So this just happened:
I have been sitting on this news for months. And that’s just post-deal. I met Liz and Tony through another ghostwriting project about two years ago. For those of you that don’t know, Liz Gateley and Tony DiSanto created such shows on MTV as Laguna Beach, The Hills, TRL, Jersey Shore, Teen Wolf, Teen Mom, Sixteen and Pregnant, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life and many many more. I am a huge personal fan of basically all of these shows.
(I don’t even want to tell you how closely I follow Teen Mom.)
So after working with them from a distance, I emailed Liz one day to let her know that if she and Tony’s then recently-created production company, DiGa Vision, ever had work that I’d be interested. This was a couple weeks before my wedding and I was surprised when she emailed back the same day saying she’d love to chat.
In the next few crazy months, Teen Frankenstein was born. We started working on the project in earnest in the summer of 2013. Liz and Tony have both been involved every step of the way and it’s evolved from one book to a series of interconnected ‘monster’ stories set in my home state of Texas.
About a week after the deal with Feiwel and Friends was finalized, I flew to New York to meet with Liz and Tony as well as Holly West and Jean Feiwel at my new publisher, Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan).
Here we are in a super hard-to-see picture in The Flatiron Building:
The trip cemented that this was the absolute perfect publishing home for this project. I love this project with my whole heart and am incredibly thankful for the team of people who love it alongside me. We have so many exciting things in store for High School Horror Story and I can’t wait to share them!
Special thanks to my agent, Dan Lazar at Writers House, for representing me on this deal and to my writing and other friends & family who have supported these books and my sanity while on multiple deadlines. The biggest thanks goes to my husband, Rob Baker, who didn’t question when I said I needed to book a flight to NYC and would be leaving in 2 days. He does so much for me so that I can write and without him this whole insane, time-crunched operation wouldn’t function.
After years of ghostwriting books under other people’s names, I’m so pleased to soon have 4 books out under my own. Can’t wait for 2015!