Vampire Academy GN on Times Best Sellers List!

Graphic Books Best Sellers: Bloody Wolverines, Vampires and Baked Goods

Over on the softcover list, there are two premieres of graphic novels based on prose novels. One is Vampire Academy, at No. 4, which is based on the best-selling series by Richelle Mead about a private school for the undead.


I’ll be over here dying of happy now.

*The geek in me feels the need to point out that the Academy is NOT a school for the undead. The Moroi are LIVING vampires, after all! :) *geek geek*!

Vampire Academy GN – Pre-Order!


The first volume of the Vampire Academy graphic novel is available for pre-order on Amazon. I wrote the script adaptation and Emma Vieceli was selected as the book’s artist. I can’t wait to see her interpretation of all the characters!

I was a bit hesitant when I first heard about the project (vampires? In a school setting? So it’s like Twilight crossed with Harry Potter?) but the book surprised me. The main character, Rose Hathaway, is a rough-around-the-edges bodyguard-in-training who never once devolves into a Sue (she screws up ALL THE TIME and has to face serious consequences for her screw-ups; I’ll also be the first to admit that I have a soft spot for characters with anger-management problems *cough* jo, little women *cough*). The core of the story centers around a strong female friendship, and I found Mead’s treatment of this friendship to be a welcome change of pace from the passive aggressive back-stabbing and bickering over the menz typical to many YA books. Though Rose and Lissa have their disagreements, at the end of the day they ALWAYS have each others’ backs.

I consider myself lucky to have been tapped to handle the script-writing for this project, and I hope fans of the novels are happy with the adaptation. I’ve been given the go-ahead to begin the adaptation for the second novel in the series, and I’m looking forward to the experience.

Off to Kansas

I’m packed and ready to leave, at a truly ungodly hour tomorrow morning, for two weeks of fun at the writer’s workshop in Kansas. Wish me luck! :)

Fraggle Rock #2 Signing

Hey all! Fellow Fraggle Rock writer Adrianne Ambrose and I will be having a signing this Saturday! Here’s the skinny:

Saturday, May 29th 2010
12pm – 3pm

Flying Colors Comics
2980 Treat Blvd
(at Oak Grove Road), Concord, CA 94518
(925) 825-5410

If you can make it, I’d love to see you there! They should have plenty of copies of issue #2, and I’m hoping it’ll be a fun time. Remember, issue #2 hits the stands this Wednesday!

Another Twisted Fairy Tale Review!

Reviewed by Bitten By Books.

4 out of 5 again!

Here’s the write-up for my story.

“Cinder Sister” (5/5) – Leigh Dragoon tells a darkly entertaining look at Cinderella through her sister’s eyes. The stepsister is not as evil as we would believe but actually another pawn of her mother’s machinations. My only complaint is that it was too short. I wanted more!

;_; This just makes me so happy! I put a lot into that story, and I’m glad it’s getting a good reception.

Fraggle Rock – Exciting News!

I can finally talk about this! The Jim Henson Company and Archaia Press have teamed up to create a Fraggle Rock comic book series. I was invited to pitch for it, and I’ve written the lead story for the second issue of the series.

I can’t really express how proud I am of this story, and how grateful I am to have had the chance to participate in a project like this. It means so much to have someone like Brian Henson say he thought my story was great. It was also a wonderful opportunity to work with my original Faerie Path editor, Tim Beedle, and to reconnect with characters I loved as a child. I watched something like 15 hours of Fraggle Rock while I was working on this — praise be to Netflix Watch Instantly! I’ve been bursting with excitement about this for awhile, but I didn’t want to announce anything until I was sure it was all right to do so.

Here’s a splash page from the first issue — the art is by the same artist who will be drawing my story!

Faerie Path Manga – Sad News

Faerie Path Vol 2

I have some sad news on The Faerie Path front. Harper Collins has decided to discontinue Book 1 and not release Book 3. Luckily, they have decided to release Book 2. It was looking like maybe they wouldn’t for awhile there, and I felt terrible for Alison, because she had completed all the art. If you want a copy, I’d advise you to order one while you still can. Maybe drop Alison a line, too, and let her know what you think. The quality of her artwork consistently blows me away.

I’m disappointed, but I can’t say I regret the experience. The editors I worked with, both at Harper Collins and Tokyopop, were amazing, and I learned a lot from them. Plus, all the checks cleared, and that’s the most important thing of all! :D