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New York

After living in New York for 9 years, you'd think I'd be more jaded about silly stuff like bright lights, big city, stinky streets, and two-eggs-and-cheese on a roll. But when I get the chance to visit New York (now as an outsider...one with a great sense of subway direction and a good nose for tasty cupcakes), I go nuts. Not only do I get to see old friends, but I get to visit editors, check out new publishing houses, and get taken out for fancy author lunches.

So a few weeks ago, I made one of my fairly-regular trips to the Big Apple and met my amazing new editor, Ari Lewin. I'm a Hyperion newbie - Ari acquired my partial novel, Eclipsed, and it's sequel a few months ago. I'm not going to lie: I was a little nervous about the meet-up. When Ari and I chatted over the phone right after the deal was struck, she was talking about how much she loved horror stories and all these sad books and many other things that made me wonder what she liked about my funny, quirky, odd, lightly paranormal novel. I was worried maybe she'd made a mistake. But when we met at her office, she greeted me with a huge hug and introduced me to her editorial director and they all told me how excited they are about my book and can't wait to work with me and all the other nice stuff you want to hear. They really get where I'm going with it and want to go there with me, and that makes me so happy.

Now, I don't know how other authors feel about this, but I know that I dislike talking about my work-in-progress in person. I'm a super-social, super-chatty person, but when it comes to my writing, I like to think things out and get edits in writing so I can process them before I have to discuss ideas on my feet--especially when it's someone I don't know that well (it feels like answering questions in class, which I always hated). So when Ari started talking about the book at lunch (the nerve! an editor talking about the book with her author! heh), I got a little freaky. But she brought up a couple of awesome ideas and made me really re-think some elements of the novel and the live conversation wasn't scary or intimidating. It's just left me the last few weeks to think and process and now I'm awaiting her edits and ready to dive back into the book so I can finish this fall.

I was also lucky enough to visit with my Bloomsbury editor, Michelle Nagler, who is working with me on a book called Monkey See, Monkey Zoo. It's a younger book than my teen stuff, so I'm publishing it under a pseudonym. But she took me out for drinks anyway, and I didn't even have to act like a different person even though my "other" name wrote the book. And then I met up with my Simon Pulse editor Anica Rissi, who joined me for a delicious cupcake, gave me another ARC of Kiss It, and let me roam free on a shopping trip through the Simon & Schuster office shelves. Oh, I have a lot of books to read now.

To top it all off, I went to the Green Day Musical, tried olive oil gelato with Robin Wasserman, hung out with Justine Larbalestier at a drink thingy, and bought a really cute pair of rain boots (that's my positive spin on the crappy weather)!

All in all, a fabulous trip. Oh, I do miss New York living sometimes, but I know it wouldn't be nearly as fantastic to do all these things if I still lived there. Also, I'd be obese, piss-poor, and would never get any writing done. So I guess I'll stay in Minnesota. At least this week the rain boots will come in handy!