Fairy culture and celtic myth will figure prominently in HEX CODE and the second and third Dakota Frost trilogies, so I’m feeding my head now. And HEX CODE is a young adult novel, so I’m reading as many young adult novels as I can now. All three of the ones I just started – FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB, FORGIVE MY FINS and INK EXCHANGE – are great, though so far I like INK EXCHANGE the best.
I have two reading queues – print and audiobook – and I just finished FALLEN on audiobook, which was pretty good even though it took a while to get going, and have just started ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, which started off deliciously brutal but now I’m wishing the characters could cut a break. Next in the audiobook queue, eagerly awaited: GOLIATH, the third in Scott Westerfeld’s steampunk YA trilogy.
The upshot of all this is I think I can tell the story I want to tell with Cinnamon and remain true to the YA genre. The Dakota Frost books are aimed at an adult audience, and scaling that back intimidated me. It doesn’t anymore … but I still want to make the story fun and true – or should that just be true fun?
We’ve just signed a reader for FROST MOON … film and voice actress Traci Odom! She’s got other books in her queue, so she probably won’t tackle FROST MOON until December. But I’ve heard her read and I’m enthusiastic! (My wife was even more pleased; she said Traci had a great reading voice and would buy an audio book read by her on the spot).
Stay tuned as we find out more details…
When I wrote FROST MOON, I had fun exploring all the different kinds of tattoo magic … but already, I had started to wonder: what other kinds of magic live in this alternate Atlanta where werewolves run in the night and vampires rule like gangsters?
In the sequel, BLOOD ROCK, I explored one new magical practice: magic graffiti. The basic premise of the Dakota Frost universe is that if magic is real, then magic is real …
I don’t normally review books before I’ve finished reading them, but in this case I’ll make an exception. I was reading up for my YA fiction at Kepler’s Books and I came across DEAR BULLY, a collection of stories from 70 authors dealing with bullying – either being bullied, knowing the bullied, or sometimes bullying themselves.
The pain and immediacy of the book took my breath away.
Very most awesome. For anyone recovering from, dealing with or simply interested in this problem, get yourself a copy right away.
UFI welcomes Anthony Francis Author of The Skindancer Series. Thanks for Joining us!!
What can you tell my readers about yourself that they might not know from looking on your bio or reading in another interview?
Let’s see … I like cats and sushi and dance clubs, and I can make an odd noise with my throat that sounds like a spacecraft landing. And I have a metal plate in my arm from when I blocked instead of ducking while preparing for a karate tournament.
… call Bell Bridge Books and order BLOOD ROCK. I filled out something like 12 bookplates for Bell Bridge but only 2 people ended up ordering. (That’s not counting those for Rosemary’s Romance Books, which did get 10 preorders).
Otherwise, as of Monday of next week they’ll send the bookplates back to me. At that point, if you were one of the 22 people who expressed an interest in a preorder, contact me directly and I’ll get the bookplate to you.