Absolutely Truly is an Edgar Awards nominee!

January 21st, 2015

This morning I awoke to some amazing news — ABSOLUTELY TRULY has been nominated for an Edgar Award!

Absolutely Truly cover 2014
What exactly are the Edgar Awards? Kind of like the Oscars for mystery writers…

The Edgars
Only instead of golden statues, they give out little Edgar Allen Poes.

Edgar statuette
Wouldn’t he be a fun addition to the bookshelf?!

This honor is bestowed by the Mystery Writers of America, and I’m stunned and flattered and absolutely truly beside myself with excitement! I’m in such fabulous company, too (click here for a full list of nominees). Plus, my brilliant and charming editor at Simon & Schuster, Kristin Ostby, is on a roll with not one but TWO of her books nominated — mine and SPACE CASE by Stuart Gibbs. I’m thrilled for her!

Time to start looking for a party dress for the awards ceremony. It’s a black tie occasion, and we’ve been instructed to “dress to kill”…


Fan mail Friday

January 16th, 2015

I have loads to fun artwork to share with you over the next weeks, but today I’m only going to share one piece. It’s by Zoe, who came to see me with several of her charming friends on a stop on my recent book tour.

I was sitting at a long table with a panel of authors, feeling a bit nervous (book signings can do that to a person), so at first I didn’t even notice this group of lovely girls clutching copies of their favorite books from my Mother-Daughter Book Club series.

Yep, that nervous!

It wasn’t until one of the OTHER authors at the table said, “I love your T-shirt!” to a girl sitting directly in front of me that I was finally able to focus.


Zoe 2014


This beautiful young woman is Zoe. (If you’re reading this blog post, Zoe, I hope you don’t mind me posting this picture of you — if you do, holler and I’ll take it down, OK?) She made the design on this T-shirt. Is it the cutest thing ever or what?!  I LOVE IT!!

But wait, it gets better. As she and her friends visited with me, Zoe passed me an incredible handmade card. (Mrs. Wong would be very proud of her.) Here’s the cover:

Zoe's drawing 1Inside, in addition to a charming note (I’m a sucker for a handwritten note, aren’t you?), was this utterly delectable drawing:

Zoe's drawing 2

I adore all the little details — Emma clutching a copy of Jane Eyre, Cassidy in her hockey stick earrings and Bruins shirt, Jess with her braid and farm boots, Megan with her stylish hair and outfit, and Becca looking ever-so-slightly like Chadwickius frenemus…

And that pretty border! It’s just the icing on the cake.

Zoe, THANK YOU! I loved meeting you and your friends, and you have no idea how much it meant to me to receive this beautiful gift that day!


All caught up … except for a missing few

January 10th, 2015

Drumroll, please…

I am officially ALL CAUGHT UP with my mail!

Not a snail mail or email is in sight, and my inbox is completely empty. Nada, nichts, zip awaits an answer.  ::pats self on back::  The first of my New Year’s resolutions, already crossed off the list! 2015 is off to a good start.

However, there are a few of you who either mistyped your email addresses or have since changed your addresses since you wrote to me. Those emails bounced back, which makes me sad. I don’t like thinking that there are readers out there who took the time to write to me and are disappointed that I didn’t write back, when in fact I tried to but couldn’t.

So, if your name is Caroline or Juni or Jessica or Rachel or Hannah, and you sent me an email and didn’t hear back, please contact me again with a correct email address and I’ll send my reply along!

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