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Good news Monday

When I get home from a trip and go through the accumulated mail, usually it is not that exciting. Bills, catalogs, credit card offers…wait.

What’s this?

It’s from Literary Arts?

Oh. My.

The Rules for Hearts is a finalist for an Oregon Book Award! And I’m in great company in the YA category:

Bonus news: In the Loud issue of Bitch Magazine (I love their themes), I’m one of five authors interviewed about our influences and why this is a golden age of YA fiction. Discover my shocking reaction to Judy Blume’s Forever and in which author’s world I wrote fanfic! (Longtime readers may know the answer to the second…)

Extra bonus news: The aforementioned Bitch Magazine is having a release party for the aforementioned Loud issue this Wednesday, September 10th, at 7 pm at In Other Words Women’s Books and Resources. I’m planning on going — Portlanders, see you there?

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  • mk
    September 8, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Ooh! Congratulations! In other news, I was moving some titles to the duplicates shelf this morning (real estate in fiction is extremely rare, so we’ve started moving extra copies over to a separate shelf, and I was all, “Why does this cover look so familiar?” Oh, because it’s Empress of the World, that’s why. Awesome.

  • Jeff P
    September 8, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Congrats! That’s terrific news. And notification by mail? That’s just classy.

  • sara z.
    September 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    congrats, Sara!

  • Jeff C
    September 9, 2008 at 7:41 am


    Now get working on the next novel : )!

  • Sara
    September 9, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Thanks everyone!
    MK — awesome to know your library has more than one copy of Empress.
    Jeff C — Oh, I am. Just not blogging about it. ;)

  • Tesla Sharpe
    September 10, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Hi there. This is going to sound very odd, but through my agent search I found your web-site for your book, saw your character list and had a major twilight zone moment.

    So yeah, I’m Tess Sharpe and I (or my teenaged self, rather) guess I resemble your character, Nicola (play viola (used to), stage manager/director/actor/tech, Archaeology obsession.) Normally I wouldn’t find that totally odd, but I just couldn’t resist saying Hi since you are the only person I’ve ever met (except my parents) who has named someone after Nikola Tesla (I would have much preferred Nikola, but I got stuck with Tesla as a first name, Nikola as a middle).

    I look forward to reading your book!

  • Sara
    September 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Hey, Tess — nice to virtually meet you! I actually know another Tesla, though I didn’t when I wrote Empress because she wasn’t born yet (she is the small child of a friend). I hope you enjoy the book!

  • Michelle
    September 13, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Fabulous! Not to mention well-deserved. ::makes mental note to stop by Vroman’s for the new Bitch tomorrow::