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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. 16th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
This is amazing! I am so excited! (I am only sad that it's not coming out in time to send to my niece for Christmas. She will love it, too! Ah well, there's always her birthday!)
Angelica Bohle
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh my, how exciting!

I've had serious vampire fatigue for a while now, but this sounds like the book I've always wanted!
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
I am SUPER excited about this book! You two are awesome. I've only read Liar by JL, but it was pretty mind-blowing.
Tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/bahnree/status/114756244941713408

(btw I am dying for Demon's Surrender....my bookstore doesn't carry it and my library doesn't have it yet....but SOMEDAYYYYYYY)
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Isn't Liar awesome?

Your bookshop should order Surrender in if you ask. ;)
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
This book sounds fantabulous. I wish I could have it in my hands NOW.
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Oh this is massively exciting! :D I KNEW the secret co-written book would be awesome, but I do not think I was prepared for how very awesome it would actually be. It sounds amazing! I love both of your writing styles so much, and both of your blogs, and I cannot wait! Congratulations on the joint-writing, and the deal, and I'm sure it's going to be fabulous :D
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Eeeeee! Oh I am so excited right now, I believe there's an amazon pre-order just waiting for me to click on it. And seeing as Justine Larbalestier is brilliant and so are you I can only imagine the brilliance SQUARED this book will be. \o/ This is a fantastic day.
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I am SUPREMELY excited, because Justine is charming and you are supremely awesome, and two great tastes can only be AMAZING together.

Plus, as the friend who is always on the sidelines going, "Dude, carefully consider your romantic choices, please", I am THRILLED to see a book about girls like me.
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
... I never win these things. But I never lose hope, either. So yeah.

Also, I'm totally reading this when it comes out. Sounds AMAZING.
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the secret book! Sounds like a lot of fun. :D
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Sounds great! Whee! :)
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
This sounds so awesome!! Can't wait to read it. Do you have a tentative release date? I'd love to win Justine's books. I only ever see them in German book stores (I'm Swiss) but I want to read her in original.
Sep. 16th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: yay
April/May 2012 is the most we know right now. But that's not so long. ;)
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
So. Excited.
This is going to be my graduation present to myself. I have been creeping & not commenting on your blog for like, 5 years, and have read so many amazing books both at your recommendation (and, you know, those that you have written yourself), and have not been properly appreciative.

So, so appreciative. And SO. EXCITED.
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)

Congrats, can't wait, and it will be very lovely to have two new books next year to ease the "oh my god no more Nick, Alan, Mae, Sin and Jamie?!" cold turkey when it hits me properly :P

Also, that cover is fierce :)
Sep. 16th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Two books out next year, and two the year after. ALL SRB... ALL THE TIME?

Thank you! I love the cover, and Mel's look. We had a fancy, fancy photoshoot, and I was clinging to Justine like a spider monkey screaming 'Look at MEL! Look at Cathy and Francis! Look at Kit (he's on the back)! Look at MEL!'

She bears it well, poor soul. ;)
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhhhhhhhh so excited! :DDDDD I haven't actually read any of Justine's work yet, but it is high on my to-read list, and I do lurk on her blog, so I know how amazing she is. The sheer awesomeness squared of the pair of you collaborating would seel me straight off, but the premise just certified it. I think at some point we have all been that friend standing in the background going 'Wait, him/her/other!? LOOK AT YOUR LIFE, LOOK AT YOUR CHOICES. ALSO, STOP PULLING DREAMY-EYED FACES.'
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
I cannot wait for this book! It looks like SO MUCH fun.
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