1) Squirrel tails
2) Garden hoses
3) My hair
4) Olympic gymnasts
6) Pipe cleaners
7) Really old carrots
8) Fresh chocolate chip cookies
For those of you who prefer your books in a more fun, bendy format..... I'm excited to let you know that today is the pub day for the paperback edition of my recent YA novel CONJURED!
CONJURED is a fantasy novel for young adults, published by Bloomsbury. It's about a girl in the paranormal witness protection program, who, haunted by visions of carnival tents and tarot cards, must remember her past and why she has strange abilities before a magic-wielding serial killer hunts her down.
It was a Mythopoeic Award finalist and a Cybils Award finalist, as well as a Junior Library Guild Selection. Horn Book Reviews said, "Disorientation, curiosity, and fear course through the story, offering tight suspense and satisfying mystification even up to the last pages. An unusual blend of magical worlds, psychological thriller, and teen romance." And Kirkus Reviews said, "Durst excels at describing grotesque violence and gorgeous magical transformations alike, painting a touching portrait of first love against a backdrop of Twilight Zone–type terrors."
More about CONJURED, including the first chapter, can be found here. If you're interested in the story of where CONJURED came from, you can read it here.
And if you'd like to see more things that are bendy, check out these Cirque du Soleil contortionists. (I listened to a lot of Cirque music while I wrote CONJURED.)