Hey all! I'm Joy Preble, author of the Dreaming Anastasia series, the second of which, HAUNTED, is on shelves right now along with the eponymous (love that word!) first book, DREAMING ANASTASIA, which came out in '09 from Sourcebooks Fire. The third and final book of the trilogy is slated for Fall '12 and although the title is still being finalized, I think we have settled on ANASTASIA FOREVER, which I very much love. (the working title, which you have seen in various places including my own blog, had been Again and Again, but I'm crushing on the new title because it ties us back to the first. Stay tuned for the final decision!
I have loved writing this series because it combines many of the things I adore: paranormal elements, a smidge of historical fiction, the sad tale of the Romanov family, Russian folklore (because it's sad and creepy and not at all happy), a mysterious and handsome hottie (that's Ethan in the series), and a kick ass girl hero - which is Anne. But as much as I've loved writing these books, I'm so excited to get book 3 out there next year and let you find out how it all turns out! Lots of juicy romance in this book, lots of great Anne and Ethan moments... plus a new folkloric character, Koschei the Deathless (who, btw, also plays a role in my British pal Sarwat Chadda's Dark Goddess!). And some time travel... and a body switch... and a fabulous fight scene in Chicago's Millennium Park!!
I hope you are all intrigued now and as thrilled as I am.
Additionally, I am happy, happy to announce that I have another paranormal in the works: THE SWEET DEAD LIFE -- about a sixteen year old stoner who returns from a fatal car accident as his dying sister's guardian angel and solves a vast family mystery -- will be out from the new Soho Teen imprint of Soho Press in Spring 2013. Wanna sneak preview? (who doesn't like sneak previews?) Then go here for the Soho Teen sampler (you'll have to click on the sampler link) which is now on line. You'll get to read about 30 pages of each of 6 books, including Sweet Dead Life, which is the 5th of the 6 in the sampler and preceded by a page about the project!
When I'm not writing, you can find me traveling (we just came back from Montana, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park), reading, hanging with family and friends, going to the movies and currently finding a dog to adopt. (more on that soon!) I grew up in Chicago but I've been a Texas girl for awhile now (with a fave pair of cowboy boots to prove it) and you might catch me at my favorite Houston haunts: drinking a latte and eating deeeelicious cake at Empire Cafe on Westheimer, eating dim sum at one of those crazy palace size places on Bellaire, catching a movie at the venerable River Oaks theater and then deciding which Starbucks to go to since there are two at that corner, one on each side of the street!
And of course, coming up with spookilicious fun right here at Teen Shiver!
And now that I've told you my favorite places to hang out -- let me know yours. Comment on this post and tell me where you like to hang out or drink coffee or whatever. I'll enter everyone who comments and two lucky winners will win signed copies of HAUNTED! Let me hear from you!