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NO PLACE to FALL has made it onto the stage!

It’s hard to believe that launch day is finally here. I finished this novel in the summer of 2012. It sold in late September of the same year. Now a full two and a half years from when I closed the document on my revised manuscript draft, it’s landing on bookstore shelves. The only way to describe this moment is amazing and surreal. I wrote a book, y’all. Thank you for following my journey, having my back, and just being the best group of authors, readers, and friends a writer could ever have. Now I’m off to lurk at my local bookstores for a few hours!

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Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

**Early Praise for No Place To Fall**

“Lyrically written with a deep sense of place and music, Brown’s story allows the heroine to stumble, falter, and suffer consequences without forcing a tidy, happy ending. There is so much joy within the pages that the sorrow hits hard and emotions rise and fall and rise again like a vocalist running scales.” – Booklist

“Debut author Brown makes a small town in North Carolina—where everyone knows everyone, and the outside world comes in via Appalachian Trail hikers—feel real, but the heart of the story is Amber, as she tries to find herself, love, and her voice (she’s a talented singer, but is afraid of singing in front of crowds).” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Southern charm oozes off the page.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Debut author Brown is off to a wonderful start with authentic characters who speak in true voices. Amber could be the best friend you had in high school—she’s funny and moody and truthful and absolutely the real deal, and readers will clamor for another well-paced story featuring her and her friends.” – School Library Journal Review

“The writing shines when Amber describes the feelings that singing awakens in her, with ‘songs swirling inside me like butterflies.’ One could wish for an accompanying soundtrack to fill out the fragments of lyrics that appear throughout.” – VOYA

“I was completely smitten.” – Robin Constantine, author of The Promise of Amazing.

“Hits a chord with the dreamer in all of us.” – Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter series

**Where you can find Jaye Robin Brown**

My launch party is TONIGHT at Malaprop’s Bookstore in downtown Asheville. It starts at 7pm and the lovely teen singer/songwriter, Indigo Blue DeSouza, will be playing a couple of songs from the book and some of her own music as well. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

I’m doing a mini-book tour with a few other folks, here are the stops I know so far:

Sat. Dec 27 3-5 pm – Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC with Alison Kemper

Sun. Dec. 28 2-3 pm – TallTales Book Shop in Atlanta, GA with Alison Kemper

Mon. Dec. 29 5-7 pm – The Little Professor in Homewood, AL with Stephen Duncan

Saturday, January 10th, Robin Constantine and I will be doing an author’s cafe at the Burke County Public Library in Morganton, NC.

And in April, I’ll be at the Southern Kentucky Bookfest along with a bunch of other OneFours!!

 

 

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to most everyone but her mama, lives and writes in the Appalachian mountains north of Asheville, NC. She’s fond of dogs, horses, laughter, the absurd and the ironic. When not crafting stories she hangs out with teenagers in the high school art room where she teaches. Her debut novel, NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, December ’14), is a love song to small town girls and mountain music.

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Next Book News!

We’ve debuted, we’re debuting and we’re selling more stuff! Check back on the 28th of each month to find out all the awesome Next Book News!

Random House is publishing more Fletchers!

From PW:
Krista Vitola at Delacorte Press has bought Dana Alison Levy’s companion to The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, called A Fletcher Family Summer. In the story, the Fletchers must use any means necessary to stop a greedy developer, masquerading as a visiting artist, from tearing down the lighthouse on their beloved Rock Island. Publication is set for spring 2016; Marietta Zacker at Nancy Gallt Literary Agency did the deal for North American rights.

Christina Farley revealed her cover for Silvern!

The cover of SILVERN by Christina Farley was revealed on Hypable as well as a sneak peek of the first chapter!www.hypable.com/2014/06/26/silvern-by-christina-farley-read-the-first-chapter/

Another book from Elle Cosimano!

“Emily Meehan at Hyperion has acquired a YA novel called Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano, author of Nearly Gone. Pitched as The Shawshank Redemption meets If I Stay, the story tells of a boy serving time for a murder he didn’t commit and who, after a near-death experience, finds himself able to separate his soul from his body and travel in a quest to find the real killer and clear his name. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary Agency did the two-book deal for world English rights.”
www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/63156-rights-report-week-of-june-30-2014.html

Trisha Leaver revealed her cover for The Secrets We Keep!

Cover of THE SECRETS WE KEEP was revealed at Fictionfare fictionfare.blogspot.com/2014/07/cover-reveal-secrets-we-keep-by-trisha.html

Dahlia Adler’s Under The Lights is now up on Goodreads!

UNDER THE LIGHTS is up on Goodreads with an official synopsis: www.goodreads.com/book/show/22719283-under-the-lights

Stephanie Diaz’ sequel, Rebellion, had a cover reveal!

The cover for REBELLION, the sequel to EXTRACTION, was revealed on the Griffin Teen FB page!
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Martina Boone has a sequel title!

I am thrilled to be able to announce that the title for COMPULSION’s sequel is going to be PERSUASION. That works with all the story lines and themes in the book, and I absolutely love it! Even better news is that I’ve already seen the cover for it, and while I can’t share that yet, it’s truly spectacular and fits both the book and the story beautifully.

And so does Meredith McCardle!

Book 2 in the Annum Guard series has a title: BLACKOUT. It’s also available for preorder on Amazon. www.amazon.com/Blackout-Annum-Guard-Meredith-McCardle/dp/1477827129/

Excellent work, OneFours! See you next month with more excitement of the future variety.

 

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to most everyone but her mama, lives and writes in the Appalachian mountains north of Asheville, NC. She’s fond of dogs, horses, laughter, the absurd and the ironic. When not crafting stories she hangs out with teenagers in the high school art room where she teaches. Her debut novel, NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, December ’14), is a love song to small town girls and mountain music.

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Next Book News! This Month with Even More OneFour Book News!

IT’S A ONEFOUR SUMMER GOOD NEWS EXTRAVAGANZA! This month we’re combining the Next Book News with our updates about how our debuts are doing for a big ol’ festival of book goodness.

We’ve debuted, we’re debuting and we’re selling more stuff! Check back on the 28th of each month to find out all the awesome Next Book News!

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Skila Brown sold another book!

From the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement:
From the author of CAMINAR, Skila Brown’s WITH THE END IN SIGHT, told from a 19-year old’s point of view, one of the survivors from the ill-fated Donner party, about her family’s wagon train journey from Lacon, IL to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1846, to Liz Bicknell at Candlewick, by Tina Wexler at ICM (World English).

Skylar Dorset has an official title!

The sequel to THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS has been titled THE BOY WITH THE HIDDEN NAME and will be released on December 2, 2014! (Yes, that’s six months from now!)

Erica Cameron has a sequel cover!

I now have a cover for the sequel to SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE! I present to you book 2 in The Dream War Saga, DEADLY SWEET LIES:

Nadette Lawson knows when you’re lying.

Every night for the past two years, the Balasura have visited her dreams, enticing her to enter their world. And every night she’s seen through their lies. Now, they’re tired of playing in the shadows and they begin to stalk her in the waking world. It’s no longer just an invitation; if Nadette doesn’t join them, they’ll take her family. Forever. She needs help, and the haven she’s seeking may be just out of reach.

Julian Teagan is a master of deception.

To survive, he has to convince the world his mother isn’t useless, that everything’s fine, otherwise he’ll lose what little he has left in this life. He knows the lying won’t be enough to keep him and his mother in the shadows, but it’s all he knows. The only light of truth is Orane, a Balasura who sees past Julian’s facade and challenges him to face the darkness.

Then Orane is killed, and Julian learns his mentor was far from innocent. The Balasura have hunted children like him for centuries, and their next target, Nadette is his one chance at finally being a part of something real. If Julian can just convince her to trust him…

See more information at thedreamwarsaga.com or byericacameron.com

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More sequel news from Stephanie Diaz!

REBELLION, the sequel to EXTRACTION, will be released February 10, 2015.

Add it on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/18625184-rebellion
Pre-order on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Rebellion-Stephanie-Diaz/dp/1250041252/ref=la_B00FI7SQ4M_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402525743&sr=1-2

Jen Malone sold more books!

From PM:
Jen Malone’s YA debut WANDERLOST, in which a teen girl agrees to impersonate her older sister and fill in for her as a summer tour guide for a senior citizen bus trip through Europe; when their carefully constructed plan derails before she even makes it out of the airport and the tour owner’s cute son joins as a surprise guest, she’ll put her acting skills to the test, to Annie Berger at Harper Teen, in a two-book deal, by Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency (World).

Rebecca Behrens sold another book!

From PW:
Jordan Hamessley at Egmont USA has bought North American rights to The Summer of Lost and Found, a middle-grade novel by Rebecca Behrens. In it, a girl’s father mysteriously disappears and her botanist mother drags her to Roanoke Island for a research trip, where she decides to solve the mystery of the Lost Colony. It will publish in spring 2016; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal.

Nicole Maggi has a cover!

HEARTLINES is a standalone thriller coming February 2015 from SourceBooks Fire.

An exciting new thriller from Nicole Maggi about a girl whose memories are slowly being taken over after a heart transplant from a murder victim.

Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant, but the organ beating in her chest doesn’t seem to be in tune with the rest of her body. Why does she have a sudden urge for strawberries when she’s been allergic for years? Why can’t she remember last Christmas? Driven to find her donor, Georgie discovers her heart belonged to a girl her own age who fell out of the foster care system and into a rough life on the streets. Everyone thinks she committed suicide, but Georgie is compelled to find the truth—before she loses herself completely.

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IN DEBUT BOOK NEWS:

 

FOUR STARRED REVIEWS for OTHERBOUND by Corinne Duyvis! School Library Journal gave OTHERBOUND by Corinne Duyvis its third starred review! “While Duyvis’s debut is an exciting take on the fantasy genre, as it alternates between our world and that of the Dunelands, the true strength of the novel is in its positive portrayal of LGBT issues. This becomes most important in establishing the character of Nolan, an adolescent who has experienced most of his adolescence from the perspective of a girl, and in the nuanced portrayal of Amara’s relationships.” In its FOURTH STARRED REVIEW, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books praises OTHERBOUND’s “subtle, nuanced examinations of power dynamics and privilege” and calls it “a brilliantly paced edge-of-your seat adventure.” The review concludes, “Authors should take note—this is how you do fantasy in a global world.”

 

Joshua David Bellin‘s SURVIVAL COLONY 9 garnered two great blurbs in June:
“Joshua David Bellin brings serious game in a post-apocalyptic thriller that collides breathless action with devious world building and genuine heart. A terrific novel!” — Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and V-Wars

“Set in a gritty post-apocalyptic world, SURVIVAL COLONY 9 is both an adventure and an exploration of what it means to be human.” –Margaret Peterson Haddix, New York Times Bestselling author of the Missing Series

 

Publishers Weekly says that AdriAnne Strickland “raises questions of identity and belonging” in her “fast-paced debut,” WORDLESS! Read the full review here.

 

Tara Dairman‘s ALL FOUR STARS got a rave review from Booklist: “Gladys is a lovable character with plenty of spunk and desire, and readers will happily cheer her on, while the fresh plot adds a delicious dimension to the host of stories set in sixth grade.”

Congratulations to the following OneFour authors recently nominated for YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list: BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME by Sarah Combs, CAMINAR by Skila Brown, FAKE ID by Lamar Giles, SEKRET by Lindsay Smith, A MAD, WICKED FOLLY by Sharon Biggs Waller, and THE VIGILANTE POETS OF SELWYN ACADEMY by Kate Hattemer.

 

Dana Alison Levy‘s THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER got a starred review from Kirkus, who said, “The Fletcher family rules!” It was also a Summer 2014 Kids’ Indie Next Pick and received a starred review from School Library Journal, who praised its “laugh-out-loud humor, and mix of zaniness and love. Fans of Beverly Cleary’s Quimbys, Judy Blume’s Hatchers, and, more recently, Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks will fervently hope that more Fletcher misadventures are yet to come.”

 

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES by Lauren Magaziner got a starred review from Kirkus: “Magaziner’s youthful narrative voice is distinctly aural: Her characters swish and swoop, clomp and screech. Her storytelling cauldron mixes the right balance of bizarre and banal, and she turns up the heat as the witch exam approaches. Readers will banish themselves from the ordinary world to finish this book in a flash.” THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES also got a wonderful review from Publishers Weekly: “The same goofy charm that Magaziner brings to the names of characters and settings (Mrs. Gummyum, Yammerstop Way) carries through to the details of witch life and logic in the town of Gliverstoll, resulting in a fun, frothy story that will, well, charm its readers.”

 

GILDED by Christina Farley was nominated for the Morning Calm Award in Korea in the high school division.

 

PUSH GIRL by Jessica Love and Chelsie Hill is out now, and Booklist says, “Authors Hill and Love write a moving novel…This is an emotional story with elements any teen reader can relate to, primarily the search for one’s own identity. Readers will be inspired and moved by Kara’s amazing journey.”

 

THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY by Maria Andreu won a National Indie Excellence® Book Award. School Library Journal says of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, “captivating,” and “Andreu deftly captures the protagonist’s desires, despair, and determination in this peek at a side of American life not often seen in YA literature”. The Cleveland Plain Dealer says, “This story is perfectly timed.”

 

Booklist says of Tracy Holczer‘s, THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY, “Readers who appreciate the quiet confidence and maturity of Cynthia Rylant’s, Patricia MacLachlan’s, and Katherine Paterson’s protagonists will find a new author to enjoy.” It’s also an Indie Next Pick for summer, and was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Lori M. Lee‘s GATES OF THREAD AND STONE sold World French rights to AdA.

 

The Indonesia publisher Fantasious has purchased the Bahasa translation rights to Danielle L. Jensen‘s STOLEN SONGBIRD and HIDDEN HUNTRESS!

 

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to most everyone but her mama, lives and writes in the Appalachian mountains north of Asheville, NC. She’s fond of dogs, horses, laughter, the absurd and the ironic. When not crafting stories she hangs out with teenagers in the high school art room where she teaches. Her debut novel, NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, December ’14), is a love song to small town girls and mountain music.
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Next Book News!

We’ve debuted, we’re debuting and we’re selling more stuff! Check back on the 28th of each month to find out all the awesome Next Book News!

Michelle Krys sold another book!

I sold another book! Wendy Loggia at Delacorte Press acquired world rights to DEAD GIRLS SOCIETY, about a girl who escapes her helicopter parents by joining a high-stakes dare club, but discovers more than just thrills: girls are going missing, and she might be next. Publication is slated for 2016. michellekrys.com/news/

Jen Malone has a new deal with a co-author!

I am going to be writing a new series with my good friend Gail Nall for Simon & Schuster/Aladdin Mix. PLEASE RSVP, Book 1 will publish Summer 2015 and PLEASE RSVP, Book 2 will hit shelves Fall 2015. The story centers on four tween girls in coastal North Carolina who launch a party planning business from their abandoned sailboat clubhouse (think Babysitters Club meets Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).

Helene Dunbar has an official title!

My 2015 Flux release has an official title: WHAT REMAINS.

Vivi Barnes sold another book!

My next book – PAPER OR PLASTIC, about a girl who after being caught shoplifting has to work at the local SmartMart, navigating her way around crazy customers, quirky coworkers, and her shy young boss. Sold to Entangled Teen for publication in 2015!

Livia Blackburne sold a sequel!

I sold the sequel to MIDNIGHT THIEF to Rotem Moscovich at Hyperion Children’s.

Kate Hannigan sold books 2 and 3!

My news is that I signed the contract on Book 2 and Book 3 for CUPCAKE COUSINS at Disney-Hyperion. With Spring 2015 and Fall 2016 releases, I am hoppin’!

Danielle Jensen has an official title and blurb for book 2!

The title & blurb for my second book have been released.

HIDDEN HUNTRESS, Book Two of The Malediction Trilogy (Spring 2015)

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to most everyone but her mama, lives and writes in the Appalachian mountains north of Asheville, NC. She’s fond of dogs, horses, laughter, the absurd and the ironic. When not crafting stories she hangs out with teenagers in the high school art room where she teaches. Her debut novel, NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, December ’14), is a love song to small town girls and mountain music.
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Next Book News!

As we enter the fourth month of 2014, many of the OneFour Kidlitters are looking beyond our debuts to what’s next on the horizon. With that in mind, we now have a new monthly feature to spotlight all that “Next Book” news. Much like our 14th posts, we’ll share covers, reviews, sales, titles, and the like! So check back every month to see what’s next!

Christina Farley shares:

Christina Farley’s SILVERN, the sequel to GILDED, in which a 16-year-old Korean-American girl with a black belt and a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows battles a god of darkness seeking control of both Koreas again to Miriam Juskowicz at Skyscape, an imprint of Amazon Children’s, for publication in Fall 2014, by Jeff Ourvan at Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency (world).
and:
SILVERN (The Gilded Series, Book Two) is now available for pre-order: http://www.amazon.com/Silvern-Gilded-Book-Christina-Farley/dp/1477820353/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1393072168

And Lisa Maxwell has exciting news!

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/61472-rights-report-week-of-march-17-2014.html
Sara Sargent has also acquired, in a pre-empt, Heartless Things and an untitled YA novel by Lisa Maxwell. In the story, Gwen and her best friend are abducted to a dark world akin to Pan’s Labyrinth called Neverland, but it’s nothing like the fairy tale. To rescue her friend, Gwen must decide whether to trust a roguish young pirate or the boy who calls himself Pan. Publication is scheduled for spring 2016; Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency did the two-book deal for world rights.

As does Jessica Love!

Kat Brzozowski at Thomas Dunne Books has bought Push Girl co-author Jessica Love’s In Real Life, set over one wild weekend in Las Vegas in which 17-year-old Hannah surprises her online BFF and soul mate Nick with their first real-life meeting – and discovers just how many secrets he has left unshared. The projected pub date is 2015; Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency negotiated for North American rights.

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to most everyone but her mama, lives and writes in the Appalachian mountains north of Asheville, NC. She’s fond of dogs, horses, laughter, the absurd and the ironic. When not crafting stories she hangs out with teenagers in the high school art room where she teaches. Her debut novel, NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, Fall ’14), is a love song to small town girls and mountain music.
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GETTIN’ LUCKY: An interview with Corey Ann Haydu, author of OCD LOVE STORY

Today on the OneFour KidLit blog we’re welcoming, Corey Ann Haydu, author of OCD LOVE STORY. This is shaping up to be an amazing year for young adult contemporary fiction! Here’s the short version of Corey’s story:

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When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic… and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a ton about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.
Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control, but this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down… and she might end up breaking her own heart.

Tell us a little bit about your path to publication. Was OCD Love Story your first novel? 

When I was first seeking publication I queried with a different novel, my first YA attempt that I had written during my first semester of graduate school at The New School. It’s a novel I still love, and it got some interest from agents, but they all pretty much wanted to know what else I was working on. One agent, Victoria Marini, gave me a big revision to do on that novel, which I took a lot of time to work out. After I turned that in to her, she also asked if I had any other projects I was working on. Luckily, the querying process was a very long, drawn out one, so I had already written 100 pages of another novel, OCD LOVE STORY! Victoria had a good feeling about our compatibility and wanted to see those 100 pages even though I was honest with her about how rough and new they were.
Between the revision I did for the other novel and the potential she saw in OCD LOVE STORY’s first 100 pages, Victoria ended up offering representation. We had a really special bond right away, a great ability to communicate and work together, and that was the key for me. we built an author-agent relationship based on mutual enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard together.
OCD LOVE STORY found a home pretty quickly, I think because Victoria and I both had a strong sense that Anica Rissi at Simon Pulse was the right editor for the book. All three of us shared a similar vision and, again, a willingness and interest in elevating the manuscript I had into the book it finally became.



What compelled you to write a character who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

I have struggled with an anxiety disorder for years. It wasn’t until maybe four years ago, however, that I learned that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was an anxiety disorder as well. I had always bought into the misconception that OCD was a more “psychotic” disorder, something impossible to understand. But when I delved into research, I quickly learned that OCD was just like any other anxiety disorder. OCD is simply a method of coping with anxiety. The people who struggle with it are completely aware of their disorder and the destructive effect it’s having on their lives. I related so strongly to the struggles of people with OCD because of my own anxiety that I felt compelled to write a character struggling with it. I knew it would be easy for me to access to emotional journey of someone with an anxiety disorder, and I was really excited to  write about something that has been so wildly misrepresented for so long.



What was the most challenging thing about writing Bea? Beck?

 Honestly, Bea came very easily for me. She and I exhibit very different behaviors, but our interior lives aren’t so different. I found it pretty easy to slip into her mindset. I naturally sunk into her frustrations with herself and with brain. Sometimes it was harder to write Bea’s interactions with other people, since often her interior life was so full and overwhelming. Living in her mind was easy, figuring out how she talked to her friends or boys was a little harder.
Beck was a little more difficult, simply because I wasn’t living inside his brain. We only see Beck through Bea’s eyes, and that makes it more complicated to give him a full personality. He is hiding a lot of secrets, and as the author I of course knew what they were, but Bea doesn’t, so that was a huge challenge.



You have a BFA in Theatre? What parallels do you find between dramatic arts and creative writing. Do you feel your work in theatre informs your writing?

I think working in theatre has had a huge impact on my writing. In general, what comes most naturally to me is emotional honesty in a scene, and my ability to do that comes directly from my theatre training. I studied an acting technique called Meisner, and the basis of that training is that the goal of acting is “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances”. This is the goal in writing, too, I think. Often when I’m writing I’ll take my hands off the keyboard and work myself into an emotional state, the same way I used to do to prepare for a performance. The only difference is that as a writer I have to find the words to record those emotions, whereas when I was acting I had to simply live them out on stage.
I feel so incredibly lucky to have come from that training, and from the Meisner technique in particular, because I think it taught me to much about imagination and honesty and attention to detail. My acting teacher pushed us to be specific and careful in the choices we made for a character’s emotional life, and I hear her voice in my head when I’m writing, too.
 
And for the final question: as this community is All for One and OneFour KidLit, we’d like to know what two or three books inspired you as a kid.

Let’s see, when I was in elementary school, my favorite books were THE GIVER by Lois Lowry– a book that I would still consider my favorite book probably– and Julie Edwards’ (Julie Andrews’ pen name!) books THE LAST OF THE REALLY GREAT WHANGDOODLES and MANDY. I read and re-read all three of those books incessantly. And I definitely had a certain thrill that one of my favorite musical theatre actresses, Julie Andrews, had also written two of my favorite books. It was like a special secret I felt we shared with each other. I was a child actress who loved writing, so I felt really inspired by the fact that Julie Andrews was a writer and actress as well.

As a teenager and I feel head over heels in love with THE BELL JAR. I had a lot going on when I was a teenager, and tended towards darker literature. Sylvia Plath in general really spoke to me. I loved her poetry as well. I read a lot of poetry at that age in general. It helped to have tough feelings explored with beautiful language. It still does!


Corey Ann Haydu is a young adult novelist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Her first novel, OCD LOVE STORY, is coming out July 2013 from Simon Pulse. Her second novel, LIFE BY COMMITTEE will be out in Summer 2014 from Katherine Tegen Books at Harper Collins.

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Corey graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she got her BFA in Theatre. After college, Corey worked as an actress and playwright (and waitress and telemarketer and real estate broker and nanny and personal assistant) She also spent a lot of time in Starbucks writing short stories.

After working in children’s publishing for a few years, and falling in love with YA literature,Corey received her MFA from The New School in Writing for Children. During graduate school Corey rounded out her list of interests with mochas, evening writing workshops, post-it notes, bi-weekly cheeseburgers, blazers, and board games.

Jaye Robin Brown, or JRo to most everyone but her mama, lives and writes in the Appalachian mountains north of Asheville, NC. She’s fond of dogs, horses, laughter, the absurd and the ironic. When not crafting stories she hangs out with teenagers in the high school art room where she teaches. Her debut novel, NO PLACE TO FALL (Harper Teen, Fall ’14), is a love song to small town girls and mountain music.