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TEAM HUMAN, by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
Coming out spring 2012

A girl and a vampire fall madly in love... The girl's best friend is deeply unimpressed.

What does this all mean? It means... There is going to be another book by me out before UNSPOKEN. Surprise! Even better surprise... I wrote it with the brilliant Justine Larbalestier.

But how did this happen, you may ask yourselves? 'Did you slip something in her drink to get her to agree to write with you, Sarah?' you may add accusingly.

I did not, because we were in different countries at the time. Amazingly, she seems to have done it voluntarily. Justine and I chat often, as writer friends will, about all our nerdy interests. One of which? Vampires. We love us some vampires. Justine sent me SABELLA by Tanith Lee, about vampires on Mars, and I cheerleaded Justine's marathon of my beloved THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.

But let me confess something I have not heard many writers confess: we got the idea for our vampire book from TWILIGHT.

Actually, we got the idea from NEW MOON. I will explain. Justine was at a showing of the movie NEW MOON, and we were chatting beforehand, and I said: 'Let me know how you enjoy my favourite part.' So when she returned...

JUSTINE: So what was your favourite part?
SARAH: When Bella's friend yells at her.
JUSTINE: When the heroine's friend yells at our depressed heroine? Sarah, I thought you were Team Bella!
SARAH: I am! Of course I am! Go Bella's agency and having whichever dude she pleases! But that scene just really reminded me of school, when your friend gets all wrapped up in this guy-
JUSTINE: Yes, and you don't think the guy is that great-
SARAH: Exactly, but he's suddenly always the topic of conversation, and you have all this friend jealousy-
JUSTINE: It's all part of the difficult untwining time of friendships when you're having first romances and you're like 'Hey, my friend and I aren't the same person. TURNS OUT.'
SARAH: Different needs! Who'd have thought.
JUSTINE: Someone should write that book. There need to be more friendship books.
SARAH: Yes! All about the girl whose best friend starts dating a vampire.
JUSTINE: We should write that book.
SARAH: We totally should.

Readers, I did not believe we would. We'd talk about it for a bit, I thought, but Justine wouldn't really want to (Justine is super cool, y'all, she has a lot of cool stuff going on) or we'd have a big fight (Justine and I, both Ladies of Strong Opinions, and I am a shouty wench). Something would HAPPEN.

But we kept talking about the book. We wanted a world like ours--super into vampires--and we didn't want secret vampires, so in our heads we built New Whitby, a city in Maine where people go for vampires like people go to Las Vegas for gambling. And once we had the city, and our heroine Mel who likes jokes and sports a lot more than vampires, and her dreamy book-loving best friend Cathy, and beautiful disdainful vampires, and grouchy vampire cops, romance and an adventure... Well, we had to go on the adventure.

I kept wondering if we'd finish it. And then we did, and I had to tell my agent I wrote a secret book. She took it very well. (She may have become accustomed to erratic behaviour from me at this point...)

And then I thought, well, a book about friends, will people get it? Will they want it? Will people think we're making fun of vampires because we wrote a funny book about vampires, when we LOVE VAMPIRES? Will we-- At this point, I believe Justine said: 'SRB, stop having the vapours.'

She was right. Anne Hoppe of Harper, who publishes Melissa Marr and Lili Wilkinson and who we knew we could absolutely trust with a story about girls and the supernatural, wanted the book. So did Justine's fabulous Australian publisher, Jodie Webster of Allen & Unwin. They said such smart things to us: they really got the book and what it was about: us loving and talking vampires, and friends who love each other.

We were so happy.

I had so much fun writing this book, and I'm having fun now writing the sequel. (It's a duology! Never written one of those before.)

For those of you who don't know Justine's work and what an enormous treat you are about to be in for (I assume Justine's fans are at this point running around going 'Who is this IRISH WENCH? What are her intentions! What is anything!') I thought I would celebrate this announcement by giving away copies of Justine's books: a trilogy about sketchy magic users, MAGIC OR MADNESS, a hilarious book about fairies, HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY, and a strange beautiful psychological thriller called LIAR. You will be entered into a draw to win them all now - all you have to do is write a comment, or link to this post from anywhere you like! And then you are in to win all Justine's books.

You can read Justine's report of our big news here. And later I'll talk some more about co-writing, and all the fun we had. And in spring, you can read mine and Justine's book, and have fun with us and vampires.

I hope you are one squillionth as excited as me!


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Sep. 18th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm so excited for this now!!
Sep. 18th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
I would like to win books! And also read a book about having a sensible best friend, as sensible best friends are often my favorite characters.
Sep. 18th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh! Yes yes yes! It's so refreshing to see a book approaching the human girl dates hot supernatural dude OMG! true love!!!!!!!!!1111111 thing from a different angle. And you* have written it. And it has a POC as the protagonist. And it is about lady friendships! With vampires thrown in! *sighs dreamily* What more could a girl want?

* I haven't read Justine's books yet but I'm going to get my claws on them as soon as can now.
Sep. 18th, 2011 08:56 am (UTC)
I read liar and it was totally brilliant. Super excited about this. Yay for secret books!
Sep. 18th, 2011 08:58 am (UTC)
I am at least a millionth as excited as you! Awesome Awesome Awesome!!

Also, I feel like SRB could be a thing. Like, the super cool name fans use to show that they're super cool fans, like Sarah Jessica Parker being SJP, or only using someone's first name or something. Or...something. Maybe not.

But still! Book! Two awesome writers! Awesome!
Sep. 18th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
YES COMMENT YES COMMENT. I've been trying to get Justine's books for two years now and my bookstore just DOESN'T GET IT. And I don't have a creditcard so no amazon. WOE WOE WOE.
Sep. 18th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Oh my stockings. This is so exciting!! I am going to TELL PEOPLE.
Sep. 18th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
Pretty cover!

I wish I had seen you agent's face when you told them you'd written a secret book.
Sep. 18th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
Woohoo, friends books. I'm definitely into that. And it's a super way to tide me over until your next series. You certainly are a busy gal!
Sep. 18th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Me! Me me me me me! :D
Sep. 18th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh my lord this idea is DEEPLY satisfying. Deeply.
Sep. 18th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
That cover and title are AMAZING.
Sep. 18th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Great news! I really liked "How to ditch your fairy", I even gave it to my sister.

So, this is gonna be like awesome squared, isn't it?
Sep. 18th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
A secretly constructed book about Friends? Girls who are friends? And friends who want to yell at their best friend ever, because that guy is not what they think should be on their radiar, not least because they deserve better but also because they want more of their friend and less of hearing about said guy? Now with vampires!? So much Win!
Sep. 19th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
Sarah, you sly thing - I cannot believe you kept this quiet until the final cover stage! I am so EXCITE. I can't believe someone actually went ahead and wrote this book. I mean *this* book, the one me and my friends are always talking about. It even has 'Friends don't let friends date vampires' as a tagline! How awesome is THAT? I cannot wait to get my grubby paws on this.
Sep. 19th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
Congratulations! This is very exciting!
Sep. 19th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
This is a YA reader's dream come true!
Sep. 19th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
This sounds like so much fun!!
Sep. 19th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you for the contest!
Sep. 19th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
This is so exciting! I can't wait to read it!
Sep. 19th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh my! I love both of you, so a team-up between the two of you is like having Spider-Man and Batman somehow working together, and the subject sounds awesome. Can't wait!
Sep. 19th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
Also how excited am I to see an Asian girl on the cover as (presumably) the leading lady, without anything big being made of it or the Point being about the girl Being Asian? (At least in the summary as written.) Spoiler: very excited
Sep. 19th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hurray! Also, most perfect title I have ever seen on a book. I would buy it for that alone.
Sep. 19th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)

Sep. 19th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an awesome book. 'Friends don't let friends date vampires' - love it!

Sep. 20th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
what?!?!? what is this? secret books? O.O i love this. this is better than casually putting your hand in your pocket and then taking out a 20$ bill you completely forgot you put in there.

anyway, i was just here to look at one of your book recs and download it on my ipad. i've been buying LOADS of your recs. i've been on a sarah rec binge as it were and now look at this!!!

if i don't win this, which i probably won't, i'll certainly buy the gorgeous books (LIAR LOOKS SO INTERESTING!). i've loved all the books you've rec'd. haven't failed me yet. <3
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