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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. 17th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
DUDE, that sounds so awesome. The best books always come from the randomest conversations. Also, squillionth is a great word.
Sep. 17th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I can't wait to read it--it sounds wonderful.
Sep. 17th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Ooh! I have to drop my name in the hat! Loved How to Ditch Your Fairy, and haven't gotten a chance to read anything else by her.

THIS BOOK MAKES ME SO EXCITED. Aw, man. I'm really curious to see how you two navigated the dicey waters of collaboration! I bet it'll be awesome.

(I feel like my Beauty and the Beast OMG BOOKS icon is my default setting for comments on your journal, because your journal is an explosion of awesome books. Which is awesome.)

My apologies for using the word 'awesome' too many times.
Sep. 17th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
EEEEEEEEEEE! THIS IS SO EXCITING!!! A new YA book about friendship by two of my favourite YA authors? This is the best book news ever! I knew Justine had her sekrit cowritten book project, but I had no idea it was as awesome as this! Plus, an SRB book to tide us over to Unspoken? I think I am melting in book happiness right now. It's actually kinda funny the announcement came now, cos I bought The Girl Who Was On Fire the other day and saw in your author bio that you had a cowritten book coming out with Justine and I was so confused cos I follow both your blogs and I hadn't heard anything! And then I asked my friends who read you books and blog and they hadn't heard anything either! And then today one of my friend's called me to tell me that you'd both posted about it on Twitter and I then of course had to check straight away and now I'm SO EXCITED, if you couldn't tell by the capitals and rambling. Ummm...perhaps I should get off the internet and actually mingle with my interstate visitors. Yes, that might be good... And congratulations to both of you! The book looks awesome :D
Sep. 17th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Congratulations! So excited that I have so many of your books to look forward to.
Sep. 17th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
I always love your posts about subverting various genres. So I'm excited to see a genre-subverting book! Subvert the vampires - in a loving way, of course!
Sep. 17th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
That is awfully exciting. Also, Allen & Unwin are great, it will be brilliant to be able to buy an actual Australian edition of one of your books :)
Sep. 17th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
I am much excited. ;) And hoping to make it over to Australia with Team Human, too...

PS - Was much pleased you liked Demon's Surrender! And do not worry, I do not do the crazy switching-POV things with Unspoken and Team Human. (I do... different crazy POV things. Oh Sarah, when will you learn to put the povs down and back away slowly.)
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Sep. 17th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
THIS LOOKS SO COOL. And *funny*. I feel as though there is currently a sad dearth of funny books in teen literature these days (especially in books with vampires) - so that means there's all the more reason to buy this book when it comes out! Woo hoo!
Sep. 17th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
Oh honey, this sounds absolutely lovely.
Sep. 17th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Amazing concept, gorgeous cover and I love Mel already.
Jumped the top of my TBR list :) Secret books are awesome, obviously!!
Elizabeth Howard-Gibbon
Sep. 17th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
Wow this is totally what I was hoping would show up eventually in the supernatural romance section in my local bookstore <3
Sep. 17th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, that is so CLEVER!!! YES, I can't wait to read this!!! Huzzah!!!

Also love that it's unashamedly Twilight inspired, lol! That series has almost turned into some sorta dirty taboo that induces full-on eye rolling if even whispered (or at least that's the case at my college!)
Whether you like it or loathe it, Twilight's there, so I loved that you -instead of ignoring it like a lot of others seem to do- brought out the giant pink elephant for show and tell, lol!

I cannot tell you how much the premise for this novel is exactly what i've been looking for! A YA novel with some BLOODY COMMON SENSE! Someone to say "Hang on a minute there, Consuela, dude's a vampire, i'm shutting this thing down! 'Nuff said!"
And that's my problem with Twilight and a lot of other YA novels that don't develop friendship, or even really include it at all! There's more to life -and indeed an individual- than romance!
That being said, I'm a hopless romantic, but one, I like to think, with a voice of reason!...Oh wait, is that an oxymoron? Lol!
Sep. 17th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, we love romance too, and Cathy gets her say as well. It's true that Twilight, a huge presence in our genre, and yelling at it or ignoring it, both things seem silly. Be in conversation with the genre!

Plus LJ Smith (the author of the Vampire Diaries) and Anne Rice were integral parts of my teen reading experience. Vampires, they are in the blood. ;) Got to let it out!
Sep. 17th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
I am easily more than one-squillionth excited! I am many many squillionths excited, though I shall not play the "Challenge the Author's Excitement" game because that way lies madness. Oh, this sounds WONDERFUL. I will read and laugh and love!
Sep. 17th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
This sounds like the most epic thing imaginable.
Sep. 17th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
Sounds interesting would louvre to read it!!
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