Happy Halloween! Oh, and I'm at Chatelaine.com today...

It's no secret I love Halloween. I love Halloween so much I'm being interviewed about it over at Chatelaine.com today. CLICK HERE TO GO THERE.

Life has been crazy lately. Between finishing up FREAK (which is very nearly done – I'm hoping to hand it in to my Gallery editor this week), and some very major stuff coming up in my personal life (which I'll eventually tell you about, but not today), I really don't know where October went. And I don't think life will be slowing down anytime soon.

Here's a summary of what's coming up in the next few months:
  • CREEP is coming out in paperback through Little Brown UK/Sphere this December 2011 (and will be available in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other export territories)
  • The mass market US version of CREEP will be released in July 2012
  • FREAK is coming out in hardcover in the summer of 2012
  • I just found out this morning that we sold the Czech rights to CREEP  
  • My Canadian launch party for CREEP is next week in Toronto!

I won't be doing NaNo this year... but I'll be rooting for everybody who is! Are you participating?

Happy Halloween!

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Casting Call: CREEP

My fellow blog buddies Carrie Butler, Lisa Regan, and Melodie Wright are hosting a bloghop this week, where we get to make our characters come to life by sharing pictures of what we think they look like.

If Hollywood ever came a-knockin' (hey, one can dream!), here's who I'd love to see play the main roles:

Lucy Liu as Dr. Sheila Tao

Cam Gigandet as Ethan Wolfe

Chris Noth as Morris Gardener

Morgan Freeman as Jerry Isaac

Ming Na as Dr. Marianne Chang

Mila Kunis as Abby Maddox

If you've read CREEP, what do you think of my picks? Did you picture the characters differently?

Who would you cast for your book?

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Breaking announcement: Book Two finally has a title!

Poor Book Two. Imagine being written and revised, and revised some more, and a year passes, and you've never once had the right title. If you were Book Two, a year old, and you had no title, you'd feel like a FREAK.

And the writer feels like a FREAK, too. Because people have been asking for months now what the name of Book Two is (because it's certainly not Book Two – how lame would that be?) and I've never been able to tell them. Because I didn't know.

And let's not forget that visualization is a big part of the writing process. Imagining the end result – the book published, with cover art, and yes, a title – is what helps me to not FREAK out while writing.

But now it's all been rectified. I am happy to say that Book Two finally has a title! I love it, my agent loves it, my editor loves it, and Book Two loves it.

Can't wait to officially meet you in 2012, FREAK! I hope you and CREEP will be very happy together.

  • a person or animal on exhibition as an example of a strange deviation from nature; monster.

Be sure to comment below! In celebration of Book Two finally having a title, one random commenter will win a signed hardcover of CREEP. 

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CREEP was at the Mile High Horror Film Festival!

How cool is this?

Doesn't the book look so at home with these wonderfully bloody fans at the Denver Mile High Horror Film Festival? Big thanks to MHHFF gang, who gave away 100 copies of CREEP this past weekend!

Check out the Mile High Horror Film Festival Facebook page and follow them on Twitter!

I REALLY need to go next year. Who wants to meet me in Denver?

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!

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Six random things I love right now

This is pure randomness, but you don't mind, right?

Six things I'm loving right now:

1. Good reviews in unexpected places
I got the most amazing review of CREEP on my friend GYSC's blog, Economic Disconnect, last Saturday. He sent my book to one of his regular readers, and that reader had some very cool things to say about it. What does CREEP have to do with economics, you ask? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, but that's the beauty of the internet. You never know who you're going to meet. And I'm glad I met GYSC. I know way more about the stock market, robots, and DNA than I ever thought I would (just don't quiz me).

2. Book signings in my hometown
Don't you love meeting authors in person? ME TOO! I will be in Toronto for a book signing at the Chapters on Queensway on Monday, November 7th at 7 p.m. If you're local, come by and say hello. If you're not, that's okay. I'm sure I'll come back with a ton of pictures to post here, most of them with my mom looking insanely proud. (This will be my first solo book event, AND my first event in Canada – I'm nervous, y'all!)

3. Fourth drafts
Book Two is going splendidly. I'm well into the fourth draft, and this is the stage where I do all my edits by hand in purple ink (yes, it must be purple – I am very superstitious about this). This is when the story becomes fully realized and the writing becomes really beautiful. Fourth drafts fill me with joy. I'm hoping to send the book to my editor at the end of this month.

4. The magic of Twitter
I used to hate Twitter, mainly because I couldn't grasp how it all worked. I finally get what the fuss is about, and I've got to say, I really love it! I've met so many cool and interesting people lately. If you're not stalking me there, why aren't you? I'm @JenniferHillier.

5. The month of October
I love October. It's my favorite month. Cool but not cold, red and gold leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, Thanksgiving (in Canada), and Halloween. What more could you ask for?

6. Lady Gaga's "You and I"
Hands down, this has got to be my favorite song of 2011. I love everything about it, and whether you love her or hate her, Gaga always gives it her all.

What do you love right now? Be as random as you want!

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