Welcome back to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight, where we’re thrilled to be chatting with Richelle Mead, the author of not one but two of our favorite series: VAMPIRE ACADEMY and BLOODLINES (and judging from how many times these books have ended up on the New York Times Bestseller list, they’re two of your favs, too). If you like urban fantasy and Scorpios, you’ll love Richelle, and you’ll definitely love the latest book in the BLOODLINES series: SILVER SHADOWS. Especially if you’ve always wondered what’s been going on inside Adrian’s head, because hello? Hot vampire alert! Read on to find out more!

Name: Richelle Mead

Novel: Silver Shadows

Available: July 29, 2014

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Marion Zimmer Bradley, most famous for The Mists of Avalon

What’s your favorite thing about your book? I love that it’s such a mix of emotions. It flips back and forth between some really dark moments and then some truly beautiful romantic parts. You can never get too secure with this book—just when you think you know what’s going to happen, it’ll change on you.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Jay Gatsby. I feel like I’d never run out of entertainment with all the stories he could tell. Plus, if there was a way to have a party on that island, he’d find it.

Where do you write? In my office, which is very boring and often very messy. As long as I can get to the keyboard, though, the work can get done.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Not sure I have a favorite; there are so many I admire! Textbooks are so dominated by men that I’m usually an admirer of any woman who managed to defy her era’s conventions and make into the pages of history: Elizabeth I, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks…the list goes on. So many greats.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I tweet every day! I once tweeted about waiting in a veterinarian’s lobby and hearing a guy demand that his cat be tested for STDs. I don’t think that’s the funniest thing I ever tweeted, but from the reaction it got from my followers, they’d disagree with me.

What is your favorite season? Autumn. I love the colors and the change in the air, as well as how it can be hot and cold within the same day.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? I’m pretty sleep-deprived at the moment, so I’d settle for teleporting to my bed and getting a solid night of sleep! I’m also crossing my fingers that teleportation technology is honed before my next book tour because that would make things A LOT easier. I’m not counting on it, though.

Do you have any writing rituals? Mostly I just need to warm up before I start writing a book. That may be in the form of posting on social media, answering emails, or small things like that. I can rarely just jump right in to major writing.

What is your idea of earthly happiness? Spending time with family and friends—without stress. That last part’s the key and also the most difficult to achieve! Even when I’m with loved ones, it seems there’s always something weighing on my mind that I’m worrying about getting done. It’d be nice to just hang out without the baggage!

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Tori Amos, playing in Kalamazoo, MI in 1993. I’m a huge fan of her work and have seen her many times, but to me, seeing that one when I was fifteen will always stand out in my memories.

What are you currently working on? I’m currently revising The Ruby Circle, which is the sixth and last book in the Bloodlines series.  I’ve also got a couple other projects I’m worrying on that haven’t been publicly announced, so I’m afraid I have to keep that news under wraps a little while longer!

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Okay, we hate the suspense, but…we’ll wait. If we can!

For more on Richelle, check out her Twitter and her website.

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Welcome to one of our favorite new features: Penguin Teen Meet the Illustrator! Today we’re sitting down with the lovely Terry Border, whose new picture book, PEANUT BUTTER & CUPCAKE, is about to hit shelves. Does his name sound familiar? It should! Terry is the mastermind behind Bent Objects, and he’s here to tell us how he’s just like his favorite color, the many different places he makes his photographs, and why if you find yourself thinking of Robin Williams when reading Peanut Butter & Cupcake, there’s a good reason for it.

Name: Terry Border

Book: Peanut Butter & Cupcake

Date Available: July 29, 2014

What media and materials do you use to create your illustrations Food, wire, and numerous other materials, which I combine, pose, and then photograph.

What’s your favorite color and why? Orange, because it is bold and yet beautiful, like me.

Who’s your favorite artist or illustrator, living or dead and why Alexander Calder is my favorite artist. He was incredibly inventive, and refused to take art too seriously. He also worked a lot with wire, which I started to work with several years ago because of his works.

Where do you do your work? I build things at our kitchen table and in our loft, and then I compose the images and photograph them in a small bedroom that I use as a studio.

Aside from the text of Peanut Butter & Cupcake, where did you find inspiration for your illustrations? I watched the movie “Toys” with Robin Williams before starting the pictures, because I remembered seeing it years ago and being impressed with the art direction.  In the end there isn’t a lot of in-your-face evidence of that inspiration on the books pages, but the mood of the film is there for me personally.

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Thanks, Terry! You AND your picture book are definitely “bold and beautiful.”

You can find Terry on Twitter and his website.

Order PEANUT BUTTER & CUPCAKE today!

PS – if you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out Bent Objects!

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Calling all Willamette Stone groupies! We’ve just released four song clips from the #IfIStay band. NOTE your favorite track. After Friday the winning track will be released!
Listen to I WANT WHAT YOU HAVE: http://bit.ly/IWantWhatYouHave
Listen to NEVER COMING DOWN: http://bit.ly/NeverComingDown
Listen to MIND: http://bit.ly/WillametteStoneMind
Listen to HEARTLIKEYOURS: http://bit.ly/HeartLikeYours

Already obsessed! Which song will get your vote? High-res

ifistayofficial:

Calling all Willamette Stone groupies! We’ve just released four song clips from the #IfIStay band. NOTE your favorite track. After Friday the winning track will be released!

Listen to I WANT WHAT YOU HAVE: http://bit.ly/IWantWhatYouHave

Listen to NEVER COMING DOWN: http://bit.ly/NeverComingDown

Listen to MIND: http://bit.ly/WillametteStoneMind

Listen to HEARTLIKEYOURS: http://bit.ly/HeartLikeYours

Already obsessed! Which song will get your vote?

Pro tip: when deciding which employees should work the Comic-Con booth, bring whoever is best at Jenga. 

If you’re coming to SDCC, visit us at booth 1028! Not till tonight though. We are still unpacking. ;) High-res

Pro tip: when deciding which employees should work the Comic-Con booth, bring whoever is best at Jenga.

If you’re coming to SDCC, visit us at booth 1028! Not till tonight though. We are still unpacking. ;)

Hi PenguinTeen! Since there will be a hardcover of Isla and the Happily Ever After coming out in the new cover, when will the hardcovers of the other 2 books be having the new covers too? I wanted to purchase them in hardcover but it would be weird if the covers don't match up nicely :/

Asked by
william-owain-herondale

Hi there! Sadly, the answer to your question is no—once we go into paperback, we tend not to go back. But eventually there will be an ISLA paperback with the same hardcover look that will match the current ANNA and LOLA paperbacks, so if you want you can have them all matching in paperback. We know lots of people like their covers and formats to match, but it’s not always something we can control. 

Some people, they can’t just move on, you know, mourn and cry and be done with it. Or at least seem to be. But for me… I don’t know. I didn’t want to fix it, to forget. It wasn’t something that was broken. It’s just…something that happened. And like that hole, I’m just finding ways, every day, of working around it. Respecting and remembering and getting on at the same time.

Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever (via quoted-books)

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Will she stay? It’s all up to Mia. 

New If I Stay trailer tomorrow!

Soooooooo excited to see the new trailer! We can’t believe it’s just a month till IF I STAY releases!