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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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psychopeg
Sep. 17th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
I am WAY more than one squillionth as excited as you. :)

And I have had LIAR on my "to-read" shelf for about a million years... I should probably get on that. :)

(Wouldn't mind winning the rest of them though!)
ratscoat
Sep. 17th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
This is excellent! And I loved How To Ditch Your Fairy, which I think I read because you mentioned it...

You bring me all the best books, thank you!
newtypeshadow
Sep. 17th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
OMG Best Secret Book Surprise Ever! ^__^

Also, I totally want to win Justine's books--I've wanted to read How to Ditch Your Fairy and Liar since you first talked about them and linked to her blog! *_*
chemokitty
Sep. 17th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Squee!!
penrynsdreams
Sep. 17th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
OMG! This is seriously one of my dream writer pairings!
foxglove_chant
Sep. 17th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeeee! I am a fan of BOTH OF YOU - clearly, I am the ultimate winner in this situation =p It would be lovely to win the books as well, but I will undoubtedly buy them all (and so many, many more) eventually =)

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
sweet_fallacy
Sep. 17th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
More friendship books, please! And vampires! And unimpressed girls!
sophia_sol
Sep. 17th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
lskdhflkdsajfhjj this book sounds so amazing; I can't wait for it to be out so I can be ALL OVER IT.
richyisrichy
Sep. 17th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
OOOOOOH! It's so EXCITIIIIIIIIIING!
This book sounds amazing. To be honest, throughout most of the Twilight series I felt like the best-friend/mother who was going "Why are you going with the vampire?! He's much to old for you. So intense... I'm tired just watching him. How 'bout that nice boy from the beach? He was a sweetheart. And so collected. Good head on his shoulders. Wait... He's a werewolf? I'm going to tell you to wait until college, honey."

All I feel I can say now is: BOOKS! FREE BOOKS! NEW BOOKS! SRB WRITING GOOD! JL BOOKS FUN! *squeeeeeeeeeee*
roselet
Sep. 17th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
This excites me SO MUCH! Two of my favourite authors writing about two of my favourite things, YES PLEASE.
vvvexation
Sep. 17th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
Oh, this book needed to exist so badly.
charlie_ego
Sep. 17th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD FRIENDS WHO ARE DEEPLY UNIMPRESSED BY VAMPIRES AND FRIENDSHIP AND ASIAN HEROINE AND I LOVE THE COVER AND HAVE I MENTIONED FRIENDSHIP?

...um, yeah. Really excited! :)
eatsyourface
Sep. 17th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
WORD ON BOTH COUNTS. (I thought I was hallucinating for a moment because my eyes were watering and I couldn't focus on the screen and aaaaah)
karaethon
Sep. 17th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Oh this sounds exciting. I am quite picky about my vampires, but I get the feeling you'll be twisting around all those cliches that drive me mad and turning them into something unique. Can't wait to read this.
dormouse_in_tea
Sep. 17th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
OMG I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK I MUST USE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

:D :D :D :D :D
maia_cyllene
Sep. 17th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Oh my god, this sounds like just the sort of thing I would read. I can't wait for it to come out!
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