Happy Friday, Evs and Nevs!
It’s your resident author here, with a long-awaited blog. It’s been a crazy six months to say the least. Visiting the SGE film set, finishing a new book for 2022, promoting BEASTS & BEAUTY, going on the Kelly Clarkson Show, launching this new website, hosting the Yallfest Smackdown which is this crazy complicated variety show featuring 30 of the world’s biggest YA authors…
My brain basically broke, ha ha.
But the good news is the #1 priority is always the books and I’m so proud of how BEASTS & BEAUTY turned out and just as proud of my new book coming in 2022, which I think you will be shocked by and will hopefully love as much as I do.
We’ll be announcing that new book on December 7, with a countdown on my Instagram, EverNeverTV, Twitter, and this website starting on December 3rd… so stayed tuned. Any guesses as to what my next book will be? Tell me in the comments below. I’m curious if anyone guesses it…
As for BEASTS & BEAUTY, thank you for embracing it wholeheartedly. I thought it was going to be this small little book of dangerous tales that me and only my family would read — and instead you’ve spread it across the world with alarming speed.
It’s been a mainstay on bestseller lists and is now nominated for Goodreads Best Book of the Year in the Children’s/Middle Grade category — my favorite category, because I love to cause trouble amongst the youth 🙂 Here in the States, we published BEASTS & BEAUTY as a children’s book because I wanted to disrupt the kind of Disneyfied minds of readers here. But elsewhere in the world, it’s published for young adults or even adults, in the case of the UK. The goal was to write a book that we could publish for different audiences, depending on where it made sense, and I’m thrilled that dream has come to life. And a TV adaptation might be on the way soon…..
If you want to vote in the contest, you can do that right here: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-childrens-books-2021
Meanwhile, I know you’re all super jazzed about the movie, which comes out in the second half of next year. I’m not allowed to tell you the release date quite yet, but that hopefully narrows it down a little, ha ha. What I can tell you is the movie is going to be *wonderful* and it’s directed by Paul Feig, literally my favorite director in the universe, so the fact that he’s the one bringing SGE to life and that I’ve gotten to spend time with him and become friends is… ludicrous. We’re all excited for you to see the film, of course, when the time comes, and we’ll have so much more news coming in 2022. In the meantime, Paul and his team are hard at work, because it’s a BIG movie, so there is a lot to get done!
It’s a Netflix movie, of course, and they have been absolutely dream partners so far, and I’ve been working quite closely with them along the way. You as fans will most certainly be involved, so stay tuned for much, much more.
Also, I’m on TikTok now! I am not… good… at TikTok… but luckily I have the amazing Ellie Pasquale, a once SGE superfan and now an integral part of our team, helping us. (Ellie is so integral that she is one of only four people who knows what my next book is!!!) Ellie is the bomb and you’ll see her pop up in some of my TikToks @somanchainani.
Also an integral part of our team is the amazing… JUN. You guys know him from EverNeverTV, of course. But what you don’t know is he had to help plan a massive 9-song, 6-costume-change dance number for me, him, and Ramon to do in front of 2000 people at the Yallfest Smackdown to open the show. I got to host the show, a true honor, and we wanted to do a full on Madonna style spectacular. Check out some of the pics (and the full video HERE…)
Ellie Pasquale helped produce a fantastic show for us and we really had the best time with Ramon, Jun, Ellie, and myself together all weekend.
That’s the update for now, I think. Lots more to come. We’re always working here at EverNever World, but that’s how you like us 🙂
Love you guys and thank you for continuing to be such fantastic readers.