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  • Ten Years (and More) of Thanking Little Shop of Stories!

    Anyone who knows me knows my long-time love affair with the amazing independent bookstore in Decatur, Little Shop of Stories. I had the pleasure of meeting co-owners Diane Capriola and Dave Shallenberger only a few precious months before the opening of their bookstore (July of 2005 — I met them in May), and managed to […]

  • Holiday Time: Little Shop of Stories will Ship!

    You all know I work at the amazing bookstore, Little Shop of Stories, in Decatur, GA. But you may NOT know that they easily ship books (for a shipping fee of course) and that I HAPPILY personalize things. So if you are looking for a gift that speaks to friendship, discovering yourself, girl empowerment, and […]

  • Happy Spring!!!

    Good things are budding, getting ready to bloom in the next couple of months, including the paperback of Drive Me Crazy and the release of its companion novel, This is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker, where we hear Cassie’s best friend tell HER side of the Diary Incident and what happened after. I’ve got school […]

  • Things I Learned from Robin Williams

    When I first learned about Robin Williams’ death, my immediate instinct was to watch episodes of “Mork and Mindy.” Though sometimes competing for first place against the Muppets, Mister Rogers, and Sesame Street, that was my favorite show in the world growing up. It was funny –sometimes way-over-my-head funny– but it was also sweet. Just […]

  • My First Book Was Actually A Collection of Poetry

    I know, I know. You thought my first publication was Pure. It’s understandable, since only 500 copies of the other one were printed, and Pure was definitely my very first novel. In reality though, the first book I ever published was a collection of poetry: “The Table Beneath the Hand.” The college I went to, […]

  • The First Poem I Ever Memorized

    . . . was by Emily Dickinson. Someone had given me a collection of her work: Great American Poets: Emily Dickinson when I was fourteen or fifteen. I’m not sure who it was now, though I wish I did, so I could thank them again. In late middle/early high school, you see, I got kind […]

  • NYC Teen Author Fest Is Here!

    My bag’s almost packed, I’m almost ready to go once again to one of my favorite cities, where I’ll be participating in one of my very favorite festivals, put together by a favorite author and friend, David Levithan. There are LOTS of things going on this entire week for the NYC Teen Author Festival, but […]

  • Writing Workshops With Me in February!

    “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”?Stephen King, On Writing For the month of February, in order to help writers both read a lot and write a […]

  • May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

    Last post I promised maybe a recap of Winter Formal through Sad Jackal’s eyes, but then I realized it might spoil the ending of BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS for you slightly. So, as school is letting out, exams are finishing, Hanukkah is already over and people are getting ready to hunker down with their families […]

  • Bookmark Giveaway Day!

    Thanks to the ladies over at Literary Logistics, I have all of these incredible bookmarks for BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS. And since I’m giddy this morning to discover that my video about said book appeared on The Huffington Post today (just over there on the right hand side of the screen, under “Top Video Picks,” […]