New Website and New York

As I’m sure you can tell if you’re reading this post on my website, the site’s gotten a bit of a facelift in the past few days. I think it’s absolutely beautiful, and I hope you do too! My writer-and-illustrator friend Ingrid Sundberg drew all the illustrations, and WebsyDaisy designed and built the site. Please check out more of their work and get in touch with them if you’re ever in need of a new or updated site–they are both wonderful and talented!

A quick note about the artwork: If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you’ll see that the aliens are eyeing a stack of books made up of some of my favorite titles: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Half Magic by Edward Eager, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, and I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Some of the books in the stack don’t have titles visible–I imagine those are the books the aliens chose, and I’m not entirely sure what their taste is like.

I had a great trip to New York at the end of May, speaking on a middle grade panel at BEA and signing galleys for lots of lovely booksellers, librarians, and readers (and parents of readers). Thanks to everyone who came by to say hi or grab a copy of¬†Magic Marks the Spot! We ended up running out of galleys at the signing, so if you were waiting in line and didn’t get one, I’m really sorry! I hope you got lots of other excellent books to tide you over.

During my couple of days in NYC, I got to meet lots of the wonderful people at HarperCollins who are working behind the scenes on my book and the rest of the children’s list. It was very exciting to meet them, especially since I’m not at all used to meeting people who have actually read the book. (Usually, if I start talking to strangers about pirates and gargoyles, they give me funny looks and edge away slowly, but these nice people did no such thing.) I also got to spend time with some good writer friends, and at the end of my trip, my lovely host Kathleen Wilson¬†indulged my inner tourist and showed me around Central Park and Rockefeller Center. I have been catching up on sleep ever since.

Let me know how you like the new website, or if anything’s not working the way it should. Hope everyone’s summer is off to a brilliant start!