June 23, 2010

Indigo Teen Read Awards

I’m happy to announce that THE MAZE RUNNER is a nominee in the first ever Teen Read Awards presented by Indigo, the largest bookstore retail chain in Canada. I’m very honored! There are several categories, and MAZE is nominated in the category of “Best Hero,” along with some pretty good company: Holly Black, Scott Westerfeld, and Ally Carter. I’m a long shot against such established talent, but I’m just happy to be included. No, really! (I know, sounds like the pathetic rant of a guy about to lose.) The hero is, of course, Thomas. Poor guy. Memory wipes, Griever stings, has to run all those miles and miles. I’m glad he gets something in return. Especially right before he has to go through all the crap in THE SCORCH TRIALS. The part I’m most excited about: I get to go to Toronto for the awards gala in September! I’ve never […]

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June 15, 2010

The New Yorker and etc.

Happy Tuesday everyone! We are back from our vacation to visit my family in Georgia, and I’ve settled in for a long summer of hard work. Here’s a random list of the latest… 1. The main task at hand is writing THE DEATH CURE, Book 3 of THE MAZE RUNNER. It now stands around 15,000 words and I have a long way to go. But thanks to my editor, who made me outline this one as part of our revisions for Book 2, it should be a smooth and fairly quick experience. 2. I’m really excited to share that my book and I are mentioned in an article in the current issue of THE NEW YORKER. It’s a special 2-week issue, so you should be able to buy it on newstands or in bookstores for the next week or so. Or, you can read it online: CLICK HERE. 3. Funny […]

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June 1, 2010

My Thoughts on LOST Series Finale

I know I’m officially the last person on Earth to do this, but here’s what I think. Don’t worry, no serious spoilers until the last section, which will be properly labelled. I absolutely loved the series finale. I honestly can’t think of one thing, not one, that I would change. It was heartbreaking, brilliant, moving, awesome. I just don’t understand the haters out there. They baffle me. Everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinion, it’s just really annoying when they’re wrong. The whole series was an experience I’ll never forget. Easily the best thing I’ve ever seen on television, by a trillion light years the best, and probably tied with the LORD OF THE RINGS movies and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and LES MISERABLES in terms of media / entertainment that affected me on a superhuman level. I’ll never forget it, especially the finale, which still haunts me as I […]

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May 20, 2010

Time to Catch Up

How’s everyone doing? I thought it was high time I play catch up and answer some of your questions as well. So here we go, in no particular order… 1. I’ve never been so excited for and yet dread something so much: the series finale of LOST, coming up this Sunday. I’m going to be so incredibly sad when it’s over, and yet I’m dying to see the last episode. But it’s the last one EVER. Oh the pain. The horror! 2. Speaking of TV, we’ve fallen completely in love with the show MODERN FAMILY. It is so so so good!!!! We actually look forward to it more than THE OFFICE, which I can’t believe just came out of my mouth, or fingertips, or whatever. 3. I’m finally reading THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. It has me very captivated, although I can’t really say why. 4. For those really […]

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May 10, 2010

Houston and Austin

Guys, I know I’ve been quiet, but I promise to be more active on the blog soon! Meanwhile, for those of you in Houston and Austin, this is where I’ll be Monday and Tuesday, each time with FABLEHAVEN’s Brandon Mull: Monday5:00 pmBlue Willow Bookshop14532 Memorial DriveHouston TX 77079 Tuesday3:30 pmBook People603 North Lamar BlvdAustin TX 78703 Come see us!!!!

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April 21, 2010

Turkey, Poland, and Tour oh my!

Well hi there! It’s been a day or two (or thirteen) since I last blogged, so I figured I better get on here and give you guys an update. I’ve been very busy with the release of the third book in 13TH REALITY, with lots of good times. And other stuff. So, without further adieu, here’s one of my infamous numbered updates of randomness: 1. We recently sold rights to THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy in Poland and Turkey, which I think is just pretty cool. 2. Off the top of my head, here is the current list of languages/ territories in which you’ll soon be able to read about Grievers hurting young people: United KingdomFranceGermanyRussiaTaiwanSpanish (Spain)Spanish (Latin and South America)Portuguese (Brazil)GreecePolandTurkey Hmmmm. Am I forgetting somewhere? I think this it. 3. We’ve had some great events since I last blogged. The launch party in Utah, schools and signings in the […]

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April 9, 2010

Launch Party Tonight! And Misc…

Book 3 of my series THE 13TH REALITY (THE BLADE OF SHATTERED HOPE) is officially out, and we’re going to celebrate tonight with lots of food and good times. There will also be giveaways, including 30 t-shirts. I hope all of you can make it. That’s right. All of you. There’ll be dancing grannies and six-legged bears! The fun begins at 6:30, Barnes and Noble, West Jordan UT. The one at the Jordan Landing shopping center. Also, if you live in Utah and want to see me make a fool of myself, tune in to the 5:00 Channel 2 news and you’ll see a piece on me. They invaded my home and even made me play the drums in my office. Okay, that might’ve been my idea, something I’m sure I’ll regret the rest of my life. Hopefully it didn’t make the cut! I’ll also be coming to Dallas, Phoenix, […]

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April 1, 2010

Tour Details and Misc.

Since it’s coming right up on us, I figured I better get my tour dates and details out there for everyone to see. But first, a couple of interesting things you can go read: 1. I did an article for the Guide to Literary Agents website, called “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far.” If you’re an aspiring writer, you might want to take a look. CLICK HERE. 2. I can’t really say much more, but the end of this article in VARIETY magazine gives a glimpse into where we are with film rights to THE MAZE RUNNER. CLICK HERE. More as I can share it… Now, onto tour details for the release of Book 3 in THE 13TH REALITY: THE BLADE OF SHATTERED HOPE. The official launch party will be held at the Barnes & Noble in West Jordan, UT (Jordan Landing Shopping Center) on Friday, April 9th, at 6:30 […]

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March 22, 2010

Scorch Cover, 2009 Sales

Two quick things today that are interesting. First, the cover for THE SCORCH TRIALS is NOT final, but it’s popping up all over the Internet somehow, so I wanted to make sure I let you know about it before you heard it from another source. You can CLICK HERE to see it on Amazon, and I’ve seen it on a few blogs as well. There will be changes to make it even better, but that’s basically it. What do you think? The word “Companion” will be replaced with “Sequel” because it’s most definitely a direct sequel. Also, the colors will be more vibrant and the sky amped up a bit. Once we have a final version, I’ll put it up on the blog more officially. Second, Publisher’s Weekly did an article on sales numbers for 2009, and I’m ecstatic to see that THE MAZE RUNNER is included in the Top […]

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March 16, 2010

UK Trailer, Latest Q&A

I thought I’d answer some of your questions from the comments today. If that bores you, then go check out the UK trailer for Maze Runner, coming in August from Scholastic/Chicken House. CLICK HERE. It’s basically the same as the U.S. one, but some of you may have not even seen that one. Onto the questions… Several people asked about the next book after Maze. It’s called THE SCORCH TRIALS and comes out on October 12th. There’s a countdown on the right side of the blog. Hey, we’re almost down to 200 days!!! Emma wondered where I got the ideas for Maze. Well, besides my crazy and slightly disturbing imagination, I always say the book was definitely inspired by two of my favorites growing up: ENDER’S GAME and LORD OF THE FLIES. Thanks for all the yays from those in cities I’m visiting on tour, and the boos from those […]

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