|My twentieth book (The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase) came out this year. That feels like a big milestone when I worked so hard and dreamed so long of just writing one good enough to get published. I’ve thought a lot about gratitude over the years (Oprah really had something with that gratitude journal idea, or at least that’s where I first heard of it.) If you start writing down four things at the end of each day that you’re grateful for, you’ll spend your whole day looking for wonder, I promise you, and you’ll almost always find more than four.
In the Candymakers books Logan lists the things he’s grateful for each night before he goes to bed, and look how happy HE is! (although of course that might have something to do with living inside a candy factory, but you get the point. ;o). Top on my list for today (and every day) are my loved ones of course, but so are the readers out there opening book covers and falling into other worlds. You all know the power of being transported somewhere else, and returning to yourself feeling changed in some way. Thank you for taking my books with you on your journeys, and for trusting me to enough to let my stories live inside you. I will never take that for granted. Without the editors, librarians, teachers, and booksellers who have the seemingly magical gift of getting the right books into the right kids’ hands, I’d never be sitting here about to start book number twenty-one, so my deepest appreciation to you all. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe holiday season. A few thoughts to leave you with on gratitude, passion, and hard work…
If you’d like to order any personalized/signed books as gifts for the holidays (or anytime) you can do it through my local bookstore–I go in and sign them, they send them, someone reads them. Easy peasy!
ps. Thank you anyone who has commented on previous blogs, and thank you for your patience in waiting for them to show up.
pps: This was originally sent out to readers who signed up on the mailing list on wendymass.com, feel free to do that if you haven’t. Thanks!
Thank you to everyone who helped land THE CANDYMAKERS AND THE GREAT CHOCOLATE CHASE on the New York Times Children’s bestseller list and the Indie Booksellers Children’s bestseller list on its first week out! I’d send you each a basket of candy if I could (although I’d probably eat it first)!! I hope everyone who submitted a suggestion for the book in previous blog comments realizes how awesome their ideas were, and a ton of them show up in the book–especially the suggestions for clever tag lines for a certain candy that won the contest in the first book. So I couldn’t have written this book without you. I hope you enjoy hitting the road in a tricked-out RV with your old friends Logan, Miles, Philip and Daisy, (and a few other surprise guests!).
Hi All! This is the newsletter I sent out to anyone who signed up on the website to receive book news. It’s chock full of updates (Voyagers, the Candymakers sequel, Space Taxi and more). I’ll update the pages here on the website to include the new books very soon. Can’t seem to cut n paste it, but here’s the link.
Hope you’re having fun in the sun! (wear sunscreen, drink water, read a book under the shade of a leafy tree :o)
The mysterious Angelina D’Angelo has left town to see the world. It’s now Grace’s turn to use her magic to protect the people of Willow Falls, and she’s up to the challenge. This is her destiny, after all. But destiny is a funny thing—it doesn’t always behave the way you’d expect it to. All your favorite characters are back and you get to glimpse their futures…even before they do!
Archie Morningstar’s dad drives a taxi through outer space. And with the help of a talking cat named Pockets, Archie and his dad help fight crime across the universe! In the third book in this early reader series, the three travel to a Medieval planet to rescue a princess who has three eyes, green hair, and an attitude!
A special THANK YOU to everyone who suggested slogans for the harmonicandy in THE CANDYMAKERS AND THE GREAT CHOCOLATE CHASE. I used so many of them in the book! Also a lot of your ideas of new candies and stories about road trips also made it in! (keep those comin’ if ya got ’em!) More updates as I finish up!
Hi all!! I’m still deep underground trying to meet my deadline for The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase. Your suggestions for new candies and road trip ideas have been SOOOO HELPFUL!!!!! Thank you!!! For those of you who haven’t read the first one yet, spoilers ahead so may not want to read the rest of this post! For the others, here’s another chance to pitch in…Miles has to come up with an advertising slogan for the Harmonicandy, so I’ve been gathering a list of ideas. Things like: Harmonicandy, the musical treat! or The Harmonicandy, chew to the tune! You can see why i need help! I’d love to hear your ideas!
Hi guys!! I hope everyone is having a great start to school! It’s almost ninety degrees here in Jersey today, so I say it’s clearly still summer. :O)
I promised some news updates, and here ya go.
A few years ago I wrote two books for teenagers called LEAP DAY and HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL. They both have main characters in high school and deal with high school themes. Since then I’ve fallen in love with writing books that have younger characters, and these two books sort of got lost. BUT NOW they’re back!! They both have shiny new editions with an author’s note at the beginning, and I updated the text a bit for younger readers. I think they’re fine now for 12 and up, but as with anything, you may want to run it by parents/guardians/etc beforehand if you’re not sure. Here are their pretty new covers:
This post used to be about problems getting some of the books from Amazon but that’s been worked out, so Thank you all for your support while you’re waiting for Graceful, and once i finish the Candymakers sequel I’ll do my best to catch up with posting your comments and answering questions. Thank you for your patience!
I had a blast writing for younger readers this time around. Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight is the first in the series. The second, “Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue,” will be out in September.
Check out the awesome (and informative!) website our publisher is making for the series. They have lots of cool stuff planned in the coming months but you’ll be able to check out a preview now, focusing on the science behind the story. You can also read a sneak peek of the story!
THE CANDYMAKERS’ CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE
coming out Spring 2016
I know that sounds like a long time, but in the publishing world it really isn’t (plus i can’t start writing it for another few months!!). The title might change, but the plot will involve Logan, Daisy, Philip and Miles hitting the road in a tricked-out RV to find Logan’s grandfather’s original formula for the Life is Sweet chocolate. Each character will have their own motivation for going on the trip, and will have their own quests along the way.
Ok, so here’s the thing. You guys are AWESOME! And you’re not afraid to ask for what you want, that’s for sure! I’m sorry for the wait…but here goes. Like I said…two sequels. One I still can’t officially tell you for a few more days, (but if I HAD to give a hint…I’d say it has something to do with candy! ;o)
But there’s one other I CAN tell you about…