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Two Incredibly Cool Things

August 24th, 2011 by Terra | No Comments | Filed in Appearances, News

This is an exciting week.

First of all, I’m now officially only TEN DAYS AWAY from the start of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival sponsored by DeKalb Medical. I have been working for six months as Program Director to bring this thing together, and it’s ALMOST HERE!  But I’m not just excited because this big project will finally come to fruition, but ALSO because I get to present on the teen stage not with one, or two, but *three* other incredible contemporary YA writers!

They are:

Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Prom & Prejudice and The Lonely Hearts Club.


Jennifer Jabaley, author of Crush Control and Lipstick Apology.


Stephanie Perkins, author of Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Anna and the French Kiss.

The four of us are talking together on the Escape at the Decatur Library at 4:00 on Sunday, September 4th. This is “A Real Girl Conversation About Writing Real Girl Books,” and it’s gonna be REAL fun!


And then! Yesterday in my email box I got a cryptic message, including a link to this article in Minneapolis’s Star Tribune. Apparently I am part of an amazing literary/art mystery! That started right here in Atlanta! I know very, very little about it (Check out 10storieshigh and Narrative Urge on F’book), but I am officially hooked and am looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds. I promise to keep you updated!


Songs In My Head Upon Waking This Week:

Hanging by a Moment,” by Lifehouse; “All At Sea,” by Jamie Cullum; “I Only Want to Be With You,” by Hootie and the Blowfish; “Chain of Fools,” by Aretha Franklin; “I Only Want to Be With You,” by Hootie and the Blowfish*; “U Got the Look,” by Prince & Sheena E; “Dear Catastrophe Waitress,” by Belle & Sebastian

* Yeah, I hate it when I duplicate a song in a week, but this cannot be controlled!


The Importance of Sharing a Story

March 10th, 2011 by Terra | 1 Comment | Filed in News, Reading & Recommendations

I have been thinking a lot about reading and writing this week, after news that both Reading is Fundamental and the National Writing Project have recently fallen victim to slashes in government spending. Which is why I was really honored when my friend (and awesome illustrator, and fabulous literacy advocate) Elizabeth Dulemba asked me to participate in the “Share a Story, Shape a Future” campaign.

Elizabeth’s theme for this campaign is “How I Fell In Love with Reading,” which is an easy thing for *me* to talk about, because me and books? We were love at first sight.

Now, I know that normally these “love at first sight” romances don’t last for very long. They may be deep and passionate at first, but once you get down to the nitty gritty day-to-day stuff (like folding each other’s laundry and picking up [insert embarrassing drug store purchase here] for one another), sometimes the glow can fade.

But not me and reading. Or writing for that matter. No, we’ve had a long, in-depth relationship that has spanned three decades now, and doesn’t seem to be cooling down.

How did it start? It may have been when, on the day I came home from the hospital, my father sat down and read a book with me. Or possibly when my mom entertained my infant self by reading aloud, sometimes even the junk mail. I’m not sure exactly when my baby eyes managed to focus enough to understand what was going on, but by the age of 4 I had already been exposed to enough great books to want to tell my own stories. So I’d dictate them to my mom, who would type them into her typewriter. By kindergarten I was a four-books-under-the-pillow-at-naptime champ, and reading together before bedtime was a family Have To.

Over the last many years, my relationship with reading and writing has followed all kinds of amazing and unpredictable paths. It has brought me enormous joy, incredible frustration, and all the other intense feelings you would possibly want to have in life. Reading has been my most faithful, inspiring, exciting, fulfilling, educational, (and, yes, sometimes romantic) partner. (Which is no slight to my husband, but, I mean, he and I have only been together for five years.)

But I was lucky. I got introduced to reading when I was really little. I’ve had my entire life to develop and explore my relationship with it, which is why it’s grown to such richness. And which is why the news about NWP and RIF saddens me greatly; I think about all the kids who might not even get introduced to books, and I want to do something.

Because sometimes falling in all-consuming, life-changing love is as simple as being in the right place at the right time, right?

25 Books Young Georgians Should Read Includes PURE!!

August 27th, 2010 by Terra | 3 Comments | Filed in News, Pure


Lots and lots of jumping up and down with excitement this morning! And if I’d had internet access at my house last night I would have announced it then! Yesterday the Georgia Center for the Book announced its very first ever list of “25 Books Young Georgians Should Read,” and Pure was one of them!

Other books in the YA category included:

Peaches, by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter, by Lynn Cullen

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

Blood Brothers, by S.A. Harazin

First Shot, by Walter Sorrells

You can see the complete list on Georgia Center for the Book’s website ( There will be a party in Decatur on Saturday the 28th (that’s tomorrow) from 10-12 to celebrate!

I am so thrilled, honored, and actually kind of flabbergasted to be included in this amazing list. Thanks to all of the judges, and thanks to the Georgia Center for the Book!