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September 2, 2014

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted you to know that as part of the Read for Pixels Campaign to End Violence Against Women I'll be stopping by throughout the day today and tomorrow (Sept 2 & 3) to answer your questions on the #Read4Pixels AMA (ask me anything) page! Click HERE to ask your question, and I'll see you on Sept 20 on the Google Hangout!

xoxo

Alyson
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August 31, 2014




Hey Guys!

Just wanted to let you know that I'll be doing a Google Hangout for The Pixel Project's Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal Campaign on Sept 20, 2014 at 7:00pm PST. I'm so excited/honored to participate in this event to support the campaign to stop violence against women. I'll be doing a live reading, answering your questions, and giving away some cool stuff and I really hope you can join me!

Head on over to the event page to learn more about it!

See YOU on 9.20.14!

xoxo

Alyson

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July 8, 2014


As a huge fan of both the TED and TEDx talks, I was enormously honored when I was asked to give one last April. I had exactly two months to come up with a talk and then memorize it. This is the result, given at Chapman University on June 18, 2014.

I hope you enjoy it!

xoxo

Alyson






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June 23, 2014

So, hello!!

I hope your summer is treating you well, and yes, according to my last blog post it really has been six months since my last visit, and not only have I missed you, but so much has happened since then!

Like...I recently signed a three-book deal for a new YA series, UNRIVALED, with Harper Collins that I'm super excited about!


Me celebrating at Harper Collins Headquarters with the only things you really need for an epic celebration: Snarkles & Sparkling Cider!

And since I hope to get this blog going again, I figured what better way to begin than by taking part in a blog roll?! 
The amazing author of HUSH LITTLE BABY, Suzanne Redfearn, invited me to join this blog roll in progress that's all about the writing process. I don't know about you, but I'm always interested in reading about other writer's creative processes, so without further delay, here's mine:  

1. WHAT AM I WORKING ON
I’m currently working on the first book in my upcoming YA series, UNRIVALED (in stores early 2016!). It’s a bit of a departure from more recent works as it takes place in the fast-paced world of LA nightclubs, where three teens get caught up in a high-stakes competition and the desperate measures they take to win that make them suspects in a mysterious crime. It’s glamorous, edgy, suspenseful, sexy, and of course, there are loads of cute boys and romance! After writing 14 paranormals over the last 5 years, I’m having a blast returning to my contemporary roots!

2. HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
I don’t necessarily set out to make my books different, as I’m not really thinking about anyone else’s books while I’m writing. I just try to write about subjects that are either deeply personal, or deeply interesting to me, and then I create a cast of characters with varying perspectives and try to tell the absolute truth of their journey until ultimately (hopefully!) arriving at some sort of greater, more universal truth by the conclusion.

3. WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?
Nearly all of my books are either reflective of some aspect of my life experience—feeling lost and failing myself miserably back in high school (FAKING 19), dealing with the soul-crushing grief of losing a loved one (SAVING ZOË and THE IMMORTALS series), or sometimes it’s a question or an idea that I’m grappling with—is there life after death? ( THE RILEY BLOOM series), destiny vs freewill (THE SOUL SEEKERS series). Sometimes I start out merely exploring an idea, sometimes I’m actively looking for answers, but I’m always changed for having taken the journey alongside the characters.

4. HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?
I’m currently working on my 23rd novel and I can honestly say that my writing process continues to be a work in progress. I went from having no process with my first book (FAKING 19) to evolving to a sort-of three part process that works pretty well by now, but I’m always looking for ways of improving!
It’s basically part ritual—green tea, scented candles, a carefully curated playlist, part process—Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat Beat Sheet that I use as an outline, and a whole lot of discipline—not just the usual Butt In Chair, but rather, Butt Stays In Chair Until The daily Word Count Is In! I find that by doing that repeatedly for several consecutive months, by the end, I have a book!

5. HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS NOT WORK?
If my writing process isn't working it’s usually because something in my story isn't working. There’s no magic in the process, it’s merely a tool to get from Chapter 1 to the end. When I’m stuck, I either return to my outline and try to figure out why it isn’t working and where to go next, or I do more research into my characters and their world, or both—it never fails to get the story moving again!

So now I get to tag 3 more authors and trust me, you won't want to miss them!

Up next- the amazing Mary Pearson , author of the incredible JENNA FOX CHRONICLES TRILOGY  and THE KISS OF DECEPTION (July 8)-- a book that took my breath away and left me begging for the sequel!

The incredible Kimberly Derting who writes books that I love, love, love like the awesome BODY FINDER series, and more recently, THE TAKING --an amazing book that I was luck enough to blurb!

And, the Fabulous Melissa de la Cruz who writes so many awesome books, it's hard to keep track! Most recently I loved  The RING & THE CROWN, and FROZEN--book 1 in the Heart of Dread Series. Her books explore so many interesting worlds--witches, princess, vampires--I can't wait to get a glimpse at her process to see how she does it!

Enjoy!

xoxo

Alyson
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December 15, 2013




Hey Everyone-

I'm so excited to announce that my first book signing for 2014 will be in Peru!!

It's a place I've always wanted to visit, and I can't even begin to express how excited I am!

I know it's a little off the beaten path, but for my Peruvian readers, I really hope to see YOU there!!

The details are:

Lima, PeruThursday, Jan 2, 20147:00 PMIbero LarcomarShopping Center Larcomar(Between the cinema and theater)1st FloorPh: 242-6777

Hope you're all gearing up for a wonderful holiday-
Alysonxoxo

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November 29, 2013









Hey Everyone-

After a lovely Thanksgiving Day in Reims, France, touring the Champagne caves, I'm looking forward to a leisurely day exploring Paris, before tomorrow's signing at the Children's Book Fair in Montreuil.

I'll be there on Saturday, November 30, from 14h - 16h, at the Michel Lafon Booth D38 on the 1st FloorReally hope to see YOU there!!!
xoxo
Alyson
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November 26, 2013







Hey Everyone-

Just wanted to send out a big, warm, sparkly Bonjour to all my French readers!! I'm currently in Paris, getting ready for my signings at the Children's Book Fair today (Wednesday) and Saturday, and really hope to see YOU at one (or both!) of the events!

Wednesday, November 26, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Montreuil Children's Book FairMichel Lafon Booth, 1st Floor, D38

Saturday, November 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Montreuil Children's Book FairMichel Lafon Booth, 1st Floor, D38



A beintot!

xoxo

Alyson
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November 25, 2013








Thanks to my awesome French publisher, Michel Lafon, I'm on my way to Paris to sign books at the Children's Book Fair, and I can't even begin to express how excited I am!

Not only is Paris one of my all time favorite cities, but my last visit to the Book Fair three years ago was  such an amazing event, I can't wait to return and thank my lovely French readers for supporting the books, taking THE IMMORTALS series ( ETERNALS en Francais) to #1 on the bestsellers lists!





I have two signings scheduled, and I really hope to see YOU there!

Wednesday, November 26, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Montreuil Children's Book FairMichel Lafon Booth, 1st Floor, D38
Paris, France
Saturday, November 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Montreuil Children's Book FairMichel Lafon Booth, 1st Floor, D38
Paris, France
A beintot!!
xoxo
Alyson
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Published on November 25, 2013 06:00 • 93 views

November 23, 2013





Readers of THE SOUL SEEKERS know that Daire and Dace are guided by Raven and Horse—did you ever wonder what Ever and Damen’s Spirit Animals are?

Well, after taking their own journey to the Lowerworld this is what they found:

Ever is guided by Butterfly. Butterfly represents change, metamorphosis, transformation, and has an innate understanding of the cycles of life, death, and rebirth. Those guided by Butterfly bring color, beauty, and joy wherever they go.

Sounds like Ever, right?

Damen is guided by Owl. Owl represents magic, mystery, prophecy, wisdom, and night vision. Those guided by Owl are generally old souls with an ability to foretell the future and see that which remains hidden from most. Owl brings awareness, wisdom, and sensitivity to any situation.

Though the description fails to mention Damen’s smoking hotness—I think the rest of it fits! ☺

Wondering which Spirit Animal might be guiding you? Check out some of these descriptions HERE and see which one fits!





















http://www.soulseekersseries.com
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November 20, 2013



Just wanted to thank all of my lovely readers along with the amazing staff at Alamosa Books for celebrating the HORIZON release with me! The Soul Seekers is a series that is dear to my heart, and I really appreciate all of you going on Dace and Daire's journey with me--I couldn't have done it without you!

Next up, I'll be appearing at the Monrtreuil Children's Book Fair in Paris, France on:

Wednesday, November 26, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
andSaturday, November 30, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
After that, I'll be hard at work on a brand new project that I hope to announce soon! But until then, THANK YOU again for supporting THE SOUL SEEKERS--I'm so grateful to have you as readers!
Peace * Joy * Love
Alyson
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