Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Update on Zachary's novella "Shattered"

"Shattered," the novella from Zachary's point-of-view, which covers the same time frame as SHINE (Book 3), was originally scheduled to be published today, so I figured I should probably put up a quick post.

Um, it's not coming out today, on account of the fact that it's not finished. It'll be out some time in early 2013.

I've mentioned elsewhere what a difficult year this has been workwise. SHINE took two extra drafts to get it perfect, which pushed back the schedule for LUST FOR LIFE (WVMP Book 4, coming November 27), which compressed my time allotted for "Shattered" into a very short period that can only be described as "the last week and a half."

Tomorrow I have to get rolling on my next YA novel for Simon Pulse, due early October (to be released early 2014). I have a detailed outline, but they frown on authors turning in outlines instead of actual books. (I KNOW, RIGHT?)

Besides, I am super stoked to write this new novel. I've been cheating on other projects with it all year, an hour here, an hour there. It's completely different than anything I've done before, a contemporary (non-paranormal) novel from a boy's point of view. I'm doing it for Camp NaNoWriMo, which starts tomorrow.

I can't say much more about it until I write at least the first draft, because lots could change. It has a working title, which I also can't share because it'll definitely change.


Anyway, despite the fact that I'm dying to write what for now I am calling "Dave," I feel very kicky-screamy about having to put Zachary aside AGAIN. But such is the nature of balancing self-published work with contracted work.

I love "Shattered" maybe more than anything I've ever written, and I want/hope it'll be the BEST thing I've ever written. I want it to be perfect, though it probably won't be, because nothing ever is. But it will be ambitious literarily (is that a word?), a story structured in a way that's interesting beyond just the plot and characters. I hope.

In the meantime, you can get plenty of Zachary (and Logan and Martin and, on special occasions, Aura) on Twitter and on tumblr.


I still owe you a "Shattered" teaser for Zachary winning Round 1 of the Crush Tournament--a funny, sexy scene of him and Aura having a video chat. That'll be here on the website soon, in both words and audio (read by me, hopefully not too embarrassingly). (Along with Logan and Aura's first kiss and the epilogue to the Prom Scene.)


Tomorrow at noon Pacific (3pm Eastern), a different scene from "Shattered" will be presented as part of the YA Scavenger Hunt. It will be available to read only as long as the Hunt lasts, until noon Pacific Sunday, August 5, and then I'm taking it down until "Shattered"'s release in early 2013. I won't be able to link to it directly from this blog--you have to go through the Hunt to search for it (them's the rules, sorry).

This scene? Features Logan and Zachary.


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ALL THE THINGS in this post make me giddy and fangirly :)

Posted by: Blogger Marissa at 7/31/2012 7:34 PM

Wah! Can't wait for both "Shattered" teasers , can't wait to hear your accent! Really, really, REALLY looking forward to your next books (WVMP and mistery novel).

Posted by: Blogger cristina at 7/31/2012 7:34 PM

But we still get the kilt coming off scene right?

Posted by: Blogger Peggy RN at 7/31/2012 7:39 PM

But we still get the kilt coming off scene right?

Posted by: Blogger Peggy RN at 7/31/2012 7:39 PM

Peggy, LOL, yes, that's still coming up, as soon as I can figure out a way to write it that isn't too cheesy or sleazy. I'm sure something clever will hit me soon. ;)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 7/31/2012 8:06 PM

Marissa said it best! I'm all fangirly and giddy after reading your post! Have fun at Camp Nanowrimo! :)

Posted by: Blogger Judy (shellseeker93) at 7/31/2012 8:29 PM

Ooh, love the sound of the new YA just based on that vagueness alone. ;)

Also tres excited about everything else!

Posted by: Blogger Ashley @ Book Labyrinth at 7/31/2012 8:43 PM

::makes grabbyhands at EVERYTHING::

Posted by: Blogger Lindsay Ribar at 7/31/2012 8:58 PM

Yes yes yes!! Yay yay yay!! I can wait. I CAN wait. I will prove it to you with my maximum waititude engaged! :)

Posted by: Blogger Lindsey at 7/31/2012 9:30 PM

You are made of awesome Jeri!!

I don't mind waiting for Shattered 'cause I know you'll write something amazing and to think of a new novel AND with a guy's pov is super exciting!!

I look forward these Shattered teasers and I think is 100% possible that I'll go crazy with them, LOL!

Have fun in Camp Nanowrimo!! Love ya!!

Posted by: Blogger Gaby Pendragon at 7/31/2012 11:04 PM

Oh, the awesomeness of this post! I had the biggest smile plastered on my face while reading it. Such exciting news, regardless of how vague. :P

Posted by: Blogger starryeyedjen at 8/01/2012 9:33 AM

I can be petient ........

but in the meantime Aspect of Crow awaits me :-)

Posted by: Blogger claire at 8/01/2012 5:34 PM

Read the Shattered excerpt. It was beautiful. And by the end I had tears. Made worse by the song. Thanks for sharing such a great scene.

Posted by: Blogger Kendra at 8/02/2012 1:04 AM

Yay! I get to have more time to save money for Shattered. And I look forward to hearing more about your new YA novel! :))

Posted by: Blogger Marisol Gaddi at 8/02/2012 9:55 AM

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