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GWENDA BOND
A writer on the high wire of life.
Interests: champagne, screwball comedies, circus freaks, dinosaurs, ya, rosamond purcell, excellent fiction
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When people ask me what my favorite part of the publishing process is, it is very easy to answer: It's working with all the talented, amazing, smart, funny, generally wonderful people that it takes to make a book a, well, book. From agent to editors to the publicity and marketing teams and art directors, et cetera, seeing how much they rock their jobs is a joy. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Book people are the best people. And I've been so tremendously lucky this year to work with some of the greatest of the best people.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GWENDA BOND
Um, oops, sorry to disappear, though I can't pretend it's going to get better soon. Deadline swarm happening. But I have hatched definite plans to really and truly finally overhaul my website for early spring (in time for Lois launch madness!) and I'm sure the result will be so awesome that I'll update constantly (or at least more consistently). And there are things afoot. SECRET THINGS of which I can say no more at present. But there are also non-secret things, of course, though I can barely remember what I've posted here and what I haven't, but here are a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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Ah, World Fantasy was such fun -- so many of my favorite people in one place. While the usual woes of not getting to meet/see everyone All The Time exists, I got to spend a happy-making number of hours hiding out and gabbing with dear friends. Yay. Also, writing Catwoman has changed my dear Genevieve... Here she is stealing my earring at the mass signing: A #DCLadies pic with @Gwenda at WFC: "Writing #Catwoman has changed Genevieve." (Sorry, Lois!) http://t.co/1HpxvUKMct pic.twitter.com/9wRYm45I4s — Genevieve Valentine (@GLValentine) November 10, 2014 We had two fabulous meals at Jaleo, both of which required sampling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
Hello, my darlings! I'm sorry to have vanished, but between launch month for Girl on a Wire and doing Lois edits (turned in Friday!) the month got away from me. First though, I want to say thank you to everyone who has read, bought, checked out from the library, reviewed or told someone about the circus book of my heart. If you haven't yet, well, there's no time like the present. *bats eyelashes* Especially after watching that Nik Wallenda city walk over Chicago. Wasn't that something? Thrilling. It's been so long since I updated here, I've forgotten what I have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
Deadlineville here, so mostly this is a quick wave, but a couple of fun things from the weekend. I was at the Books by the Banks festival Saturday, where I met many fabulous readers and other writers and got to catch up with some old friends. Many thanks to the excellent Joseph-Beth Booksellers, festival staff and the great volunteers. Also! There was a Teen Scene event with the local circus school and I got to do this: Loading I wire-walked! View on Instagram Thanks to those who assisted me, both in staying upright and in grabbing the video and some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
Three things: Thing the First) Thanks to all of you who entered the YASH bonus contest and the winner is... ::drumroll:: Melissa R., who I've already contacted. Yay. Hope you enjoy the book and that some of the rest of y'all check it out too. Thing the Second) I'll be at Books by the Banks this Saturday in Cincinnati. Admission is free, but there will be copies of Girl on a Wire (and lots of other books) on sale from the divine Joseph-Beth Booksellers and I'll happily scribble in one for you. Or just come by and say hi. I'll... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
I'm doing an AMA over at the YA reddit today, so go forth and ask me questions. And I'll figure out the contest winner of the #YASH bonus Kindle contest later tonight and post here/notify the winner within the next day. The launch party was a blast; thanks to all who came. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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If you're here for the #YASH, post is right below this one or click here. A few very nice things. Girl on a Wire is on some lists for October books: "Top Picks for Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads in October" by John DeNardo over at Kirkus; "This Is One Of The Best Months Ever For Science Fiction & Fantasy Books" by Charlie Jane Anders over at io9 (*waves to friends on this one too*); In the weekly Book Riot New Books! newsletter put together by bookselling legend and basic rockstar Liberty Hardy; And last but not least "39 Science... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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Welcome to this stop of the YA Scavenger Hunt extravaganza! I'm Gwenda Bond *wave* and my stop on the hunt is being hosted by my wonderful agent sister Paula Stokes, where you can take a gander at a deleted scene from Girl on a Wire (it's from early on the book, so shouldn't spoil things if you haven't read it yet and it's where Jules actually convinces her dad to go to the Cirque, plus there's pie). If you're new to the hunt, this tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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*pops out of a cake* Why, hello there. So unofficial e-release was last month, but now GIRL ON A WIRE is officially a book! My third, which is a little boggling. I'm so so grateful to anyone who's picked up one of my books, and I very much hope you'll pick up this one too. I know we're not supposed to have favorites, but this is mine of my books so far. Here are some handy ordering links, if you don't need the rest of this and just want to go. get. the. book: Girl on a Wire by Gwenda... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
Hello, my lovelies! I'm officially in that pre-launch state where life stuff and book stuff and future book stuff and et ceteras are combining into what can only be a state of madness. (Hopefully the divine variety.) There is not enough time in the day, but somehow, magically, the next week will be lived through and everything will get done. A few little things: Are you in the Lexington area? Then come out to the Girl on a Wire launch party -- this isn't just going to be any old launch -- the details, which were just confirmed and I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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Deadlines swarming, needs-to-finish massing, promo squall on the horizon, etc. But quote-y picture-y thing the second from Girl on a Wire: The road scene is Indiana, of course. Available in e-book now, in all formats Oct. 1. I just got author copies and they are so. beautiful. Previously: quote the first. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
Thanks, everyone for these great comments and the circus love. Hope you enjoy the book, and stick around if you didn't win. More contests to come! xo
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I ditto this -- the only animals in my circus are dogs and horses, for this very reason.
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I'll be sharing some images that inspired and quotes from Girl on a Wire for the next few weeks. Here's the first one: This is Jules on her hero, Bird Millman, pictured right. (Also at Tumblr, so reblog if you like, or share wherever takes your fancy.) And, of course, the book's out now in e-book, in other formats October 1. I also commited newsletterdom over the weekend, which you can read here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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A few more Lois-y things: From Alison Flood at the Guardian (!) (complete with Margot Kidder pic, which made me happy--my first Lois, and still a great one); Erin Keane of WFPL talks about the Lois book and says nice things about my others (Ky. represent!); Some Waiting on Wednesdays from today that rightly give the cover some love-- Books, Bones & Buffy and Mostly YA Lit, plus you can vote for it in a cover battle at the Sirenic Codex. Switch Press did a beyootiful job with it; the cover deities have smiled upon me once again: DragonCon was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
YAY! And thank you for saying that, because I bet there would be region issues -- I'll specify U.S. only.
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By which I mean it's a Kindle First pick this month, in advance of its official release October 1. What does that mean? Besides the fact I did some chair-dancing? It means it's one of four books that you can read in e-book a month early, if you have a Kindle or use the Kindle app on one of your devices. Prime members can pick one free, and anyone with a Kindle or app can snag one for $1.99. It's that simple. If your book is chosen for this program, obviously it means that more people are likely to see... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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*tackle hugs, Tanita* Thank you, thank you, dearie. That means so much!
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Oh no! But in happier news, I'm sure we'll catch each other at some point.
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I'll be at DragonCon this weekend participating in the YA track -- I'll happily sign books for anyone after the panels or my reading. I'll be reading from Girl on a Wire (out so soon!), but I also just might give a little sneak preview of Lois too. *whistles innocently* Come so I'm not reading to an empty room + my mom (who's tagging along to Atlanta for some R&R). My schedule: Title: Urban Fantasy in YA Description: We love a little magic, monsters, super powers—but rooted in the real world. What makes a compelling urban fantasy, and what are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
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...thanks to some breaking reporting from DC Women Kicking Ass last night. I have two words for you: LOIS LANE. Oh, wait, and another one: FALLOUT. Lois Lane is getting a YA Novel by @gwenda http://t.co/TPOu9B9LzB — DC Women Kicking Ass (@dcwomenkicknass) August 26, 2014 But there is still more fun news to come. And more of the great teasers Switch/Capstone have designed. Here's today's -- voila! Strong, fearless heroines have the most interesting backstories. @DCComics #teaser pic.twitter.com/6BntoNKl63 — Switch Press (@SwitchPressPub) August 26, 2014 I am completely overwhelmed -- in the best possible way -- by the reaction to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at GWENDA BOND
I have ADORED working with her -- she's just fabulous.
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This week the fabulous team at Switch Press/Capstone will be posting some visual teasers for what I have been obnoxiously referring to as Secret Project for months, leading up to the cover reveal. I can tell you this is an iconic character--definitely someone you know. Here's the first hint! I think it's probably clear why it was secret (psst, look around the edges) -- and why I'm so excited about it that I couldn't help but be obnoxious. I'll bet some of you -- especially comics fans -- can figure it out just from this. Also: yes, it's a young... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at GWENDA BOND