Ally here, and today I’m going to tell you a story.
You see, last December I had just turned in the first draft of ALL FALL DOWN to my editor, and I had a little time off while I waited for Editor David to read the draft and tell me what I needed to work on in draft 2.
So I did what any self-respecting person does when they are faced with a few free days in December: I put on my stretchy pants and fuzzy socks and proceeded to watch about 200 cheesy holiday made-for-TV movies.
You know the ones? Where the plunky heroine and hunky hero trade barbs and banter under mistletoe and while sipping cocoa and are frequently snowed in together until they must face the fact that THEY ARE IN LOVE! And they must SAVE CHRISTMAS.
I KNOW you guys know those movies. And I bet you love them just as much as I do.
So I was watching a lot of those and, of course, tweeting the whole experience. It was fun. Then I got a text from my friend, New York Times Bestselling author and all-around sweetheart Stephanie Perkins.
“Can I call you?” Steph’s text said.
“Sure,” I texted back, totally unsure what this could be about.
So then a few minutes later my phone rang and, sure enough, it was Steph, who had, of course, seen my various tweets about my new all-consuming passion for cheesy holiday movies.
“How would you like to write one of those stories?” Steph asked.
“I’d love to!” I said.
“Good,” Steph told me, “because I’m planning on selling an anthology that includes holiday love stories from a whole bunch of YA authors, and you’re going to be one of them.”
“Sold!” I said, and true to her word, a few weeks later Steph had assembled an amazing list of authors and sold the book to St. Martins.
That was less than a year ago, and right now–TODAY– the book is in stores! (Which, trust me, is lightning fast in publishing years.)
I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful collection! But don’t take my word for it. The anthology has garnered FOUR STARRED REVIEWS (and anthologies almost never get a single starred review), and has been beloved by everyone.
So if you’re in the bookstore, pick up a copy and check it out. And, of course, you can look it up online as well.
Here are a few retail options:
Barnes & Noble
I’m so grateful to Steph for including me and St. Martins for making such a beautiful book (I know a lot of you probably love eBooks, but trust me, the physical book is a thing of beauty!)
Such a fun way to kick off the holiday season!