Archive for June 15th, 2012

Friday, June 15th, 2012 by Diana Peterfreund
Summer Reading and Summer Releases

Last week, I got home from BEA, and of course, I brought with me a stack of books I’d acquired there, books that I in some cases stood in long lines or fought off hordes of other super fans to acquire early. The sad news is that I haven’t cracked them yet. Eventually, they’ll be my summer reading, but for now, they have to take a back seat, because…

I had a new book come out on Tuesday. It’s my eighth novel, and my first in almost two years. And, honestly, it never. gets. old.

The book is called FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, and it’s a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion (which, as we all know from Carrie’s post a few days ago, is her favorite Austen, which she highly recommends reading over the summer). It’s been garnering rave reviews, including a coveted star from School Library Journal, and according to the summer reading lists of the Boston Globe and the L.A. Times, it makes for a perfect summer read.

So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks, and likely what I’ll be doing for the next few: my reading and writing (and speaking and sleeping and, in some cases, even eating) is all about my latest release. I started a spoiler thread on my website for fans who’ve read the book, and a few of their questions have already sent me back to the book proper (or the free online prequel, “Among the Nameless Stars”) since I wrote both so long ago that I sometimes need to refresh my memory.

(This, in passing, is the curse of authors. By the time the book hits the streets, we’ve usually written another novel or two in the interim and have to re-immerse ourselves in the world of the novel we’re trying to promote.)

It’s worth it though, since I love this book with all my heart and soul, and I’m so excited that it’s finally out there in the world for someone else to choose as their summer read.