I'm so thrilled to make this BIG ANNOUNCEMENT that there isn't a font big enough or exciting enough to convey my feelings. As I typed away at book 3 in the Otherkin series, big things were afoot in my writing life, and at last I can share the news!
Voila, the deal announcement today in Publisher's Marketplace:
Children's: Young AdultHUZZAH!
Nina Berry's THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES, the first in a new series set in Berlin in 1961, in which a disgraced Hollywood starlet is pulled into a complex world of politics and intrigue as the Cold War heats up, to Annie Stone at Harlequin Teen, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Tamar Rydzinski at the Laura Dail Literary Agency (World English).
I'll be telling you a lot more about my new protagonist, Pagan Jones, (isn't that coolest name? If I do say so myself...) in the weeks to come.
Nobody trusts her; nobody believes in her... and that's her biggest advantage. She's so fun to write! I think you'll have a blast following her adventures.
I've been doing a lot of research (which I love, crazy me) on the early 1960's and Berlin and Hollywood at that time. I've been pinning up inspirational images on Pinterest on the Sixties and Berlin and the wall. (Click those links to see the images) It was the Kennedy era, a time of fascinating contrasts and international tensions, where the Cold War bumped up against Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Chubby Checker asked us to "Twist Again" not long after the head of Soviet Russia told the US ambassadors: "We will bury you."
Most importantly, Dior created the suit-dress. Check it out. And yes, Pagan gets to wear one:
Okay, so maybe the Berlin Wall going up is a wee bit more important than a dress, but isn't it fabulous? And fabulous suits my mood right now.
I'm thrilled to be working with the amazing folks at Harlequin Teen. Big thanks to editor Annie Stone and my amazing agent, Tamar Rydzinski, for their help in making this happen.
More on the notorious Pagan Jones and her life full of jeopardy and glamor soon!