It hit me, reading the blog entries here, that I'm kind of in a unique position.
I'm the only one who doesn't have an upcoming release with MTV Books and I'm not going to—at least, not at any time in the foreseeable future. I do have a young adult release coming up in early '09, but that's with a different publisher and I don't know—I'd feel kind of odd talking about it here, even though it's all I want to talk about because I'm in the throes of revision for it and it's all that my creative brain is full of right now. Plus, I just really, really like the story.
The other side of the No-Man's Land coin is that I don't have any particularly recent releases. Adiós is more than a year back and Accent was released nearly five months ago, so neither of them constitutes any kind of fresh news. Any of the typical blog stories—where did I get my inspiration, what influences me with a particular story, tell us about the characters... it all feels as if I've already answered them a hundred times before.
This is where things get tough for me—as I mentioned in a column for my agent, I find it difficult to sell myself. Ridiculous, no? But it just goes against my general nature to go tooting my own horn. But it's an evil necessity. Actually, contrary to what this post may sound like, I do enjoy talking about my books—a lot. I just worry about wearing out my welcome! :-)
So anyhow, I will make concerted effort to talk my lovely MTV Books up, especially since I'm very proud of both of them and they've taken me some incredible places. And anything that anyone wants to ask me about either—I'm more than happy to answer. Deal?
Okay. I'll start then—I found out last Friday that I made my very first Best of list. If you scroll on over to page three of the article, you'll see that author Mary Castillo chose as her best book of 2007, none other than IT'S NOT ABOUT THE ACCENT. Merry Christmas, baby! Especially since I'm there alongside such luminaries as Junot Díaz, who wrote what is unarguably the most celebrated Latino novel of 2007, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Dude. How unbelievably hard does that rock? My book on a list like that. It boggles the mind, really.
So, anyhow, that's kind of where I sit—and the deal utterly stands. Anything anyone wants to ask me, I'm more than happy to answer.