Things have been pretty quiet around here lately, but I’m thrilled to finally share a fun new project I’ll be working on! Enter BATTLE OF THE BANDS, the anthology of my dreams, edited by superstars Eric Smith and Lauren Gibaldi:
More info will come on this soon, but in the meantime, get excited! I know I am.
Today, I found out that THE MIDNIGHTS is a #1 New Release on Amazon in the Teen & Young Adult Music Fiction category! This is the first time my book has ever had one of those little orange banners, and so even though it might not really mean much, it still made me feel super happy. Thanks to all the readers out there showing an interest in my debut! My gratitude is endless.
In addition, THE MIDNIGHTS made it onto this phenomenal BuzzFeed list of 31 YA Books You Should Absolutely Read This Spring. So many great books here—get your TBR pile ready!
Happy April! Spring is in the air (though it actually snowed this morning in NYC?), and EpicReads put out this amazing roundup of 31 Beach Reads You Should Kick Back With On Your Spring Break—including a shoutout for THE MIDNIGHTS!
Also, Teenreads.com gave the book an incredible review, calling it "effortlessly captivating" and "one of the most beautiful YA books that I have ever read." You can read the full review here.
This week has seen even more good news!
THE MIDNIGHTS was featured on Paste Magazine's list of 10 of the Best YA Books of March, and I COULD NOT BE MORE THRILLED. This company... these books... so much love all around.
THE MIDNIGHTS also appeared on Hypable's list of 8 Books to Read if You Can't Wait to Watch 'Love, Simon', full of amazing stories about love, identity, and the often scary process of learning to be comfortable with your authentic self. (PS: Who else is seeing 'Love, Simon' this weekend??)
And finally, I wrote a playlist called "Nostalgia Won’t Let You Down: Four Songs That Defined My Teenage Years", which was posted over on Fangirlish. I let my emo self shine as I talk about four of my favorite songs as a teenager, and how music can evoke such specific emotions. These tracks, & numerous others, helped transport me right back to my teen years when I was writing THE MIDNIGHTS. (And in case you didn't know, I LOVE Jenny Lewis.) <3 <3 <3
Wow, so much has happened since book launch. Here's a roundup:
Buzzfeed posted this list of 5 of the Best Young Adult Reads to Kick off Spring, and *GASP* THE MIDNIGHTS is on it! Make sure you check out these awesome books, all of which feature strong coming-of-age themes.
Ever wondered what inspires an author to include certain song references in their stories? I had so much fun putting together this playlist for TeenReads of Susannah's favorite classic rock songs in THE MIDNIGHTS. Find some old favorites, or some new oldies—all of which appear on my Spotify playlist and can be streamed there.
I had a number of interview go live, including:
YA Books Central, where you can learn about the original working title of THE MIDNIGHTS, and which superpower I wish I had (plus there's a giveaway!)
A New Look on Books, in which I talk about old school computer games, whether the perfect song exists, and also some of my cat's many nicknames (she has A LOT of nicknames).
Tuesday Writers, where I talk about what I hope readers will take away from the book.
Adventures in YA Publishing, where I talk about how I realized kind of late that I was writing a YA novel (plus another giveaway!).
And The Debut Dish, where I talk about where I was when I got "the call."
THE MIDNIGHTS is out in the world!!!!!!!
THE MIDNIGHTS was featured in this roundup of new YA books coming out tomorrow (tomorrow!), over at Adventures in YA Publishing. I also talk about my favorite aspect of the book.
March 2nd brings some VERY exciting news! Today, an exclusive excerpt from THE MIDNIGHTS went live over on Bustle! Bustle is such an amazing website and they have some of the best YA books coverage out there, so I am beyond thrilled that they are hosting this excerpt! (Not to mention that they also wrote a super nice introduction about the book that made me a little teary, because OMG my book comes out in four freaking days and Bustle said such lovely things about it and ahhhhh!)
So yeah. I could not be happier about this sneak peek being hosted on Bustle. Hope you enjoy!
It's March 1st, less than a week from pub day, and so many things are happening!
I have a new essay up on Pop! Goes The Reader, about how most of us don't find "the one" in high school, and I wanted to write a book that reflected the trial-and-error nature of young love.
THE MIDNIGHTS was featured in Bustle's list The 15 Best New YA Books Of March 2018 Will Make The Wait For Spring So Much More Tolerable, alongside a bunch of other fabulous new releases.
THE MIDNIGHTS was also featured on this list of 33 of Our Most Anticipated March YA Novels, via the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog. And, I mean, holy smokes, look at that company! *Heart eyes*
And, finally, a short piece I wrote about losing an ASB election in high school was featured in Barnes & Noble's YA Open Mic series.
Phew! What a busy Thursday.
An essay I wrote titled "In Support of YA Parents" went live over at She Writes today!
An essay I wrote about how music helped me become a storyteller, and always made me feel less alone, is live on YA Interrobang!
I also have an interview up today at Patricia Bailey's Blog, where I talk about my favorite teacher (Ms. Kim!) and my favorite dog (Juno!).
My chat with The Reading Addict is live! Read on for a sneak peek at how THE MIDNIGHTS got started—after numerous failed attempts.
I also have an interview up with Dana Mele's Author I Never series.
I have a joint YA spotlight on KitLit 411, alongside Tanaz Bhathena, Brenda Rufener, and Deborah Schaumberg. There's also a giveaway happening for a signed hardcover of THE MIDNIGHTS!
My first author interview is up over at Tale Out Loud! Find out which one I can't live without: my guitar, or coffee.
I wrote a piece about being electrocuted on stage, and the break up of my first band, and how time heals most wounds. It's up now at GERM Magazine!
The official book playlist for THE MIDNIGHTS just dropped over on Spotify! Check it out and listen here.
Five more ARCs of THE MIDNIGHTS are up for grabs over on Goodreads! Make sure to enter before February 28th. (Giveaway is US only.)
How cool is this? I was featured in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle!
So excited that THE MIDNIGHTS has been featured in this Brit + Co list of 8 Exciting Debut Novels to Kick Off the New Year. It's especially fun being featured alongside my friends Arvin Ahmadi (DOWN AND ACROSS) and Kristina Pérez (SWEET BLACK WAVES).
I feel ridiculously honored to have received another shout out by Eric Smith on BookRiot's Hey YA podcast, not to mention that he called THE MIDNIGHTS "the-book-hill-I'll-die-on-this-year"—which sounds kind of morbid, but is actually the nicest.
Happy 2018 book nerds! SO many phenomenal books are coming out this year and I can't wait! To that end, 8 debut contemporary YA authors (myself included) are hosting a massive giveaway right now through January 5th. Head on over to the 2018 New Year's Giveaway page to enter!
My pre-order giveaway for THE MIDNGIHTS is live! Head on over to the giveaway page to see what you can win.
THE MIDNIGHTS got a shout out on the fabulous show Hey YA, a YA books podcast on Book Riot! You can listen here.
Excited to share that Kirkus highlighted one of my favorite elements of THE MIDNIGHTS in their review.
Another great review has come in for THE MIDNIGHTS, this one from School Library Journal!
Thrilled to share that THE MIDNIGHTS has received its first trade review from Booklist!