FOREVER NEVERLAND cover!!

I’m SO thrilled to share the cover of my next book, FOREVER NEVERLAND!

I am so excited for this book, in a way I’ve never been before. I got teary when I wrote the dedication, then again when I saw this beautiful cover. Again when I saw the map (!) that will be included inside. I so dearly love the characters in Forever Neverland — Fergus and Clover, Peter and Shoe (my favorite Lost “Boy” ever), and even Scylla. I can’t wait for you all to share the adventure.

What if Peter Pan wanted to take you to Neverland? Would you go? 

A contemporary sequel to J. M. Barrie’s timeless classic Peter Pan, perfect for kids who loved The Land of Stories and dream of going to Neverland.

Clover and Fergus are the great-great-grandchildren of Wendy Darling (yes, that Wendy). And now Peter Pan wants to take them to Neverland for the adventure of their lives! But Clover’s a little nervous – she’s supposed to look after her brother. Fergus is autistic, and not everyone makes him feel welcome. What will happen to him in this magical world?

Fergus isn’t nervous at all. To him, Neverland seems like a dream come true! He’s tired of Clover’s constant mothering and wants some independence, like Peter and the Lost Boys have. He wonders, Why can’t the real world be more like Neverland?

Neverland is fun and free, but it’s also dangerous and even scary at times. There are unfamiliar creatures lurking in the shadows and strange sounds coming from the waters. And then the mermaids start to go missing…

In an imaginative and thoughtful continuation of the story of Peter Pan, Susan Adrian explores Neverland with a fresh perspective and indelible warmth, offering a new adventure based on a beloved classic!

Preorder it now!

Random House Children’s Books ● Goodreads ● Amazon.com ● The Book Depository

Here’s the amazing cover, by George Ermo, first revealed on Pop! Goes the Reader:

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Hope you love it as much as I do!

The long journey to pub...and hope

In May 2012, I was waiting for news, and I was anxious. My book was going to an editorial board meeting, which is often the final step when a publisher is deciding if they want to make an offer. This was the second ed board meeting the book had been to--the first was a pass. Those passes are sometimes the hardest, because your hopes are SO high.

At this point, in 2012, I'd been writing for 10 years already. I'd been trying to get published for probably 7. I'd had an agent, gone through two books with her, and stepped away. I'd gotten a new agent, Kate, with this new book, which felt like my last-ditch effort. If this didn't work, I thought, maybe I'd stop for real. But now there was a possibility, and I was waiting.

To distract myself, I opened up Word and wrote myself this note. 

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The book didn't sell at that Ed Board meeting--they passed. I was crushed. It didn't sell until almost a year later, in 2013. But it DID sell. It came out in 2015. And then I had more disappointments, but the sequel came out in 2016. Then I sold a book to Random House. And then another, which I just turned in last week.

I'm not a stupendous NYT bestseller or anything, but I will have four books out next year, and hopefully that list will continue to grow. I have readers. No matter what happens from here, I have achieved my dreams.

But I keep that note, and I open it every once in a while, to remember. To remember how very HARD it was to get to that first step. How long I worked. How long I struggled, and doubted so hard I really did quit once. How now that I'm here I need to remember that others are on that path now, and I need to support and help them through the hardest times.

But mostly I remember so I won't take any of this for granted. It wasn't overnight. It wasn't easy. It still isn't, but it won't be quite that hard and hopeless again. I'm in an awesome place right now.

It's all right, 2012 self. It's all right, those currently in the trenches. Hang on. You'll get there.