After she finished telling her story to them, Hudson started sending it off to potential agents to see what might happen next.
Hudson had more than 30 rejections before the agent she calls her “dream agent” called to say she was interested. At the same time, Harper Collins called the agent, Catherine Drayton with Inkwell Management, to ask if she knew of a young adult book that could round out its planned “Dark Days” tour.
“Within 10 days, we had a three-book deal with Harper Collins,” Hudson said, adding that Brayton called it “the fastest deal she's ever done.”
Hudson has just completed the second novel in the trilogy, “Arise,” which will revisit the ghosts and be set in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She used a storyboard and flash cards to outline the ghostly world she created and made more intricate in the second book.
“I think that's my inner attorney coming out. I just have a hard time creating an entire world in my brain without getting ready to visualize it,” Hudson said.
She also has a list of songs — listed on her website, tarahudson.com — that inspired her as she wrote.
“I can't write without a playlist,” Hudson said. “For me, music kind of keeps things cinematic,” whether fast music for an action scene or slow songs for a romantic one.
However she writes, she's still relishing in all the events that have happened for her in the last year.
“It's a really, really big year. 30. New baby. Book. All of it,” Hudson said. Having “Hereafter” published is “sort of an overnight dream come true for my family and me.”
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BOOK RELEASE AND SIGNINGS
HarperTeen, a division of Harper Collins Publishers, will release “Hereafter,” the first novel by Choctaw author Tara Hudson on Tuesday as part of the publisher's “Dark Days of Supernatural” tour, which includes authors Aprilynne Pike, Veronica Roth, Amy Plum, Ellen Schreiber, Kim Harrison, Josephine Angelini and Hudson. Hudson's first stop on the five-city, official “Dark Days” tour with the other authors will be in Chicago that same day.
Hudson will be in Oklahoma City at 3 p.m. Saturday, signing her book at Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place. That signing is not part of the multi-author tour.
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