Episode 15: Netflixing Books and More

WiRL-icon The fifteenth episode of Writing in Real Life…lives!

The winner of the first WiRL contest! Some necessary followup discussion on the nature of writing routines. Morgan wakes up early. Introducing Lyga’s Axiom. Morgan needs a whiteboard. How copyedits make you feel stupid. Barry is reading a lot…but can’t talk about any of it.

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Teen Author Reading Night: Summer 2015

Once again, the season conjures a terrific slate of authors for your pleasure! As always, each event takes place between 6:00pm and 7:30pm of the night in question, at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and 10th Street.

Pay particular attention to the night of July 1, when a certain someone will be reading from his new book. Also, be sure to be there on August 5, for a terrific line-up, including Paul Griffin (reading from Adrift, which you have preordered, right?), Gordon Korman, and Jon Skovron. Always a good time when those guys are around.

June 3

  • James Dawson, This Book is Gay
  • Anne Heltzel, Charlie, Presumed Dead
  • Bill Konigsberg, The Porcupine of Truth
  • Trisha Leaver, Secrets We Keep
  • Kate Milford, The Broken Lands
  • Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not
  • Sarvenaz Tash, Three Day Summer
  • Will Walton, Anything Could Happen

July 1

  • Matt de la Peña, The Hunted
  • Lori Goldstein, Becoming Jinn
  • Jonathan Kranz, Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Sea
  • Emmy Laybourne, Sweet
  • Barry Lyga, After the Red Rain
  • Carolyn Mackler, Best Friend Next Door
  • Margo Rabb, Kissing in America
  • Anna Schumacher, Children of the Earth

August 5

  • Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, Tiny Pretty Things
  • Katelyn Detweiler, Immaculate
  • Paul Griffin, Adrift
  • Gordon Korman, The Dragonfly Effect
  • Jon Skovron, The Broken Wondrous World
  • Jess Verdi, What You Left Behind

Gillian Flynn and I are Thisclose

Well, ha-ha and LOL! Just saw this in an email Amazon sends out to readers.

amazon-killers-gone-girlMany thanks to whomever at HarperTeen thought to put me in the same sentence as Gone Girl. Now if only my sales lived up to the hype…

Best of luck to you, Ms. Stokes!

But Seriously: Buy This Book

AdriftLast week, I implored you to preorder Adrift by Paul Griffin. Well, just now Publishers Weekly has joined the chorus, giving the book a coveted star in its review:

In a terrifying survival story in which past traumas are as visceral and intense as present circumstances, five teenagers try to stay alive after becoming lost off the Atlantic coast. Raised in a blue-collar neighborhood in Queens, friends Matt and John are working in Montauk, N.Y., for the summer when they meet 17-year-old Driana Gonzaga, her Brazilian cousin Estefania, and Estefania’s boyfriend, João. After Estefania attempts some daring night surfing, the other teenagers attempt to rescue her in a small, ill-equipped boat; engine problems soon strand them. Griffin (Burning Blue) gives his characters just enough know-how to keep them from being completely helpless, but the situation is clearly beyond their control. Police emails and other communications provide brief respites from the rapidly degrading situation on the boat. Profound moments such as when Matt realizes that the “cruel” sun “was just being what it was. A mindless, merciless star that would shine on whatever got in its way” will haunt readers as much as the lethal injuries, worsening weather, class friction, and psychological instability the teenagers face.

Preorder Adrift now:

Win After the Red Rain, Tweet-style!

Lyga_AfterTheRedRain_HCSo, the WiRL contest to win an ARC of After the Red Rain signed by me, Rob, and Peter is over (winner to be announced soon!). But that doesn’t mean you still can’t get one!

If you want the ARC, this month’s contest is pretty darn simple: Just tweet your desire to have one with #AfterTheRedRain. Easy, right? Do so before the end of May and you might be randomly selected as a winner!

Important: You have to follow me (@barrylyga) on Twitter so that I can DM you if you win! If you win, but aren’t following me, I’ll choose someone else, someone I can get in touch with!