Friday, April 29, 2011
(Yep, I've been up since three watching the wedding festivities. What can I say? I'm a girl...Love the dresses. Love the hats. Wish I had my own "fascinator.")
Thanks much to the readers who attended the chat...and hung out for more than an hour and a half, from start to finish!
...In addition to the chat, I've been all over the place online this week. I'm really not joking. Check it all out:
Interview at MarjoleinBookBlog; Emilie's Book World interview and PLAYING HURT review; guest post on "safe" college degrees at Lucid Conspiracy; a guest post on revision at Tina's Book Reviews; and PLAYING HURT reviews went live at Midnight Bloom Reads and Fragments of Life. You can also check out the full info on Fiction Folio's PLAYING HURT Tour, and review the entire Read. Chat. Love Event, with an author interview, letters to and from Clint, a guest post on how Project Runway can make us all better authors, and a convo with Clint himself!
My favorite post this week, though, is at Catherine Ryan Hyde's blog...she's got my buddy Jake and his 'Roo...
And while you're at it, don't forget to check out my very first post at my MG Author Blog, Smack Dab in the Middle!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
I’ve been wanting to write a post for some time about Catherine Ryan Hyde’s JUMPSTART THE WORLD. Thing is, every single time I start to write it, I get a woosh of all sorts of images: me sitting in the movie theater when I was in grad school, watching PAY IT FORWARD (I was already a fan of Catherine’s)…I remember the insanely exciting, scary, stressful months leading up to the release of A BLUE SO DARK, and the hope and—okay, intimidation—I felt approaching Catherine for a blurb. I think of all the exchanges I’ve had with Catherine via email and online in the months—good grief, A BLUE SO DARK is actually nearly a year old!—since she sent her incredibly encouraging blurb…
As for JUMPSTART, I loved it—as I absolutely knew I would. Some novels (I’m thinking of Anderson’s WINTERGIRLS or Suzanne Phillips’s BURN) you read because they instantly put an off-kilter feeling in your gut. You’re propelled forward to find out how the protagonist’s knotted-up mess will finally untangle. Although the storyline is equally as compelling, JUMPSTART has a vulnerability about it, a more gentle tug that draws the reader on to its conclusion. The sweetness is what I wanted to return to, each time I had to put the book down.
As for me, anytime I cracked the cover of JUMPSTART, I also thought about Catherine. I saw her hand in the pages…
Before I began writing full-time myself, authors were truly distant, almost sacred creatures. I saw novels as objects—as things. As I was growing up, and as I entered adulthood, authors seemed, for the most part, somewhat unapproachable. Not Catherine, though. And because of that, as I read JUMPSTART, I truly felt that the novel was living. Breathing.
I don’t think I’ll ever pick up a book again and think of it as a thing…
Thank you, Catherine…
How about you? Has meeting an author online or in person changed how you read?
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Seriously: who doesn't absolutely adore The Story Siren? She's just posted my vlog interview (which you can also view below), along with a chance to win PLAYING HURT...and a message I wrote to bloggers, thanking them for spreading word about my books.
I honestly can't begin to tell you all how much it's meant to me...
Don't forget to check out The Story Siren's PLAYING HURT reivew!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
One example of a blogger helping to promote my books (and a reader I'm glad to have gotten to know) is Gabrielle at The Mod Podge Bookshelf. She's running my latest interview, in which I dish on my first job and where I'd love to be today, if not for writing (but...really. Come on. Who am I kidding? Like I wouldn't be writing. Holly not writing is like Holly not eating...)
And stay tuned for my interview at The Story Siren next week, in which I'll do some weighing in on the positive impact I see bloggers making on my work...
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
The first interview for my Canadian Tour has gone live at YA Booklover Blog...
And my first Twitterview has gone live at Stacked (along with a giveaway)!