelle Ann Dunphy
Condor Con Schedule!
Also I’ll be giving away some Odd Duck buttons!
Friday, March 8
3:00 PM Cresent
School as Dystopia – Vampires and werewolves they can handle. Heck, they’re cool. But what really concerns teenagers are final exams and what table they get to sit at a lunch. A consideration of views of worst of times through a fantasy lens. – Cecil Castellucci, Andrew P. Mayer, Gretchen McNeil, Leigh Bardugo
4:00 PM Cresent Retelling Old Stories: The New Fairy Tales Fairy tales twice told, retold, updated, remade, and yet they are still fairy tales. In today’s modern world, do we need to constantly update the themes that apply to the human condition? Can the Big Bad Wolf be your boss? Does Thumbelina have her own reality show? Do we lose the specialness of these tales by modernizing them? How does re-telling them in an updated form affect these themes? – Cecil Castellucci, Michael Underwood, Lillian Csernica, Juliette Wade, Laura Luchau
Saturday March 9
Cresent Young Adult Fiction: Supernatural Romance Cecil Castellucci, Suzanne Lazear, Karri Thompson, Gretchen McNeil
5:00 PM Galleria 2 Autographs Gretchen McNeil, Cecil Castellucci, Leigh Bardugo
Sunday March 10
10:00 AM Cresent Young Adult Fiction: When I was a kid, we didn’t have . . . Rights: Dystopian visions in YA Cecil Castellucci, Karri Thompson, Andrew P. Mayer, Stephen Potts, Val Ontell
Hey all! I’ve got a new short story “The Ides of March” (and it is the Ides right now!) up at Rookie Magazine! Hope you will go read it! And just look at the awesome art work that they paired it with. swoon! thanks, Ana!
Tin Star has a pub date! February 25th, 2014! And it is now up on the internets for you to pre-order and add to your to read pile! It always feel like it’s really real when it’s up on goodreads!
B&N and Amazon !!!
*this has been updated since the pub date was changed.
Hello. it’s been pointed out by Christopher Rowe and others that in the sci fi community we kind of have to remind people that we have stuff out there eligible to be nominated since so much of the awards are membership voted. So, taking a deep breath, here it goes.
For the Norton I have a YA hybrid novel The Year of the Beasts that is eligible. It’s alternating chapters of prose / graphic novel. the prose is the story of two girls and the boys they like and the summer and the graphic novel is about a girl who is a Medusa who just wants to be a girl again (with a centaur, minotaur and mermaid friends)
I also have three short stories eligible for the Nebula and Hugo
A retelling of the Prince Lindwurm fairy tale “Brother. Prince. Snake” over at Tor.com
A zombie story “Always the Same. Till it’s Not.” over at Apex Magazine
And of course “The Marker” in Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling’s fantastic AFTER anthology.
My friend Jenn Fujikawa tagged me in this meme where you talk about a project you’ve been working on. She got it from our friend, the fabulous Sarah Kuhn and Amber Benson. I decided to answer questions about my newest book Odd Duck!
A little something about Jenn. She’s a cook, a nerdy girl, a sassy mom, a designer. You should totally check out her recipie blog. If you’ve ever wanted to make things like wookie cookies or princess leia cupcakes, her blog is the place to go. Right now she’s got a mochi book out. YUM.
The Next Big Thing: Odd Duck!
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I think everyone I know is a little bit odd.
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a hybrid graphic novel picture book for kids of all ages. (6 – 106) It’s written by me and illustrated by the fabulous Sara Varon.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie
It’d be voice actors! Because I would want an animated movie. I think I’d choose my old pal Reno Wilson to voice Chad and Jennifer Hale, from my fave video game Mass Effect, to voice Theodora. To round it out, let’s say Dave Foley, Sean Cullen and Jane Lynch for Gabe, Max and Velma.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Theodora is a normal duck, following her daily habits. Chad is a bit of a strange egg, chaotic and creative. But which of them is really the odd duck? (that’s from the Junior Library Guild page where it is a spring pick!)
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I originally wrote it as an easy reader. So it was all text. Then Sara Varon came on board and we decided to throw out the words and make it pictures. Sara broke down the text and then we worked together on the pacing and fleshing out what needed to be fleshed out. All in all it took about three years.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Any book where there are two mismatched best buds.
Ernie and Bert. Wallace and Gromit. Bink and Gollie. Elephant and Piggie.
Oscar and Felix.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Many years ago I was sitting at a dinner with author/artist Peter Reynolds. We started talking about the odd ducks we knew. I got an image of a duck swimming with a tea cup on her head. That’s when I came up with Theodora. I made everyone laugh at dinner with stories of Theodora. And what better way to ruffle her feathers then to have a new duck move in next door. . I loved the idea of Chad being loud and colorful and messy. I wanted to write a book about being okay with yourself being weird.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
What I like a lot about this book is that it really is for all ages. It works on three levels. Kids who can’t read can follow the pictures, which are adorable. Kids who can read can get more details about the story, not only in the regular text but in the asides that are in the pictures. And then I think that adults can enjoy it because because we as adults know exactly what it’s like to be a Theodora or a Chad.
As for who I’m tagging to go next, I wanted to highlight some fantastic female writers/creators/artists that I adore and also call friends.
Jillian Lauren, Liza Palmer and Sherri L. Smith
Jillian Lauren is a sassy lady who writes non-fiction and fiction. She wrote the memoir, My Life as a Harem and the novel Pretty. She also performs. She just did a one woman show at the Edinburgh Fest! She keeps a great blog about motherhood, which I adore.
Liza Palmer has written five books. She’s emmy nominated. She’s best selling. She’s sassy, funny, plays board games and is always a good time. She wrote More Like Her, A Field Guide to Burying your Parents, Seeing me Naked, Conversations with the Fat Girl and her most recent, Nowhere but You. Chuck her books into your bag and read them everywhere.
Sherri L Smith is an award winning YA author. She wrote one of my fave historical fiction YA books, Flygirl, which won the California Gold Medal. She’s worked in comic books, has helped organize special effects, makes cool jewelery and is an all around great gal to go to a comic book convention with. Her new book Orleans is an amazing dystopian YA set in a post hurrican New Orleans. So. Good. She blogs over at the Middle Hundred.
And I’m going to back tag Sarah Kuhn and Amber Benson
My 2012 lit count
5 short stories.
“Always the Same. Till it’s Not.” Zombie Story Apex Magazine
“Wallflower” Vertigo Comics Ghosts #1 illustrated by Amy Reeder
“The Marker” in the anthology AFTER ed. by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
“Brother. Prince. Snake.” A Prince Lindworm retelling on Tor.com
“To Grandmother’s House” A Red Riding Hood retelling YA Review Net
Proud editor of the YA/C Section at the LA Review of Books . We had a great 2012. Including first ePub ht.ly/gsiPC . The one piece I wrote over LA Review of Books blog was about making art when going through trauma.
Also I loved being the Correspondence Coordinator for Letters for Kids at The Rumpus. So delighted by all the Letters for Kids for @The_Rumpus ht.ly/gsfGg more letters coming at you in 2013. Hope you will subscribe.
Happy 2013, all!