Scribbling, scribbling…

I’m going to ground here for a couple of weeks to finish a deadline.  I won’t be posting much here or on Facebook or answering emails or comments on my blog.  Be patient with me — I’ll catch up with everyone when I’m done!



225 thoughts on “Scribbling, scribbling…”

  1. OMG, my friend said she just found the cover for Home for the Holidays!!! She said it was, like, on her mom’s Kindle.

  2. OMG!!! I just saw the cover!!!!!! It’s amazing!! So adorable! I love the holidays, and I can’t wait!! who are the actual people with the books-or in this case presents-on their heads??

  3. what happens after the cover is done?

    what is the next step to publish the book?

    when will you put the first chapter on the website?

    the book will come out on oct.04,2011 right?

    (sorry, lots of questions)

    • Let’s see, Sophie — here are the answers to your questions:

      1. After the cover is done, and the manuscript is completely edited and polished to perfection, then it goes to the printing press, and from there to the bookstores!
      2. Hmm. Next step after what? Did I answer your question in #1?
      3. Hopefully by the end of May.
      4. Yes!


  4. isabel, the people i think are just models that have the same features that the characters in the story has.

  5. I like the cover, but the description has me worried about a couple characters…I’m not spoiling anything for anyone, though.

    Also, Heather, is the book going to be the normal format as the past 4 books, or is it going to be just over the holiday season?

  6. I just saw the cover! It looks AMAZING!!!!! I LOVEIT! I can’t wait to see it all wirh the details and everything. Heather, you have out done yourself!!! 🙂

    • Actually, I have nothing to do with the cover design. My publisher has an entire art department! The people who work there are responsible for designing the books, inside and out. A genius of an artist named Lucy Cummins designed the mother-daughter book club series. Aren’t they great?

      • really great, have you ever met the girls who are on the covers? I bet it is cool to have your face on a book!

  7. heather, have u finished the rough draft of the 6th book?

    ’cause last time u said u started it.

    if so, wat’s the name of the next book?

    and who will b on the cover.

    for the fifth book, did u add another caracter 2 the story *(other than becca ofcourse)?

    i can’t wait it will b awesome i just know it!
    u know when i finished the 4th book the 5th book came out so i was lucky but know i have 2 wait long ’cause i finished it quick!!!

    • Hi Heather — nope, haven’t even STARTED to sixth book! (Well, I’ve started it, but haven’t gotten very far.) It doesn’t have a title yet. And I don’t know who will be on the cover! (Gee, I don’t have many answers for you, do I?!) Are there more characters in the fifth book? Yes, a few. Hope you like them!

    I was wondering, since Becca is on the cover, will there be part of the story where its told from her point of view?

  9. I just read the description of Home for the Holidays! It sounds really exciting! Me and my friends can’t wait until it’s out!

  10. Is Home for the Holidays just set over the holidays or is it set over the whole year like the other books?

  11. I just read the little blurb of home for the hollidays and I am soooo excited. Is there anything you can tell us about this book???

  12. No! You can’t stop after the sixth one! The last book should be when they’re seniors in high school. 🙂

  13. Myself too!!!! Even though Becca is not my FAV girl I love how she & Cassidy have their “fights” they are hilarious!!

  14. Is it Jess on the first book, Cassidy on the second, Megan on the third, Emma on the fourth, and now Becca on the fifth?

  15. omygosh i am sooooooo excited for the next book!!!!! my friends and i are counting down the days!!!! yay!!!! i wonder who is going to be on the last book??? or maybe it will be all of them that would be sooo cool!!

  16. oh my gosh i love these books!!! they remind me soo much of my life!! me and my friends are soo excited and are counting down the days!!!!! yay!

  17. my favorite character is Cassidy! Emma and Jess remind me of my friends sometimes which is why i like them too!
    who is your favorite heather???

    • Oh, I don’t have a favorite — that’s like asking a mom “who’s your favorite child?” 🙂 I love them all…

      • Yeah I see what you mean. Heather, were the characters you created made according to the people you knew in your life? They all seem so real!

        • There are bits and pieces of people I know in some of my characters, but none are based exactly on people I know. I wouldn’t want anyone to be upset if, say, they were reading along and all of a sudden thought, “Omigosh, I’m MRS. CHADWICK!” LOL. 🙂

      • That’s be wise you are their mom, Heather. You invented an incredible series with incredible characters.
        My favorite is Cassidy, too. I love how she is not afraid to fight and stand up for her friends. I’m more of a mix between Jess, Emma, and Cassidy. I still love Megan, though. She’s a cool character!

  18. Omg!!!!! Can’t wait I just preordered the book. Thank you Heather for all your hard work I love your books.

  19. omg-!!!
    I just preordered Home for the Holidays on my kindle, and I can’t wait till it comes out! 😀

  20. I can’t wait to see what will happen with all the romance and stuff because everyone was matched up except Becca really and now I am so anxious to find out what will happen!

  21. OMG!!! I’m only on the 3rd book but I loveeeee the series sooooo much heather! Please don’t stop!! Ohh and my cousin is like the type of reader who missed her LAST FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE to finish the 4h book! It’s her birthday on October 4th- publishing date!! 🙂 anyways, I’d like to surprise her with a really good gift! Can u mention a girl named Haley p. In your 5th book? She doesn’t have to be a main character or anything though! Thanx heather! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Hi Meg! Oh, I wish I could honor your request, but a LOT of people ask me the same thing, and if I said yes to everybody my books would be overflowing with names… I’m sure you understand. Thanks for all your kind words about my books! 🙂

  22. If Jess was on the first book, Cassidy on the second, Megan on the third, Emma on the fourth, and now Becca on the fifth, who’s on the sixth?
    All 5 girls?
    Cassidy’s sister Chloe?
    Or the MOM part of the MDBC? I think that’d be interesting 🙂
    OR all the mothers and the girls?

    • Not sure yet, Taylor. I like the idea of having all six girls on there — but it’s up to the book designer. She always comes up with something awesome!

      • Well, either way it turns out, we ALL know it’s going to be awesome! The covers always look fabulous!

      • That sounds so cool the book designer must have to work really hard to come up with amazing colors and fonts that go together 

      • Heather, please, PLEASE, PPPLLLLEEEAAAASSSSEEEE!, dont stop at the sixth book! we need to see the characters from when they start middle school to when they graduate in grade twelve. i not be able to stand to not know what happens in grade twelve! then you could write an epiloge of what happens to the girls later on in their life.

        • Ya totally!!!! like if they have kids, or who they marry. and when they graduate!!! you should never stop writing them!!!!!! <3 🙂

  23. Oh yah I think you should do maybe, hm… Oh how bout u do like 2 of the main characters on the front if they like get in a fight and they could be back to back with a smirk on their face!

  24. Do you think you’ll end the series with an epilogue? I always love hearing about what happens to characters when they’re all grown up. I want to see who marries who and what jobs they have and if they have kids and such. 🙂

    • Great point! That would be a great ending to the series. I would love to know how their futures turn out!

    • I would love to have an epiloge. it would be just like the 7th hary potter book. i think i read the epiloge in there about 6 times!

  25. I know you said it’s up to the book designer, but maybe instead of having the book they read on the back you could have all the girls going all the way around. Front and back. That was confusingly said. I mean: you know how on some books if you open the book up all the way to make a line and the picture would take up the front and back making it just look like one big picture. You know what I mean?

    Wait, you said “I like the idea of having all SIX girls on there…” I thought it was just Cassidy, Jess, Emma, Megan, and Becca. Who is the sixth? Ashley? Or was it just a mistake?

    • Ohhhhh…. Good point, Hannah! Who is on the sixth book, Heather?
      Savannah, maybe… Or Ashley…

  26. Oh no! I shouldn’t of read the synopsis of Home for the Holidays on!!!! It makes me want to read it more!!!!!

  27. I saw the cover! It’s so cool! I also read the plot! Both very good. But ugh! Now I’m looking forward to it even MORE!

  28. i just found out about the new book and i’m sooooooooo excited!!!! i think i saw the cover on one of the websites i looked for it on!

    im worried about the friendship breaking up!

    • Ditto! I wish they could NEVER end! I would LOVE to hear about them all in an old folks home! Oh my goodness, I just can’t believe that they’re going to end! :'(

  29. yes yes yes! I can’t wait. It almost hurts waiting. It makes me want to cry and scream. I am so inpacient when it comes to books(and most other things too! But mostly books and more your books.):)

  30. I’m so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Yes all my favorite book series are coming out to and im so happy because mdbc is my fav book series.

    • If you go to the “contact” page on my website, you can click on the “contact Heather by email” and send me a message that way, OK? 🙂

  32. Thanks, but it does not work on my iPad. Thanks
    Anyway. Have you ever read one of Meg cabot’s books or one
    Of Jodi picoult’s books??? I love them both. You are one of my favs
    Too. 🙂

  33. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (insert excited scream here) Heather if you ever get a chance please respond to this question:I’m ten almost eleven and me and my friend Hallie are total bookworms so how could we start a book club?

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