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Monthly Archives: January 2010

a day in the life…

…of this author. Be prepared to be dazzled by the glamor and astonished at my competence: 7:00 a.m.–Boy 3 wakes up. Has awakened twice during the night, which is about par for the course. I’ve slept through the night about five times in the last 18 months, but I have hope it will end someday. 7:00-9:00 a.m.–get everyone ready for the day. Cereal, showers, clothes,

it's out!

I saw it with my very own eyes (as opposed to someone else’s eyes, I guess) at the Deseret Book store in my town.  And my sister confirmed a sighting of it in Cedar City.  So…I think we can officially say that Being Sixteen is out! Yay! I’m really proud of this book.  It’s my father’s favorite book out of anything I’ve written, published or


Big thanks to everyone for such wonderful comments and congratulations.  I am a giant baby.  I cried when I read them.  And then I printed them out to save and look over when I am feeling scared or down about my writing. I’m feeling awfully grateful this week.  For old friends.  For new ones.   For people who are happy for other people and cheer

some very good news

I’m posting a day early this week, but I can’t help myself.  I have some very good news, and I just got the go-ahead to mention it here. Here’s the official press release from Penguin: PENGUIN YOUNG READERS GROUP ACQUIRES HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DYSTOPIAN NOVEL MATCHED IN HEATED AUCTION Newcomer Ally Condie’s Futuristic Novel Reminiscent of Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale New York, NY –

your questions: writing process

Here are the answers from the questions in the comments about my writing process…thanks for asking them!  And I promise that if you read the whole thing to the end, the blue hoodie will make sense.  Now if that isn’t tantalizing…I just don’t know what is. Shelli asked: so did you know your book was “the one”. Im afraid I think every book of mine