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Happy Birthday, Wendy Everly!

January 9th, 2012 by
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If you’ve read my book Switched, then you’re familiar with the leading lady, Wendy Everly. And as you discover in Ascend, her birthday is January 9th. It’s also the birthday of my friend Valerie, who is a real person. I just thought I should point that out since Wendy is fictional.

So Switched has been out for over a week, and the response has been pretty great.

I spent last week in New York doing some press, and not blogging nearly as much as I wanted to. Doing interviews is more work than it sounds. I did a great interview with NPR, which aired yesterday, and based on the replies I got, I’d say a lot of people heard it & liked it. I also did a radio interview with a BBC station, but I’m not sure when/where that will air, because I’m not nearly familiar enough with the BBC as I’d liked to be.

I also taped a segment for the hit daytime talk show Anderson starring the silver fox himself, Anderson Cooper. It was pretty much the most terrifying/fun/surreal thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’m not sure exactly when it will air, but the producers told me they thought it’d be somewhere around the 13th. But you’re DVRing it everyday, anyway, right? 😉

I also did a meet and greet with a few local book bloggers in New York. That was actually really cool, and it was awesome to be able to have a conversation with them in real life. It’s something I’d definitely want to do again. You can check out more about that at Good Choice Reading, where they have pics and a really awesome giveaway: here.

I’m back home in Minnesota now, enjoying a few more days with my friends, family, and menagerie of animals before I hit the road again for a big tour in the UK, Italy, and Spain. Over the next couple days, I’ll be doing some local press, and a book signing in Rochester, MN at Barnes & Noble.

Right now, I’m sleepy, and should be sleeping, I wasn’t sleepy like twenty minutes so I decided to give up on sleep after tossing and turning for 3 hours in bed since I have get up at 4 in the morning to drive to Iowa to do an interview for KIMT. But now I’m tired, and I don’t think I should sleep, because then I’ll be super tired, and won’t get up in time to get ready, and I’ll be on TV looking gross, and nobody wants to see me on TV looking gross.

Anyway. I’ll try to be better about blogging. And after Anderson airs, I plan to post more about the taping of the episode.

Oh! And have you guys read “The Vittra Attacks?” I’m seriously dying to know what people think of it.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Amanda, where to start, I too found your book ‘switched’ by chance on a supermarket shelf in England. I have been struggling to find a book that draws me in since reading and becoming enthralled with the twilight saga!! I am struggling to put it down and I have nearly finished it(I only bought it yesterday. I love the cover and this is what initially had me drawn to the book. My partner, this evening spotted the book and commented ‘that looks like a good book’!

    Many many congratulations! Your journey and indeed (from reading your blogs) you recent decisions have brought this book to us over in the UK and I cannot wait to get ‘Torn’ on 1st March.

    I was also thinking that this would make an amazing movie and am thrilled to hear this maybe on the horizon.

    You have an amazing talent and I will now be working my way through all of your books. Keep writing,


  • Emi says:

    Hello Amanda! Just wanted to say that I’ve found “Switched” by luck in a bookshop here in Switzerland (the other side of the world!), and I’m really glad I bought it!
    I’ve loved it!!! Especially the characters and the whole “atmosphere” of the book..

    I wish you all the best in your writing, and I look forward reading more of your stories! =)


  • Susan says:

    Hi, Amanda — just a fan here! I saw your books in our local drug store on the shelves next to Twilight and the Vampire Diaries and I was so happy! To see your book in the middle of nowhere Western Canada in a city of no more than 200,000 people — amazing!

  • Jason Guge says:

    I agree to you FAQ batman is better

  • Johanna J. says:

    I can’t wait to see the graphic version of the Hallows! OMG OMG

  • Hi Amanda!

    Just wanted to let you know I am a huge fan of your My Blood Approves series. I had a question for you about your fourth installment: Wisdom. I own a Kindle and wanted to purchase the 4th book but it’s not available for the Kindle.

    Are you going to publish it to the Kindle?


  • kirstyb says:

    thanks for sharing ill look out for it x

  • Anonymous says:

    I was just thinking this morning…It’s been about a year since I read the Trylle Trillogy and discovered Amanda Hocking. Love your work! I’ve purchased “Switched” on paperback and am re-reading the book.

    I also love “My Blood Approves”. I can’t wait for book #5. I will say Alice finding her way to Peter would be pretty cool. It would at least make for MY happy ending:-) Don’t get me wrong, I like Jack, I’ve just never felt they belonged together. However you decide to write it, I’m sure it will be great!

    I can do vampires, but the whole zombie thing creeps me out, so I’ve stayed away from Hollowland. Maybe watching Day/Dawn of the Dead as a kid wasn’t such a good idea.-@nettysenoj

  • Anonymous says:

    When are you going to continue the blood approves series? Is it lost and forgotten?

  • Anonymous says:

    just finished Switched – read it in 24 hours couldn’t put it down – just enough of it all… can’t wait until the other two are out…in by view – you are a hit!

    jimi – seven springs, nc