It looks like I have some more news about last week’s NYC Teen Author Festival. La Femme Readers were in the house! Much footage was documented during the big symposium day. I was on a panel called The Boy You Can’t Have with some other authors who have written about this conflict. It was a blast because Elizabeth Scott, Robin Palmer, Melissa Walker, Maryrose Wood, and Elizabeth Eulberg were on the panel, and they are all such amazing readers. The video footage is here, including clips from earlier panels that day. If you scroll down to the last video, you can see me reading from Something Like Fate and Elizabeth Scott reading from The Unwritten Rule.
When Elizabeth was in town last year, we were hanging out and I asked what her next book was about. She said it was about a girl who falls in love with her best friend’s boyfriend. I was like, “Get out! That’s what my next book is about!” And then we marveled over the coincidence. Actually, there’s a quote in Something Like Fate that says how there are no coincidences (if you agree that everything happens for a reason and everything is connected), so I see both books coming out around the same time as a good thing. It gives everyone who loves to read about relationship drama even more to read. What’s not to love about that?
This non-coincidence is an interesting example of the collective mind. When I first starting writing books, I’d get worried about using an obscure reference that I’d later find in another author’s book. I didn’t want the other author to think that I stole their reference. But then I was like, Please. As if they’ll even read my book. Now I understand the power of the collective mind. My fellow YA authors are sort of like colleagues to me. We’re united by a common goal. So it makes sense that in working toward our common goal, we sometimes come up with similar ideas around the same time. I find this fascinating. Only…I just want Blake Nelson to know that I didn’t steal the name of your girl from Destroy All Cars. I started writing my new book before I read yours, I swear!
Getting the party started for the Something Like Fate pub date (May 4!), I’ve posted an excerpt on my website. And now I have to get ready for the author video we’re filming today. We were going to film in Central Park, but of course after days of gorgeous weather it’s cold and rainy. But it’s all good – we’re filming in the best Penguin office ever. As far as magical places go, I couldn’t ask for better energy. Yay for non-coincidences!