As far as Stick, well… I can give you this sort-of teaser: I wrote the book as a NaNoWriMo project, in November of 2009. I sent it in to Liz Szabla, my editor at Feiwel and Friends, in December of that year. I still kind of don’t know where that book came from, although it does have a lot of personal experiences in it. It just kind of “spoke” its way out of me. Really fast. Also, although there are some typical Smith-the-downer elements in the book, I think I purposely wrote it as a kind of exorcism of Marbury, which really dragged me into some dark places. I consider Stick to be very positive, hopeful, and uplifting. Of course, others may disagree with that. But I really feel good about the book.
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