Friday, July 31, 2009

THE SCORCH TRIALS is in!

I tweeted this yesterday, but I have officially turned in THE MAZE RUNNER's sequel to my agent and editor. Like any good author, by the time I clicked send I wanted to murder the book, beat it to a pulp, smash it and smash it so no one could ever read it. That's the point when you know it's time to pass the dumb thing on.

I will now spend the next few days lying awake at night, staring at the ceiling, imagining in my dark mind the many reasons why they will hate the book and ask me to rewrite the whole thing. All authors are this neurotic - at least the ones I know.

No, it's not as bad as I'm making it seem. Almost though!

Anyway, no time to relax. I have roughly a month to finish the third book of THE 13TH REALITY. I'm getting close to the stretch drive of the book, where everything stampedes toward the big climax. So it's gonna be fun.

Thanks for the questions in the comments of the last post. I'll save that for Monday, since that always seems to be the day we get the most hits. If anyone has a question for me they'd like to add, feel free.

My very long-timers will remember a time when I used to quote music lyrics a lot. Maybe I'll start that up again, at least every once in a while. Here ya go, and have a great weekend.

I am nothing more than
A little boy inside
That cries out for attention
Then I always run and hide

Epiphany by Staind

48 comments:

numberonedashnerfan said...

yay.....lol ....does that mean they will start making arcs....

numberonedashnerfan said...

I cant wait for book 3 I want to read it right now!!!

Graham Chops said...

I downloaded that song because of this book :-)

I'm about to finish the first draft of my fantasy novel, James! And in a month I'll have a decision from another publisher on my sci-fi. The neurosis hasn't hit me full-on yet, but I'm getting there....

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

I just bought your first 13th Reality book today...huh. I am so excited to read it. My husband and I read books together. He's in the army right now, and I get to see him next weekend. So I bought the book today so we can read it together.

Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Wow, James, those lyrics just seem to "fit" you so well. Hmm, wonder what that means?

Just kidding. Or am I? Wait, now I'm confused. What were we talking about again?

Brodi Ashton said...

Great news about Scorch Trials. And I sorta take offense to your statement that all writers are neurotic.

Please excuse me while I pace my kitchen, throwing dishes while I try to figure out what you meant by that.

Heather B. Moore said...

Congrats on getting ST turned in! Big load off. But the work never ends . . .

Clint Johnson said...

Wait, you mean you don't assume your editor is going to LOVE absolutely every word you've written? Poor sap. Whenever I send off a manuscript I expect to be contacted only to be praised for my brilliance.

It hasn't happened that way yet, but I'm sure it will. Best with the wrap of up of 13th the 3rd.

Maprilynne said...

Still love that song.


BTW . . . yeah, it sometimes takes a while to get feedback on those new books. So seriously, don't get too neurotic.

L.T. Elliot said...

I've been meaning to ask you if you'd restart your lyrics days. I loved those.

As for Scorch--you know, I know, and your next-door-neighbors hamster knows that it's going to rock. =]

Questions for you: Has the fame of Maze gotten to you at all? Even a bit?

Dave said...

Woohoo Scorch! I guess ill wait until monday for the answer and it might be obvious, but so which book will be out first, scorch or 13th part 3? My guess is 13th, but guessing does no good. And since you post so quick I have to keep putting up my review of the "MAZE RUNNER" on your posts and thanks for letting me as some of the fellow dashmaniacs have visited and liked it. Hope you don't mind and soon I will have the 2 13th's up there too! www.thelateinergangbookreviewspot.blogspot.com for a review of Maze Runner. I'm also trying to post a link to the review on a few friend sites too! If you wsnt me to stop posting it here I will, but some of the fans have enjoyed it and responded. Thanks James.
Dave

Dave said...

Oh James, when you have your Q & A, I hope you look back a few posts because there were some good questions, and I don't know about others, but I'm probably not going to remember mine. Maybe you can start the post with a top 5 or 10, (since you like the #10) recent good questions asked already and answer them. Not a horrible idea.
Dave

numberonedashnerfan said...

james here is another question what happened to free public school not having to pay 400 to register?oh and it was almost 150 more......lol

Magenta said...

Hey Dave! Just gave you a little publicity on my book blog. Better check it out!

(I didn't want to clog up your comment space, so I decided to tell you here. Hope you read this soon.)

I guess while I'm here; All Dashner Fans ought to take a look at Dave's book review for Maze Runner! He's linked to it several times in a few posts. Check it out already! He promises that there aren't any story spoilers (I promise too).

Dave said...

Thank you Magenta! I appreciate it. And feel free to clog the posts all you want. Since I must give the 13th reality's 1 and 2 both 5 stars, ill prob do them as a joint review. I wish James had like 20 other books out already. James even though this isn't the Q and A post, what are some of your recent favorite reads, if you like it I'm sure we will. Appreciated.
Dave

Dave said...

Magenta,
Hooked you up on my site too. Congrats again to you and the rest of the winners of the ARC of "The Maze Runner" You guys are gonna love it!
Dave

J.N. Future Author said...

Yeah! I really want to read that book! Soooooooo badly! You left too many questions left to ask!!!!!!

^.^ But congratulations!

wait.....#1 "I cant wait for book 3 I want to read it right now!!!" what about book 1? or book 2?......james, is there something you want to tell us? I want to read book 2!

numberonedashnerfan said...

I was meening about 13th reality series and from my understanding with maze runner its a trioligy or however you spell it....I went to build a bear today!!!!!!!!! ....hope i didnt get you in trouble james....

Carolee said...

Hi there! Just a note that I scored an ARC of Maze Runner at Comic-Con and I could NOT put the darn thing down! It was excellent and I tore through the whole thing over that same weekend (instead of sleeping, I might point out...)

It wasn't until now that I thought "Hey, I should see whether there are any plans for a sequel. It clearly merits one." Then I came here.

I am a happy camper!

Those awaiting its release: it's amazing. You will LOVE it.

James Dashner said...

Wow, Carolee, thank you! You really made my day, and it's just so cool that you got my book at Comic-con.

Awesome and thanks again!

Anonymous said...

i loooove yout books and i am sooo excited for the scorch trials!!!!!
i have to wait a YEAR!!!! thats crazee i don;t know if i can hold out that long!

Deon said...

OMG i cannot wait till the Scortch Trials is released!!! i loved the maze runner...it was the single best book i've read since the Hunger Games and Catching Fire...good job dude, i think you have a winner on your hands!

Ruslan Garifullin said...

Hi this is Ruslan Garifullin. I met you when you came to my school! I read your book in about a day! The maze runner was a great book! I loved it! Thank you for the inspiration to write my own book and thanks for signing my new hard copy of the book! :D Ruslangarifullin@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

god i loved maze runner can u please releae the scorch trials sooner. ive read the maze runner four times already and its just getting better. I loved chuck and the symbolic role he played. Kinda like piggy from lord of the flies. You are a genius writer.

Anonymous said...

I just read The Maze Runner that I bought a couple days ago, and I cannot wait til Oct. For the scorch to come out. I wish I could fast forward to the future so I can start on the last book..you're awesome....please hurry w/the third...lol

Anonymous said...

Oh man I want to read the scorch trials. I got the maze runner for Christmas and absolutely loved it. I loved it so much that my mom wanted to read it. She already finished it and we can't wait for the scorch trials. I am sure I will be fighting for it in line at barnes and nobles or books a million I just want to read your books all day long. I think that 3 books is way too short. Either make the books longer or add more books. I mean I don't want to sound like a critique but they are just so good. Maybe I will try to read that other series of yours. Until the next book comes out, bye.

Katy said...

i am SOOOO excited about The Scorch Trials!! I finished The Maze Runner last night and it was awesome! I couldn't put the book down. I hated when I was getting close to the end bc I didn't want it to end. Ever. Then I saw END OF BOOK ONE and I was soooo extremely happy to know that there is going to be another one! YAY!

JJ said...

O my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE MAZE RUNNER IS THE BEST BOOK EVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM SO HAPPY THERES GONNA BE A SECOND...... yay. haha :0)

JJ said...

James Dashner, if you ever read this comment, I just want to say, that you are my idol and a very inspirational writer, thanks

K said...

I cant wait untill this book comes out! i just finished maze runner and it was by far the best book 9ive ever read and i hope this book is just as good or better but im most certainly going to get this book!

-Kyle

Anonymous said...

This book would not let me put the book down. I read it in an entire day and the only time I took a break was when my mother threatened to ground me for a week if I didn't come to dinner.

Leesie said...

Hey Shank!
The Maze Runner is my favorite book. I have never read anything quite as amazing and unique! I have a few questions though:

Can I email you fan letters?

Are they making a movie out of The Maze Runner?

And

What would you think about giving
away the next book to a group of
7th graders, (or in this case, 7th gladers)?

Thanks for reading this and please aswer my questions soon.

Love, Leesie

Claudia said...

It better come out SOON!!!!!!!

I am HOOKED on Maze Runner a read it in 2 Days!

WRITE FASTER!!!!

Anonymous said...

AHHHHH i cant wait:) im hooked on The maze runner and i talk like them now and my friends think im bloody annoyin ahha

Anonymous said...

dude i fell in love with maze runner series the first time i read it. i was hopi'n that you would put it out soon. i read the first book in one day.

Anonymous said...

I just went on Amazon.com and searched for 'The Scorch Trials' (obviously) by James Dashner, and let me tell you... It made me want to read it all the more. I loved the first one and I'm sure to love the second one.

Wait to go James! I loved the Maze Runner, couldn't stay away from it.

Keep writing Thomas' life,
Elijah

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! Ok so i usually hate reading or at least I'm really picky but i was so sucked into The Maze Runner that I cried when Chuck died. I never wanted the book to end so i would try to read slowly when i got near the end but it didn't work! Then when it said end of book one I went straight to your website. I can't wait until October i will have a heart attack so please hurry!

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Midori said...

Don't kill Newt! *weep*

Anonymous said...

Dashner,
i'm actually trying to be a writer because i have read almost every book in my school library. I found this book in the new section and read it like crazy (read 5 times). I want to make an adventure story but im having a hard time. email me at:
abarre0385@student.greenvilleschools.org

Anna~

Anonymous said...

I love the maze runner! couldnt put it down! I talk about it all the time to my friends and they think that ia am annoying. For the scorch trials is is going to follow the maze runner or is going to be a companion book? love it!

Anonymous said...

LOOOVE Maze Runner!! CAn't wait for bk. 2!! I finished it in less than half a day!

Emilee said...

I absolutely loved the Maze Runner and am looking forward to reading the Scorch Trials. It is so hard being patients sometimes. BTW, my book club is also reading the Maze Runner.

Em said...

Hi, I'm Em and OMG the Maze Runner made it to my favorite books eve! I haven't seen such a good book since Percy Jackson, This would make a great TV show, and I read it in 2 days, I can't wait for scorch trials

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Anonymous said...

I JUST FINISHED THE BOOK......... I WAS EXTREAMLY SUPRISED BY THE WAY IT ENDED AND HOW THERE IS A SEQUIL.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I got the Maze runner at the library a week ago and finished it in 2 days, I believed it too be the best fantasy/sci-fi novel I've ever read. I even bought myself a copy then the scorch trials came out at the library and i finished it half an hour ago after starting it yesterday morning, It's even better than the Maze runner! I love your books, they are so emotional and keep me on edge the whole time i'm reading them and I can't wait for the 3rd book. I'm really crazy about reading and hopefully when i become a Freshman next year that they will actually have your books in the schools library, so that i won't have to go too the public library!