A website?! A WEBSITE?!?! Yes. A website.
I’ve been postponing getting a website for some time, in part because I had no idea precisely when one needs a website. I figured to justify getting a website, one needed to either: 1.) Be famous, 2.) Have accomplished a big Something, or 3.) Have a portfolio of some kind. Otherwise, I’d be taking up valuable internet real estate (if there is such a thing), or worse, risk emulating a Pretentious White Dude who has a website for no damn good reason other than to blog about what he ate for breakfast, all the people who’ve wronged him, and how his ex-girlfriend is totally, definitely missing out.
But then people kept asking, “Do you have a website I could link to?” and sympathetically shake their heads at me when I’d reply, with all the grace of a three-toed sloth, “Uhhhhhhh, n-no…?”
Apparently, getting a book deal is in fact, I’ve been told, a good reason to get a website. Who woulda’ thunk?
My goal moving forward is to no longer make justifications for myself–for my career, for promoting my stories, for my words–because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s how easy it is for someone of marginalized identity to fall into the trap of feeling the need to justify taking space, and how much that “need” can weigh them down. No more!
Anyway, this is all to say: Hi! I’m Farah. My YA contemporary novel, I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE is coming to shelves in Fall ’19 thanks to the good folks at Glasstown Entertainment and HarperTeen. It’s about three surly teens who, after hyper-intelligent aliens announce they are deliberating the termination of humanity in seven days, are trying to make peace with their lives–and failing pretty badly at it. Let’s just say the book turned out to be, for better or worse, a lot more timely than I’d hoped. But I’ll talk way more about it next year.
(Shoutout to Hazel for the gorgeous website design!! <3)