I’ll be honest with you—I cried from happiness when I saw this. I love these books, and I think everybody ever should read them so that we can TALK ABOUT THEM and fight over who gets to marry Liam Stewart (me, obviously, back off ladies). Plus, I know how talented and hard-working and brilliant Alex is, and it’s pretty awesome to see it all pay off. So proud-slash-excited!
There are some things authors dream of—some things that they know are so far out of the realm of possibility, they keep them locked inside as a secret, little hope for the future. Something like this isn’t a goal, because it’s one of those things completely out of your control, but like I said it’s a little hope that drives you to improve and grow and keep going. I am totally and completely shocked, but, more importantly, so incredibly grateful to all of you for supporting The Darkest Minds series. One of the most amazing things for me has been watching you share the books with your friends and families, hearing about how many of you have convinced your libraries to carry it, seeing your GIF reactions here on Tumblr, your tweets your reviews—this all adds up to something we call “word of mouth,” and it’s made all the difference to these books and to my life.
You all know I work in publishing, but you probably don’t know that I sit right beside our fabulous publicity department. They get The New York Times Best Sellers list right on Wednesday night around 5 PM and open it to see how the company’s books have fared. And, let me tell you, it was incredibly surreal to hear them cheering about our books and then hear my friend Lauren go, “Wait—Alex is on this list! Alex is on this list TWICE!” Before I could even process it, I had so many people standing around my cubicle, all of them so excited and happy (How lucky am I to have them as coworkers?) and, um, I don’t do well with a lot of attention focused on me (hence why I don’t have birthday parties usually) and my body temperature went up like 30 degrees and I just started to cry… and I sort of slid off my chair before managing to get back on my feet again to cry some more. Totally overwhelmed, to say the least.
I know I’ve talked about this before, but there’s a little bit of bittersweetness in that I can’t share this news with my dad. I wrote the bulk of this book in the few months after he passed away, with a lot of raw feelings. Shepherding the different characters through their journeys helped me get through an incredibly difficult time as well as articulate what it’s like to go through loss. Thank you for helping me honor my dad and his memory.
I can’t say it enough, but, again, thank you all, and thank you to my publisher Disney*Hyperion—everyone there—for getting this series from the start and believing in it. Thank you.
All the feels.
So happy for Alex (who I used to work with back in the day) and also really happy to work in an industry filled with so many women who support one another.
Happy on sale day to Gayle Forman's JUST ONE YEAR! The companion novel to JUST ONE DAY satisfies those with wanderlust, book cravings, and Shakespearan tendencies. PW said in their starred review that JUST ONE YEAR is ”an alluring story that pushes beyond the realm of star-crossed romance.”
My Tandem author copies came today! I’ve been passing them out like candy in the office, because apparently I don’t understand the concept of “selling” books. This is probably the universe’s way of saying, “Finish your draft of Tether already!” Like, I’m getting to it, okay?
I have my own and it is so beautiful and precious and MINE ALL MINE.
You lucky readers will be able to get your own soon. TANDEM goes on sale October 8th.
And if you’re in New York City, come to Anna’s launch event at McNally Jackson!
I’m so excited to announce the launch of my new line of t-shirts. I am kind of in love with them (and I’m super picky about t-shirts, and about being in love in general) and hope you’ll like them, too. We’ll be adding more in time but take your pick of book-related t-shirts or just get an All The Feels one. Because don’t we all love All.The.Feels. The complete line of shirts—and tote bags— is here.
Now you can wear your love for Gayle Forman’s books. Love the colors and the graphics. Which one to pick…