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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hopping On The Tumblr Train

RIP Blogger. This is my last post here.
Dear Readers,
After years of blogging on the Blogger platform, I've decided to make the switch to Tumblr. If you’re unfamiliar with the social-networking site, it’s a micro-blogging platform that allows you to delve deeper than Twitter (though I love those 140 characters) while not giving your readers the expectation of a lengthy post (like here on Blogger). 
The posts on Tumblr focus entirely on pictures, links, videos, and text--basically anything you find interesting that day. And honestly, between writing and being a new mom, I find this short format better suits me right now.
Soon, I'll have a brand spankin' new website that will better integrate my new Tumblr account (and Blogger Archives), but in the meantime....
Please follow me on Tumblr (and Twitter, and Facebook, and Goodreads, and whatever else is developed by the time you read this). 
And if you'd like the full link to my Tumblr page, here it:  http://dianarwallach.tumblr.com
"Heart" my posts, "Reblog" me, and do whatever it is we're supposed to do on Tumblr. Also, I imported ALL 261 of my Blogger posts there, so if you're interested, can you peruse how I got my writing start back in 2008. Enjoy!
See you on Tumblr,

Friday, May 17, 2013

Go Greek with Mythology High Anthology

I’ve been a little slow with the blog updates recently, but hopefully that’s going to change soon. I’m in the process of updating my website, and transitioning to Tumblr—so stay tune for a whole new look. And I have even BIGGER news to report! I inked a new book deal!

Whoo hoo!

I have a short story trilogy coming out in Fall 2013 that turns the Narcissus myth on its head. Imagine a paranormal secret agent infiltrating high schools to rid the world of shallow people.
Sounds awesome, right? Well, let me tell you a little more.

First, let’s start with the Narcissus myth. For those who don’t know, Narcissus was a beautiful and proud hunter incapable of loving anyone but himself. He was so vain, in fact, that the goddess of revenge, Nemesis, attracted him to a pool of water where he fell in love with his own reflection and died gazing at his image.

My new stories feature Emmy and Nara.

Eighteen-year-old Emmy is in the family business—trapping vapid narcissistic souls into her silver compact mirror for all eternity. It’s what the Rhamnusia family has been doing for thousands of years, all under the direction of Great Grandmother. Only Emmy’s latest assignment, Nara, is about to prove more challenging than she ever expected.

Gorgeous and self-absorbed, Nara is unflinchingly cruel to her classmates. Even her boyfriend, Luke, can no longer tolerate her actions—much to Emmy’s relief since she finds Luke a little more than intriguing. But when Emmy tricks Nara into gazing into her mystical mirror, what she finds there is not what she’s expecting.

The first story in the trilogy, Sucked Into The Looking Glass (working title), will debut in Fall 2013 through Buzz Books!

Even more exciting—each short story will be released as an individual ebook, then later compiled with the short stories from two other fantastic YA authors to form the MythologyHigh anthology. The full anthology of all nine stories will be released as an ebook and a print book at the end of this year! I’ll keep you posted!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Forget Everything With GCC Member Jessica Brody

What could be worse than having your plane crash? Forgetting everything you ever knew. That’s the premise of GCC member Jessica Brody’s latest novel, UNREMEMBERED, out this month through Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.

As always, here’s a little bit about her books to get you hooked:

The only thing worse than forgetting her past...is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find a single survivor; which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating amid the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe. She has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories…period. As she struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is, every clue raises more questions. Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

Set in a world where science knows no boundaries and memories are manipulated UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody is the first novel in a compelling, romantic, and suspenseful new sci-fi trilogy for teens.

Here’s what Jessica had to say:

Q: In ADIOS TO ALL THE DRAMA, Mariana is a bridesmaid in her cousin's wedding. How many times have you been a bridesmaid and what's the worst dress you ever wore?

Jessica: Thankfully I have NEVER been a bridesmaid! It’s something I take pride in! But I’m attending an Indian wedding for the first time this weekend and I’m so excited because I get to wear a Sari!

Q: I've used some of my personal background in each of my novels. Did you take any snippets from your real life when writing your latest book? Base any characters on real people?

Jessica: In this book there aren’t many characters who are based on real people. However, I did base a lot of Seraphina’s “abilities” on things I wish I could do. Like the fact that she can speak pretty much every language on the planet? Yep, that’s a skill I definitely wish I had!

Q: Let's talk publishing. What was harder for you, finding an agent or an editor? Why?

Jessica: Definitely finding an agent. I queried over 100 agents before finding mine (and even she rejected me the first time around! But I rewrote the book based on her feedback and she signed me with the next draft.) Once I found an agent, she actually sold the book quite quickly, which was a huge relief!

Q: Where did the idea for you latest novel come from?

Jessica: A few years ago, I read a newspaper article about a teen girl who was the sole survivor of a plane crash. I was instantly fascinated by the story. Namely because they had no idea why she survived when no else did. I started brainstorming reasons as to why she was so lucky. One particular reason (a rather intricate, science-fiction-inspired one) stuck in my mind and refused to leave. It continued to grow and blossom until I had an idea for an entire trilogy. A trilogy that starts with a mysterious plane crash and a single survivor.

Thank you, Jessica! Now, everyone go out and buy books, lots and lots of books!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I’ve Joined Facebook….Yup, Welcome to 2006!

So you may not believe this, but I just joined Facebook. Like just joined—as in, last week. My dad has been on Facebook for about a year now. (Of course, my parents also went to Mardi Gras this year, so I might not want to compare coolness.)

It wasn’t that I was anti-Facebook or anything. I just didn’t want to have another social media site to keep up with. I’ve got Blogger, Twitter, Pinterist, now Facebook. (Technically, I think I also still have a defunct MySpace account that I never closed, and I still have a GoodReads account that I never check.) I’m also thinking of joining Tumblr.

The world can basically contact me in any media it likes—picture, video, 140-character quips. I’m just waiting for the Morse code and smoke signals to come in (though there’s probably an app for that).

So if you would like to “friend” me or “like” me or “poke” me (yeah, that sounds dirty), here’s my page: https://www.facebook.com/diana.rodriguezwallach

I’m still trying to tread the line as to whether the page is for real-life Diana (ie. the mom, wife, friend, sister) or for author-Diana. Right now, it’s both. So if you don’t know me in real life, here’s your peek behind the curtain. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Meet Some SMALL TOWN SINNERS by GCC Member Melissa Walker

Don’t you just love it when you get a second chance to discover an awesome book? For those who didn’t get the opportunity to read it in hardback, Melissa Walker's fantastic YA novel, SMALL TOWN SINNERS, just came out in paperback. And it’s got an amazing review from The New York Times!

"Walker has written a credible and tender evocation of the moment when a young person’s beliefs begin to emerge and potentially diverge from the teachings of a family’s religion... Near the end, Lacey contemplates a verse from the prophet Isaiah: 'Come now and let us reason together.' It’s a good summation of what Walker asks of her characters and, by extension, of her readers." —The New York Times Book Review

Congrats, Melissa!

And as always, here’s a little bit about her book to get you hooked:

Does falling in love mean falling out of faith?

Lacey Anne Byer is a perennial good girl and lifelong member of the House of Enlightenment, the Evangelical church in her small town. With her driver's license in hand and the chance to try out for a lead role in Hell House, her church's annual haunted house of sin, Lacey's junior year is looking promising. But when a cute new stranger comes to town, something begins to stir inside her.

Ty Davis doesn't know the sweet, shy Lacey Anne Byer everyone else does. With Ty, Lacey could reinvent herself. As her feelings for Ty make Lacey test her boundaries, events surrounding Hell House make her question her religion.

Here’s what Melissa had to say:

Melissa: Before I write a book, I do little interviews with some characters. That information almost never makes it into the manuscript, but I like having it.

Here's a tiny bit from Dean, one of the best friends of her main character Lacey Anne:

What's your ideal college? 
Dean: I don’t like school. I do okay without trying though, so maybe I’ll get into a good college. I’ll worry about that next year.

Future career? 
Dean: No idea. Do I really have to think about that right now?

Who’s your best friend? 
Dean: Starla Joy and Lacey. Lacey is just good. She lives by the rules and they actually seem to work for her. I don’t know if that’s by sheer will or good genes or what, but it’s true. And it’s not just a “follow the crowd” impulse either—she likes me, doesn’t she? That’s not a popular thing to do. Starla Joy is sarcastic and funny. She makes me laugh all the time when she gets worked up about something. She knows who her friends are and she’ll defend us to the death. It’s a good quality to have in a BFF.

Thank you, Melissa! Now, everyone go out and buy books, lots and lots of books!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Look FANGTABULOUS With GCC Member Lucienne Diver

What’s better than a supernatural vampire story set in Salem, Mass. with a murder mystery mixed in? I don’t know about you, but I’m sold. I can’t wait to read GCC member Lucienne Diver’s latest installment in her Vamped series, FANGTABULOUS, out this month through Flux.

As always, here’s a little bit about her books to get you hooked:

Gina Covello and her band of federal fugitives are on the run after taking down a secret (and sinister) government facility. Strapped without cash or credit cards—a fate worse than death for Gina—the rebels must find a place to lay low. They roll into Salem, Massachusetts, the most haunted town in America and the only place they have friends flying under the radar. But within a day, Gina and her gang are embroiled in a murder mystery of the supernatural kind.

Someone—or something—is strangling young women, and it's rumored to be the ghost of Sheriff Corwin, late of the Salem Witch trials. Is it the ghostly Sheriff or is someone on this side of the veil using the famous story as a cover up? Gina is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, and she needs to do it before a paranormal reporter on the scene exposes them for what they are...fanged federal fugitives.

Here’s what Lucienne had to say:

Q: In ADIOS TO ALL THE DRAMA, Mariana is a bridesmaid in her cousin's wedding. How many times have you been a bridesmaid and what's the worst dress you ever wore?
Lucienne: I’ve been a bridesmaid three times, and while none of the dresses was hideous, I’ve only reworn one of them—from my sister’s hippy wedding. You know it’s a hippy wedding when a) the band is the Deadbeats, a Grateful Dead cover group, b) people drink sangria out of great big Igloo coolers, c) guests run around barefoot, and d) have the best time ever!

Q: I've used some of my personal background in each of my novels. Did you take any snippets from your real life when writing your latest book? Base any characters on real people?

Lucienne: Whew, thank goodness the real-life people know that I took liberties with them, otherwise this question might get me into some trouble! I loosely model a lot of characters. For example, my hero Bobby reminds me a lot of my husband…mixed with a young Zac Efron! Another real-world character: Donato in Fangtabulous started with a friend of mine (Don “Vlad” Deich) who showed me around Salem and runs a gothic magic show there.

Q: Let's talk publishing. What was harder for you, finding an agent or an editor? Why?

Lucienne: I didn’t go looking for an editor, my agent did that for me, so in that sense finding an agent was harder.

Q: Where did the idea for you latest novel come from?
Lucienne: Fangtabulous is set in Salem, Massachusetts, which I think has to be the most haunted town in America. Certainly it’s the first place I’ve ever been to that almost had me believing in ghosts. (Okay, true confession: on the ghost tour I took, when we hit the house where Old Sheriff Corwin’s remains had been secreted away when his body was snatched, I was so creeped out by the sensation that something/someone was behind me that I had to put my back to a brick wall.) Anyway, I knew I wanted my fanged fugitives to hide out in Salem, where they might potentially blend in. When I visited the town to begin my research I didn’t have a clue yet as to actual plot. But digging deeper into the history and letting the sense of the place wash over me, a storyline began to form, one full of unsettled spirits and a few girls who weren’t so lucky, like I was, to escape with their lives.

Q: Where were you when you found out that your latest novel was going to be published? Tell us the story.
Lucienne: It was so far back that I don’t even remember, because Flux contracted me for books three and four in the Vamped series at the same time (and Fangtabulous is the fourth). Very likely it was in an airport. I seem to get all the good news for my work when I’m about to take off and there’s no time to share the good news with anyone except my seatmates, who tend to look at me funny when I squee suddenly.

Thank you, Lucienne! Now, everyone go out and buy books, lots and lots of books!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Starting the Year With Some Good Books!

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year and a great holiday season! My little one is a year-and-a-half now (can't believe it!), so while she still doesn’t really grasp the whole Santa-thing, she did catch on to the present-thing really quick. And of course, there were a lot of books under her tree.

Now, Juliet didn’t receive all of the books above. Some were gifts for friends (and there were even more books given that aren't pictured). But as you can see, books were a big hit in our house this year. And to prove it, here’s a picture of Juliet opening a Sesame Street book (one of those not pictured above). She was so happy, she even made Super Grover dance on it.

I predict another author in the family. 

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