Gone author Lisa McMann happily gives teens fresh nightmares
This is gonna take a minute.
It was the last day of our first family vacation in two years and the three of us were unwinding in the enormous Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burlington, Vermont.
My 13-year-old daughter Rachel found two young adult novels she wanted to buy, both of which her girlfriends had already read and enjoyed. The first was The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, which looked like it was cast in the mode of the Harry Potter books, a series that Rachel has read over and over and over.
The second was a dark and somewhat frightening looking book titled Wake by Lisa McMann. It’s subtitle: “Your dreams are not your own.”
I was dubious; my daughter finds the sight of blood unsettling and isn’t a fan of violence or gore. But it was technically age-appropriate and it meant reading something other than texts on her phone, so okay.
She loved both books and consumed them in the next two days.
Back home, a few days later, she came over to my desk, holding Wake and asked, “What’s your agent’s name?”
“Michael Bourret,” I said.
With a triumphant look in her eye, she pushed Wake in front of me, open to the Acknowledgements page. I read it and smiled: “Warmest gratitude to my fantastic agent, Michael Bourret, who believed in Janie and me…”
This week, Gone, the third and final book in the Wake trilogy, completing the adventures of teenage dream catcher Janie Hannagan, hits the shelves of bookstores everywhere. It’s quite a wild ride.
LISA McMANN AUDIO EXCERPT: “When I finished writing Wake, I almost immediately started writing Fade. I know that wasn’t necessarily smart. But I felt like the story wasn’t finished, so I wanted to write it for me. Then I thought, ‘There could be more.'”
This entry was posted on March 21, 2010 by andelman. It was filed under authors, celebrity interviews, children, entertainment, sci-fi, teen stars, Young-adult fiction and was tagged with Author, Barnes & Noble, Fade, Gone, Harry Potter, Lightning Thief, Lisa McMann, Michael Bourret, Rick Riordan, WAKE, Young-adult fiction.