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NYC Teen Author Festival at WORD

"The Only Way Out Is Through" eventThis past Tuesday, I did my first ever public book reading. And it was awesome. I was lucky enough to be on the panel at the NYC Teen Author Festival event “The Only Way Out Is Through: Engaging Truth Through YA” at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn. The reading and discussion was moderated by David Levithan (Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, and so many more), and on the panel with me were Ellen Hopkins (CrankTilt, and more), Timothy Decker (The Punk Ethic), Crissa-Jean Chappell (Narc), and Amy McNamara (Lovely, Dark and Deep).

We had a packed house — standing room only — and great questions from the audience. I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback I received from attendees after the event, and I was equally as thrilled to see My Life After Now on the shelves of a very real bookstore — two whole weeks before its release date!

Box of booksThis week also held another “first” for me — last night my author copies of My Life After Now arrived! I am now in possession of twenty-five gleaming, beautiful final copies of the book. I know I’m probably extra-excited because this is my first book and getting to hold the finished product in my hands still feels incredibly surreal… but then again, I can’t imagine ever getting used to this kind of thing. ‘Cause it’s freaking awesome.

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