This is a bittersweet YA Wednesday for me, as it is my last post as part of the Amazon Books team. Working here for the last two-and-a-half years has been a wonderful experience. I've interviewed inspiring authors for this column, had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the most intelligent, funny people I've ever met, and even got to go to the L.A. premiere of The Hunger Games (yea, it doesn't get much better than that).
However, my long-term dream has always been to write and there comes a now-or-never point so after much (much, much) thought, I've decided the time is now. That's right–I'm off to finally finish the two novels that have been clogging up my personal computer's hard drive for years. I'm excited, scared, and trying–as Markus Zusak advises–"not to be afraid to fail."
In spite of my absence YA Wednesday will continue on, so please make sure to keep coming back every week. There's a lot of great content lined up, including (sorry to be such a tease but it's pretty cool!) an exclusive interview between YA powerhouse authors Richelle Mead (Bloodlines: The Golden Lily)and Kristin Cashore (Bitterblue), both of whom have books coming out in the next few months.
Outside of this column there are even more exciting events going on in the Young Adult books sphere on Amazon.com. Case in point, our new Catching Fire book club. Tune into the Hunger Games discussion boards and Amazon Books' Facebook page every Monday and Wednesday, when we'll be posting new discussion questions about Catching Fire. Check out the interesting answers posed by some of our customers in response to Monday's question, or join in on today's conversation.