Holly Cupala's Blog

October 28, 2014

Join me and authors Greg Bear, Mindy Hardwick, Roy Kindelberger, Craig Orback, Bernadette Pajer, Dan Richards, and Trudi Trueit(!) at the Mukilteo Library on Sunday, November 16, 2 - 3 p.m. for a fun afternoon talking books, writing, and lots of random stuff - rumor has it there will be prizes and treats! (Rumor has it I might even bake some cookies :-)

Mukilteo Library
4675 Harbour Pointe Boulevard
Mukilteo, WA 98275

I hope to see you!
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Published on October 28, 2014 12:00 • 42 views

April 17, 2013

 Support Teen Literature Day + Operation Teen Book Drop are tomorrow! Here is the official press release:  For more information contact:Melissa Walkerreadergirlz@gmail.com
BOOK LOVERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SUPPORT TEEN LITERATURE DAYAND ROCK THE DROP APRIL 18Nationwide, scores of young adult authors, librarians, and readers drop books on Thursday, April 18thto surprise recipients on Support Teen Literature Day
April 18, 2013 – In conjunction with Operation Teen Book Drop, top young adult authors, editors, teen lit advocates, and readers will leave their books in public places for readers to discover, and members of the public are encouraged to donate YA books to 826NYC. A nationwide effort of authors, publishers, librarians and readersIn its sixth year, Operation Teen Book Drop is part of a massive effort by librarians, young adult authors, and avid readers to spur reading on a nationwide scale. The day aims to encourage teens to read for the fun of it. The effort is coordinated by readergirlz, Figment, Soho Teen, I Heart Daily, and 826NYC.  In past years, more than 100 young adult authors—including David Levithan, Sara Zarr, Libba Bray, Sarah Dessen, and Cynthia Leitich Smith—have participated in Operation TBD by “rocking the drop,” leaving copies of their books in public places for teens to find. Teens and other fans of YA literature are also invited to “rock the drop.” 826NYC will be accepting book donations to help grow their in-house library and enhance their youth writing and literacy initiatives.
“Operation TBD was originally conceived with the hope of reaching a number of teen groups,” rgz co-founder Lorie Ann Grover said. “This year we are excited to direct donations to the fantastic 826NYC.” How to support Rock the Drop:Follow @readergirlz on twitter and tweet #rockthedrop.Print out a bookplate from readergirlz.com and drop books in your area on Support Teen Literature Day.Donate books to 826NYC (find dropoff and mailing address at readergirlz.com).
About Support Teen Literature DayIn its sixth year, Support Teen Literature Day is April 18, 2013, and will be celebrated in conjunction with ALA’s National Library Week. Librarians across the country are encouraged to participate in Support Teen Literature Day by hosting events in their libraries. The celebration raises awareness that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens. Support Teen Literature Day also seeks to showcase award-winning authors and books in the genre, as well as highlight librarians’ expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials. http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/Support_Teen_Literature_Day
About readergirlzreadergirlz is a literacy and social media project for teens, awarded the National Book Award for Innovations in Reading. The rgz blog serves as a depot for news and YA reviews from industry professionals and teens. As volunteers return full force to their own YA writing, the organization continues to hold one initiative a year to impact teen literacy.  Launched in March 2007, in celebration of Women's National History Month, readergirlz was cofounded by critically acclaimed YA authors - Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Rhia), Lorie Ann Grover (Hold Me Tight), Justina Chen (Return to Me), and Janet Lee Carey (Stealing Death). rgz Operation Teen Book Drop has donated over 30,000 new YA books to under-served teens. For more information, please visit http://readergirlz.blogspot.com.
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Published on April 17, 2013 12:32 • 151 views

April 10, 2013

TBD is back and better than ever this year for Support Teen Literature Day, with hundreds of YA readers and writers dropping books in their local hangouts for teens to find, read, and enjoy. And look at this year's adorable logo by Lindsay Frantz!

How to get involved?

Follow readergirlz on Twitter and FB, leave a YA book for a teen to find with the official TBD bookplate, and tweet your adventures with #rockthedrop. Easy peasy! You can even donate books to 826 NYC. All of the details are here! I hope you rock the drop, too!

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Published on April 10, 2013 16:27 • 83 views

March 22, 2013

I realize I've been very secretive about the book I'm working on, but Amy Brecount White, friend and author extraordinaire, is not going to let me get away with it any longer! She invited me to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, celebrating what secret project authors are working on next. You can see her answers here, and mine are below:

1: What is the working title of your book?  I'll Never Tell. (No, really, that's the working title! Though it will probably change, knowing my track record. Remember Brimstone Soup? Street Creed? Right.)

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?  I was having a conversation with my writer-friend Martha Brockenbrough at an SCBWI conference, telling her about an experience I'd had in college. I was ironing my outfit, and Bam, the idea suddenly landed. I spent most of the conference writing it down. (This is eerily similar to how TELL ME A SECRET hit me...I should go to more writing cons with friends!)

3: What genre does your book come under? Contemporary Young Adult.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Hmm...my book might have a very full cast. There are four voice characters whose stories are interwoven, then a couple of secondary characters they interact with. The central character, Sayla, could be played by my friend

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  Four voices, four terrible secrets, and one explosive murder that will bring them all together.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency? I'm represented by Edward Necarsulmer at Dunow, Carlson & Learner.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? After thinking about the idea for a couple of years, I wrote most of it in a month - though the last part is taking a bit more time.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  Maybe the emotional intensity of a Laurie Halse Anderson book crossed with the grit of Ellen Hopkins and the romance of a Deb Caletti book. And I might say it's definitely a Holly Cupala book. :-)

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book? A chance meeting I had in college with a person who would change my life.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Secrets...murder....intrigue...romance.

Okay, so I get to tag someone now! I think, since she is partially responsible for this bolt of literary lightning, that I will tag Martha Brockenbrough, author of the absolutely delightful and hilarious DEVINE INTERVENTION, available from Arthur Levine Books. You can check her out this Saturday at Disneyland (DISNEYLAND, PEOPLE!) at The YAppiest Place on Earth!
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Published on March 22, 2013 09:16 • 73 views

February 27, 2013

Did I mention the booksigning event open to the public on Thursday eve at Barnes and Noble in Kennewick, WA? Well, I'm mentioning it now!

Drop by to see me and all 16 Cavalcade of Authors peeps for a booksigning event of epic proportions. See you there!

Thursday February 28, 2013 5:00 PM
Columbia CenterSuite 700, 1321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336,
509-736-3116 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 509-736-3116 FREE 

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Published on February 27, 2013 11:20 • 72 views

February 25, 2013

I'm very excited to be going to A Cavalcade of Authors this year! I was supposed to go last year, but as many of you know, something came up...

So this year I'm joining lots of top authors - Suzanne Selfors, Chris Crutcher, Lisa McMann, Kelly Milner Halls, Veronica Rossi, Trent Reedy, Jonathan Auxier, Maureen McQuerry, Brandon Mull, Gregg Olsen, Jonathan Maberry, DJ McHale, and Jeff Burlingame - for A Cavalcade of Authors 2013!

Here is my workshop:

SECRETS, SUSPENSE AND HIDDEN TRUTHS: Creating Characters Who Make You Want to Turn the Page Is your character a parfait or an onion? Whether your story is fun or freaky, dark or dreamy, we’ll peel back the layers of how to write characters who will grip your readers to the very last sentence.

Hmm. And I will also be bringing a few books and prizes to give away...

Will you be there? I can't wait to see you!
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Published on February 25, 2013 13:04 • 60 views

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day, readers! I hope you have a sweet one, or at least a bubbly one.
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Published on February 14, 2013 21:09 • 111 views

December 18, 2012

I've been out and about in the virtual world recently - here are a few fun stops with chances to win DON'T BREATHE A WORD!

May and Santos of DBAW give their "Misfit Christmas Wish List" at 12 Days of Reading with A Book-lovers' Review and Good Choice Reading...

Secret simmering book ideas, author bucket list and more at "Best I've Read 2012" with Once Upon a Twilight...

...and never-before-disclosed rejected DBAW titles (and authors that make me swoon) over at Girls on YA.

Happy holiday reading, folks!

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Published on December 18, 2012 09:12 • 82 views

November 26, 2012

Hi, all! We sure had fun at NCTE, meeting teachers and authors and publishing friends. There were bright ideas, dinners, ties that suddenly transformed into bandanas...and those were just the off hours. Highlights included meeting my panel-mates, Joan Kaywell (a powerhouse of amazingness), Adrian Fogelin, and Steve Brezenoff...

...and meeting up with R.J. Anderson, Aprilynn Pike, Libba Bray, Brodi Ashton, Emily Wing Smith, Shannon Hale, Beth Revis, and Sarah of YA Love Blog, an outstanding high school teacher (hello, Sarah's students!) that I've met before on Twitter and was excited to finally meet in real life.

Here's a shot after dinner with Brodi Ashton and Emily Wing Smith (courtesy of Emily):

I had the chance to talk with many teachers interested in teaching my books, so I thought I would put together a resource redux here:

TELL ME A SECRET (HarperCollins, 2010)

Read Excerpt
TELL ME A SECRET book trailer
Audiobook, read by award-winning actress Jenna Lamia
Discussion Questions
TELL ME A SECRET Scaventer Hunt challenge
Links to a collection of interviews

DON'T BREATHE A WORD (HarperCollins, 2012)

Preview booklet
DON'T BREATHE A WORD book trailer
DBAW On Location in Seattle video
Discussion Questions
DON'T BREATHE A WORD Scavenger Hunt challenge
Links to a collection of interviews
Special Edition Illustrated Excerpt download:


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Published on November 26, 2012 08:42 • 75 views

November 14, 2012

I'm heading to Las Vegas! I'm joining acclaimed authors Steve Brezenoff, Adrian Fogelin, and award-winning moderator, author Joan Kaywell, for a panel discussing homelessness and poverty in teen lit at 2:30 pm and will be signing at the HarperCollins booth #522 at 5:30!

YOUNG READERS IN AN UNCERTAIN ECONOMYLevel: Teacher Education, Secondary (9-12), Middle (6-8)Topic of Interest: Literature
Description: Lower-income families and the struggles they face can be a hard-to-find topic in secondary literature. Children need books that they can relate to, and characters they can see themselves in. This panel of award-winning authors and educators will discuss fiction books for young readers that feature families coping with poverty, homelessness, and the current uncertain economy.Participant(s): Speaker: Steve Brezenoff author, Lerner Publishing Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota - Speaker: Holly Cupala author, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, New York - Speaker: Joan Kaywell University of South Florida, Tampa - Making Lemonade When Life Sends You Lemons Location: Grand Ballroom Room 121, Level One, MGM GrandTime: Friday 11/16 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Then stop by the HarperCollins booth #522 at 5:30 to say hello and get a signed copy of DON'T BREATHE A WORD. I hope to see you!
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Published on November 14, 2012 19:52 • 90 views