Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr Holly is the typical plain girl heroine of so many young adult novels. Dominic is the heartthrob drummer. Holly Dayton is about to go way out of her comfort zoneSpending Christmas vacation on a cruise with her two cousins from hell isn’t Holly’s idea of a good. Decked with Holly by Marni Bates – book cover, description, publication history.
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So the ridiculously awesome Clara Kensie and Stacey Kade invited me to join this writing blog hop! So please forgive my vagueness. I can tell you that my heroine Emmy Danvers gets into a boatload of danger that involves contract killers, an elite prep school, and a boy with more than a few secrets of his own.
How does my work differ from others in the genre? I write humorous contemporary YA. They are the fanciest and I love them. There is also a penguin named Nils Olav who was knighted in Norway. Making him by far the cutest knight in all of history. I could not talk myself into writing 70, words or more! I write the book that I most want to read at that particular moment. It would have been a whole lot harder for me to move on without that closure.
It starts with a question that I find interesting. Intentionally blurred because it reveals plot for Book Two. And because it is my Secret Project of Secret. Creating these doodles has become an integral part of my process, but there really is no magic short-cut to writing a novel.
I have to sit down, take a deep breath and an even bigger sip of coffeeand keep writing until I reach the end. And when I get to the editing stage, I ask my barista for a triple shot. And yes, I create impossible word count schedules for myself.
I bribe myself with the promise of Thai food. Sometimes I take three or four days off and do nothing but listen to audiobooks. The whole process can be maddening at times, but I still wake up every day feeling incredibly grateful that I get to do it!
And then I impressed a whole bunch of travelers with my happy dance. I mean, these characters have been with me for over four years. Confided our secrets to each other. Exchanged tons of advice. Really freaking awesome ones! Turns out, there is a whole lot I have yet to learn about adulthood.
During my semester abroad in Australia, I penned it with a sharpie every time a lecture failed to capture my interest. Everyone was incredibly patient with me. I think I might have gritted my teeth once. Although that might have something to do with all the adrenaline pumping through my system. I looked at hundreds of different fonts before I decided to use my own handwriting.
I think it adds a personal touch. Vates I absolutely love it! This is not because authors tend to go straight to the nearest bar and order way too many cocktails while they brace themselves for reviews. Although I admit that idea has some merit. No drinking was involved in the making of secked photos. My mom opened a fabulous quilt store in Ashland, Oregon called Sew Creative. I was going for a Statue of Liberty meets Starbucks meets heavily-caffeinated Marni look.
I think it worked…. So that feels pretty darn great. Honestly, this has been the most amazing year for me. The love and support I have received is just…incredible. Now editing is ddcked my favorite part of the editing process. Usually I stare at my laptop and say:. Luckily, I have a fantastic editor, Alicia Condon, who gives brilliant suggestions.
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And with her help, I think I successfully pulled off some book-related karate. How did I celebrate? Wit meeting up for more coffee with romance authors extraordinaire, Maisey Yates and Lisa Hendrix!
Probably because every fiber of my being was doing this:. So I was pretty thrilled to see her again, under slightly less intense conditions. It felt like a mini-RWA conference! Well, maybe after I watch a few episodes of Veronica Mars …. I hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
This year I spent mine at home, getting thoroughly stuffed on turkey, and playing board games with my family.
Oh, bolly I watched this clip from the West Wing. To be honest, I feel grateful every single day that this is my life. I mean, I get to write novels for a living.
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I get to fall in love with fictional characters and then share them with other people! I get to spend hours doodling in journals and that technically counts as work! Now we can finally start getting excited for the holiday season!
Normally, I like to keep everyone apprised of my travel plans before I hop on airplanes, but not this time. Still, when I jumped out from behind a white pillar to surprise her at the airport, her expression was priceless. I was pretty amazed myself…that my family managed to keep it a secret. This is the point where an accurate Magic 8 Ball would insist that I should try again later because it cannot predict now. One of the best parts of my job is the travel flexibility.
I can pretty much work wherever I can get a steady supply of coffee and Internet access. And the only other thing my mom requested for her birthday—besides the trashcan—was a copy of Notable. I also have a short story for an anthology that needs to be edited More on that later!
And in the meantime, I get to enjoy a family Thanksgiving in my hometown. Yesterday I woke up to a stunningly awesome email sitting in my inbox from my awesome KTeen editor, Alicia Condon. At first I thought maybe Kensington sold some books about Brazilian billionaires for another author and wanted to let me know about it.
And then I thought that since they included my name, maybe they wanted to hire me to write books about Brazilian billionaires!
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All Brazilians are super wealthy in romance novels. And yes, I would have a whole lot of fun writing three steamy books about very rich Brazilian men! It dexked makes me want to learn Portuguese.
What am I working on right now? Now you know what I bring to the table: Why do I write what I do? How does my writing process work? Well, it usually starts out something like this: Then I write the beginning and I feel great! Everything is btes and shiny and sparkly! Hey everyone, So something pretty awesome happened yesterday. I turned in my edits for the last book wwith my Smith High series! I looked something like this when I sent it back to my editor, Alicia Condon.
And I can tell you that it was an absolute pleasure to write.
But they are very real to me. In a good way. Luckily, I have friends in Portland who are willing to brave Ikea with me! And teach me how to drive a car. I thought any tattoo expedition would quickly turn into this: I burst out laughing. One year ago Woth feared my debut would look a lot like this: Nervous author in the Serengeti. My resolution was to avoid being eaten by a lion. Here are just some of the highlights: I laughed really hard when I saw this in my own hometown.
I met Ellen DeGeneres!