I cannot believe that I haven’t posted this news on the blog yet, but if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, you probably already know that I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!! I have a middle-grade novel, called THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, coming with Scholastic in Fall 2019. I feel incredibly thankful, grateful and blessed! You can add it on Goodreads here.
I’ve known for months now, but the announcement officially went out on Publishers’ Weekly the day before my wedding weekend started, and the title was just finalized last week. I officially started writing this novel during our engagement, on top of moving out of NYC, starting a new job, and planning the wedding. I’m still working on another project as well, so it took me a really long time to update my BookTube channel and now my blog with the news.
The novel is dual-perspective and follows two 11-year-olds, Iris and Daniel, through their sleepy, southern, small town during the wintertime. The two stumble upon a segregated/formerly Blacks’ Only/abandoned graveyard and awaken a ghost who is fed up and ready to be recognized properly. She enlists the help of Iris, but Daniel isn’t too such that the ghost has great intentions… and rightfully so.
I’ve talked about this both in my Book Deal video and on the novel highlights on my Instagram page, but this story was very loosely inspired by 1. The formerly segregated graveyard that my late Uncle and Great-Aunt are buried in, and 2. My two, 11-year-old cousins.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I have ALWAYS wanted to be an author, so I just feel so blessed to have a book coming out next year. I never thought it would be a spooky, MG novel BUT! as they say, some of the best things in life are on the other side of your comfort zone.
Please follow along on my social media for quicker updates! I actually just did a huge Q&A on writing and all of the things here. I will still be updating this blog, but honestly I’ve been having mixed feelings with the direction of my blog and where I feel like it should go.
I started blogging in college, and it has changed soo much, from music/entertainment, to lifestyle, to more of a books/writing/goal focused blog. When I first started, I was playing with the idea of full-time freelancing and blogging. When I realized that I wanted to return to my original dream of being an author, I stopped freelancing as much, but still kept the blog as a way to connect with people instantly through the written word. Of course, I’ve been updating y’all with my wedding and other things, but I find that with more book-writing, I feel like I want to blog less when I’m NOT book-writing. But, I still want to connect in a way that’s faster than publishing, so where does that leave me?
I’m thinking of starting a newsletter, along with a website with a blog TAB on it. That way, I can update the blog with author stuff, writing tips, etc. The newsletter will be infrequent, with book news, a few personal things, giveaways, etc. What do y’all think about that? Let me know!
Thank you for reading this blog, regardless! Whatever I decide, I hope I can still count on your support (and you can count on mine!) In the meantime, I’ll be updating this blog a LOT more frequently with book news, especially as it pertains to cover reveals, preorders, etc.
Don’t forget to add THE FORGOTTEN GIRL on Goodreads!