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On April 17, 2006, I was chopping onions in my kitchen when I heard a girl's voice whisper in my ear: "I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed in boys' clothes, and set off to save my family from impending ruin. I made it almost to the end of my own front garden..."

On March 24, 2007, I went back to that novel, which had been waiting in my notebook, whispering to me all through the last 11 months, even though I'd been sensible and given it up only 2 chapters in, just knowing that it was a crazy idea, too quirky and uncommercial and fun and not a practical career option at all.

On May 24, 2008, I signed with my fabulous agent, Barry Goldblatt, and on July 22, 2008, my wonderful US editor, Namrata Tripathi, made an offer for the whole trilogy.

Today it's April 5, 2011, almost exactly five years from when Kat first arrived in my life, and Kat, Incorrigible is now officially published in the United States and Canada. Family and friends have been sending me photos of Kat in the wild, and every new photo feels astonishing and amazing all over again. (I want more! More! Send me more pictures!)

I am so happy I didn't brush Kat's voice aside when she whispered in my ears all those years ago, even though I was in the middle of cooking AND in the middle of a dark adult novel that I thought was so much more sensible and commercial as a project.

And I am so, so grateful to everyone who cheered me on on this blog back when I was first writing the book, with no prospects of publication, as well as everyone who's joined in since then, throughout all my ups and downs. Thank you guys so, so much.

As a very, very small token of my appreciation, I'm holding a giveaway here, today, open to everyone, no matter where in the world you live. Emily Mah has finished the lovely Kat pendant, in brass, with a silver chain (not pictured):

It's one of Mama's spell books, and I love it. Part of my agreement with Emily is that I get two free copies of any Kat-related piece of jewelry she makes, and I can't wait to wear my own pendant...but I want to give the other one away here.

If you want to enter, just leave a comment on this entry saying that you want to enter to win the pendant. I'd be really grateful if you could also mention something about Kat's publication somewhere else around the internet, whether on your own blog, twitter, facebook...anything that works for you. You could link to my lovely new book trailer or to my lovely older book trailer, whichever you prefer. Or you could just link to the first three chapters of the novel on my website. Any kind of announcement for Kat's book birthday would be hugely appreciated.

But! Even if you don't want to enter the competition (as I know not everyone who reads this blog wears necklaces!), please still feel free to comment on this entry. I promise not to enter anyone in the drawing unless they have specifically asked for it. ;)

Right now I'm just feeling awfully happy, and I really want to share the love.

ETA: The giveaway is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who entered!


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Apr. 5th, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
Wooo Hooo!!!!! I love the story of how Kat came to be. I'm bouncing with excitement for you!!!

The pendant is beautiful, and as a big necklace wearer, I'd love to be entered into the prize draw, please. I've spread the word about Kat here: http://jennygordon.livejournal.com/31095.html

So happy for you, Steph!
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Jenny! :) You've been entered in the drawing, and I so appreciate you spreading the word.
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:08 am (UTC)
I'm so happy for you! :D
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Jo! :)
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
Many, many happy returns of publication day!
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Kari! :)
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:37 am (UTC)
Oooh! I would love to enter!

Sets off to share the news! :-)

(Love this story!!!)
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Jo! And you're hereby entered in the drawing. :)
Apr. 5th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Happy book birthday to you and Kat!

I'm heading over to Twitter to post a link right now and would love to enter. I could use a little magick :)
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Kat! :) You're hereby entered in the drawing.
Apr. 5th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
I've posted links all around! But... er... don't enter me in the drawing. It'd be thoroughly ridiculous if I won.
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Hee. Got it!
Apr. 5th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
That's the best chopping onions story ever!!! Congratulations :-)
And I would love to enter!
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Maurissa! You are hereby entered in the drawing. :)
Apr. 5th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
This pendant looks great, I'm happy for you!
I have spread the word here: http://twitter.com/#!/simpleandreea/status/55252533245001728 and I would love to enter the giveaway! Thank you so much!
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Giveaway
Thanks so much! You are hereby entered in the drawing. :)
Apr. 5th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
That pendant says so much about the things that matter to me, so I'd absolutely love to be entered, and of course I'll post about it. I'll also retweet this entry. :)

Happy book birthday!!!
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Shveta! You are hereby entered in the drawing. :)
Apr. 5th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Jenny Gordon linked me in! I had to come say

Happy day!
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you sooooo much! :)
Apr. 5th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Oh...and how strange and small a world is this--I attended Viable Paradise (ten, in 2006) with Emily.
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
It is a small world, isn't it! :)
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Apr. 5th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful - congratulations! Can't wait to pick up my copy!!!
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Tessa! :)
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Big Congratulations!! I wish I knew how to do what bogwitch64 did with the sparklies!

BTW I don't want to be in the comp because although the pendant is fabulous, I'm hoping it will go to some exciting, new reader...


Enjoy the day!
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you soooo much, Trish! :) *HUGS*
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I forgot to ask if I could enter! D'oh!
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Of course you can! :) You are hereby entered in the drawing.
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Somewhere, deep in the archives of a 2002 HP Jornada, I still have the micro-short story you wrote about a lizard bent on world domination. Congratulations on your achievements. I almost never comment here, but I'm always reading.
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Des! That really means a lot. And I was just telling Patrick this morning how I used to think I was being so subtle and discreet as I pretended to take notes in horn studio and actually worked on novels/short stories...until you told me years later that you'd known exactly what I was doing! ;)
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