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My BookMarks Festival Experience in 5 pictures

On Friday, I went to Mt. Tabor High School to speak at two classes. This is an image of the creative writing class studying my short story, In the Clearing . Not gonna lie, it was totally humbling to have them actually break it down. They had even written some pieces from other characters’ POVs, and every one I heard was AWESOME! I brought some home, and I’m going to hoard them like buried treasure.

My speaking event at the actual BookMarks Festival was one of the last ones on Saturday. And that was fine until this giant rain/wind storm pretty much shut down the whole thing. After a short delay, I ended up doing my event in an art gallery instead of the outdoor stage. These ladies made up part of the crowd, and I’m so glad they braved the storm. Besides having fantastic questions, they were so much fun to talk to! And Megan there (cute chick in the stripes beside me) was celebrating her birthday! She’s a pretty epic fan, seeing as she made Guyden a baby blanket back in the day. Which I still have. So. Freaking. Rad.

To anyone who came to my reading, I’m very sorry. You might remember that as I was being introduced by my lovely friend Corey, I flew into a giggle fit, totally distracting everyone and ruining the semi-serious vibe. That’s because my friend James held up this request for Freebird on his phone. I lost it. Sorry! But you’ve gotta admit, that’s pretty dang funny.


Remember those six awesome girls? One of them (Maddison, I think), requested I sign her book with one of my haikus about Robert Pattinson. After much fretting over syllables, this is what came out. (Rob, if you’re reading, that offer still stands.) 

As I mentioned, I went to Mt. Tabor High School on Friday. Maggie, one of the students there who was volunteering at the event, made this for me. This is what happens when people have access to your Facebook account and know about the things you obsess over. Maggie and Corey, in case you’re wondering, Callaway laughed about as hard as I did. The only issue is where do I keep something this awesome? Still looking for the right place.

Besides all the fun, I can’t say enough about how great the people working the festival were. They fixed my misspelled nametag, took care of traveling and food around town, and went out of their way to make sure my mom and Zuzu were comfortable. I had a blast, and if we crossed paths, I hope you did too! 



TV show, The Selection

So, about that whole TV thing

In case you’ve had your ears carefully plugged and missed me squealing about this, The Selection has been picked up by the CW for a television series! Typically, I like to make Behind the Book videos to talk about things like getting your first advance check or dealing with your doubt. But this is a bit of a long story, so here is how it all went down:

Last July I was driving to Toddler Talk with Guyden, minding my own business, tra la la la la. My phone rang, and it was Elana calling to say that Warner Brothers was interested in optioning The Selection for a television series! Now, you might be wondering just what that word “optioning” means. Basically, a production company pays for the rights to hold onto your project, usually for about a year. Then they beat it with the Hollywood Stick and see if anything awesome pops out. Lots of projects die in this stage (or so I’ve been told), and I assumed that was what was going to happen to me. You might have noticed… it’s Febtober now. Yeah, it’s been a while.

But backing up. Last July, I had a phone call with some lovely ladies over at WB, and by the end of it, I felt pretty encouraged. Even though I knew that things would have to be changed, I felt secure in their desire to maintain the feeling of the book. I also was excited about the television format, because instead of cutting things out like you have to for movies, we’d have the opportunity to add things in, explore other areas of the world that America doesn’t see. And when it was agreed that I could be hired as a creative consultant, (meaning I’d get to at least offer up some thoughts for the show (though, really, they still don’t have to listen to me)), I was in. Let’s do this!

So the contract negotiations started… and that’s all I knew. I figured nothing was happening because there was all this red tape to get through, and I was sure at some point someone was going to say this wasn’t worth the hassle. Little did I know that while the contract was being hammered out, the people at Warner Brothers were already hard at work. By the time the contracts came back to me a few weeks ago, the talk was “Yeah, you’re going to want to sign these pretty quickly. There are some people looking into shooting a pilot.”… And I was all like HUH?

Yeah, they’d gotten producers, written a script, shopped it around. They were totally on top of it! I signed the contracts and a few days later, the news is on MTV: The Selection’s going to be a TV show.

Now, I will say that this doesn’t mean much. The show still might not happen. They could test it with executives who don’t like it, or show it to the country and everyone starts throwing stuff at their TV in protest… but it also might be something really cool.

At this point, I don’t know a whole lot. We have some fantastic producers/writers in Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain. I’ve read their script, and it’s really amazing what they’ve done with the world. We also have Barbara Stordahl and Angela Terry on board as casting directors, and their IMDB pages are full of awesome things they’ve cast, so you just go look that up. I also hear that they’re going to shoot in Vancouver, which I dig because it seems like all the cool stuff gets done in Vancouver these days, so yay!

And for now, it’s more waiting for me. I’m excited to see what comes, but in the meantime, I’m just looking forward to getting the book in your hands. It’s something like 77 days away now. After the years it took to get to today, that feels like nothing. I SO can’t wait!

Anyway, stay tuned, and I’ll keep you posted on book and movie news as much as I can. And thanks so much for all of the love you guys have given me already. You’re keen!