Hi there. I write stuff, like the LEGEND trilogy (Legend, Prodigy, and Champion) and THE YOUNG ELITES (coming out Oct. 7, 2014). This is my little space: where I post news, tour info, my photos, mini-stories, snippets from old manuscripts, random thoughts, and art. Hope you stay a while.
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Hi there. I write stuff, like the LEGEND trilogy (Legend, Prodigy, and Champion) and THE YOUNG ELITES (coming out Oct. 7, 2014). This is my little space, where I post news, tour info, random thoughts, and art. For my photography, hop over to my Photo Tumblr: tinkerbird.tumblr.com.
So fantastic! We Need Diverse Books is bringing the spotlight to diversity in books in all the most amazing ways. Thank you.
We are thrilled to announce that we are launching a new award/grant initiative named after the late, great Walter Dean Myers:
The Walter Dean Myers Award, which WNDB representatives have already nicknamed The Walter, will recognize published authors from diverse backgrounds who celebrate diversity in their writing and “[allow] children to see themselves reflected back” in those works
Read more about the initiative and check out our snazzy new logo in our exclusive to PW!
To quote Lee & Low, it’s really impressive to see how the We Need Diverse Books team has turned “a hashtag into real, substantial change in a very hard-to-change industry.” There is, of course, a LONG LONG LONG LONG way to go, but WNDB’s consistent, committed activism is truly awesome, and I’m very excited for The Walter and more changes to come.
Thanks to the awesome John Green for all his support!!
Learned about The Young Elites hitting #4 on the NYT list right as we discovered a beautiful patch of flowers in Hood River, Oregon, all underneath a full rainbow arc. Completely overwhelmed. I love you all. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart. <3<3<3
Two morning hours at the airport meant some time to fashion sketch: haute couture from Legend (left) and from The Young Elites (right).
Oregon, see you tonight at Powell’s Books (Cedar Hills Crossing) at 7pm!
Every time I attempt to draw something dark:
"Well I guess I’m not using a lot of colors on this one"
A CHRISTMAS TREE LATER…
Oh my God, what just happened?
Ah! I’m in love with this amazing Adelina painting. <3
Last week we exclusively premiered the book trailer for Marie Lu’s latest young adult dystopian, The Young Elites—a story of one girl’s descent into evil. In order to channel her character, Lu explored the darkness inside of herself and discovered that the line between hero and villain is an easy one to cross.Let’s all admit it. Darkness is interesting.Mass murderer Loki attracts wild throngs of fans all too happy to bow down to him. We
In which I talk over at Bookish about writing the dark side for The Young Elites.
“Why do women rule YA?”, some ask, when the real question should be, “Why do men dominate everything else?”
My article on women and SF/F is up today on Bustle.
I don’t even know what to say. I can’t even believe that this book—this book that fought me every step of the way, but that somehow is still very dear to my heart—is finally out in the world. I’m terrified and relieved.
Thank you for your love and support.
Thank you for reading books.
I hope you enjoy Adelina’s story.
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Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times best-selling LEGEND series, and the first book in her new series, THE YOUNG ELITES, is out October 7! The written word taught Marie a new language, got her through high school, led her to take a chance on leading a creative life at a pivotal moment as college came to an end, and is now giving her the chance to see the world. Marie has truly inspiring things to say about when to recognize that you aren’t good enough for a story, how her visual thinking shows in her work, and what the push for diversity in YA has taught her.
One more day until The Young Elites releases! I had a wonderful conversation with the fabulous Sarah Enni, who runs the podcast First Draft. Check out our chat about games, books, and diversity!
An exciting new trailer for Marie Lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES is introducing LEGEND fans to Marie’s newest characters and hinting at their powers!
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who…
The official book trailer for The Young Elites is now out!! 5 more days until Release Day!
Get books signed, say hi, hang out with us. It’ll be a blast!
And you can even pre-order books through the link above…even if you can’t make it to the event. They ship !
(no…not that kind of ship…although I do really like Marie…)
I love you, but I’m not IN love with you? ;)
But for all of you folks reading, heed Alex London’s words! We will have an epic conversation and Q&A. And if you haven’t read London’s PROXY and GUARDIAN yet, this will be the perfect opportunity for you to hear more about his incredible books and pick up copies!
Countdown till TYE: day 7
Here’s Gemma. She has a cool birthmark.
A super sweet sketch of Gemma, the Star Thief! I love that her facial marking is on here, too.
A bad quality pic and very quick and sketchy ink and watercolor of Adelina Amouteru.
The Young Elites is so close.
WOW. An ominous and gorgeous picture of Adelina. Very symbolic!
The latest Tweets from Marie Lu (@Marie_Lu). I wrote the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites (out Oct. 7). I blog at http://t.co/g4Kn1q2fIA and Pin at http://t.co/MmNODwIvJb . Pasadena, CA
If you have any burning questions for me, I’ll be on Twitter tonight chatting and answering your Qs for an hour, at 7pm EST / 4pm PST. Questions about The Young Elites will get some priority, but I’ll try answering as many as I can. Find me at @Marie_Lu!