It’s a cycle. You start a story, and it’s stupid. You don’t have any ideas. You’re washed up. Finished. And then you get a sliver of an idea, but it’s kind of dumb. Ugh. Then you start working it, and it becomes, oh, maybe. Alright. Yeah, I am going to finish this story. I did finish it! It’s not terrible! [Then] you don’t have any ideas. Is that what life is? It’s just a series of enacting the cycle. Lately, it’s become kind of wonderful to say, ‘Yeah, so now I’m at the point where I don’t have any ideas. Is is a crisis? No, it’s not a crisis. You’ve been here before. And maybe even you could enjoy that moment when you’re bereft of ideas… The goal would be to keep enacting that [cycle], live to 190, and put the period on the best story ever.
So I guess I can spill now: THE WALLED CITY has been selected as one of the books on the BEA’s YA Buzz panel! It is a great, exciting honor! So if you’re going to BEA this year, I’ll be seeing you there!
Instruction time! Google “Kowloon Walled City,” read this interview on The Story Siren and freak out. Okay?
Ryan Graudin’s The Walled City is out in the fall and this interview has us wanting fall to be rightthissecond. (Love that the cover process involved a Pinterest board!) Head over now for a chance to win a signed ARC!
The cover for The Walled City is up! AND there’s a signed ARC for grabs! Go check it out!!