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Look Who’s Going to BEA: Sophie Jordan

1.    Can you introduce yourself to my readers?

Hi, my name is Sophie Jordan, and my young adult novel, FIRELIGHT, debuts this September with HarperTeen. FIRELIGHT is the first in a trilogy about a teen girl who can shift into dragon form and her dangerous romance with the boy whose family hunts her.

2. Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?

Well, I’m definitely looking forward to two specific panels! ;)

Panel #1:

Wed., 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm — BEA (Young Adult) Editors’ Buzz, Room 1E15. Insightful and passionate, this intimate editorial exchange will provide you with an editor’s perspective on some of the fall’s new YA discoveries and potential breakouts. Program Chair: Jack Martin, Asst. Dir., Public Programs and Lifelong Learning, New York Public Library. Editors: Julie Strauss-Gabel, Associate Publisher at Dutton Children’s Books, with Ally Condie’s Matched; Jennifer Weis, Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press, with Rebecca Maizel’s Infinite Days; Cindy Eagan, Editorial Dir. at Poppy, with Kody Keplinger’s The DUFF; Farrin Jacobs, Executive Editor at HarperTeen, with Sophie Jordan’s Firelight; Arthur Levine, Editorial Dir. of Arthur A. Levine Books, with Erin Bow’s Plain Kate.

Panel #2:

Thurs., 2:00PM – 3:00PM — BEA YA Authors’ Buzz, Location: Downtown Stage. Host: Jack Martin, Asst. Dir., Public Programs and Lifelong Learning, New York Public Library. Authors: Ally Condie, MATCHED; Rebecca Maizel, INFINITE DAYS; Kody Keplinger, THE DUFF; Sophie Jordan, FIRELIGHT; Erin Bow, PLAIN KATE.

On the first panel I get to relax and listen to my editor do all the chatting, but in the second panel listed above, I will be talking about Firelight with a great group of YA authors. I’ll be the nervous one, I’m sure! Or maybe not … I can talk at length about my book after all!

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?

This is my first BEA. I’ll be walking around wide-eyed, taking it all in. Do you have any advice or tips for me?

I’m just thrilled to attend and hope to meet lots of booksellers, librarians and book lovers in general. I’m sure I’ll be in line to get a few autographed books, too. I’m hoping to snag arcs of all the books featured on my YA panel. I’m also dying to read Lauren Oliver’s galley of DELIRIUM.

4. Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?

Yes!! I will be autographing advance reader copies of FIRELIGHT. Be sure to stop by for your copy. 11:30-12:00–Autographing area, table 20.

5. What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?

I’m deep in the writing of the second FIRELIGHT book, title still to be decided. It’s the continuation of Jacinda’s story, and I can’t give away too much without revealing big surprises from the first book. Rest assured, the stakes rise and there are some shocking twists in the second book. I’m doing everything I can to keep readers on their toes!

Synopsis (Product Description):

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

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