I can't really explain why I haven't been talking about BLACK IS THE COLOR... I guess it's partly me being very protective of my idea, and partly me being nervous about going so far outside of my safe little box, and partly me being superstitious. And, to be honestly, partly because I find it near-impossible to sum up the plot in two sentences or less. Actually, thinking on this, the first person I ever talked to about it in a real way was Anna, and that was only after margaritas. You'll have to ask her, but I'm pretty sure the extent of the explanation was, "There are these kids, and they drive around in a black minivan they call Black Betty, and they're on the run, and they can do neat tricks with their brains. And people die. Also, Walmart. And Virginia!! And... yep." Then my darling Carly (she of Brightly Woven giftdom), Sarah, and my brother read it and gave me incredible feedback on it. But, when I say that Anna is basically the fairy godmother of this book, I am not joking. I've lost count of how many ledges she talked me down from, how many reality checks she gave me, how much great advice. Sometimes I think she knows the story better than I do at this point. I don't think any of these people know how grateful I am to them for all of their help and encouragement.
I really, truly love this book. There's a danger in that--having a project that's deeply personal to you, and then turning around and allowing others to read and pass judgment on it. In many ways, it reflects a lot of the struggles I've had coming to terms with the question of what it means to be an adult, but it also reflects (an exaggerated) sense of what it's like to see the realities of your life change after a nationally traumatic event occurs.
I'm still trying to come up with a summary that better explains the plot, but I am happy to report that you guys WILL able to read it someday (though not too soon, alas). This just went up on Publishers Marketplace, so I guess I can share!
Alexandra Bracken's BLACK IS THE COLOR, a near-future thriller trilogy about a sixteen-year old escapee from a "rehabilitation camp" and her quest to understand her abilities as she tries to determine who to trust and how to stay alive, to Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion, in a significant deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in Spring 2013, by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House.