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8.06.2012

Introducing . . . Books Four and Five!

The best thing about this? I'm in EMERIL LAGASSE'S kitchen inside the Martha Stewart offices. My friend Heather was like, "Pose with something!" This was my first reaction.


Today in Publisher's Weekly:


DUTTON KIDS INKS PERKINS TO DOUBLE

Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss) signed a world English rights, two-book deal with Dutton Children’s v-p and publisher, Julie Strauss-Gabel. The first book—both will be YA novels—is slated for 2014; per the publisher, it will be a horror novel in the vein of the movie Scream in which a cadre of high school students are being stalked and attacked by a mysterious killer with no obvious motive. Kate Schafer Testerman at kt literary represented Perkins in the deal.


TINY EMBARRASSING NOTE: I actually had to look up the word "cadre" this morning. Ha ha! I guess that's why authors don't write their own pitches. For anyone else who needs it, here's Merriam-Webster, definition two: broadly, a group of people having some unifying relationship [a cadre of lawyers].


Oh, MAN. I've been sitting on this news since Valentine's Day!

I'm thrilled about Book Four, and I am so incredibly grateful and humbled that my editor Julie Strauss-Gabel took this enormous leap of faith. A major genre-hop like this isn't exactly what a publisher wants to hear, but Julie was enthusiastic and intuitive from the first email. I'm happy (and relieved!) that we'll be working on this project together. We make a kick-ass team.

Thank you, Julie. This one's gonna be CRAZY. In the best way possible.

I've been a fan of the teen slasher since a friend handed me one of R.L. Stine's Fear Street books in sixth grade. Together, we devoured the entire series as well as everything ever written by Christopher Pike. It was this same friend who introduced me to Scream a few years later.




My love for this film is massive, you guys. I still watch it several times a year. I love how self-aware it is while remaining whip-smart and scary. And INNOVATIVE. There have been many imitators (including—the argument can/should be made—the sequels), but Scream was as meta as get-all-out, and I freaking love it for that.

This movie, this awesome script and cast, turned me into a fan for life.

I devour all genres of horror now, but the slasher remains my favorite. And the attraction makes sense, doesn't it? Teenagers. Humor. Sex. It's not that far off from what I write now. ;-)

Basically, what I'm trying to say is . . .

I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK.

Here are a few quick facts:

Yes, it's a contemporary. The killer is not a supernatural creature. I'm talking about ye old traditional knife-wielding maniac.

Yes, it will be bloody.

Yes, it will be sexy.

Yes, it will be scary.

At least . . . I hope it'll be scary!

I have a few critique partners and family members who have already said they'll have to skip this one. Which is okay! And it's okay if YOU have to skip it, too. Horror is a tough genre to love. (Even tougher to defend.) But for those of you who don't like it—even if it IS a horror with a hot guy, because let's face it, this is a Stephanie Perkins novel—you'll be happy to hear more about my fifth novel:

Anna, Lola, and Isla's stories are complete, but my work-in-progress swings closer to their end of the spectrum. I'm enjoying it so far, though it still has to pass several more tests before it becomes anything official.

Test #1: I have to like the completed manuscript.
Test #2: My critique partners have to like it.
Test #3: My agent has to like it.
Test #4: My editor has to like it.

So I can't say anything more right now, other than it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that Book Five will be another horror.

In related news: I've seen a few people who are upset on Twitter this morning, because, you know, WHAT HAPPENED TO ISLA?!??!?!?!?!??

No worries, friends. Isla and the Happily Ever After is still scheduled to be released in 2013. (No confirmed date, because I'm still working on it.) We're hoping that Book Four will be ready for publication in 2014, and Book Five will be ready in 2015.

Time to wrap this up . . .

Thank you so, so much to my WONDERFUL agent Kate Schafer Testerman who supported this project from the start and turned it into a reality.

Thank you to Kiersten White who—when I complained last summer about not being able to find a particular type of novel to read—said: "So write it yourself."

Thank you to my horror-film freaks and friends: Manning Krull, Marjorie Mesnis, and Jeff Zentner for spending dozens-upon-dozens of hours with me discussing horror theory and criticism. For funsies.

AND THE BIGGEST THANK YOU OF ALL to my husband Jarrod. Thanks for watching the scariest, goriest, cheesiest, bloodiest, worst films that I can find . . . and for laughing all the way.

58 comments:

  1. So so so so very excited about this! Congratulations!

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  2. How HORRIFICALLY unexpected! (Sorry, I couldn't resist. ;)) But hey, you haven't led me astray yet, so I'm willing to go along for the ride. Plus, I quite enjoy Scream myself.

    Congratulations!

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  3. I was not a reader until Junior High and one of the books that turned me into a reader is I Know What You Did Last Summer, which is way better than the movie. I am super excited about your Slasher book and even more excited to hear there is a hot guy (I still love Skeet Ulrich) . My only concern was if there was going to be kissing, which I could not imagine but am glad to have it enforced.

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  4. EEEH! Awesome! I LOVE the Scream movies like woah and normally hearing something like this would give me pause, but it's you! I'm totally in! Can't wait! Congratulations!

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  5. I grew up on R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike so super super excited for your new book!!

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  6. So. Awesome! I can't wait to read it.

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  7. YAY!!!! This is such great news!! I read a lot of R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike back in the day as well, and can't wait for a scary, sexy novel from you!! Awesome!!

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  8. Yay for a new book...eeek for a scary one! But I know you will rock this! xoxo

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  9. Courtney Summers got me to willingly read a zombie book and I think you are the author that is going to willingly get me to read a slasher book. I am just busting out of my comfort zone from all over the place.

    Sandy

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  10. Congratulations! Your new horror story sounds fabulous (loved Scream) and I can't wait to read it. Nice!

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  11. It sounds so great!! So: yay for the new book! I love the "Scream" movies...and I always will. ;)

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  12. I love this photo and I'm so excited for this book! I was a HUGE Chistopher Pike fan as a kid. In fact, I just went and re-bought all his books again with the old cheesy covers (I think my mom donated mine to the library) and have been re-reading them. Love!

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  13. ALL THE LOVE AND AFFECTION AND EXCITEMENT IN THE WORLD!!!

    Plus, that is my favorite photo of anyone.

    Ever.

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  14. YAY!! Congratulations!! Can't wait to read it!

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  15. Love! I'm super excited about ALL OF THIS.

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  16. This is so exciting. I also loved Christopher Pike as a kid, and even though I've become a huge chicken in my adult years, I will still read this book. (You had me at "hot guy".)

    I think it's awesome that you're branching out with something different! I can't wait!

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  17. YESSSSSSS I am not a fan of the supernatural horror - it doesn't scare me like the idea of a guy with a knife in the closet.

    I AM BEYOND EXCITED

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  18. You saucy little minx!! Look at you, changing genres--throwing us all for a loop.

    Congratulations! I love how you're changing it up for yourself--and for us!

    xoxoxoxoxo-

    Shelley

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  19. I AM JUST SO EXCITED! And there better be all the kissing!

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  20. a, congratulations! b, I can't wait to met you at leaky con. C, I want that dress. please.

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  21. HA! I love it! I'm not normally a horror fan, but can't wait to read anything you write, Steph!

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  22. You're such an engaging writer that I would read anything you wrote, even your version of 50 Shades of Craptitude...possibly!

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  23. Congratulations! I'll give the horror ones a try!

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  24. Don't worry, if it says Stephanie Perkins on it, I will buy it. Also, ZOMG excited for your horror book. I watched all the SCREAM movies last year in preparation for the newest one. Love them all (the first one is the best though)! Major props to "girls that will actually pick up any random object to ward off a killer and not just wait for a gun to fall into their lap." I love horror movies so much! Can't wait to see you delve into horror books! :)

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  25. I'm so freakin excited!!! Slasher horror is my absolute favorite horror genre! So excited!!!

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  26. That's AWESOME! Long time lurker breaking my silence to say I'm so thrilled by this news! I can't wait to read it!!!

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  27. I will be 100% honest, I typically avoid horror entirely as a genre because I am a huge wimp and Goosebumps #22 Ghost Beach gave been nightmares for *three weeks* in the summer after second grade. HOWEVER, I love your books. I love your voice, your style, your characters, your characters' style and personalities. ERGO, when this new, crazy teen slasher comes out, I will totally be down!!! I would chance almost anything that has your name on the front cover...probably even a history of earthworms. :)

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  28. At first I was like, "Holy frigg, that kitchen is clean!"

    I lurv horror movies/books. Hitchcock, anyone?

    This new series is now on my list of "Awesome Things To Look Forward To"

    Congratulations!

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  29. So, SO excited for you! My daughter and I are both huge fans of your first two novels. However, I had to convince my daughter to try a contemporary romance - and she loved it! She is going to be over-the-top ecstatic that you're writing a thriller! Congratulations!

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  30. I love all the love in these comments!

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  31. Excellent picture! I am super excited for you, Stephanie! To be able to write in a genre you love is beyond cool. I wish I could tell you I'll read it, but truth is I'm such a huge wimp when it comes to slasher/horror/gore etc. Which is ironic since I grew up with a mom who loves that genre - books and films. I'm currently writing a YA ghost story (who knew?)so I decided to watch Celebrity
    Ghost Stories recently. I had to turn the channel when Scott Patterson told about his experience w/ ghosts on a movie set. I was so freaked out!

    Anyway, looking forward to Isla and Book 5 :)

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  32. Congratulations on the book deal! I'm actually not a big horror reader, but I love your books and will definitely be giving this one a try! :)

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  33. Wow! I'm really not a fan of horror-type things, usually. But like I had to watch The Cabin in the Woods (because JOSS WHEDON), I'm going to read this horror novel (because STEPHANIE PERKINS).

    Congratulations! I'm very excited for you, your new deals, and Isla. :)

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  34. OMG.... You look great in that pic :D

    I'll be waiting... I don't like horror books, but I'll read it because I love what you write ;)

    Kisses

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  35. OMG, I could weep with excitement, I am of the Point Horror and Fear Street generation and slasher horrors will always have a place in my heart, I love all the films, the books and also MTV are starting a show based on Scream which sounds amazing!
    The only gutting thing about your horror book is waiting until 2014, aarrrggghhh!!!

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  36. I don't consider myself a horror person...but after Anna and the French Kiss perhaps I'll have to invest in a new teddy bear to help get through it. I'm excited!

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  37. Wow, surprise! I'm curious for sure, but since I had tons of nightmares after watching Scream (I had a 4 sliding glass doors in my house facing the woods) I don't know if I'll be courageous enough to read it.
    Excited for you!

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    1. It has to be said: my dad is the cutest YA fan alive. Sorry, twelve-year-old girls. It's true.

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  39. I'm slightly excited...just a tad!

    Oh my wow. Yeah, I'm kinda a wimp and don't like horror/scary books BUT it's written by Stephanie Perkins - YOU! - so I'll have to suck it up, go forth and snuggle with my teddy bear.

    You certainly are full of suprises ♥

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  40. SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR MORE STEPHANIE!!!

    I can't wait for Isla and the horror book and whatever 5 will be :DDDD

    PS not to sound creepy but I will be seeing you in a couple days at LeakyCon and I am also SUPER FREAKING EXCITED for that too :)

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  41. I think my head just exploded! (With joy, of course.)

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  42. If you write it, I'll read it!

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  43. Congratulations!!!

    I love R.L. Stine's Fear Street, Christopher Pike books, and slasher movies! I miss the days of Point Horror novels. I can't wait to read your slasher novel! :)

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  44. I saw this news on PW and was so excited for you, Stephanie!!! Big congratulations!!! I've never been a huge horror fan, but you've got me intrigued and I will probably read it because you're just that good. ;-)

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  45. Congrats! I cannot wait to read the new books. And I LOVE the photo.

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  47. I feel the same way about Scream. And I can't wait to read this book!

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  49. i loved your first two books.... i FREAKING loved them. Stephanie Perkins creates such perfect guys that my expectations for my boyfriend have become sky high. i lave the genre of books she writes and i enjoy them a lot.. i am sooo excited to read the next books !!! they will be awesome !!! :D

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  50. great book steph! great expectations for this one as well! have fun writing it as much as we will ahve reading it! ;)

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  52. Anonymous1:32 PM GMT-5

    and books Six and Seven.... Meredith in Rome? Hattie in Hononlulu? a girl can hope!! Love your work

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