Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Holidays, Happy News

I'm delighted to be able to share that Jen Bonnell, my editor at Speak (Penguin), has offered me a contract on a third historical YA novel, to pub early in 2013!

Things are still evolving as I work but for the moment this story, tentatively titled Moll, is set in the racy and scandalous 1920s and centers on Jo, a teen girl caught in a web of lies, illegal activities, and family secrets. I love the '20s: a wild time of contrasts, new ideas, liberated (and over-the-top) behavior, gorgeous clothes, and lurking darkness (Hilter became Fuhrer of the Nazi Party in 1921; five million people died in a famine in Russia. And that's just a start.)

I'm anticipating the ARCs of my second YA, Forgiven, early in January. Forgiven is a companion novel to Faithful, and follows Kula Baker to San Francisco in 1906. When I have my hands on my copies, I'll be running a give-away contest, so stay tuned.

I'm so pleased with Faithful's success: nominated for the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, nominated for a Cybils' award, an ALAN pick, and garnering some wonderful reviews. Thank you, sweet readers - I know you can't love every book that comes down the pike, and I appreciate your honesty - and those of you who've told me how much you do love Faithful, know that it means so much to hear.

And if you haven't finished that holiday shopping yet (note to self!), here's a little thought!

Happiest of holidays, everyone - I'll be back in January!


Julia said...

Congratulations, Janet! w00t! A third novel with Jen - awesome! And, I love the 20's, too. Such an exciting time! (not that I was there, or anything! O_o

Janet Fox said...

Thanks, Julia! Don't you love Jen?

Yep, I'm busy with research...:)

Joy Preble said...

The 20's book sounds absolutely fabulous! I adore stories set in that decade. And did you see that Baz Luhrmann is directing a new version of Gatsby? I think he's just the director to do it. Cheers to your success!

Janet Fox said...

Oo - I love Lurhmann! A new Gatsby will be great. Thanks so much, Joy!

Rebecca Herman said...

The new book sounds great - always love to hear about new YA historicals! Do you know if there will be a blog tour for FORGIVEN - I was part of the tour for FAITHFUL and would love to participate again!

Janet Fox said...

Hi Rebecca! Yes, there will be a blog tour for Forgiven - thanks so much for asking! I have you on my list for sure - am hoping for ARCs soon.:)