Mindy McGinnis

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Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer's Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET won the Edgar Award in 2015. Her newest release, THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES is available now!

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Mindy McGinnis I'm wrapping up the first draft of my 2015 release, a Gothic historical set in an insane asylum.
Mindy McGinnis Hi Holly!
Thanks so much :) I don't anticipate writing anymore full-length books set in this world, but I have written a couple of short stories that I…more
Hi Holly!
Thanks so much :) I don't anticipate writing anymore full-length books set in this world, but I have written a couple of short stories that I hope find their way to readers. I'm definitely open to the idea of writing another DRINK novel, but I have to feel really inspired to do so, and right now I've moved on. But never say never!(less)
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“But boys will be boys, our favorite phrase that excuses so many things, while the only thing we have for the opposite gender is women, said with disdain and punctuated with an eye roll.”
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“You see it in all animals - the female of the species is more deadly than the male.'

'Except humans.”
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“You can love someone down to their core and they can love you right back just as hard, and if you traded diaries you’d learn things you never suspected. There’s a part of everyone deep down inside of them not meant for you. And the sooner you learn that, the easier your life is gonna be.”
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message 16: by Mindy

Mindy McGinnis Raine wrote: "I just want to thank you for writing the Not A Drop To Drink duo. I absolutely fell in love with your writing. Lynn and Lucy will stay in my heart forever <3"

You are so very welcome!! It's awesome to get compliments for a book that came out in 2013 - good to know people are still reading! Thank you for reaching out :)


message 15: by Katie

Katie I just want to thank you for writing the Not A Drop To Drink duo. I absolutely fell in love with your writing. Lynn and Lucy will stay in my heart forever <3


message 14: by Mindy

Mindy McGinnis Sami wrote: "thanks Mindy ...you're amazing ...love and noble respect"

Thank you, Sami! <3


message 13: by Sami

Sami Abouzid thanks Mindy ...you're amazing ...love and noble respect


message 12: by Mindy

Mindy McGinnis You are so welcome, Megan :) I hope you enjoy DUST!


message 11: by Megan

Megan First I just want to say, THANK YOU for adding me as a friend, it made my day. I am sitting here dying for In a Handful of Dust to finally come in the mail. I absolutely LOVED your book Not a Drop to Drink, too. LOVE YOU-- AND YOUR BOOKS
Megan


message 10: by Mindy

Mindy McGinnis Beth wrote: "I loved Not A Drop to Drink, and can't wait to read your next book!
Also, thanks for running your blog- giving aspiring writers valuable information about the process of getting an agent and how th..."


Absolutely! I was writing and failing for 10 years - anything I can do to help those where I was!


message 9: by Beth

Beth I loved Not A Drop to Drink, and can't wait to read your next book!
Also, thanks for running your blog- giving aspiring writers valuable information about the process of getting an agent and how the submission process runs is priceless!


message 8: by Mindy

Mindy McGinnis Genie wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request :)
Looking forward to reading and discovering more of your work.

Best wishes for more books in the future,
Genie"


Thanks Genie!


Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Thanks for accepting my friend request :)
Looking forward to reading and discovering more of your work.

Best wishes for more books in the future,
Genie


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Mindy McGinnis Pamela wrote: "Hey Mindy...Thanks for accepting my friend request."

Absolutely!


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Mindy McGinnis Amber wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request, Mindy. I am very much looking forward to reading Not a Drop to Drink. :)"

No problem - and thank you!


Pamela Hey Mindy...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


message 3: by Amber

Amber Thanks for accepting my friend request, Mindy. I am very much looking forward to reading Not a Drop to Drink. :)


message 2: by Mindy

Mindy McGinnis Oh absolutely! Thanks for wanting to be my friend :)


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


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