YAY for second books! It’s so fun hearing about everyone’s sophomore efforts — and seeing how different the process has been for each of us. For Dhonielle and I, our contract was a two-book set up — but we didn’t know until after our first editorial meeting whether the second book would be a companion novel, sequel or something else altogether. Luckily, it was a sequel, and that’s what D and I had been planning.
The process of plotting the second book couldn’t begin until the end (haha, that strikes me as funny) of TINY PRETTY THINGS, given the cliffhanger-iness of the first book. And interesting, Harper didn’t really market it as a duology, so a lot of people were pretty stressed when they got to the end. Which has been fun. But yes, there is a sequel. And YAY! It’s on its way to copyedits already! And the cover is gorgeous (although, sadly, I don’t have permission to share it just yet.) The second book will be called — wait for it — SHINY BROKEN PIECES. (LOVE!) And it’s due on shelves next summer, although the exact date is TBD. Can’t wait to give these beautiful ballerinas some closure.
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An entertainment and lifestyle journalist published by The New York Times, People, ABC News, MSN, Cosmopolitan and other major national media, SONA CHARAIPOTRA currently curates a kickass column on YA books and teen culture for Parade.com. A collector of presumably useless degrees, she double-majored in journalism and American Studies at Rutgers before getting her masters in screenwriting from New York University (where her thesis project was developed for the screen by MTV Films) and her MFA from the New School. When she's not hanging out with her writer husband and two chatter-boxy kids, she can be found poking plot holes in teen shows like Twisted and Vampire Diaries. But call it research: Sona is the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book development company with a decidedly diverse bent. Her debut, the YA dance drama Tiny Pretty Things (co-written with Dhonielle Clayton), is due May 26 from HarperTeen. Find her on the web at SonaCharaipotra.com or CAKELiterary.com.
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