Next Book News!

We’ve debuted and we’re…wait, we’ve really all debuted!!!  I feel like I should be saying something more profound, since this will be the last NBN post.  It’s been a wild and wonderful year but this will not be the last you hear from the awesome authors who debuted in 2014.  This is only the beginning!!  So now onto the SUPER DELUXE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER HOLIDAY FAREWELL EDITION of NEXT BOOK NEWS!!!

THE GILDED SERIES will be a trilogy!

THE GILDED SERIES by Christina Farley will be a trilogy! Announcing book three: BRAZEN to be released on Sept. 29, 2015.  All the details can be found on Christina’s blog!

Australian Rights for DUMPLIN’!

Julie Murphy, author of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, sold Australian rights for DUMPLIN’ to Penguin Teen Australia for publication in Australia and New Zealand!

DAUGHTER OF DUSK release date!

DAUGHTER OF DUSK, the sequel to Livia Blackburne’s MIDNIGHT THIEF, will be released August 4th, 2015!

HIDDEN HUNTRESS release date!

HIDDEN HUNTRESS, the second installment of Danielle L. Jensen’s THE MALEDICTION TRILOGY, will be released June 2, 2015 by Angry Robot Books!

REBELLION available on Netgalley!

REBELLION, the sequel to EXTRACTION by Stephanie Diaz, is now available for request on Netgalley!

THE SECRETS OF ATTRACTION available on Edelweiss!

THE SECRETS OF ATTRACTION, a companion novel to THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine, is now available for request on Edelweiss!

A GIRL UNDONE release date and optioned for television!

A GIRL UNDONE, the sequel to A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS by Catherine Linka, will be released June 23, 2015. Both have been optioned by Universal Cable Productions!

THE FORGETTING is a Junior Library Guild selection!

Nicole Maggi’s February 2015 release THE FORGETTING is the Junior Library Guild selection for that month! THE FORGETTING is about a girl who receives a heart transplant and starts to remember the life of her donor. For every memory she gains she loses one of her own. A race against time to solve the mystery of her donor’s death leads her into an underbelly of society that she never knew existed. THE FORGETTING will be released on February 3rd from Sourcebooks Fire and received a stellar review from Kirkus!  “[T]his book is a powerful call to action…a story worth reading.”  Read the full review here!




Jen Malone


YOU’RE INVITED by Jen Malone has a new cover design and will publish on May 19, 2015!

Add it on Goodreads!  Available for Pre-Order!

Amber Lough 

THE BLIND WISH, a sequel to THE FIRE WISH by Amber Lough, will be released in 2015!

Add it on Goodreads!  Available for Pre-Order!


AdriAnne Strickland

THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT: Quest for Gray Ironbark

THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT: Quest For Gray Ironbark, a new middle grade by AdriAnne Strickland will be released February 2, 2015!

Add it on Goodreads! Available for Pre-Order!



Thank you for following us through this amazing debut year!!  I, for one, feel beyond privileged to have been a part of such a talented and awesome group of creative individuals and I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for their future endeavors!  So it’s not really goodbye – it’s more like Catch Ya Later!!   Keep Reading!!


Robin Constantine is a born and raised Jersey girl who moved down South so she could wear flip-flops year round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, well, eventually but not without a lot of peril, angst and the occasional kissing scene. Her YA debut, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING, is out now! Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers.

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.”

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!

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.



At long last, the day has come.

Becoming a published author has been a dream of mine ever since I was seven, drinking tea in a book club during lunch at my elementary school. I started pursuing my dream at age twelve, and it took seven years to land an agent and a publishing contract.

It’s been a long ride, but it happened. It really happened. I am so, so happy to share this book with you all. 🙂


Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.  

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers, which means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued. 

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, and leave them breathless for more.

Advance Praise for Extraction:

“With its toxic moon and dangerous secrets, Kiel is a planet you’ll want to visit again and again, especially with tough, plucky Clementine as your guide. A breathtaking debut that kept me glued to the page!” –Jessica Khoury, author of Origin

“A gripping tale of loyalty, heartache, and self-discovery, Diaz’s debut had me invested from page one. I can’t wait to read the next installment.” -Kasie West, author of Pivot Point

“Bold, brutal, and brilliantly paced, EXTRACTION kept me racing through the pages and desperate for more.” —Shannon Messenger, author of Keeper of the Lost Cities

“Viciously beautiful, EXTRACTION sucks you into a brutal world where action and twists come at a relentless pace, hitting the best notes of old-school sci-fi. I flew through it!” —Kat Zhang, author of What’s Left of Me

You can purchase a copy of Extraction from the following places, or request it at your local library!

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | IndieBound | Book Depository | iBooks

21-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her debut novel when she should’ve been making short films and listening to class lectures at San Diego State University. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fangirling over TV shows. Her YA sci-fi novel, EXTRACTION, is available now. The sequel, REBELLION, is out February 10, 2015. You can follow Stephanie on twitter: @StephanieEDiaz.

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

Deadly Sweet Lies

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.






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.

GETTIN’ LUCKY: An Interview with Amie Kaufman, co-author of THESE BROKEN STARS

Today we’re interviewing Lucky13 author Amie Kaufman, whose debut YA novel THESE BROKEN STARS  (co-authored by Meagan Spooner) hits the shelves today!

Here’s the blurb:

THESE BROKEN STARSIt’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

Congratulations on your debut, Amie! THESE BROKEN STARS was a gorgeous love story with a haunting twist. (And that cover! Absolutely stunning.) Can you share where you found the inspiration for the book?

Thank you so much for having me! The inspiration for the book honestly came about piece by piece. My co-author Meg and I were playing with these characters for a long time before we ever thought about giving them their own book. We both love to write just for fun, and we’d put together little pieces about them and send them back and forth, get them into trouble and bail them out. The scenario we picked was because I wanted to play around with something involving a shipwreck, and Meg wanted space, so we crashed a spaceship and then let the story unfold from there! We’re both big science fiction fans and we love a good hate-to-love relationship, so we drew inspiration from years of reading, film and TV, from Firefly to Pride and Prejudice.

Tarver and Lilac come from very different worlds, and face an entirely new one after the disaster aboard the Icarus. How did you go about creating such a complex universe?

We gave it a LOT of thought. There’s a post on how we handled the development of gender, culture and class here, but obviously it went way beyond that. We did a lot of research, and consulted a lot of specialists to get our science right—we have a NASA physicist, a demolitions expert and a doctor on hand to help us out! Our editor had us write what we call the Starbound Encyclopaedia—dozens of pages about the universe our stories are set in.

What was it like co-writing the book? Did you and Meagan face any major challenges, and if so, how did you overcome them?

We love it! Honestly, if readers have half as much fun reading as we did writing, we’ll be delighted! Co-authoring means you’ve always got someone to brainstorm with, always got someone to help you fix a problem, or challenge you to make something better. People often expect we struggled with being on different continents, but with video conferencing, text and phone calls we found it easy, and the time difference meant we could each work while the other slept.

What’s been the most unexpected aspect of your journey to publication so far?

Hmmm. Good question! Silly as it sounds, I think what’s been most unexpected has been the support we’ve received from other writers, from readers and bloggers and everyone we’ve encountered. There are so many people willing to help you learn, share their wisdom and reach out often unprompted. It’s been wonderful.

THESE BROKEN STARS is the first in a trilogy. Can you share anything about the sequel(s) for us to be excited about?

The sequels are companion novels, so they’re set in the same universe, and the events are related to those in THESE BROKEN STARS, but you’ll meet new characters each time. (Though you may also spot a familiar face or two….) So mostly, I’m so excited to introduce readers to Flynn and Jubilee, our characters in THIS SHATTERED WORLD. Flynn’s a rebel, and Jubilee’s one of the soldiers sworn to stop him. It’s a bad situation all round.

As this community is All for One and OneFour KidLit, we’d love to know what two or three books inspired you as a kid!

I was SUCH a bookworm as a kid—I guess some things never change! I adored THE DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper, and in fact I still read it every Christmas! I also loved SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS and its many sequels by Arthur Ransome, a series about a group of kids in the Lakes District who camp, sail and transform themselves into explorers and pirates every summer. And finally, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA by Jules Verne was my introduction to science fiction, and I knew even as I read it that things were never going to be the same again.

Thanks for stopping by, Amie, and congrats on your debut!

Amie Kaufman is the co-author of These Broken Stars, the first in the Starbound trilogy, and writes science fiction and fantasy for teens. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

You can find Amy online here:
And you can buy THESE BROKEN STARS here:
Stephanie Diaz is 21. She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in film production. She’s a Whovian, Browncoat, and publishing intern. Her work is represented by Alison Fargis of Stonesong. The first book in her debut YA sci-fi EXTRACTION trilogy will be published by St. Martin’s Griffin on July 22, 2014. You can follow Stephanie on twitter: @StephanieEDiaz.

GETTIN’ LUCKY: An interview with Amy Tintera, author of REBOOT

Today we’re interviewing Lucky13 author Amy Tintera, whose debut YA novel REBOOT  hits the shelves today!

Here’s the blurb:

RebootFive years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest.

After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Hi, Amy! How did you come up with the idea for REBOOT?

Hi OneFours! Thank you for having me on the blog.

I actually came up with my main character, Wren, first, and the idea for REBOOT followed. Her voice appeared in my head one day, telling me she’d been dead for 178 minutes, and the story came to me really quickly after that.

One of my favorite things about this book is that Wren, the protagonist, is a character with some not-very-nice tendencies who doesn’t fit the standard heroine complex in most recent YA novels. What made you decide to write a character like her?

I’m so glad that’s one of your favorite things! I love characters that aren’t exactly nice or traditional “good guys.” My favorite characters are the ones who start out as terrible people and then go through some intense changes. I wouldn’t say that Wren is terrible, but I made her bad enough that she could go through some significant changes during the course of the book. A character who changes in big ways, who has an arc, makes a story so much more interesting.

Did REBOOTchange a lot during the revision process?

It got longer. REBOOT was 66,000 words when it went on submission, and it’s now about 81,000 words. My editor (Kari Sutherland) wanted a lot more world building, and I expanded the role of some secondary characters who appear late in the book. I also have a tendency to never describe setting, so my editor asked me to expand that in every scene so the reader would have a better sense of place. But the basic story and plot points are the same. I have a great editor. She focuses on enhancing what is already there and really bringing out the story so it resonates with readers.

What was the most surprising thing about publishing a book? Or exciting? Or both?

It’s surprising how much goes on behind the scenes without the author knowing. A lot of people seem to think we know how our books are selling, or what our pre-orders are like, or when the movie will get made after the book is optioned, but really we’re in the dark about most of it.

But I have to admit, I don’t really mind! I think it would be more stressful to know all that information.

I already can’t wait for the REBOOTsequel! Can you give us any hints about what to expect?

I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to give any hints about the sequel. So all I will say is there is just as much action and romance in the second book, and I introduced some new characters I absolutely love.

Who are some of your writer (or non-writer) role models?

I’ve always admired how Veronica Roth seems so level-headed and classy about all her success (and I love the DIVERGENT series). Gayle Forman is a writer idol of mine. I’m amazed at how funny and charming Kiersten White is at events. I think it’s sweet and awesome that Kiera Cass constantly answers fan questions and makes an effort to communicate with them via Twitter and YouTube.

One last question! Since this community is “All for One and OneFour KidLit,” we’d like to know what two or three books inspired you as a kid?

I read MATILDA by Roald Dahl about 100 times as a kid. I liked the magical element, and the perfect resolution. I love when books have happy endings! I was also a big fan of A WRINKLE IN TIME. I think that was one of my first experiences with sci-fi/fantasy, and I was hooked!

Thanks for stopping by, Amy, and congrats on your debut!
Amy Tintera Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy Tintera writes novels for young adults. She grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College she moved to Los Angeles, where she promptly discovered she didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to her first love, writing.HarperCollins/HarperTeen will publish her debut, REBOOT, a young adult novel about teens in a future Texas who reboot after death and are subsequently forced into slavery. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000. She is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong.

You can find Amy online here:
And you can buy REBOOT here:
Stephanie Diaz is 20. She will graduate from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in film production this May. She’s a Whovian, Browncoat, and publishing intern. Her work is represented by Alison Fargis of Stonesong. The first book in her debut YA sci-fi EXTRACTION trilogy is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan. You can follow Stephanie on twitter: @StephanieEDiaz.

Youtube: Music by Stephanie Diaz

This month’s YouTube topic is MUSIC, and Stephanie Diaz, author of EXTRACTION, is up today talking about some of the music that she considers the soundtrack of her novel.

Stephanie Diaz is 20. She will graduate from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in film production this May. She’s a Whovian, Browncoat, and publishing intern. Her work is represented by Alison Fargis of Stonesong. The first book in her debut YA sci-fi EXTRACTION trilogy is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan. You can follow Stephanie on twitter: @StephanieEDiaz.

Stephanie Diaz: EXTRACTION

We have a lot of fantastic debut authors at OneFour KidLit and are excited to introduce them all to you. Today, we’re talking to Stephanie Diaz. One author, Four questions. Here we go!

IMG_4100Hey, you’re getting published! How’d that happen?

I still find it hard to believe, so I can’t give you the exact recipe. But I’d say it had a lot to do with persistence, and also some luck. I’ve been a writer since the age of seven, give or take a year (my memory is fuzzy). Basically, I’ve wanted to be an author ever since I read the Harry Potter books. For a long time, I made up fantasy worlds and wrote Lord of the Rings rip-offs.

Eventually that phase passed, and at the age of 13 I began querying my first actual novel with a renewed wish for publication. It took me six years and two more novels (and about three hundred rejection letters) before I had the pleasure of accepting an offer of representation from Alison Fargis of Stonesong. Six months and some revisions later, St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan, decided they wanted to publish my books. And I cried.

What’s your debut book about? Can you share any cool details with us?

My debut is a young adult science fiction novel called EXTRACTION. It’s the first in a trilogy, and it was pitched as Divergent meets Ender’s Game, which kind of made my life.
From Publisher’s Marketplace [with my additions inserted like this]: It’s about a girl [named Clementine] who wins escape from a life of brutality [a poisonous moon and a society that kills children at the age of 20] on her planet’s surface only to face the cruel realization that her new life within the core has its own set of horrors.

pink moonMy inspiration came from the moon. One day I started wondering how the world would be different if the moon were poisonous, and the story took off from there.

As far as other cool Extraction-related things, I have a pinterest board and a playlist, if you’d like to give either of those a look/listen! They will certainly provide clues about the story without, I hope, giving too much away.

What do you do in your daily life outside of writing?

Twitter comes to mind—but no, let’s pretend I have a life. I read a lot and spend a lot of time listening to Imagine Dragons and Taylor Swift, and singing loudly. I play guitar. I study film production when college is in session. I have wild and crazy adventures—stargazing, movie-watching, and the occasional game of hide-and-go-seek in the dark—with friends when they’re in town. But mostly I just sit at my computer and scroll through tumblr, wishing I were elsewhere.


What are your desert island books?

First of all, DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth, because I love love love it. I’d definitely need a Harry Potter book, so I’m gonna go with HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN. I’ve been an LOTR fan for ages, so I’d grab THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien. That’d hopefully keep me occupied for awhile. And since I’d be on a desert island with little-to-no clue how to survive, I’d also take a survival book like SURVIVE!: ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND TACTICS TO GET YOU OUT OF ANYWHERE – ALIVE by Les Stroud. That way, maybe I wouldn’t die.

Stephanie Diaz is 20. She studies film production at San Diego State University, but spends most of her time devouring (and writing) unassigned literature instead of studying. She hopes to someday intercept the Doctor on one of his adventures. The first book in her debut YA sci-fi EXTRACTION trilogy is forthcoming from St. Martin’s, an imprint of Macmillan. You can follow Stephanie on twitter: @StephanieEDiaz.

GETTIN’ LUCKY: An interview with Alex Lidell, author of THE CADET OF TILDOR

Cover Final CadetofTildorToday we’re interviewing Lucky13 author Alex Lidell, whose debut THE CADET OF TILDOR is now in stores!  It’s a YA fantasy novel that has been described as “Tamora Pierce meets George R.R. Martin.” Doesn’t that sound epic? Here’s the full blurb:

There is a new king on the throne of Tildor.

Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown’s inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, Cadet Renee de Winter fights to maintain her spot as an elite soldier in training—with no help from her instructor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty. But when an underground crime lord goes too far, Renee and her best friend Alec are thrust into a world rife with crime and conspiracy, struggling between what they want, what is lawful, and what is right.

Welcome to the OneFour blog, Alex, and congrats on your debut! THE CADET OF TILDOR is set in a world of magic and civil war. What inspired this kind of story?

Not quite civil war 🙂 This isn’t a “battlefield” story – but there is a new king on the throne and various criminal factions are vying for power.

The fantasy setting came from my love of fantasy books, especially Tamora Pierce’s novels, and I chose the Academy as my stage because I’m a sucker for school and training stories.

What is the craziest thing you did in the name of research for THE CADET OF TILDOR? Any sword-fighting practice? 

Umm… yeah… I actually stalked out the performers at King Richard’s Fair and interrogated them on horse training for the show. They gave me some ideas, which I took back to the stable and introduced to my horse. I had a foam sword from Halloween and I set up a bottle as a target, and then the horse and I practiced knocking it down. My mom even made me a knight like covering for the horse!

And of course, the sword fighting horseback scene got cut during editing… 🙂

The heroine of the story, Renee, is the only girl at a military academy for boys. If you were put in such a situation, do you think you would survive as well as her?

I have no idea:) And I am happy to not find out, hehe. Actually, I try not to associate myself with the characters because then I get really self-conscious about my writing. One of my fears starting out writing was that people would think that I agree with all of my characters’ opinions and actions or else think that I envision myself as cool and capable as one of the heroes.

That said, I think metaphorically speaking there are a lot of girls in Renee’s situation in the real world and they kick butt. That’s why the slogan on my website is “Challenge the Odds”.

What is your favorite thing about THE CADET OF TILDOR?

In terms of the plot, I like various ethical dilemmas the characters face. In terms of having the book out in the world, I love talking to readers.

What sort of projects can we expect from you in the future?

I am working on a sequel right now. I hope CADET does well and the second book will get to come out!

And 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.

Tamora Pierce’s work was the biggest influence – it was the first non-homework reading that I did in English. (I was born in Russia and didn’t speak english until we immigrated to the US). While in Russia, my favorite kid’s book was called “THE GIRL FROM THE PLANET EARTH” – a sci fi.

Alex-for-WebAlex is a YA fantasy author, a Tamora Pierce addict, a horse rider, and paramedic. The latter two tend to hand in hand a bit more often than one would like. Alex started writing at 2 am. You can find Alex by visiting her website and on Twitter.

Where to buy the book:
Barnes and Noble

This interview was conducted by OneFour member Stephanie Diaz, whose YA science fiction novel EXTRACTION will be released Spring 2014 from St. Martin’s, an imprint of Macmillan. The interview is part of an ongoing series of interviews with The Lucky13s — YA, MG, and children’s book authors debuting in 2013.