Well, friendly neighbors, we’re almost there…just four more days until So Much Closer is out in the world and my book tour begins. The best part of my job is getting to meet readers. You are why I write. You make this life possible. I’m mega psyched to get out there and connect with you! Check out my tour schedule to see if I’ll be getting so much closer to you (I am very corny, obvs).
I’m actually leaving early for the tour on Sunday. Sunday = May 1 = May Day = my birthday. Which hasn’t been the best day for me. My Gram (i.e. entire family) died on my 30th. But! I am trying to redefine May Day as the happier one I used to know. So I’m heading down the shore to chill with a friend from high school, lay out if it’s sunny, walk on the beach, and research the town where I’m setting book seven. The Universe totally decided all this. My first school/bookstore events are near Long Branch, New Jersey. Which is like a five-minute drive from the town I want to research. It should be fun times.
My books usually come out a few days after my birthday. This was especially fun last year. The Something Like Fate tour began at the L.A. Borders. They were incredible. They had a cake and everyone sang when I came out!
One thing I’ll have to watch out for on tour is hotel rooms, aka the Land of TV. I was staying at the W last week (I adore W Hotels something fierce) for a top secret 24 mission (blog post coming soon) and I had the TV on. I was just minding my own business when a promo for The Office came on. Michael Scott was saying how he was leaving for Colorado to start his new life with Holly. Or something. I’m not really sure, because I immediately put my fingers in my ears like lalalala! But at the same time I was like, Dude! Did I call that or what? Right after I found out Michael was leaving, I predicted that he’d run away with Holly to California. There is a tweet out in the interverse to document this prediction. So hey, at least being attacked by that spoiler wasn’t a tremendous shock.
But I don’t know if I can handle The Office without Michael. And Steve Carell still hasn’t gotten his long-overdue Emmy love, which is just wrong. He has to win next time. The Office DVDs always come out in September. At least I have several months to wait until I have to say goodbye. Sarah Dessen was just saying on her blog how hard it was to deal with this on top of Friday Night Lights ending. I couldn’t agree more. Heart. In. Pieces.
Speaking of Sarah, her new book comes out a week after mine. Some people have already received their pre-ordered copies of What Happened to Goodbye. Mad early! And a few readers have told me that they’ve already seen copies of So Much Closer on the shelves. Like Sarah’s book, So Much Closer has a strict on-sale date. That means it’s not supposed to be out anywhere until May 3 (May 10 for hers). See, it even says so on the box of my author copies:
No worries, though. May 3 is almost here! I’ll be blogging from the road to keep you updated, of course. I’ll let you know how my redefined birthday goes. And hopefully, I’ll even get to see you. Which would be the best birthday present of all.