First of all, let me just say...WOOOOOTY HOOOO!!!
It's now less than a month (almost three weeks!) from LOOP's birthday (10/21/14!!), and I am so excited.
Was maybe not fully prepared for the degree of busy. There have been giveaways to organize and share (This one on Goodreads for a signed ARC is open until the day before LOOP's release date. And this one from my publisher is open until September 29th.)
The first two chapters of LOOP are up exclusively at Tor.com. You can go read them now!
My quest to shower awesome librarians with love, appreciation, and bookmarks has been so much fun.
I have interviews set up that I'm working on (and very excited about), a Blog Tour that's in the works, and other fun behind-the-scenes stuff that's percolating.
All good stuff. All amazing stuff. But it's still a big change for me.
That's when I stop, take a deep breath, and remember why I chose to pursue this dream of writing. I'm brought back to this....
I love books.
I love to read them. I love to smell them. I love the way the pages feel in my hands and the way the stories transport me to other worlds. I love the way my e-reader fits in my purse and turns itself off at night when I fall asleep reading. I love that there are book characters out there that feel like true friends. I love readers of books. I love writers of books. I love that they are my tribe.
I. Love. Books.
And that is why I write them.
Why I Write
My name's Karen Akins. And my debut YA sci-fi novel LOOP is coming out October 21, 2014 with St. Martin's Press. It's all sorts of time travelly goodness. I'm a self-professed geek--also a wife to Hubbykins, a mom to the Pea and Boo, and a follower of Jesus. And, occasionally, I find time to vacuum. I'm repped by the marvelous Victoria Marini at Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency.