Here at Sub It Club we are always excited when one of our members is published! Today we are thrilled to be celebrating Yvonne Ventresca. Her debut young adult novel, PANDEMIC is on the shelves! Yvonne isn’t new to being published though. She has two nonfiction books published as well; a biography of Avril Lavigne and a book on Publishing! PANDEMIC is published by Sky Pony Press. It was acquired by Julie Matysik in May 2013 and was released May 2014.
Yvonne says, “Although PANDEMIC was my debut novel, it was my fourth attempt at writing one. Sub It Club members — keep writing, and keep submitting! I received many, many rejections along the way to publication. But the only way to find the right agent or editor is to continue creating and to keep sending the work out.”
Here’s the description from Indiebound: Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil’s worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak–her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey–Lil’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she’s more alone than she’s been since the “incident” at her school months ago.
With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.
Thrilling indeed! Let all give Yvonne a round of applause and a huge…
You can learn more about Yvonne and PANDEMIC at her website, and be sure to check out Yvonne’s blog where she posts for teen writers each Tuesday and writers of all ages on Fridays. You can connect with Yvonne on Facebook and Twitter at @YvonneVentresca.