So, while I’m still excited, I’m going to share ten pieces of trivia about EPIC FAIL–in the hopes of making other people excited about it too:
1. The author photo (on the inside of the back cover) was taken by my 13-year-old daughter Annie on a day when we were just hanging out in the backyard. I’m on a swing and I look genuinely relaxed and happy because it’s NOT a real photo shoot, just the two of us having fun.
2. The book was dedicated to Annie well before she took my author photo.
3. My youngest son recently read the dedication and was mildly outraged it was dedicated to his sister and not to all the kids, so look for a future book to be dedicated to my sons . . .
4. EPIC FAIL is a modernization of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE,, which is one of my all-time favorite novels and one I’ve reread probably a dozen times or more.
5. One theory about why Austen died young is that she had Addison’s Disease, an autoimmune disease that targets the adrenal glands.
5. Annie also has Addison’s Disease (but it’s now treatable, thank goodness).
6. In updating the character names that Austen used, I inadvertently used all three names of the kids of a good friend of mine and didn’t even realize it until last night, when his wife pointed it out to me.
7. Dozens–maybe hundreds–of cookies, coffee cakes, and brownies have fueled the writing of this novel. Also many gallons of coffee.
8. This is my first YA novel and my first book for HarperCollins. This brings the number of book genres I’ve had published to three: adult fiction, non-fiction, and YA.
9. The title was inspired by my teenage son and niece (who lived with us for a year), who bleated “FAIL!” at each other several times a day during her stay here.
10. I submitted the early drafts of EPIC FAIL to my editor with the joking subtitle, “A Vampire Novel.” (It’s not a vampire novel.)