I’m Maryrose Wood, author of middle-grade and young adult fiction. At BEA this year I have three different books to talk about, isn’t that great? First, there’s The Hidden Gallery, which is the second book in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. It was an Indie Next pick, so I’ll be attending the Indie Next luncheon on Tuesday to celebrate that. On the YA front, there will be ARCs aplenty of The Poison Diaries: Nightshade at the HarperCollins booth. It’s the second book in The Poison Diaries trilogy and will be out in October. I’ll be signing copies on Thursday at 11:30 AM in the autographing area. And I’m very proud to have an essay in the Dear Bully anthology, along with many other terrific authors. Some of us will be appearing on a panel to talk about that important project, Wednesday at noon.
Can you introduce us to the world that you’ve created?
The Poison Diaries trilogy takes place in 1790s in the windswept north of England. Jessamine Luxton is a sheltered sixteen year old girl whose father is the apothecary to the Duke of Northumberland. Despite her intense curiosity, he forbids Jessamine to enter his locked garden of poisonous plants. But when Jessamine begins to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to be able communicate with plants, she is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined.
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 at BEA for the past few years. Wear comfy shoes, people! And do not pick up every free book you see. Your tote bags will fill up with weighty tomes, and your shoulders will be screaming for mercy.
My advice for first timers would be to make sure to go over the schedule of signings and panels before you get to the Javits Center, and make a plan. There’s nothing worse than finding out the one panel you were absolutely dying to attend ended fifteen minutes before you figured out on which day it was being held.
Are you speaking on any panels during BEA?
Yes. I’ll be on a panel talking about Dear Bully on Wednesday at noon along Ellen Hopkins, Mo Willems, Megan Kelly Hall, and others. I’m really proud and excited to be part of this project.
If someone wanted to meet up with you at BEA, who should they look for?
The best way to find me at BEA is to attend the Dear Bully panel on Wednesday at noon, or come to my signing on Thursday from 11:30 – 12:30, Table 6 in the autographing area.
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