I’m the author of the four books in the Secret Society Girl series, as well as RAMPANT and the upcoming ASCENDANT, which are YA fantasies about killer unicorns. I’m an outdoors enthusiast, a science fiction and fantasy fan, a dog lover, and a resident of Washington, DC.
2. Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?
I envy those of you who walk into BEA with an exhaustive schedule and rendezvous every five minutes! I just got an email from someone who is already rearranging her meet-up schedule and is worried we can’t together because I’m booked solid. So far I have exactly two events on my BEA roster: the ones where I’m appearing (see: http://dianapeterfreund.com/events for the info). I tend to play it by ear at BEA, and make sure I leave lots of time to wander the corridors and take in the sights. The main thing I look forward to is collecting books and getting a chance to talk to other book lovers. If anyone knows of any can’t-miss events, definitely let me know!
3. Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
I’ve been to BEA once before, when it was held in DC in 2006. To be honest, it was all overwhelming to me. I was a debut chick lit author, signing at the Random House booth in between Charles Frazier and then-Senator Barack Obama. One of these things is NOT like the others. (Also, here’s a fun fact: even in DC, Frazier had a longer line at the time than Obama.)
4. Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?
I am signing ARC copies of my newest book, ASCENDANT, at Table 18 at the Autograph Area from 3:30-4 on Wednesday, May 26th. That morning, I’m also doing an “speed dating” event with a bunch of other kidlit authors. I’m not entirely sure what that entails yet.
5. What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
Aside from ASCENDANT, the sequel to my killer unicorn novel RAMPANT, I have two short stories set in the same world coming out this year. “Errant,” in the YA paranormal romance collection KISS ME DEADLY (edited by Trisha Telep), is out in July, and is my first historical-set story. It’s about nuns and fine ladies, frocks and killer unicorns in pre-Revolution France. The second, “The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn” will be part of September’s much-anticipated ZOMBIES VS. UNICORNS anthology edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier. It’s set in the modern-day USA, and though it stands alone, readers of my full length unicorn books will definitely spot some familiar faces. On the non-killer unicorn front, I have another release this October, and it’s *killing* me not to be able to talk about it yet. It’s REALLY different than anything I’ve ever done before. Also, I’m working on an all-new project for release in 2011 (I think Angela has mentioned it here before.) It’s tentatively called FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, it’s my first science fiction book, and it’s a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION.
Thanks so much, Angela!
Synopsis (Product Description):
Now a fully trained unicorn hunter, Astrid Llewelyn is learning that she can’t solve all her problems with a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend has left Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers are mysteriously disintegrating, and her hope of becoming a scientist seems to be nothing but an impossible dream.
So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and use her skills as part of a scientific quest to discover the Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she wants—or can she? At Gordian headquarters deep in France, Astrid begins to question everything she had believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and—most of all—her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns or saving unicorns from the world?
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