Archive for November, 2011

November was Just Contemporary!

November 30th, 2011 by Terra | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

My love affair with contemporary fiction started with a book I randomly found at the Leon County Public library. It was Fridays by Patricia Lee Gauch (which is, funnily enough, a Simon Pulse book; they are MY publisher too), and I think I read it fourteen times. I’ve always preferred “real” books about “real” girls: Ramona Quimby, Sally J. Friedman,  Jessica and Elizabeth in Sweet Valley High . . . even Laura Ingalls Wilder was a real girl surviving real situations, even if they weren’t contemporary to me.

Now I WRITE contemporary fiction, and I still love reading it. Authors like Elizabeth Eulberg, Laurie Halse Anderson, Eileen Cook and Eireann Corrigan thrill and fascinate me with their ability to peg real thoughts and feelings and interactions in exactly the “real” way. (There are many, MANY other authors on this list too–just check out my “Talking with Other Authors” category over there on the right, and you’ll see how much I love them.)

Which is why I love what two bloggers, Ashley and Shanyn, have been doing ALL OF NOVEMBER: celebrating contemporary YA.

Here’s a glimpse of what Shanyn asked me in a fun thing called “Fun Five.” To read the rest (and lots and lots of other great interviews and reviews), go visit her blog RIGHT NOW!


How many pieces of jewelry do you normally wear?
Seven or eight: earrings (just one in each), plus my watch and maybe a bracelet or two. (Two if sans watch.) On my left hand I always wear my wedding ring, my engagement ring, and a ring on my left thumb (from a friend). There’s also a ring on my right hand from a friend that I wear constantly. I also never take off a nickel on a chain, which my husband made and gave to me on our first Valentine’s Day together.


Songs In My Head Upon Waking in the Last Week:
Numb,” by U2; “Rainbow Connection,” by Weezer & Hayley Williams; “Please Read the Letter,” by Robert Plant and Allison Krauss; “Suffer Well,” by Depeche Mode; “Coming Back to You,” by Martin Gore;  Some Christmas song that goes “Sing Ye Old Jerusalem, Christ is Born in Bethlehem”; “Believe it Or Not,” by Joey Scarbury

Things I am Thankful For

November 23rd, 2011 by Terra | 3 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

(In no particular order)

Electricity. Books. People who read books. Talking about books with people who read books. Writing. Working with other writers. Especially young ones. The five senses. Babies laughing. My family. (This means you too, aunts, uncles, and cousins!) But especially my sisters. Creativity. My giant 96 box of Crayola crayons. Art. Being able to go look at art. French food. The diversity of humanity. The amazing jobs I have. People working together to help others and/or improve things in the world. My house and all the things inside it (especially the love). The Muppet Show. Sesame Street. Mister Rogers. Music. Dancing. Photography. My best friends. The awesome people I work with, who are also friends. Old friends. College friends. My grad school posse. High school friends I am STILL friends with. Ex-boyfriends who can be friends. Writer friends. New friends. Getting letters from readers. Making discoveries. Geology. My health. My husband. My past. My memories. My editor. The ocean. Hats. Being able to be warm, dry, or cool whenever I need to. That Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market is so close to my house. Italy. Water. Movies. My book clubs. My fire pit. The post office. Travel. Indoor plumbing. Flowers. The knowledge and understanding that life is so incredible, amazing, full, and lush that this list doesn’t even cover half of what I have to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.


Songs In my Head Upon Waking in the Last Week:
“Valley Winter Song,” by Fountains of Wayne; “Jesus on the Radio,” by Guster; No memory!; “London Rain,” by Heather Nova;  “Rhiannon,” by Fleetwood Mac; “Remember the Time,” by Michael Jackson; “Final Fool” (mashup of “What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers, and “Finally” by CeCe Peniston), by MadMixMustang



November 16th, 2011 by Terra | 3 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Back in March, my editor showed me what had been drawn up for the cover of my newest book, Being Friends With Boys, which will be out in May 2012. In August 2011, it was finalized, and I shared it with you all.

But! Just last week, I got notified that the cover is being changed! We’re keeping the coffee cup, but going with a different color:


Apparently, it was thought the red was a little too Valentine-y. (Yes, even moreso than After the Kiss, with its candy hearts.) Personally, I love the blue. And it coordinates with my other titles especially well. What do YOU think?


Songs In My Head Upon Waking In the Last Week:

“True,” by Spandau Ballet; “Going Through the Motions,” by Bonnie Tyler; “Solsbury Hill, (Live)” Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra; “Solsbury Hill, (Live)” Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra (yes 2 days in a row); “No One’s Gonna Love You,” by Band of Horses; “Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor,” by Flight of the Conchords (which is so good, I’m including the video below); “Bad Reputation,” by Freedy Johnson