Great questions all around and thanks so much for your well wishes about the new book deal! I'm still incredibly giddy :) Questions left in today's comments will be added and the post updated with answers through the day!!
Now for answers:
Lisa left a legacy of questions - some of the more philosophical I'll save for full posts at a later date! (Heaven or Hell - yeah, that deserves its own post!) Until then, she asks: Chocolate or vanilla!
Rachel asks: Ren or Shay?
Rachel scored an ARC, so she's had a chance to meet Ren and Shay - the competing love interests in Nightshade. She's Team Ren all the way. Since I have a firm no spoilers policy on the blog I'm afraid I have to keep my lips sealed on this question. However, I will say that I love them both soooooo much and it wouldn't really matter what team I'm on because it's Calla's choice, not mine!
Tricia asks: What deal did you make with the Universe?
None that I know of. Now I'm nervous.
Amy asks: When can you reveal the Nightshade cover?
Soon! I promise! The ARCs are going out later this month and will be coordinated with the debut of the official Nightshade web site: www.nightshadebook.com At that time the cover will also go public!
Katarinasmama of Mundie Moms asks: Do you have a Nightshade playlist?
I do! Playlists are essential to my writing process. I have a partial playlist posted here. But a full playlist with chapter cues will go up after Nightshade is published.
Rachel asks: What is your favorite book of 2010 so far (no pre-pubbed stuff)?
Hmmm. That's tough. I'm going to pick two because they are so different:
Josh Berk's The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. Which is so smart, so funny, and just wonderful all around.
Rachel Hawkins' Hex Hall, which is also smart and fun but has absolutely delicious romance + fantastic twists I didn't see coming.
Lisa asks: Peanut butter or jelly?
I don't want them separate. Together or nothing. Okay, that's a lie. I like peanut butter with apples.
Amy asks: So there will be four Nightshade books altogether?
Nightshade is a trilogy (Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose). The fourth book is a companion novel.
Katarina's mama asks: Outside of your own characters, who is the one fictional character you'd love to have a conversation with?
Hmmmm. That's tough. I think I'll go with Finnick from Catching Fire. Or Cinna.
Speaking of that, Lisa asks: Peeta or Gale?
I can't decide, so I'm team Cinna. Or Finnick. Man I love those two.
And still following those lines, Amy asks what's your favorite dystopian novel so far:
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
Lisa asks: Future or past?
Past - I'm a historian after all.
Rachel asks: What is your worst fear?
Irrational: Being attacked by a crocodile. Seriously. I have major crocodile phobia.
Rational: Letting myself and my loved ones down.
Lisa asks: Here or there?
Both - I love traveling, but there's nothing quite like the joy of coming home again.
Thanks for all the great questions!!!