I’d love to! My name’s Inara and I write young adult novels for Disney-Hyperion. My first book, Delcroix Academy: The Candidates, will be released on August 24. Delcroix has all my favorite things packed into one book: romance, suspense, paranormal powers, mystery, and a hefty dose of “what do you do when you can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys?” Other pertinent facts: I don’t have a cool bone in my body. I was a geek in high school and I will be a geek forever. I go to sleep early. I listen to happy, cheesy music. The closest thing I’ve got to cool is that I live in Oregon. At least, I think that’s cool. I grew up in Buffalo, NY, and we definitely thought Oregon was cool. I also had a near death experience once when I was hiking in Mexico, but I’m pretty sure that’s not relevant here.
2. Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?
Anything and everything. I’m a sucker for a good conference. Famous authors? Free books? Panel discussions? I’m there.
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 attended BEA in LA a couple of years ago. I met my editor and my agent for the first time, and was generally overwhelmed by it all. I didn’t bring a roller cart, which was a HUGE rookie mistake. So that’s my advice. Bring the roller. And the comfy shoes. I went home with some big blisters.
4. Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?
Yes, I’m signing in the autographing area on Wednesday from 3:30 to 4PM. I’ll also be attending the children’s book and author breakfast. As for other items on the agenda — I am going my publisher’s headquarters on Thursday to shoot a VIDEO. Of me. Which is terrifying. Ever since I found out I’ve been brainstorming ways to radically alter my appearance so I won’t look like a lawyer/mother of two/terminally uncool person. If you have any good outfit ideas, I’d love to hear them.
5. What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
This summer I’ll be editing Book Two of the Delcroix Academy series, which will be released in 2011. I’m also working on a chapter book for kids called the Dream Spinner Chronicles. I’ve had a fascination with dreams for a long time, so every new project I think about lately has to do with that.
Thanks so much for letting me drop by and say hello. And if you’re in the neighborhood on Wed, pretty please come let me sign a book for you! Meeting readers is a dream come true.
Synopsis (Product Description):
Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that’s not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia’s mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just…happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden.
But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia’s days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats’ kids and child geniuses–not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she’s special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome. And then there’s her mysterious new friend Jack, who can’t stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn’t convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her “gift” than they’re letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it…But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.
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