Have you ever wondered: Why is the denouement of How to Save a Life set at Casa Bonita? What crazed part of my mind did Mandy come from? Do I write in my pajamas? What’s in my coffee mug? (Is it, in fact, coffee?) What’s my all-time highest bowling score? Am I afraid of the dark?
No? Well start wondering!
In celebration of the release of the UK edition of How to Save a Life, my publisher, Usborne, is doing a fun thing called Ask Sara Zarr. Just post your question on twitter and use the #AskSaraZarr tag, like so. Usborne will collect the questions and I’ll answer 10 or so of them in a special blog post right here. If you use twitter, be sure and use the tag. This is open to readers all over the world. (Though it’s still UK readers only who could win a Kindle by posting a video review – check this out.)
Speaking of How to Save a Life, I’m proud to say that it won the City Weekly Arty Award for Best Fiction. I like the citation, which says that I “continue to thwart simplistic attempts to diminish the emotional complexity of a work classified as ‘young adult literature’” Take that, NYT/Salon/Slate/WSJ/nextpublicationtoderideYA Read the whole thing here. Thank you, City Weekly!
And on the subject of UK: Usborne and I have had such a great experience working on HTSAL together that they’ll be publishing the UK edition of The Lucy Variations next year. I’m thrilled to be working with them again, and eager to get my own actual butt over there sooooon.
Lastly, the SCBWI Wisconsin novel retreat weekend is full, but I’ve got something similar in the works for January 2013. Details about that to come soon.