My first short story collection just pubbed this month from the inimitable Small Beer Press. I’m delighted to finally have a collection of my best work from the last decade, including two new short stories (one of which is the title story). Available now from wherever books are sold (and if you can help out your local independent book store, even better!)
Well, folks, this website has never been very up-to-date at the best of times, but considering that the last post I made was a year ago, I think I have exceeded myself! Still, some amazing things have been happening which I would like to share.
Love Is the Drug was nominated for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult (and middle grade) literature by SFWA! I am so excited about this. The Summer Prince was nominated last year, and I am honored beyond words to have this recognition twice from my peers. Members of SFWA will be able to download a review copy until March 15 (though they can read it after). So please if you’re at all interested take the opportunity to get a copy during the window of its availability.
And secondly, my short story A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i, originally published in the July/August issue of F&SF, edited by the inimitable C.C. Finlay, is up for the novella Nebula Award! I truly feel that this is one of my best stories, though it’s in a category that is so stuffed with brilliant work I would just as happy not to win! But for the voters, SFWA members can access the story in the forums right now, and that link above also goes to an online version for easy access.
I’ve also posted this online because there are many Hugo voters who are not SFWA members. I’ve never thought of the Hugo in a serious way before, but I am proud of this work and I would be very happy to be considered. So if you can vote for the Hugo, I hope you’ll take a look at this story and consider it for the Novella category.
That’s all for now. Greetings from sunny Mexico, where the food is delicious and I have way too much work to finish 🙂
Let me explain, no, let me sum up:
My next YA novel is coming out in the Fall of this year. It’s called Love Is the Drug, it will be published once again by the fabulous team at Scholastic and Arthur A. Levine, and I can’t wait. It’s very different from The Summer Prince, but I think if you liked that one, you’ll enjoy this. I will wait to give details and a cover, but as a teeny preview: It’s a novel set in a Washington, DC private school in the midst of a global flu pandemic.
In other news, The Summer Prince made the longlist for the National Book Awards, Young People’s Literature category. It’s also made the Top Ten Rainbow List for 2014, which honors GLBTQ books for children and teens. Also, the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list. All very exciting, and I’m honored that this book has connected with so many people.
I have added an “appearances” section in my header, so if you’d like to meet me in person and maybe get a book signed be sure to check that regularly to find out when and where I will be.
My next novel will be something completely different. A YA science fiction novel set on the coast of Brazil (the modern state of Bahia), 400 years in the future. Pretty much everything here is something I haven’t done before: A standalone, science fiction, YA, Brazil. Even so, I hope those of you who have enjoyed my other novels will give it a shot (and hopefully, some new people will find their way to my work).
Wicked City, the sequel to Moonshine, is finally out (Amazon/B&N/Powells)! It seems to be trickling into Barnes and Nobles over the country right now, or you can get it online. If you like it, please pass on the word–leaving reviews is especially helpful, if you’re so inclined.
And if you’d like a more extensive taste of Zephyr and her world, I’m pleased to say that the awesome Tor.com has published my very first Zephyr Hollis short story, “The Inconstant Moon.” This is a prequel story, taking place four years before the events of Moonshine, and explains how Zephyr first came to the city and started to change her mind about the vampires she’d always killed with her daddy.
And remember, if you’d like to hear news about Zephyr (or my other books), please email me to sign up for my very low-volume mailing list.
Hello there! As promised, I have now posted an excerpt of Wicked City for your enjoyment. This covers the first two chapters. Feel free to send to anyone you like and spread the love. The book comes out in April, so you won’t have to wait too long to see how it turns out. Also, it got its first review in Publishers Weekly:
Johnson follows 2010’s Moonshine with another light urban fantasy set in an alternate 1920s New York City. Mayor Jimmy Walker is looking to legalize an alcohol–blood mixture known as Faust, but his agenda is imperiled when the tabloids link the drink to the deaths of 10 vampires, all in one night, on the eve of a crucial Board of Aldermen vote. Walker asks Zephyr Hollis, daughter of “Montana’s most famous demon hunter” and known as the “vampire suffragette” for her advocacy on behalf of the undead, to find out whodunit. Her sleuthing is engaging enough, but the real fun lies in the little details of Johnson’s imagined world: as night falls, Manhattan’s hot dog and pretzel vendors are replaced by carts dispensing Faust, and status is now determined in affluent society by having human rather than vampire servants, despite stricter applicable labor laws.
Exciting, yes? And remember that if you’d like further updates closer to the publication date (as well as other goodies, like a Zephyr Hollis short story I’m writing right now), send me an email so I can put you on the mailing list.