Book Nine Is Here! Happy New Year!

Hello lovely readers!

I know, can you believe it?  A BLOG!  After all these months!  I just apparently abandoned the rest of 2016 — to be honest, I was finding the Internet/the news/reality a little stressful (like…everyone? I think?).  So I have been focused on deadlines and dragons (and my two little bears, who make even reality seem pretty wonderful) and planning future projects, which I hope will lead to exciting announcements eventually!

But for TODAY the thing I have to mention, even though hopefully all of you know this already, is that BOOK NINE IS OUT!  It’s been out for almost a week, so some of you have probably read it eight times already (you know who you are and by the way I love you), but in case any of you don’t have it yet, now you can sprint off to your closest bookstore and get it!

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Wings of Fire Book Nine: Talons of Power is Turtle’s story — the dragon who’d rather hide than save the world, which made him a little tricky for me to write (every page I had to be like, Turtle, explain to me WHY YOU’RE NOT SAVING THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?).  But I believe everyone has the potential to save the world, even poor Turtle, so I hope you guys enjoy his journey and end up wanting to give him a hug as much as I do!

I will try to come back and blog again soon — I have a list of favorite books I read last year that I want to share with you guys!  But first I have to finish BOOK TEN AAAAAACK (almost there!  I hope!) . . . so I’ll be back when my brain has returned from Pyrrhia!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!  I hope your 2017 is full of kindness and empathy and hugs and hope and courage and joy.  🙂

Things Making Me Happy Right Now: the movie Moana, especially the soundtrack, which is on an endless loop in our house — my four-year-old singing “You’re Welcome” is kind of the greatest thing in the universe.  My mother is from New Zealand, so although we’re white (no awesome wayfinding ancestors for me), I grew up with Maori storybooks and studied Maori art and I’ve always loved that part of the world, so this movie about a brave/hilarious Polynesian princess and their amazing voyager history just made me really happy.  My parents’ dog is actually named Maui, after the trickster demigod, long before the movie came out.  And this is sort of hilarious — Moana’s dad in the movie is called Chief Tui!  SERIOUSLY.  I never see my name in pop culture, so on the one hand, that’s very exciting, although if it inspires a boom in children named Tui (yup, totally see that happening), um, it would be splendid if some of them could be girls, too!  🙂

More soon!

What We’re Reading:
Me:  Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson, and The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge

With both bears:  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis, DC Superhero Girls: Hits and Myths, by Shea Fontana, and Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony