BEA, Chosen Ones and Tiffany Truitt
We are thrilled to host debut YA author Tiffany Truitt!! I (Stacy) had the pleasure of meeting Tiffany at BEA, and she is made of awesome. And so is her book, Chosen Ones.
It didn’t take me long to think of a topic for this blog post. I recently had the supreme pleasure of attending this year’s BEA. As any book lover knows, this is the lit nerd’s Mecca. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, authors, book industry folk, and bloggers converge in NYC to celebrate all things books. Really, the best way to describe it is like Christmas on crack. Seriously. I walked away with at least thirty books that had either just came out or copies of highly anticipated books coming out this fall and winter.
Another plus of my three day stay at the event was meeting some of the coolest book bloggers around. I know many authors have a love / hate relationship with bloggers, but I, for one, only have love for the folks who work so tirelessly to promote reading to the masses. I was a bit nervous to meet some of the people who I have followed for years, people I have counted on to turn me on to the best new literature hitting the shelves. One highlight was meeting Sara from Novel Novice and Girls in the Stacks’ very own Stacy. Seriously two of the coolest people ever. We had a blast standing in lines gushing and gossiping about books while we waited to get author signed copies. As a debut novelist, they were so gracious with me. They talked me down when I got nervous and offered support and guidance. I can’t say enough nice things about them or their wonderful sites.
Besides getting to meet some awesome folks and score free books, I also had perhaps the coolest first book signing ever. How many debut authors can say their first book signing took place at BEA?! Somehow the Gods allowed this to happen for me. Of course, my signing also coincided with that of Dystopian powerhouse, Veronica Roth. I panicked. There was no way anyone was going to show up to my signing. But leave it to the bloggers to go to work. Along with peeps from my publishing crew, bloggers helped spread the word about my signing, and it was a HUGE success. So totally surreal.
I also had the supreme pleasure of meeting my editor, Stacy. It’s an odd thing to have someone so intimately involved in your writing process without ever meeting them face to face. It was utterly marvelous that the first time I got to hold a finished copy of my book in my hand was when I was standing next to the woman who helped shape it. I felt like it was her day just as much as mine.
So, why tell you all this? Because it’s been a journey getting to this place. I had countless conversations with people over my three days there who were aspiring writers. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the line: “I love to write, but I’m not sure I’m any good.” Writing and putting your work out there is a darn scary thing, but if you never try then you’ll never know. If I let my self doubt stop me, I would have missed out on three of the coolest days of my life thus far.
So keep writing and keep dreaming.
And I’ll see you next year at BEA.
I pushed down a key. The hair on the back of my neck shot up, and my skin tingled.
I imagined this was what it felt like to fall in love.
In that moment, I was ready to fall.
Life is bleak but uncomplicated for Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity’s extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.
When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?
About Tiffany Truitt
Tiffany Truitt is an 8th grade English teacher in Suffolk, Virginia. When she’s not traveling the world, she enjoys reading, writing, and obsessing over coffee. Lost Souls: Chosen Ones is her first novel.
Umm, it was an HONOR to meet YOU!!!!!!!! Like we said, you’re awesome.