That Little Sequel Question Answered (Newsy!) + Twitter Chat

After months of required cageyness I knew that this news would pop up soon, but not exactly when. But the when was yesterday, courtesy of the Publishers Weekly spring sneak previews:


*lowers voice* I hate secrets and I am SO EXCITED and can’t wait to be able to tell you more about DOUBLE DOWN. Which is currently in the editing process and heading swiftly toward the ARC phase (ack! they don’t tell you when you become an author nervous-making things never stop!) and hopefully a cover we can show you very soon. Along with more details about the book! Thanks to all of you and to the lovely publishers and people at Capstone/Switch Press and DC/WB for making this happen. FALLOUT has only been out a few months, so keep recommending it and spreading the word about the series and maybe there’ll be even more books to come. It’s such an honor for me to get to contribute to Lois’s legacy. Here’s a Tumblr post about the sequel news, if that’s your platform of choice.

I’ll be participating in a twitter chat hosted by YA Books Central this Thursday night about all things LOIS LANE and any other writing topics you want me to talk about.

The hashtag is #gwendabondchat — come join! I’ll also be at Gencon next week, but that schedule deserves its own post. Back soon with that.

And here are two recently released podcast interviews — I had a blast doing both of these:

  • With expert on all things geekish (and all things Superman) Alan Sizzler Kistler on his recently relaunched Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast (subscribe on iTunes or listen on Soundcloud);
  • With What the Fangirl on their podcast in a dual episode about Fallout and Kimmy Schmidt (how can you beat that? get it here)

Long Time No See (Oops!)

This is me making a solemn promise to update at least once a week, except when on actual deadline (because, hey, realism). Because it’s so hard to remember what I haven’t put here, and also I have this whole pretty design and easy set-up now — which means no excuse not to.

So a housekeeping attempt to update on the last month and change.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our Dangerous Ladies tour events! You were the awesomest best and we had such a great time we’re already discussing doing the whole shebang again.

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Such a great evening at Parnassus Books thanks to the lovely store crew and these lovely people! #dangerousladies A photo posted by Gwenda Bond (@gwendabond) on

It was even more fun than it looks.

In less good news, so much less it’s a whole universe of bad, we’re still absorbing the news that our beloved Emma the Dog has liver cancer. I’m determined not to turn my social presences into depressing pet news central — mostly because I rely on them for sanity breaks — and so I don’t know how much more I’ll be talking about this. But it is something that is a huge huge piece of life at the moment, so it’ll come up at least occasionally. And hopefully for some time to come. Emma, bless her, is as strong and feisty as ever at the moment, if perhaps a bit slower. We’re trying to enjoy this time with her, however much it ultimately is, as much as possible.

And there were some new interviews and things — I am positive I will leave something out, so mea culpa in advance

Keep spreading the word, friends! And hopefully some news coming up soon for you of various types. Until then . . .

Tour! This Week! Come See The Dangerous Ladies

The best thing about a bunch of your friends having new books at the same time? You can tour together!

And so five of us are this week. We decided to call this the Dangerous Ladies tour, because it fits both the leads in our books and ourselves.


Who? Did you say new books, what are they?

Me – with Lois Lane: Fallout

Renée Ahdieh – with The Wrath and the Dawn

Megan Miranda – with Soulprint

Megan Shepherd – with The Cage


Carrie Ryan – with Daughter of Deep Silence

When? Where?

Tuesday, June 9 – Joseph-Beth Cincinnati at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10 – Joseph-Beth Lexington at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 11 – Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 12 – Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville at 7 p.m.*

I’m sure any of these fabulous stores would be happy to hook you up with signed copies if you can’t make it; check out their websites or give them a call. But if you can make it, you should. I think it’ll be fun.

*Megan Miranda, alas, will not be with us at the Malaprop’s event. We will tell all her secrets.

Last Week (BEA!) & Next Week (Tour!)

Fair warning: This is going to be one of those lonnnng updates where I post a bunch of pictures from other people’s (and a few of my own) tweets and instagram feeds.

I got to New York on Wednesday, after serendipitously running into Carrie Ryan on the same flight and sharing a cab, and retrieved my Lois Lane t-shirt from the front desk at the hotel. When I showed it to the staff, they went crazy because they all love Lois Lane and Superman and gave me a free room upgrade. Lois author perk, awww yeah. 😉 I promised the manager I’d bring her a signed copy as thanks (this is an important plot point for later in the post). Then I managed to navigate across town with only one phone call to Christopher back home for directional help to meet fabulous old friends I see too little of Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfeld, and their friend Amber Benson (absolutely lovely), for dinner. We had a marathon, epic, wonderful evening with not one, not two, but three dessert courses.

The second of three dessert courses from the tasting menu last night. #yum

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As some of you probably know, I’ve written many, many articles for Publishers Weekly as a contributor over the past decade — and I’ve also written many, many short profiles and articles for the PW Show Daily, a free publication distributed daily during BEA. (Because I know a few non-publishing industry types read this *waves to family*, BEA is Book Expo America, the giant annual trade show where publishers show off new and forthcoming books to giant masses of booksellers, bloggers, press, librarians, and readers. Plus, there are Scientology pirates.) So it was a little surreal to start Thursday, my first-ever day at BEA to do official author stuff, with this:

Also fun to talk to Sally Lodge, who wrote the story. You can read it online, if you’re interested.

And I knew to expect this:

(!) (Apparently people kept taking the display copies. I get it, it’s a beautiful book. I also got to meet the wonderful designer Bob Lentz — who does the wearable books with Don Lemke and was there to sign too.)

The day was a whirlwind of too brief hugs with friends (Holly Black, Sarah Weinman, Shana Cohen, I’m looking at you!), a nice diner lunch with my divine agent Jenn and some of my favorite literary people (Leila Roy, Jackie Parker, Liz Burns, Pam Coughlan, etc., aka The Gang, who I managed to find several times, yay), meeting lots of people in person for the first time (WNDB team all-star authors Ellen Oh and Marieke Nijcamp! PR and Muppets maven Beth Parker!), and drinks to toast Lois with the Capstone/Switch Press gang followed by a fancy author-illustrator dinner with same. The insane highlight of the day was my signing though,  which I seriously told someone earlier in the day, “Well, I’m sure some people will show up, even if only e-bay hounds looking for copies to sell, right?” Remember: I’ve been to BEA before, just not as an author. I’m a realist. SO I got pulled into an interview with Carrie Ryan (fun) and then when it finished it was getting closer to time for my signing and I noticed I had a text from my agent and people were retweeting something and it was this enormous surprise…

I mean, seriously, what? People who I knew that came through the line asked how I felt and honestly, I’m still not sure I have fully processed this. Weird, but great weird. Overwhelming, but in the best possible way. THANK YOU so much to all of you wonderful people who came and stood and waited and were so excited about Lois Lane: Fallout — whether you’d already read it, been sent by friends who had, or were just hearing about it. I had so much fun meeting you all. Not to mention, I got to hang with my wonderful editor Beth the whole time, who valiantly hung in there flapping books.


(I am a huge nerd, check.)

Oh, and yes, we all had Lois Lane t-shirts.

It was a complete treat to get to meet in person and hang out with all the people at Capstone (Beth, Ashley, Shannon, Kay, Bob — everyone, truly) and their PR team (April and Linda = heart). I feel beyond lucky and grateful to work with such amazing people.

So that was Thursday. Whew. Friday was more relaxed by comparison. I met up for breakfast with Genevieve Valentine, who I try to see whenever I’m in New York. I am OBSESSED with this toast (we’ve made it once already since I got back).

I am going to move into Le Pain Quotidien and live here and eat only this.

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After food, we went to Midtown Comics, where I stealthily purchased a copy of Fallout for the hotel manager I mentioned at the top (I told you that was a plot point!). The booth was out of books after the signing, and the new ones being shipped up for BookCon weren’t there yet, and I felt I must keep my promise. Then I had a little time to kill before my lunch meeting and so Genevieve jokingly proposed we ride the Ferris Wheel inside Toys R Us. And so this happened…

Bet you never thought Genevieve and I would ride the Ferris Wheel in toys r us. A photo posted by Gwenda Bond (@gwendabond) on

I even purchased us the commemorative photo. Good times!

Then I had lunch with my other amazing editor, Courtney Miller from Skyscape, meeting her in person for the first time. We ate pizza and talked circus and the magic book and many other things. I really do feel so, so lucky to work with such great people on books I couldn’t be happier to be writing.

Then it was back to Javits with baked goods in tow to meet up with Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino for an interview and make one last pass. This was great because I got to see a few people and sign a few books people had schlepped with them but also TO MEET MY HERO SHANNON HALE and thank her in person for blurbing Fallout:

After a last meet up with The Gang, it was off to the airport — well, post-presenting the hotel with the signed copy for Vickie, of course. So, yeah, a great trip. I did a couple of interviews while I was there that are already up:

And I also found out that Fallout made the LA Times summer reading recommendations for YA, among some truly fabulous company. Oh, and that I earned out my initial advance for Girl on a Wire (thank you all). It was a GOOD WEEK. That’s what I’m saying.

Other new interviews and a giveaway I haven’t shared here yet:

I can’t believe this post is still going. I bet you can’t either! I’ll do a separate one about next week’s tour, but in the meantime a reminder — next week is the tour. Near Cincinnati, Lexington, Nashville or Asheville? Come see us: me, Renee Ahdieh, Megan Miranda, Carrie Ryan, and Megan Shepherd.

I will also be paneling on young adult literature with David Arnold and Sarah Combs at the Carnegie Center’s Books-in-Progress conference, Saturday morning. So if you’re going to that and interested in YA, come see us.

For now, fare thee well.

All The Things

I didn’t intend to not update here since release — and of course I’ve still been around my haunts of choice, twitter and tumblr — but I had a book draft to finish and have been doing a lot of promote-y things too and so it happened. Which means I have many new things to share here, because I turned in said book yesterday. *tosses confetti of relief*

First, and most soon, there’s tomorrow night’s Lois Lane: Fallout twitter chat. Please to join! You can tweet questions in advance or during. Otherwise I’ll be forced to awkwardly chat with myself. No one wants that.

Next up, I’ll be at BEA. I’ll be signing Lois Lane: Fallout at the Capstone Publishing booth at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, and hanging around the Capstone booth party at 4 p.m. (word on the street is that some people will be wearing Lois Lane t-shirts!). If you’re coming to BEA that day, be there…or be elsewhere (but I will be sad if you are!). I’ll be around some informally on Friday too. And I finally updated my events page with all the upcoming stuff, so come catch me (and next month, the Dangerous Ladies) somewhere. There have been MANY new reviews and lots of interviews and even a guest post since I posted here. A round-up:

There is more and more to come, but to say I’m humbled and thrilled by the enthusiastic reception to Fallout so far is a major understatement. All your reviews, tweet, posts, and reactions (fan art!) mean the world. Please do buy, read, and share about the book if you love it. Word of mouth is the single most important thing you can do to ensure more Lois (and to help out any book or author you like). And do consider  leaving an Amazon review (and/or on Goodreads), if you enjoy the book — it can be long or short, and you don’t have to purchase there to do so. Amazon rankings and searches factor in the number of reviews a book has, and they really do help other readers find books. I’m also told the book is now showing up in Barnes & Noble; but remember, if your B&N or indie bookstore doesn’t have it, they can order it for you. And your library is always another option. <3

I’ll finish up by memorializing a couple of !!! moments here:

Lois Is Here!

Publication day has arrived! Let there be a celebration of Lois across the land!

Speaking of: tonight join in a live watch and tweet party of Superman: The Movie, featuring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder as my very first Lois Lane. The fun starts at 8 p.m. EDT on twitter, using the hashtag #loislanefallout. More info on this and other Lois Lane-related online plans here.

The obligatory buy links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powells

And if you’re headed out for Free Comic Book Day tomorrow, press copies you see in local shops into the hands of strangers. THANK YOU. 😉

If you read only one Lois-related thing today, make it this essay by my fabulous editor Beth Brezenoff, “Of Loud Girls and Lois.” Spoiler alert: It made me cry.

I could not ask to work with a better publishing or PR team than Capstone’s, and I’m so, so grateful for all their efforts on behalf and support of this book.

A smattering of other new things:

  • An interview with DC Women Kicking Ass (who says lovely things about the book).
  • An interview with Robin Herrera at the VCFA Launchpad (grad school represent!).
  • A new review at Nerd Problems: “Fans of any decade of mystery meets YA fiction will love ‘Lois Lane: Fallout’. And hopefully this is just the start of all our Lane adventures to come in this series. Fantastic writing, impeccable character development and characters you cannot help but love!”
  • A new review at Teen Reads: “Young adult readers will definitely appreciate this fresh take on classic characters no matter how familiar they may already be. I hope that this continues as a series and I’m definitely interested in checking out more of Bond’s work.”
  • And a just-published-today in-depth review by Tim Hanley at Comics Journal: “Lois Lane: Fallout is an innovative and overdue revitalization of Lois Lane, and stands on its own as a stellar YA debut for the character, but it also fits in well with DC Comics’ larger aims.”
  • More to come, so keep an eye on the at the Lois Lane: Fallout official Tumblr!

And one last reminder that Fallout’s Launch Party will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky, next Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. Out of town? Jo-Beth will happily ship you a signed copy. Just call or email them to order. And there will be a special Lois-themed menu in the café, which is basically among the funnest things ever.

Thank you all again for the pub day well wishes and word spreading — I’m completely overwhelmed by your loveliness. You’re all superheroes to me.

Newsletter + Some News

I’m away at a retreat this week and also on deadline (ack!), so this will be short and sweet.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the panel at the LA Times Festival of Books — and to moderator extraordinaire Aaron Hartzler, and lovely fellow panelists Danielle Paige and Sara Benincasa. We had such fun! And it was very exciting how quickly copies of Fallout sold out, but also how many of you bought or brought Girl on a Wire. Also, this was just a tremendously well-run festival and it was a real honor for me to be a part of it. I got to catch up with lots of friends (Kelly Link and I went to dinner at the Magic Castle, a long-time dream of mine) and I met some wonderful people — including the very fancy Margie Stohl, author of this fall’s forthcoming Black Widow YA novel. A fun picture of me, Margie and Danielle:

Go Natasha Romanov! Go Lois Lane! Go Dorothy Gale! @gwendabond @daniellempaige #bookfest

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I just did a newsletter with all the things in it, including a reminder that Girl on a Wire will be in a bunch of Wal-Marts starting next week (keep an eye out!) and of course many many Lois Lane things. Eep!

Those include the launch party (May 8 at Joseph-Beth) and some June tour news. I’ll be on the road with these fabulous, DANGEROUS LADIES, all of who are at this week’s retreat:


Some recent reviews and a new interview about the book:

And next week is the official release (though I’ll still be on deadline — ack!), so keep sending your reactions and photos of the book and et cetera et cetera. There will be more interviews and other things happening. Please consider purchasing early (and often — I kid, mostly ;-), and consider posting an Amazon and/or Goodreads review and sharing if you enjoy the book. Thanks again to everyone for your excitement! I hope you love the book.

*breathes into bag*

Hair-on-Fire Update (+ LA Times FoB schedule!)

Hello! So many things are happening. It’s busy, busy times here at Chez Bond-Rowe. And I am on deadline as well, so have not been updating here as faithfully as twitter and elsewhere.

Official release for Fallout approaches! As does the date for me to turn in a draft of new thing! And there’s lots else going on, some secret and some to be revealed soon enough!

  • First up: if you’re in the Los Angeles area, come out to the Festival of Books and say hi! I’ll be on a panel Saturday at 12:30 on the YA stage, discussing new takes on classic stories with the very fancy Sara Benincasa and Danielle Paige, moderated by the also very fancy Aaron Hartzler. We’ll be signing right afterward. I’m sure it will be a good time. So come hear the things and then say hi and get books signed (I believe there will be copies of both Girl on a Wire and Lois Lane on sale). When not paneling, I will be here and there, so also say hi anywhere, if you can’t make the panel. Though I will be dashing away to a weeklong workshop in South Carolina early Sunday, so if you see someone at bookfest who looks like me Sunday — I hope it is not me! But, in the meantime, I’m very much looking forward to rooming in LA with dear friends Kelly Link and Genevieve Valentine; I suspect there will be hijinks.
  • The “what does Lois mean to you?” entries last week were fantastic. So very happy-making. The contest continues this week–through April 17 to be precise–and there will be up to 10 more winners who’ll get advance copies, announced Friday. Tweet or you can message via tumblr using the hashtag #loislanefallout. But who do I message on tumblr? you ask…
  • There is a super-fancy Lois Lane: Fallout tumblr made by the lovely Switch Press and their PR ninjas! You can submit messages via there. Or just peruse it and pet your screen (it’s that pretty). It’s filled with snippets from the book and related info and #WWLD gets its own page heading even, and I encourage you to follow and share. Happy-making.
  • Speaking of super-fancy and happy-making things: there was a Publishers Weekly email blast ad last week that a kind soul tumblred so here it is if you missed it *and* there are early copies floating around pre-official release date and that inspired a group of fabulous Lois Lane fans to put together an impromptu live-tweet re-watch of the character’s first appearance on Smallville in honor of Fallout last Friday  night. Lurking during that was a complete blast. Truly, I appreciate so many of you being excited and (hopefully) not too sick of me tweeting about this book. In some ways, promoting this one is easier than any book I’ve written, because I feel like I’m trying to honor this character we all love.
  • Did I mention I’m finishing a book? I’m working on finishing a book that I cannot tell you about just yet. Please forgive the disarray, mental and otherwise.

What Would Lois Do?

My first encounter with Lois Lane is one shared with millions of people, and no doubt some of you reading this: Margot Kidder’s witty, sharp, sincere portrayal opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman. I’ve often said that I’m not sure anymore whether I love that version of Superman so much because of my affinity for great, banter-filled classic screwball films and their effortless mash-up of humor with more serious themes—particularly screwballs set in newsrooms like His Girl Friday—or if my affinity for those came from loving Superman as a kid. Re-watching it (and the Donner cut of the sequel!) just before I started writing Fallout, I was struck by how Reeve as Clark Kent seems to be channeling Cary Grant at times, and how Kidder as Lois Lane could be heading out to meet up with Rosalind Russell for drinks.



After falling in love with the Superman movie, I always kept my eye on those characters, first reading my big brother’s comic books, and later reading my own.

The versions of Superman I love best are equal parts serious themes and humor, mystery and banter, secrets and confidences. Underlying all those things is perhaps the most important element of all—optimism. Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman are such a great team in part because they are both clear-eyed and able to see the bad and the good in the world. But no matter how dark the bad gets, neither of them flinches in their commitment to the good and doing what’s right. Or, in my favorite-favorite portrayals, in their commitment to each other.

Lois1There have been many versions of Lois Lane over the years. She’s a character who has had many lives. Some incarnations and eras have been better than others, but that’s part of the mark of a great comics character, isn’t it? A character who grows with good portrayals, but easily survives not-so-good ones. This is a character that has done far more than that. She is iconic. Most of us could probably describe the major traits that define her: her fast-talking wit, her ability to feel emotion deeply (whether it’s irritation or love), her dedication to truth and justice, her loyalty, ambition, impulsiveness and stubbornness, being the best at her job as a reporter and willing to do whatever it takes to get the story, screwing up and then getting right back out there to make things right. She is truly a superhero without any superpowers.

Approaching this character to give her a whole new portrayal for a new generation, I kept all this very much in mind. I also realized that I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have ended up getting a journalism degree as an undergraduate, if not for Kidder’s Lois Lane. So, what Lois Lane means to me could fill a book (or several), but having gotten to write this character (what a gift), she now means even more to me. Jokingly, I’ve said that one of the best parts about writing Lois is that you can just ask: “What would Lois do?” and there’s your plot. But, after writing her as a teenager, in the process of becoming who she’s meant to be, I feel like this is actually useful in a much larger sense. I feel like Lois Lane is a friend I know almost as well as I know myself. This is about to get schmaltzy enough to make Lois roll her eyes, even if she agreed. But here goes:

I hope that reaLoisLanefinalcoverders of Fallout—particularly girls—end up feeling the same way. Because if you’re afraid to take a risk or not sure if you can pull something off, if you’re not sure whether to stand up for someone else or what to do in a given situation, then the question of what would Lois do, or of what she’d tell you to do, will work. What would Lois do? The answer will always be smart, brave, and to value yourself and what’s right. Lois would tell you, “So you’re afraid, you got this.” Or, “It won’t be easy, but of course you have to do it anyway.” Or, “You know what’s happening to that other person isn’t right, so what can you do to help fix it? That’s what you do.” Or, “You know you deserve better, so don’t accept less.” Or, “You screwed up, majorly. Now you do what you can to make it right, and move on.” Because all those things? Those are what Lois would do. And that’s what Lois means to me—the kind of smart, brave, self-valuing commitment to justice that everyone can try to achieve. We can all share this superpower.


Updated: Putting in a break point here, because obviously the contest below is over.

We want to know what Lois Lane means to you in advance of Fallout’s official publication next month. I love this contest idea, because I can’t wait to see everyone talking about Lois. Even if you already ordered and don’t enter for the free copy, share your Lois thoughts.

p.s. Lois Lane: Fallout has not sold out! I’ve seen a few people worried that they might not be able to get a copy. But it’s fine, I promise. Amazon was temporarily out of stock because they started filling orders from an early shipment (looks like they currently have fivethree copies left in stock as of this writing, with more coming!), and you may start seeing copies in some bookstores early too. But everyone will be able to get it for you no later than May 1, so preorder or order or wait to buy then wherever you like. And, yes, it is true that it’s important to buy copies if you can or request from your library if you can’t, because it helps prove there’s an audience for the book/series. Early sales mean a lot to books. And your excitement about the release has meant the world — I hope everyone loves the book.

(This essay was originally posted as bonus content for the YA Scavenger Hunt last week, if it looks familiar.)

The YA Scavenger Hunt Is On

YASH-circle-background-2Welcome to this stop of the YA Scavenger Hunt extravaganza!

I’m Gwenda Bond *wave* and my bonus content is being hosted by the wonderful, amazing Colleen Houck (she founded this whole shebang!). It’s an essay about what Lois Lane means to me, inspired by my new book Lois Lane: Fallout (out May 1!) — a signed copy of which is up for grabs as part of the Blue Team prize. (You can also find out at the end of the essay how to be part of a campaign related to #LoisLaneFallout and enter to win an early copy.)

If you’re new to the hunt, this tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for Team blue72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all of ’em. I’m a part of the BLUE TEAM, as I mentioned — but there are also all those other teams with a chance to win a whole different set of signed books.

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.