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PURE Reaches 30K

March 7th, 2012 by Terra | 1 Comment | Filed in Pure


It’s not an enormous number. In fact, it’s just a little over twice the population of Decatur. It makes for an okay salary, but not a great one. It’s significantly less than half of 100,000, and I’m sure you need a heap more than it to make it on the NYTimes Bestseller list.

But for me, 30,000 is WHOPPINGLY GIGANTIC. Because I found out this week that the total number of copies (including hardcover, ebooks, etc.) of Pure that have sold are over that amount. Actually, it’s a lot closer to 31,000. And I am utterly flabbergasted.

So I just wanted to write and say, Thank you. Thank you to all my readers, and especially to those of you who have read a book of mine and passed it along to a friend or loved one. Thank you to the librarian buyers who have stocked my work, and the librarians who have recommended it. Thank you to the teachers who have had me come speak to their classes, and the book clubs who have chosen this to read. Thank you to the bloggers and reviewers who have read my books and posted your opinions about it (whether positive or negative). Thank you to Borders (rest in peace) and Barnes & Noble, and every blessed Indie that took a chance on Pure and placed it where someone might find it. And then stocked the other two. Thanks to any bookseller who has ever hand-sold anything with my name on it. Thanks also to my author and industry friends who have supported and promoted my stuff along with theirs. Thank you, thank you to my publisher, my editor, and everyone who works to create these beautiful little products and get them out there in the world. Thanks to every English or Writing teacher I ever had, for inspiring, instructing, and pushing me as much as possible. Thank you to my yearbook teacher in 8th grade, Mrs. Johnson, for publishing all those awful poems of mine. Thanks to St. Andrews Press. Thanks to every person I’ve ever workshopped with, for sharing your talent with me and helping me hone mine. Thanks to my family, and my friends, and especially my husband. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone. Thank you for showing me what it’s like to NOT be Emily Dickinson, and to actually write something that actual people actually read during your actual lifetime.

Not that I think I’m Emily Dickinson.
But only a few short years ago I thought my writing would be a lot more like hers. Meaning, kept in a drawer until I was dead, invisible to everyone.

So thank you, everyone, for giving me the experience of not being in that drawer. 30,000 times.

Songs In My Head Upon Waking in the Last Week:

“Follow You, Follow Me,” Genesis; “I Heard a Rumor,” Bananarama; “I Want You,” Bob Dylan; “I Want It That Way,” N’Synch; “Teenage Gay,” Katy Perry mashup w/ OMD; ????; “I Found a Million Dollar Baby,” Bing Crosby

25 Books Young Georgians Should Read Includes PURE!!

August 27th, 2010 by Terra | 3 Comments | Filed in News, Pure


Lots and lots of jumping up and down with excitement this morning! And if I’d had internet access at my house last night I would have announced it then! Yesterday the Georgia Center for the Book announced its very first ever list of “25 Books Young Georgians Should Read,” and Pure was one of them!

Other books in the YA category included:

Peaches, by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter, by Lynn Cullen

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

Blood Brothers, by S.A. Harazin

First Shot, by Walter Sorrells

You can see the complete list on Georgia Center for the Book’s website ( There will be a party in Decatur on Saturday the 28th (that’s tomorrow) from 10-12 to celebrate!

I am so thrilled, honored, and actually kind of flabbergasted to be included in this amazing list. Thanks to all of the judges, and thanks to the Georgia Center for the Book!

I Heart Nerds Heart YA!!

June 8th, 2010 by Terra | No Comments | Filed in After the Kiss, Pure

Well, After the Kiss has been out for a month, and it’s getting a lot of exciting coverage, including this amazing STARRED REVIEW from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, which included gems of insight and understanding such as, “the story doesn’t go in the expected direction of angry confrontation . . .” and “The poetry is richly allusive . . . and the imagery is often startling with an originality that exhales into a perfect aptness for the experience.” I am still jumping up and down about that one, and want to send the reviewer a big bouquet of candy hearts as thanks!

But even though After the Kiss is getting its hype (and stay tuned for more exciting stuff, including maybe a poetry contest), Pure is still chugging along, too! In fact, it just got nominated for inclusion in an awesome contest being run by Nerds Heart YA. I’m getting pitted against a ton of great, “underrepresented” authors, including my book bud Amy Reed, who’s book Beautiful is, well, beautiful. (I interviewed her in 2009; follow the link in the word “interviewed” here and scroll down a bit to find it.) So I know the competition is pretty fierce. Pure’s in an early bracket, and judges make their decision about the first round on June 15th.  I will keep you posted on how it goes, but to follow judges’ reviews and see the other competitors, bookmark Nerds Heart YA and click every day!