At last I can tell you that my third novel, Man Made Boy will be published in the Fall of 2013 by Viking Penguin, with a sequel to follow in 2014!
I've been waiting for an agonizingly long month to post this announcement. But, now that I can finally talk about Man Made Boy, I'm not sure exactly what to say. I know I'm not alone in this. Many authors struggle to boil down a full length novel into the size of an elevator pitch. There are so many ways to go about it...
There's the keep it simple angle:
"It's about a teenage Frankenstein's Monster!"
There's the name-dropping angle:
"It's a Kerouac-style road trip novel...with monsters!"
There's the genre mash-up angle:
"It's a cyberpunk paranormal coming-of-age story!"
There's the cryptic angle:
"Possibly the only two person love triangle to appear in YA fiction!"
Or how about the over the top angle:
"Monsters! Broadway divas! Road trip! Hackers! Weird romance! What?! You want more!?"
Okay, enough being cute. Imagine a group of monsters who pose as a Circ de Soleil style Broadway show, passing their magical abilities off as special effects. Vampires, werewolves, fairies, sirens, medusas, minotaurs...the works. Who might be a good bouncer for such a dangerous menagerie? Well, Frankenstein's Monster of course. Then, what if the Monster and the Bride got together and created a child of their own named...well, Boy, of course, because that's what he is. And what if Boy grew up to be a bright, sensitive, and rebellious teenage hacker who was tired of living his whole life inside the confines of a Broadway theater? How far will he go to prove to them all, including the lead dancer girl he's always pined for, that he's going to be somebody important and not just the Son of Frankenstein's Monster?
For those people who read my first two novels (and of course you are my favorite people), you may have noticed that they're pretty much on opposite ends of the Realism<-->Fantasy spectrum for YA fiction. What I tried to do with Man Made Boy is combine the heartfelt intimacy of Struts & Frets, with the dark, strange, and expansive storytelling of Misfit. Eight years in the making, it's a deeply personal book for me. And I cannot wait to share it with you.
Also? Expect a lot of Frankenstein posts in the future...