So I have a few bits of news about Matched to share.
We have sold foreign rights in sixteen different countries.
I have seen the (not-final, but getting there) cover and it is GORGEOUS. I will post it as soon as I get permission, but wow. It makes me happy every time I think about it.
I had to change my main character’s name. It was Calla, but there is another fall book coming out from my publisher with a main character named Calla. (Obviously neither of us knew about the other Calla.) So. To differentiate the characters, my publisher asked if I would be willing to change the name. And I said yes.
This was hard to do. Because for so long I’ve been thinking of her as Calla (and, in fact, in the sequel I’ve been writing I’ve typed “Calla” on almost every page on accident–it’s hard to make the switch). I like the name. It’s pretty, it had significance to the story, and it’s been a name that my husband and I have loved since we had calla lilies at our wedding 10+ years ago and he wrote me a poem about them. So it felt kind of romantic to name her Calla.
But. I like my character so much that I want her to stand out. To have her own name. So we changed it to Cassia, which is a lovely classical name that looks a bit like Calla. (It’s pronounced Cash-a.) I like it.
So, that’s what’s new. Foreign rights, cover on the way, and new name. Which I need to go practice typing in the sequel right now before the baby wakes up from his nap…