26 Sep 2018

I have a book deal! (+ blog updates)

I cannot believe that I haven’t posted this news on the blog yet, but if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, you probably already know that I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!! I have a middle-grade novel, called THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, coming with Scholastic in Fall 2019. I feel incredibly thankful, grateful and blessed! You can add it on Goodreads here.

I’ve known for months now, but the announcement officially went out on Publishers’ Weekly the day before my wedding weekend started, and the title was just finalized last week. I officially started writing this novel during our engagement, on top of moving out of NYC, starting a new job, and planning the wedding. I’m still working on another project as well, so it took me a really long time to update my BookTube channel and now my blog with the news.

The novel is dual-perspective and follows two 11-year-olds, Iris and Daniel, through their sleepy, southern, small town during the wintertime. The two stumble upon a segregated/formerly Blacks’ Only/abandoned graveyard and awaken a ghost who is fed up and ready to be recognized properly. She enlists the help of Iris, but Daniel isn’t too such that the ghost has great intentions… and rightfully so.

I’ve talked about this both in my Book Deal video and on the novel highlights on my Instagram page, but this story was very loosely inspired by 1. The formerly segregated graveyard that my late Uncle and Great-Aunt are buried in, and 2. My two, 11-year-old cousins.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I have ALWAYS wanted to be an author, so I just feel so blessed to have a book coming out next year. I never thought it would be a spooky, MG novel BUT! as they say, some of the best things in life are on the other side of your comfort zone.

Please follow along on my social media for quicker updates! I actually just did a huge Q&A on writing and all of the things here. I will still be updating this blog, but honestly I’ve been having mixed feelings with the direction of my blog and where I feel like it should go.

I started blogging in college, and it has changed soo much, from music/entertainment, to lifestyle, to more of a books/writing/goal focused blog. When I first started, I was playing with the idea of full-time freelancing and blogging. When I realized that I wanted to return to my original dream of being an author, I stopped freelancing as much, but still kept the blog as a way to connect with people instantly through the written word. Of course, I’ve been updating y’all with my wedding and other things, but I find that with more book-writing, I feel like I want to blog less when I’m NOT book-writing. But, I still want to connect in a way that’s faster than publishing, so where does that leave me?

I’m thinking of starting a newsletter, along with a website with a blog TAB on it. That way, I can update the blog with author stuff, writing tips, etc. The newsletter will be infrequent, with book news, a few personal things, giveaways, etc. What do y’all think about that? Let me know!

Thank you for reading this blog, regardless! Whatever I decide, I hope I can still count on your support (and you can count on mine!) In the meantime, I’ll be updating this blog a LOT more frequently with book news, especially as it pertains to cover reveals, preorders, etc.

Don’t forget to add THE FORGOTTEN GIRL on Goodreads! 

 

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  • I’m hosting my FIRST 24-Hour readathon this Saturday! I thought this would be a fun way to catch up on our TBR (To Be Read) piles. The theme for this read-a-thon is Book Besties, so @thebookarcher and I will be doing our reading together! Will you join us? Even if you have to work, go to school, or sleep (because let’s face it, I’m definitely going to need a few hours to recharge) as long as you make reading the priority in your free time, you can definitely do it! I’d love if you tagged your bookish besties or shared this post to spread the word! The link to my video all about it is in my bio! 📚#booksandbighairathon
  • This was such a fun interview to do!! I’m talking about how reading builds empathy, what motivates me, why I chose to be a 3-name author, and so much more! Link in bio. Thanks @rachelmichellewrites for having me on your site! 🧡
  • Happy August!! So July was weird lol 🥴 I felt tested in one of my worst traits - indecision. I had to make a LOT of split second, important decisions and say some hard No’s. But, I’m looking ahead and I think they prepared me for a really great August. ✨ What are you looking forward to this month? P.S. I’m sharing my BookTube and Author Journey (thus far) on the newest video on my channel!! I talk about all of the decisions I’ve made (& jobs I’ve left) to make room for writing and reading books. Link in bio!! ❤️
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, unfortunately I will not be able to attend Heck YA! book fest at @mainstreetbooksdavidson today. This is incredibly hard to announce, as I have been looking forward to connecting with so many authors and readers at this amazing festival! I feel disappointed, but I hope that there will be more opportunities to connect with readers in the Davidson area in the future. If so, you will be the first to know. Thank you so much for understanding. Again, this was incredibly difficult to announce. If you are attending Heck YA! Book Fest today, have a great time for me — as amazing as this bookstore is, it won’t be hard to do at all. 💙💙💙
  • Had a fun day of meetings and phone calls wearing my new piece of jewelry gifted to me by the @novelingshop! Can you tell I like gold? Lol 🤔😂✨ it says NOVELIST and I think it’s the perfect bookish accessory — I’ll be wearing it a lot! Also, the curls are back and doing their own thing. 🌀🌀🌀
  • I had the pleasure of writing one of the most honest things I’ve ever written for @popreader’s Her Story: Ladies In Literature series. The heroine I chose to write about was Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. This book was life changing — for the first time, I saw a heroine who was equal parts introverted and sensitive + fiery with a sharp tongue 😂 Also, like me, Anne has an almost childlike wonderment and optimism that makes reading her story so easy, especially in stressful times. I feel like this essay is an introduction to who I am and what I want to accomplish with my writing. The link is the the first one in my bio! ❤️❤️
  • I’m so honored to announce that I will be the luncheon speaker for the North Carolina School Library Media Association Conference. What a blessing! I can’t wait to connect, create, and curate with all of you who will be there. 🥰📚 #ncslma
  • I’m in the latest issue of @lakenormancurrents talking about time management!! Which is so funny bc I’m easily distracted 😂 I’m talking about the techniques and materials I use to stay focused when it counts. I mention the @forest_app, my @simplified planner, and my @cultivatewhatmatters Powersheets, and my favorite pens ever - the @pilotpenusa Precise V5 pens. This was such a fun interview! You can read it at the link in my bio or if you’re local to Charlotte/Lake Norman area, you can pick up a copy in most grocery stores! 💙