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Friday, May 10, 2013

The Who and What of my 3rd YA

A lot of people have asked me in the last few months whether Altered is going to be a trilogy or not. And the answer is no. Well, sorta no.

Anna's story definitely wraps up with Erased. In a lot of ways, so does Sam's. But, the cool thing about the Altered world is that there are still a lot of question marks about the other characters' histories that I couldn't possibly pack into one story or even two.

When Altered sold, it was in a three-book deal, but we knew from the start that my 3rd book would be decided later on down the line, that we didn't necessarily have to spread Anna's story into three books. And after finishing Altered, I knew I wanted to end her story with book 2.

But, there was someone else from that world that I wasn't quite ready to let go. I'll give you a hint.

For those of you who don't know, that is Sean O'Pry, my Nick in real life.

MY THIRD YA WILL BE NICK'S STORY!!

I am BEYOND thrilled that Little, Brown dug the Nick pitch enough to say, YES. And I'm even more thrilled that they loved Nick enough to give him his own story, beyond even Erased. I've mentioned before that Erased delves deeper into Nick's character, and his past, and how that factors into Anna's past, but there is so much more to learn about him. 

As of right now, my 3rd YA will be told from the point of view of seventeen-year-old Callie who had a run-in with Nick before the farmhouse lab. She remembers him, but his memories of her are still murky. 

I can also tell you that Nick will definitely be the love interest of this story. So there will be more shirtless Nick scenes, and some kissing too.

And, as promised, here's an excerpt from Erased, that gives you just a sliver of a glimpse inside the third Altered book. 

**Excerpt taken from the Erased ARC, some text may be different in the final copy**



"Gabriel" is the alias Nick used during the mission where he met Callie. She doesn't know him as Nick. At least not yet. ;-)

I am so excited to dive into this story and learn even more about Nick. I'm also excited to write the kissy scenes. AS USUAL. 

So, my dears, are you excited for Nick's book? Are you sad to leave Anna and Sam behind after Erased? Talk to me in the comments! 






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39 comments:

  1. Oh, awesome! I love it when a series branches out with new POV characters. Makes the world the characters live in feel more rich and real!

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    1. Thank you! I'm excited to write it. I think spending that much time with Nick will be a total pleasure. :D

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  2. I am so freakin' happy right now. *hugs you so damn hard* XD

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    1. That was an awesome hug! Thank you! I can't wait to share the story with people some day. It seems so far away tho!

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  3. AHHHH!!!! SO EXCITED!!!! I LOVE NICK!!!! THIS MADE MY DAYYYY!!!! I *know* your very happy as well.

    Congratulations!!! More hot boys on covers!!! :D :D :D :D

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    1. YAY! Thank you! I'm so glad you're excited to read Nick's book! I can't wait to share it with people.

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  4. Nick was my favorite character in Altered (I sort of have a thing for guys with bad attitudes, heh), so I'm really excited that we'll be seeing more of him!

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    1. I sorta have a thing for them too. Which is probably why Nick is my secret favorite. Shh! Don't tell the other boys! :D

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  5. I'm both happy and sad because I ADORE Sam + Anna, but still Nick ahhh this is super exciting!
    One question will Sam + Anna still be in the 3rd book or is it just Nick?
    Thanks! ♥

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    1. I am sad to leave Anna behind (and Sam too!), but I think it'll be fun for me and for readers to learn more about the other boys. I can't wait to write Nick's story!

      And I do plan to have Anna, Sam and Cas make an appearance. :-)

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  6. WAH~ OMG! I'm going to miss Anna and Sam <3

    But NICK!~~~~ <3333333333333333333333333333333333

    I'm super excited like you don't even know! Can you pleaseeee write something about Trev? hehehe~ you know he's my favourite ;) even though he's...you know :P

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    1. Nick! YAYAYAY! I can't wait to share his story with everyone.

      And I am certainly not opposed to writing Trev's story, or Cas's, in the future. It could be fun to give each boy their own book, right? Just think of all the shirtless scenes. ;D

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  7. Oh man, this is so excited! I cannot wait for Erased nor can I wait for this story! Congratulations! :D

    And by reading you're response above - I agree, a book for each boy would be TOTALLY awesome <3 *crosses fingers and toes this could happen* Regardless though...YAY!!! *dances around the room with excitement*

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    1. I have a lot of the boys' backgrounds and back stories written down, but I *know* there's so much more to learn. So I think it'd be fun to see their stories come to life in a book! *crosses fingers*

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  8. I'm SO excited right now! I LOVED Nick in Altered!!
    This is so refreshingly different from the book series I'm used to, as those always stick strictly to their original POV, even though a literary universe is so much more fascinating when it's told from different POV's :)
    It would be the absolutely totally best thing ever if every boy had "his" own book!
    But as for now I'm going to daydream about the Nick book before I have even read Erased :D

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    1. YAY! I'm so glad everyone seems excited about Nick's story. Or any of the boys for that matter! I often find myself, as a reader, wondering at the histories of the male characters. And I always want to know more about what goes on inside their heads. That's why I knew I had to write this book if all parties were open to it. So excited for it!

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  9. I like to see the other stories in a series. I would love to see Nick's!

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    1. So glad to hear that. I'm looking forward to writing Nick's story. I think it'll be TONS of fun. :-)

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  10. I loved Altered. A lot. And by the end Nicks character was really enticing and I am so eager to learn more about his character and story from his POV! Thank you for blessing us with the gift of Nick! I'm also super excited to read Erased! I can't wait any longer, it's killing me! Is it possible to get an ARC? I would love to write a review for it on my book blog that I am opening in the summer!
    Keep writing!

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    1. The response to Nick's character has been wonderfully surprising. I obviously liked him, as I did all of the boys, but readers LOVE him, and that makes me SO HAPPY. :-) I can't wait to share ERASED with everyone. It's a great precursor to his book!

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  11. I LOVE that there is a third book and I think it's courageous to decide to stop a story with the true ending instead of milking it or drawing it out. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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    1. I think there are a lot of successful trilogies out there, but I just didn't feel like Anna's story was one of them. I'm really happy that we all agreed it was smarter to go this route. I can't wait to see this book out in the world!

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  12. YESSS! THIS IS FANTASTIC! I've been wanting a story about the others guys love interests! And Nick was just so intriguing. I say this is a great thing.
    The excerpt kinda makes it seem like Nick and Anna are in the hate zone again. (I was hoping that they would become friend in the second book, but I also love more drama) Eitherway, I'm really psyched for these books.
    (if your writing a book ALL about Nick, is there, even the tiniest chance, that you will be writing a book for both Cas, and Trev?!?!?!)
    (And if so, are THEY gonna get smooch partners too?)

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    1. Nick will *always* be in the hate zone with *everyone*, BUT...things change a lot between Anna and Nick in ERASED. And things will change even more for him in this book. I can't wait to write it. And I can't wait for people to read it!

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    2. Ohhh! And I forgot to answer about the other boys' books --- I would say there probably *is* a chance they could get their own books, but a lot would have to happen first. Little, Brown would obviously have to like the ideas! So we'll have to wait and see!

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  13. Amazing!! Can't wait!! Nick is my fav!!!

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    1. YAY! :-) And I like hearing that!

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  14. I just finished Altered tonight and really enjoyed it so I'm looking forward to Erased! *stops in tracks* Nick's getting his own book? YES. YES. YES. This is awesome news! I think he's such an interesting character and I'm so looking forward to getting to know him better and his past. Can't wait and congratulations! Also, I must say how refreshing it is to hear that Altered will only be a 2 book deal. These days, I find that all series are stretched into 3 book deals whether they need them or not. I love the Altered world you've created but as I said, I'm so excited for Nick's book and can't wait to read it. Bring it on!

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    1. YAY! So glad you enjoyed Altered! And, don't tell anyone, but Nick is my secret favorite! :-) I definitely think he's the most complex out of all the characters, and deep down, the most broken. I can't wait to dive into his book.

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  15. Oh no, I love Sam and Anna! I dont want to leave them! I like Nick a lot, but... I will love it anyway.
    Maybe someday you decide to write short stories (6-9 pages) with Anna and Sam logn after Erased :)
    I cant wait for Erased and 3rd book!
    (Fan from Poland)

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    1. Sam and Anna will definitely make appearances in the third book. Fear not! And I hope that people really dig hearing more from Nick. :-)

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  16. I just finished Erased and can i just say how amazing that book was. I am super excited for the third book!!!

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    1. YAY! So glad you liked it! And I seriously can't wait for people to read Nick's book. :-)

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  17. I LOOOVED Altered and Erased! CAN'T WAIT for the third book!! :) It's gonna be fun to see Nick fall in love :P

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