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Jun. 13th, 2011

Jenna paperback

A very happy Monday . . .

Woke up to this starred review in Publishers Weekly!

Hooray!!  I think I love Mondays!

May. 31st, 2011

The Fox Inheritance

BEA Recap . . .

What a fun, crazy few days!  After days and days of torrential rain forecasts, I arrived in New York to sunshine and very warm days.  I'm not complaining--I love sunshine--but I didn't pack sunshine clothes.  I packed rain clothes so I wore the same three things over and over and over.  But in a city of a zillion people, who would know?

I flew in Tuesday night and Wednesday morning the fun began.  First up was a video interview with Figment, one of the fastest growing writing sites on the web. They asked me some fun, impromptu questions.  Then it was time for me to sign The Fox Inheritance at the Macmillan booth.  The Javits Center is enormous.  This is a shot from a second floor lounge window where you can see everything! 

I was too busy to get any pictures of the signing but I would have loved to have gotten some shots of the people who came.  Some were old friends, some I had only met online but felt like I had met before, and then I met so many new people too.  The blogger presence was staggering.  Yay for so many people talking up books! Enormous thanks to all who came out!

Even though I didn't get pictures of the signing, here are a few sites or people who did:
 The MacKids blog  (yes, in that one picture I have just eaten a canary.  Who me?)
The Reading Zone  (Sarah is a blogger I have known online but met for "reals" at BEA)
Early Word , Lisa's Picks  (thanks, Lisa!)

My wonderful editor was handing out swag to those who came to the signing.  Fun to see so many folks wearing ESCAPEE wristbands.  Ha!  I wonder if anyone on the street wondered who these people were who were breaking out of the Javits Center. (Book lovers, that's who.)

Immediately following the signing was another impromptu video interview with Justine Magazine.  Can't wait to see it so I can see what I actually said!  From there I was off to a luncheon put on by my publisher at a local restaurant.  I met Ann Martin there and gave a very fan girly squee, and then I tried to quickly regain composure.  I got to meet lots of "book people" and enjoy food and company.

After the lunch it was a race back to the hotel for a quick change then back to Javits to have coffee with Gabrielle Zevin.  Her new book, All These Things I've Done,  is luscious and chocolately and you will love it.  I guarantee it.  And then it was off to the art auction to benefit ABFFE (American Booksellers Foundation for Freedom of Expression) Laurie Halse Anderson was master of ceremonies and shared some of her experience with book banning. I've never had a book banned or challenged that I know of, but I know many of my favorite books have had people who have tried to remove them from schools and libraries.  Thank God there is a voice out there, ABFFE, for those of us who want to have choice in what we read. The auction was a huge success thanks to the very generous artists who donated their work, and I came away with two pieces:

WADDLES by David McPhail, a watercolor which I simply adore, especially being a duck lover.

And this hand-smocked dress by Ann Martin (yes, the Babysitters Club Ann Martin!)  This one was a no-brainer for me.  I had to have it!  As many of you know, I am expecting my first grandbaby in just two months and this will be an EXTRA special dress for her.  Plus, I used to smock myself eons ago, and I know the countless hours that go into them.  It's just beautiful.

After the auction I had a relaxing dinner with my editor and agent, and my husband too.  Great food, great company, and lots of quiet which we needed.  By the end of the evening I practically had to be poured into the cab (from being tired, not what you were thinking!) Jet lag had finally caught up with me.

The next day I went to lunch with my editor at another one of those wonderful tucked away New York restaurants and we even did a little shopping at a children's store around the corner.  (I swear this little granddaughter I don't even have yet is too much fun to shop for.)  When I left I was going to grab a taxi back to my hotel but decided to walk a bit.  And then a bit more.  It is not like I get to New York every day and I wanted to soak it in. 

At this point I'm about halfway to my hotel and  in front of the NYPL  (yay!) and I'm developing blisters but still managing to smile.  And once you're halfway you might as well walk the rest, right?  I just sort of disconnected my feet from my brain. 

Blisters and all, the weather, New York, and BEA were amazing.  Thanks again to all who came out to the signing.  I appreciate your support immensely! And thanks to the weather man for holding back the rain.

May. 6th, 2011

Jenna paperback

Escape . . .

Have you ever wanted to escape? (Yeah, I know, every Friday)

I'm yakking about The Fox Inheritance and Escape, (plus there's a Wristband Giveaway) over on the MacKids Books blog

TGIF everyone!  Have a great weekend. 

(And I hope you get a wristband.  We'll be Escapees together)

May. 3rd, 2011

The Fox Inheritance

Quite blown away

Suzanne Collins (yes, of Hunger Games fame!) read my book, The Fox Inheritance which will be out on August 30th, and she said some very nice things about it:

"In this futuristic follow-up, Pearson pries open the most haunting element of Jenna Fox's world:  disembodied minds trapped in computers.  Questions of human identity and nightmarish medical technology drive this riveting, thought-provoking sequel."
--Suzanne Collins

Yes, blown away and thrilled.

Apr. 8th, 2011

The Fox Inheritance

Friday Five . . .

The last month has been crazy!  I should have a Friday FIFTY, but I will try to keep it down to five.

1.  Travel and visits!  This last month there has been a flurry of them--and much eating of cake!  Which probably explains why my jeans are fitting tighter these days.

I had a great time in Washington (see previous post) and as soon as I got back there were more visits, but most of those were local.  The Adoration of Jenna Fox is one of the three California Young Reader Medal nominees (honored to be included with Suzanne Collins and Neal Shusterman) so a lot of local schools asked me to come visit.  Carlsbad High School did a Readers Theater to introduce me.  I was awed and almost speechless when it was time for me to talk (keyword: "almost").  Last week I had a Skype visit with Arkansas teachers and librarians who were attending the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media conference.  My dad was from Arkansas and I really wish I could have gone there in person, but the timing just didn't work out, but hooray for Skype!

2.  It's official.  To celebrate the publication of The Fox Inheritance, I am going to be touring this fall with awesome authors, Alyson Noel, Jessica Brody, Alexandra Adornetto, and Gabrielle Zevin!  I'm excited!  I know Alyson but I can't wait to meet the rest of these writers.  The tour is called The Pen Fatale Tour (love that name--thanks Jennifer!) and we will possibly be visiting these cities:  Chicago, Austin, Houston, Cincinnati, Dayton, Denver, Los Angeles, and Seattle.  Actually, Austin is confirmed--we will all be at the Teen Lit Festival there on October 1.  Do you live in or near any of these cities?  I hope so!

3.  My website is updated--finally!  It now includes a Facebook plug in on the home page so I can share book news as it happens.  Hope you "Like" it : )

4.  Over at MacKids I have a new post:  When Stories Come Knocking (What's a writer to do?)   Hope you check it out.  I think every writer has been in that position when a story grabs hold of you unexpectedly.

5.  Only two weeks left until my daughter gets married.  Details!  Details!  Do I need to say more? (But all is going smoothly--just the usual last minute rush.)  We keep telling the groom that she has the most gorgeous purple turtleneck wedding dress.  He's not buying it.  Hm, I wonder why.

6.  I already shared the news that my other daughter is pregnant.  Well, we found out what she's having.  A girl!  I'm ecstatic.  I can't wait to spoil her and read to her and . . .  everything.  Can't.  Wait.

Okay, I didn't stick to five, but at least it wasn't fifty--and it easily could have been!

Have a great weekend all!  (And no more cake for me, or I won't fit into my dress for the wedding!)

Mar. 9th, 2011

Jenna paperback

Washington, here I come . . .

I'm packing up to head up to Pasco, Washington!  Any of you live near there?

I'll be participating in the 2011 Cavalcade of Authors , along with authors Lisa Schroeder, Alane Ferguson, Kimberly Derting, Justina Chen, Mary Jane Beaufrand,  David Patneaude, Terry Trueman, Stephen Wallenfels, Rick Yancey, and Melissa De La Cruz!  Wow. I wish I could go and listen to all of their workshops, except that I'll doing one of my own--but boy, the creative vibes will be swirling I'm sure, so I'll try to soak it all in by osmosis.

I'm also excited because students will be coming from all over the Tri-cities area to take part in the workshop.  This is a voluntary event that students sign up for so I know I will be sharing those creative vibes with enthusiastic readers--if not the next generation of writers.  I get goosebumps thinking about all the future books that are simmering in their minds waiting to be written.

Even though the workshop is a closed event, most of us authors will be signing the day before the conference, Thursday at 5:00 pm,  at this Barnes & Noble.  I hope you can come!

As much as I can I will post updates and pictures on Twitter and Facebook, so check there for pics and news.

Feb. 26th, 2011

Jenna paperback

Let it be known . . .

The universe is definitely out of alignment.

I've been searching and shopping for shoes for my daughter's wedding.  Zappos and Shoes.com know me on a first name basis--as well as every other shoe store in town.  All to no avail because I had two requirements for a shoe.  1) Gold (only color that will go with my fern green dress) and 2) COMFORT.  My feet are wimps when it comes to pain.

Last night my husband and I were both downtown and we met for dinner and shopping.  He knew I was looking for shoes and suggested Bloomingdales,  and then walked right up to a pair of shoes and said how about these?  I rolled my eyes.  They were too high.  Too this.  Too that.  But he talked me into trying them on.

I loved them.

They are exactly what I was looking for and they are COMFORTABLE.  I mean, really comfortable.

He's never going to let me live this down, but yes, I admit it, my husband found the perfect shoes when I couldn't.

Feb. 24th, 2011


Paper Dolls . . .

Look what was found in storage!

I literally squealed when I discovered what was inside the box.  My long lost paper doll--and her wardrobe!  Of course, this is just a small portion of her closet.  She has hats, shoes, bathing suits, bathrobes--everything a little cardboard girl could need.  Well, except pants.  No pants!  But that was in the days when girls weren't allowed to wear them to school.  Can you believe that?  Hard to imagine.


Take note of her changing expressions. Who says we didn't have high tech dolls in the '60's?

I also noted that this girl had a little meat on her and wasn't stick thin like so many other dolls (Barbie, are you listening?)   Maybe that's why I loved her so much. 

But really, she does need some pants. 
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Feb. 18th, 2011

The Fox Inheritance

Friday Five . . .

1.  Switching to no anonymous comments for a while.  Looks like a lot of LJ'ers have had a spike in SPAM lately (see yesterday's post).  About half of them are nonsense and the other half has links to who knows where.  Probably icky places.  So for now, no more anons.  : (

2.  I'm having a hard time naming a key character in my next book.  Last night I combed through baby name lists.  It's a name that just has to feel right, ya know?  I came across one name, Raven, which would be perfect because she has jet black hair and if just feels so right for her, but I have this nagging feeling that was the name of another famous character, but can't put my finger on it.  Does that ring a bell for anyone?

3.  I posted this picture on my Facebook page yesterday.  Hunter, a.k.a Frog Dog, went out on the deck to soak up some sunshine after having rain the day before.  He looked so happy I had to snap his picture.  Today the black clouds are back and we are supposed to have rain here all weekend.  Yes, I suppose we need it, but Hunter and I had been looking forward to more sunshine. 

4.  Thank you to Madchatter for sharing her excitement and kind words about The Fox Inheritance. 

5. This name is going to drive me crazy.  Maybe I'll look through the phone book.  I can use an * as a placeholder for a lot of things as I write, but not names.

Hope you all have a little sunshine in your weekend even if it rains.  Now back to the name hunt.  Suggestions welcome.

Feb. 17th, 2011

Jenna paperback

What's the deal?

Anyone else on LJ being inundated with SPAM comments? 

It never used to be a problem in the past. I may have to switch to no anonymous comments because I'm getting tired of screening and deleting them.

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