They’re quite different from the versions many of my other publishers have released — less emblematic/figurative/symbolic, more representational/literal. (It’s the difference between the Twilight jackets, which are meant to evoke themes, and the Harry Potter jackets, which depict scenes from the books.)
The Reason Anya Is Called Annie
You might find this surprising, but the series that most inspired me when I was writing the Anya Balanchine books was Anne of Green Gables.
This article by Sarah Mesle captures so much of what the Anne books meant and mean to me.
I love the quote Mesle uses at the end:
“Dear old world,” Anne murmurs, in what is to me her most important moment, “You are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
Swell book promotion for All These Things I’ve Done in Germany.
The title in German is Bitterzart. My German editor Marie-Ann explained that the title “is connected in German to chocolate rather than any other food… [and also works] as a hint for a bittersweet love story.”
The third book is called In the Age of Love and Chocolate, and it publishes at the end of October. Every single one of these questions is answered. But the story is really about what happens when someone who has always been incredibly strong finds herself in a position where she has to ask for help. The story is about being mistaken, and how a person can be both super smart and super wrong. The story is about recognizing how much real beauty and sweetness there is in life. The story is about love in its right time, and about the women who want more than love out of life. The story is not a dystopia—my darlings, it never was.
It’s my favorite of the series, and I think even some of you who didn’t read or like the other two books might enjoy this one.
P.S. To answer one of your questions… Scarlet’s baby is a boy, and my editor named him. I wanted a name that wasn’t one I would choose myself. He’s called Felix, which means happiness.
German jackets for All These Things I’ve Done & Because It Is My Blood. I like these a lot.
My German editor, Marie-Ann, writes that “both [titles] are connected in German to chocolate rather than any other food… and they also work as a hint for a bittersweet love story.” I like this a lot, too.
Forgive me, I wanted to say to him. I knew I would hurt you and I did it anyway. I don’t know why I am the way I am. I don’t know why I do the things I do. Please, don’t give up on me. Love me a little even though I’m flawed.
Anya Balanchine in Because It Is My Blood
LUCKY SEVEN GIVEAWAY OF BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD
BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD hits stores this week. The hardcover versions of the series are especially delicious because the books under the jackets look like bars of chocolate. All These Things I’ve Done was a bar of Balanchine Special Dark. Because It Is My Blood is Balanchine Bittersweet. I’m rooting for the third book to be Balanchine White. (White chocolate is not really chocolate, by the way… but it will make sense for the story.)
I’ve got 7 signed copies for my friends on the internet. I’m talking to You. I’ve just finished writing my seventh book. My last name rhymes with seven and um, seven’s lucky right? Anya’s such an unlucky girl… born under the wrong star and all… We both wouldn’t mind a little luck headed our way.
There are many ways to enter, and I’m guessing you know the drill. Post your favorite quote from one of my books on your blog or facebook or twitter. (You can find many of my book’s quotes here.) I love fan art like this or this, and I’d be seriously delighted if you made something. Take a picture of one of my books out in the wild. Or you can just tell people about Because It Is My Blood on the social network of your choice. But honestly, anything is fine with me. I just want to know that the books are going to good homes: ie., places where people who really like me will really like the books. NOTE: If you’ve already bought Because It Is My Blood, feel free to enter anyway. You can choose from any of my other books (Elsewhere, Margarettown, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, All These Things I’ve Done, The Hole We’re In), which I will happily sign and personalize for you.
If only seven of you enter, seven of you will win. If only five of you enter, two of my imaginary friends are getting copies.
Because many of the readers that write me are not from America and because the series takes place in many different countries, it only seems right that this giveaway be open internationally.
Contest ends October 17, 2012.