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Bookmarks have arrived!

me 2011

My Earth & Sky bookmarks have arrived! Behold the loveliness:

(The back, if you’re curious, has a brief excerpt from the book.)

I will be giving these out to readers at all events and signings I attend. I’m also happen to send some to any librarians, booksellers, bloggers, or other bookish folk who would like to hand them out to their patrons/customers/readers/etc. If you’d like to get your hands on some, please drop me a line!

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me 2011

At a family get-together the other day, I was talking with my brother about dancing (he teaches ballroom for a living) and asked him if he was doing competitions at all.

“No,” he said. “I’d be out of my league — most of those people have been dancing since they were, like, three.”*

(Brother started when he was, if I remember correctly, in his late teens.)

The conversation got me thinking about the sorts of pursuits where starting young is a huge advantage, sometimes even essential to being successful past a certain level. Most athletic activities seem to require that you train your muscles early on for you to be able to perform at the top of your game as an adult. From what I’ve seen this is true to an extent for some creative pursuits as well — music, especially, maybe because of the amount of physical coordination involved in playing most instruments? And I’d imagine with most careers and hobbies, getting an early start on building your knowledge and skill set helps at least a little.

Now that I have a little guy in my life, this is a topic that feels much closer to home. I want the kiddo to have every possible opportunity to follow his dreams. But what if he doesn’t figure out what those dreams are until it’s too late for him to have a good chance of reaching them? How can I help him find his way? On the other hand, how can I make sure I get in his way by pushing too much?

Finding my way and being pushed were never really issues for me growing up. I’ve loved making up stories as far back as I can remember, and my parents just let me at it. Storytelling is, conveniently, an activity that requires no special instruction and no materials at all to practice–the books I read were my teachers, and even with pen and paper, and later a computer, available to me, I spent many hours simply daydreaming plots and characters–so I didn’t really need any assistance from my parents, although it certainly didn’t hurt that they were avid readers themselves and so read to me often, took me on regular library trips, and that sort of thing.

But what if you have a kid who doesn’t quickly gravitate toward specific interests? How many three-year-olds, for example, really know they love dancing and are eager to go to classes and take instruction their whole early childhood? I’ve heard a lot of stories from people who recall getting bored with learning an instrument or practicing a sport or whathaveyou when they were little, but appreciate that their parents insisted they continue through that boredom and not give up, because they did come to love it again and would hate to have lost that skill. I’ve also heard plenty of stories of people resenting their parents pushing them in a particular direction, who felt stressed and un-listened to, or for whom the pressure to not just have fun with an activity but to excel at it drained all the enjoyment they once had.

How do you tell when it’s in your kids’ best interests to push, and when it’s better to pull back?

I’m curious to hear people’s thoughts–either your memories of what worked for you (or didn’t) when you were a kid, or your experiences as a parent yourself, or both!

*Dialogue an approximation; I did not write this down in the moment to get an exact quote. ;)

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A couple of updates

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There are a couple of new developments around here I’d like to direct your attention to.

First, my book blogger/reviewer info page has been updated to reflect the latest information re: Earth & Sky. If you’re wanting to get involved with the book’s release one way or another, that’s the best starting place before you contact me.

Second, now that all three of the books in the Fallen World trilogy are out in the world, the Fallen World Street Team is no longer active. But I am continuing a Fallen World trilogy news mailing list, for those who want to be keep in the loop directly about any new developments… and I can tell you that there is one new development I will be announcing in the hopefully not too distant future. :) You can sign up for that mailing list using the form below.



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A couple of updates

me 2011

There are a couple of new developments around here I’d like to direct your attention to.

First, my book blogger/reviewer info page has been updated to reflect the latest information re: Earth & Sky. If you’re wanting to get involved with the book’s release one way or another, that’s the best starting place before you contact me.

Second, now that all three of the books in the Fallen World trilogy are out in the world, the Fallen World Street Team is no longer active. But I am continuing a Fallen World trilogy news mailing list, for those who want to be keep in the loop directly about any new developments… and I can tell you that there is one new development I will be announcing in the hopefully not too distant future. :) You can sign up for that mailing list using the form below.

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A book shout-out: Cuckoo Song

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It always makes me sad when I read a book that is really lovely, and notice that not many people seem to be talking about it. So I’m going to try and be both a better blogger and a better book-supporter, and give a shout-out whenever one of those books comes along.

Today I want to encourage you to check out Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge:

I’d been meaning to read something by Hardinge for quite a while–I have her Fly By Night in my massive ebook backlog. When a trusted friend highly recced Cuckoo Song, the description caught my interest immediately, and I dove right in.

So glad I did!

Why should you read it? For the beautiful writing, the unique world-building that’s so well-integrated into the real world setting, and for the complexity and depth to all the characters and their changing relationships in the midst of this suspenseful adventure.

Any books you’d like to give a shout-out to this week? :)

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Earth & Sky cover reveal + giveaway + new website!

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Hurray! It is now time to share with you the beautiful cover for Earth & Sky (first book in my new trilogy, coming October 28, 2014):

I am so pleased with this cover, and so thankful to Skyscape for letting me be involved in the process as it evolved. :)

Want to enter to win a copy of the book? Head on over to the official cover reveal on YA Books Central.

You can also now read the first chapter of the book, listen to the unofficial soundtrack, and take in some behind the scenes photos, at the new Earth & Sky trilogy section of my website.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about the cover, excerpt, soundtrack, whatever. Can’t wait to share the whole book with you all!

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Cover coming soon!

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Oh patient readers, I am very excited to tell you that the cover for Earth & Sky, my new novel that’s arriving in just three more months, will be revealed over at YA Books Central this Thursday! And there will be an awesome giveaway to go along with it. So you (and I) have just two more days to wait before I can share it’s loveliness. :)

I’ll make a new post when the reveal and giveaway are live, but if you keep an eye on their blog, you’ll probably spot it first!

I’ll also be revealing the Earth & Sky trilogy section of my website that afternoon, with more info about the book, an excerpt, the unofficial soundtrack, and more. Can’t wait to share this new story with you all.

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Toronto Launch Party!

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For those of you local, yes, I am having an in person launch party for The Worlds We Make. I’d love to see you there!

When: Saturday March 8th at 3pm (until we decide to wrap up–I’d imagine no earlier than 5pm)

Where: Bakka-Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord St (just west of Spadina), Toronto, ON

What: Books sold and signed, refreshments and swag offered. I’ll be answering any questions you have about the trilogy and am happy to chat about just about anything. :) And there’ll be a special guest appearance by my other recent “project”, The Baby!

If you think you’ll be able to attend, you can RSVP here on Facebook.

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The Worlds We Make online launch party!

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It’s launch day for The Worlds We Make, and that means it’s time to party! :D

All day, you can post questions or comments about the trilogy here on the blog, on Twitter (to @megancrewe), and over at the Facebook event page. I’ll answer those as I’m able. I’ll also be posting a couple of giveaway questions on the FB page, so keep an eye out!

From 8-9 pm EST, I’ll be hanging out in our very own Chatzy chat room answering questions live and offering various signed books via random draw and trivia questions about the trilogy. Link and password will be posted here and on the FB page shortly before 8pm. Hope you can join me there!

Chat room: http://us11.chatzy.com/85405835280310
password to enter: kaelyn

And all day, to celebrate the launch, you can fill out the form below to request a signed bookplate to put in your copy of The Worlds We Make. (Note to street team members: No need to request one here as you’ll already be getting one as part of your street team swag pack!) This is open to readers all over the world:

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Remember, if you’re a fan of the trilogy, there’s still time for you to get involved with the Fallen World Street Team, to help spread the word and win some awesome prizes. Details here!

Hope you enjoy the end of the Fallen World trilogy! :) It’s been a pleasure sharing Kaelyn’s story with you.

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The Worlds We Make online launch party!

me 2011

It’s launch day for The Worlds We Make, and that means it’s time to party! :D

All day, you can post questions or comments about the trilogy here on the blog, on Twitter (to @megancrewe), and over at the Facebook event page. I’ll answer those as I’m able. I’ll also be posting a couple of giveaway questions on the FB page, so keep an eye out!

From 8-9 pm EST, I’ll be hanging out in our very own Chatzy chat room answering questions live and offering various signed books via random draw and trivia questions about the trilogy. Link and password will be posted here and on the FB page shortly before 8pm. Hope you can join me there!

And all day, to celebrate the launch, you can fill out the form below to request a signed bookplate to put in your copy of The Worlds We Make. (Note to street team members: No need to request one here as you’ll already be getting one as part of your street team swag pack!) This is open to readers all over the world:

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Remember, if you’re a fan of the trilogy, there’s still time for you to get involved with the Fallen World Street Team, to help spread the word and win some awesome prizes. Details here!

Hope you enjoy the end of the Fallen World trilogy! :) It’s been a pleasure sharing Kaelyn’s story with you.

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Online launch party: Mark your calendars!

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The votes are in! We had a clear preference for time and a pretty even split on place, so I’m going to keep things a little flexible.

Here’s the plan…

The Worlds We Make Online Launch Party

When: Tuesday, February 11th, all day. Live chat with me from 8pm to 9pm EST.

Where: Ask questions or post your thoughts about the trilogy and The Worlds We Make on the Facebook event page, which I’ll be checking periodically and responding to throughout the day. Keep an eye out — I’ll also be posting at least a couple giveaways there.

Shortly before 8pm, I’ll post a link to a Chatzy chat room here on my blog and on the Facebook event page. Everyone is welcome to join in! I’ll be there for the entire hour, answering your questions and giving away more books. And when the chat is over, I’ll keep the link up for anyone who missed it but wants to read over the conversation later.

For those who prefer Twitter, you’re welcome to ask questions and comment there throughout the day and I’ll be checking there regularly too.

How: If you want to stay in the loop, mark yourself as attending the launch on Facebook so you’ll get notifications when new comments are posted there. Or just keep an eye on that page and this blog. :)

Hope to talk with lots of you then!

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Planning the online launch party

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As I mentioned yesterday, I will be able to hold an online launch party for The Worlds We Make on its release date, February 11th. To make sure it’s as enjoyable as possible for you all, I’d like to know what would work best for you! So if you want to join in, please take a moment to vote in the polls below.

In the evening of Feb 11th, I’ll devote an hour to chatting with readers about the trilogy, answering any questions you have, and offering a bunch of signed copies of the books in giveaways. What I’d like to know is what time is best for you, and where you’d most like the chat to take place. I’ll try to accommodate as many people as possible! And if you have ideas I haven’t mentioned, just let me know. :)

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Looking forward to hanging out with you all (virtually) next Tuesday!

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Baby and book launches

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It’s been quiet on the blog for the last little while, for good reason. I’ve spent the last two weeks very focused on this handsome gentleman…

Thankfully the little guy has so far been pretty easygoing, as babies go, from what I’ve been given to understand. ;) So I’m going to be able to have launch parties for my other new arrival both online and off!

The online launch for The Worlds We Make will be on the release day, February 11th (next Tuesday). More details and requests for preferences coming tomorrow!

The in person launch will be taking place in early March in Toronto, details coming as they’re available.

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The first chapter of The Worlds We Make, just for you!

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An excerpt from The Worlds We Make — the first chapter — is now live on my website! Warning: It contains spoilers for the first two books in the trilogy, so if you aren’t yet caught up, you probably don’t want to read it.

Ready to whet your appetite for book 3? Read the excerpt here.

And you’re welcome to share any thoughts in the comments on this post. :)

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The Lives We Lost in paperback

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If you were waiting for the paperback to pick up The Lives We Lost, I’m pleased to say it’s now out!

Available at:
Amazon ~ Chapters ~ B&N ~ Powells ~ Indiebound

And just four more weeks to go before The Worlds We Make will join it on the shelves!

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With the release of The Worlds We Make just five weeks away, and The Lives We Lost out in paperback next week, it’s time for some street team action! And action, of course, must be rewarded. :)

If you are already a member of the Fallen World street team, you should have received an email with your list of tasks. (If you haven’t, please let me know.) If you aren’t a member but would like to join in, sign up below and I’ll send you the task list ASAP. Readers from all around the world are welcome.

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Like last year, all street team members who participate even a little will receive a street team swag pack with a signed bookmark, bookplate, and a magnet, as well as getting their name in the thank you list on my website (unless you’d prefer not to):

Completing street team tasks will also earn you points toward this year’s big prize packs. The street team members who earn the most points will automatically win a prize pack, and one additional winner will be chosen by random draw (one entry per point earned), so everyone has a chance! What’s up for grabs?

-Signed hardcover of The Worlds We Make, with five notes (different in each copy) giving background about what’s going on in the story, info on why I made the choices I did, or other behind the scenes secrets.
-Your choice of any three from: Signed hardcover or paperback of The Way We Fall, signed hardcover or paperback of The Lives We Lost, signed hardcover or paperback of Give Up the Ghost, any novel off of Megan’s “After you read The Way We Fall” list.
-A $10 iTunes giftcard you can use to buy songs from the unofficial soundtracks, or any other music to keep you going on long journeys. (not pictured–ecard)
-A $10 Amazon gift card to support your other reading. (not pictured–ecard)
-A The Way We Fall journal and pen.
-A bottle of Fallen World hand sanitizer.
-The first chapter of Megan’s next book, the first in the Earth & Sky trilogy. (not pictured)

In addition, the three prize pack winners will get to chose two items from the following prize pile (only one of each item pictured):

-Three CD audiobooks for The Lives We Lost
-Three Fallen World T-shirts (available sizes: Small, Medium, and 2XL)
-A Fallen World water bottle
-Four foreign editions of The Way We Fall (available: Australian (English), Hungarian, Spanish x 2)

Ready to get started? Jump right in! The street team giveaway is on-going until March 18th, so you have lots of time to earn those points.

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Another year ending

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Along with many wonderful experiences, from seeing the second book in my first trilogy published to returning to Japan to hanging out with so many awesome writer friends on three different retreats, 2013 brought one large and rather visible change into my life…


(Taken just a few minutes ago)

And 2014 is shaping up to be the most exciting year yet. Not only is our little boy going to be joining us sometime in the next few weeks, but this will also be the first year I have not one, but two books going out into the world (the final book in the Fallen World trilogy and the first book in the Earth & Sky trilogy). So in a way I’ll have three new children. ;)

I hope you all enjoyed your year as much as I have mine, and wish you the best going into the next!

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Truth and fear

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The husband and I recently watched the first season of the excellent BBC show The Hour. There’s an exchange in one of the early episodes that’s stuck with me, so I thought it worth sharing.

The set-up: A reporter and a presenter for a fledgling news program are meeting with a foreign diplomat on the other side of a major political conflict, hoping to convince him to be interviewed on the show. The presenter, as is his style, tries to reassure and charm the diplomat. The reporter, as is his style, cuts right to the chase with the sort of pointed remarks they all know the British public is wondering. The presenter tries to quiet him, but the diplomat ultimately agrees to come on the show because of the reporter’s honesty.

Afterward, the presenter says to the reporter, “How do you know exactly the right question to ask?”

The reporter replies, “Because I’m not afraid of the answers.”

And isn’t that the essence of getting at the truth (not facts, but truth, which every good work of fiction has) in all art forms? To write a powerful story, one that grabs people and doesn’t let them go, you need the courage to ask the right questions and hear out the answers.

Something I hope to remember as long as I’m in this business.

Are there any quotes relating to the creative process that have stuck with you lately?

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Read The Worlds We Make early!

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The Worlds We Make is out in just a couple months now, and I haven’t been able to offer advance copies so far because Hyperion likes to keep their final trilogy books closely under wraps. :) But I’ve just gotten the go-ahead to offer a very special giveaway! One reader will get an e-galley of The Worlds We Make, to read before just about anyone else gets their hands on the book.

How to enter

Do any (and as many as you want) of the activities in the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Please read the instructions for each! And keep in mind that posts to Twitter, blog, and other social media accounts set up only for contest entries do not qualify.

Any restrictions?

The giveaway is open to everyone in the world. Yay! But you will need to sign up for a (free!) NetGalley account to access the e-galley if you win, and be able to read e-book files on your computer or an e-book device.

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Any questions? Just ask in the comments.

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The Lives We Lost Paperback GoodReads Giveaway

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Want to get your hands on the paperback edition of The Lives We Lost? My publisher is contributing 15 copies to a GoodReads giveaway! Open to US and Canada, just use the widget below to enter. :) Happy holidays!

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe

The Lives We Lost

by Megan Crewe

Giveaway ends January 01, 2014.

See the giveaway details
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My Books


The Way We Fall
(apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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