Hi! As with the previous two books, each chapter title in FOR THE FIRST TIME, AGAIN is a song title from the years the story takes place in. You’ll find the playlist on Apple Music and Spotify, or you can me it yourself using the list below. Note the “Author’S Cut”, which contains songs that aren’t available for streaming in North America. Chapter / Song “Just a Girl,” No Doubt (1995) “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?,” Moby (1999) “Run,” Collective Soul (1998) “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” The Verve (1997) “Criminal,” Fiona Apple (1996) “Interstate Love Song,” Stone Temple Pilots […] Read More →
-What kind of message would you have sent into space? -I wouldn’t have. -Why not? -Because they might hear it, and then they might come. You can now listen to NO KINDNESS TOO SOON, an #AudibleOriginal full cast production (the entire cast is truly amazing), available on Audible.com and Amazon
A History of What Comes Next is out in paperback today, and it’s sporting a brand new look! “Part historical fiction, part sweeping sci-fi epic, part gritty technological odyssey, this unclassifiable novel is like nothing we’ve read before. ” —Apple Books Learn more…
Introducing UNTIL THE LAST OF ME, book II of the Take Them to the Stars series. They are the One Hundred. Mia and her daughter find clues about their forgotten past. Will they break the rules and risk everything in search of answers? Their lives, and that of everyone on Earth, hang in the balance. This story is set in the seventies and eighties. As with A History of What Comes Next, each chapter title is a song title from the story takes place in. Trust me, you’ll want to listen to this one’s playlist. UNTIL THE LAST OF ME releases […] Read More →
Magic. Books are full of it. For real. I don’t mean this as a metaphor. I mean actual supernatural powers and every single book ever written has them. I think it has to do with why we write. No author I know sits down thinking: “I’m going to write a book for everyone.” We put something on paper because we think it’s awesome and we do it for people like us who’ll go: “Whoa! That’s awesome!” You write a book for people who will dig that book. It’s simple, but that’s where the magic is. It works every time. The people who […] Read More →
Each chapter title in A History of What Comes Next is a song title from the years the story takes place in. The playlist is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal, but just in case you want to recreate it yourself, here it is: Chapter Song Sentimental Journey, Les Brown (with Doris Day) (1945) The Honeydripper, Joe Liggins and His Honeydrippers (1945) Begin the Beguine, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (1938) I Wonder, Cecil Grant (1944) Crawlin’ King Snake, Big Joe Williams (1941) Lili Marlene, Marlene Dietrich (1938) God Bless the Child, Billie Holiday (1941) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin,Bing […] Read More →
There are very few genuinely ‘good’ characters anymore. But how far can you take their actions before they morph into villains? I try to answer that question on CrimeReads. Click here for full article.
I wanted to share what I learned while writing A HISTORY OF WHAT COMES NEXT, so I made a series of super professional videos about the space race. They’re part science, part history, probably part wrong (I’m not a historian or a rocket scientist), but I tried to make it fun.
You can get a sneak peak at the upcoming novel. Just follow this link and pick your ebook format. You can read the whole story when it comes out on February 2 in North America (March 4 in the UK). Library Journal calls A HISTORY OF WHAT COMES NEXT “A highly crafted and unique look at the space race, through the eyes of those who exist only to ensure its success” and ” a promising start to what looks to be a dark and exciting trilogy”. I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering the book between now and February. Pre-orders make a […] Read More →
Waiting for the first trade reviews when you have a new book coming is always a bit nerve-wracking. Well, the first review for A HISTORY OF WHAT COMES NEXT is in, and it’s a starred review from Publishers Weekly! “Two women push the space race forward in this thrilling series opener from Neuvel (The Test). […] The balance of wry narration, wired action, and delicate worldbuilding make for deeply gratifying reading.” I can’t tell you how good this feels. You can read the entire review here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781250262066
AAAAHHH!!! THE TEST is getting the movie treatment! I hope we get a start date soon. I couldn’t be more excited about this. You know John Boyega, of course. Payman Maadi is such a great fit and Gavin Hood is an amazing director (Ender’s Game, anyone?) You can read more on Deadline.com
I was lucky enough to talk to former astronaut Terry Virts on Oct. 2, as part of the Vroman’s Live series. I had a blast. You can watch the one-hour conversation here (apologies for the occasional coughing, my son brought a cold back from school a couple days before)