The past few weeks have been absolutely jam-packed with excitement. Here’s what’s been going on.
Yes, Girl-Bot decided to come a couple weeks early. I was getting mighty uncomfortable toward the end of the pregnancy, so her early arrival was just fine by me. Here she is reading her first book. (We don’t waste any time around here.)
I can’t say I’ve been sleeping all that much these days, but Husband Ray and I are pretty gaga over our new addition. Even when she’s screaming, she’s still pretty darn adorable. And once I teach her to type, she’ll be great at helping me keep up with writing deadlines.
A New Book!
Not only is there a new human baby in my life, but there’s also going to be a new book baby in the mix. I’m so excited to announce that the Dirt Diary series is going to have a fourth installment! Tentatively called THE TRUTH GAME, the book will be out next year.
After I finished writing The Gossip File, I thought that Rachel’s story was all wrapped up. But as more and more readers started asking if there would ever be another book, I realized that while I was happy with where I’d left Rachel’s story, I’d also set her up for a lot of upcoming transitions in her life. Transitions are always interesting to write about, especially when characters aren’t good at dealing with change. I’m excited to be able to explore those in the new book and to revisit Rachel’s world for a bit.
A First Review!
I’ve mentioned that first reviews of books are scary, especially when they’re from notoriously tough reviewers, so I was beyond excited that I’m WITH CUPID received a lovely review from Kirkus. Here’s an excerpt:
“As always, Staniszewski provides a deft mix of comedy and sensitive, deeper themes, making her book not only entertaining, but one that offers wisdom. She knows where to mine the humor from middle school life but does not sacrifice her characterizations for easy laughs. Light—but not lightweight—fun for preteens.” (You can read the full review here.)
A New Cover!
Speaking of I’M WITH CUPID, I just found out that the cover for the book is going to be changing. I’m a little sad about saying good-bye to the original cover since it was so cute, but the new cover is also adorable and perfect for Dirt Diary fans. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share it with you guys soon!
Phew! I think those are all the highlights from this past month. Bursts of excitement always seem to come in clusters, don’t they? What’s new with you these days?