I have a new book coming out. It's called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Well, it's more of a novella than an actual book—my version of a short story.
Actually, this has been a surprise to me, too. The reason why it's a surprise was that I never intended to publish this story as a
stand-alone book. I began this story a long time ago—before Twilight
was even released. Back then I was just editing Eclipse, and in
the thick of my vampire world. I was thinking a lot about the
newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to
another. I started writing from Bree's perspective about those final
days, and what it was like to be a newborn.
This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other
Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The
Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for
Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a
lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and
finished it up for placement in the Guide.
At the same time, it came in handy for the Eclipse film. Melissa (Rosenberg, the screenwriter) had a ton of questions about what exactly
was going on in Seattle, how Victoria managed things, what Riley was
like, etc. I let her read what I had then, and later gave the whole
thing to the director, David Slade. David asked if Xavier, Bryce, and
Jodelle (Riley, Victoria, and Bree) could read it as well, so all the
parties involved would end up having a really strong foundation for
their characters before the cameras started rolling. I was pleased that
this side of the story would make it into the film and was looking
forward to including it in the Guide.
(Keeping it confidential: Here is Jodelle next to the bucket of waterlogged ashes that were once the pages of her copy of the Bree manuscript.)
Then I got the news: my "short story" was nearly 200 pages long when typeset. It was too long to fit into the Guide—without ending up
with a tome as heavy as the Oxford English Dictionary. My publisher
approached me with the idea of releasing the Bree story on its own. One
of the major benefits of this plan was that it would be out before the
movie, so people would get to know Bree before they saw her in the film.
That made sense to me, and we decided to go ahead with it.
There was one thing I asked for: since this story had always been an extra for me, and was meant to be released with the Guide, I
wanted to be able to offer it to my fans for free. You all have bought a
ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift. My
publisher was awesome and embraced this idea. We still wanted to also
produce a physical book with a cool cover (see below) that you can add
to your set if you like, but starting at noon on June 7th until July
5th, it will also be available online at www.breetanner.com.
One other aspect of this release is the plan to give a more important gift to people who really need it. One dollar of each book purchased
in the US from the first printing will be donated to the American Red
Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti and Chile and other parts of
the world where people are in great need. We're going to have an
option online as well, so you can choose to make a donation if you want
when you read the story online. I hope you will. I think that we can
really help a lot of people with this.
I really hope you all enjoy this story. I had a blast writing it. I'm glad that after all this time cooling her heels in my files, Bree finally gets her chance to shine.
Thanks for all the support,
Notes from the webmaster:
[Here is the official press release from the publishing company if you are interested.]
As this is a surprise to most of us, it is also a surprise to vendors. There is not currently a way to pre-order the book, but I will update the page as soon as something becomes available.]