Vote for the new book cover!

March 19th, 2012

There’s a very exciting reader poll going on over at the Mother-Daughter Book Club Facebook page right now!

You can’t vote here on this blog, though, only on the Facebook page.  I know some of you don’t have Facebook accounts, so ask your parents, your teacher, your librarian or another trusted adult if they can help you vote using their account.  We’ll be collecting reader votes through the end of the month, and then — the Big Reveal!  

That’s right, we’ll finally be unveiling the new cover for WISH YOU WERE EYRE!


Look what two of you did!

March 18th, 2012

Can I brag about two of my readers?

I received a pair of lovely (autographed! yay!) books recently, written and published by these talented young ladies.  Abby’s Starring Eliza is an exciting story about an eleven-year-old aspiring playwright who has to find a way to save a place of great natural beauty that’s special to her:

Abby is donating proceeds from her book to The Nature Conservancy, a very unselfish thing to do!

And Piano Notes on Pavement is a beautiful poetry collection from Hannah:

Gorgeous poems, gorgeous cover.  Wow.

I am SO IMPRESSED with both of these middle-school girls!  Congratulations, Abby and Hannah!  And thank you for the wonderful gifts.  Your books will have a place of honor on my shelf.  ♥

I get the best mail…

March 17th, 2012

As you know, I’ve been catching up with fan mail (there’s still quite a pile on my desk and on my laptop, so if you haven’t heard from me yet I promise I’ll get to you soon!) over the past couple of weeks.

This has to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job.  Writers spend so much time in solitude — we have to, in order to write our books.  I don’t mind; I relish the space to think and dream and create, and I’ve always loved quiet anyway.  But it’s not like a regular job where you get instant feedback from your boss or your client or your audience; there are no co-workers to bounce ideas off around the water cooler or who might take the time during the day to stop by and to say “well done.”  Sometimes it takes years to write a book, and sometimes an author won’t hear anything, or very little, back from his or her readers.

That’s certainly not the case with my readers!  I’m continually amazed and humbled by all the  ♥ you send my way, and it means the world to me.

This is from a recent email sent to me by a reader named Katie:

“Cassidy, Emma, Jess, Megan, and Becca are not just characters, they’re my friends!”

Could an author ask for a greater compliment?  Wow.  And here’s the funny thing–that’s EXACTLY how I feel about my favorite books (many of which I have inflicted on you through the mother-daughter book club series).  I could walk into a room and instantly pick up a conversation, and the threads of friendship, with characters like Elizabeth Bennet and Jo Marsh and Betsy Ray, because I’ve spent so much time with them over the years and I know them so well.  Same with Wilbur and Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web, and Opal Buloni from Because of Winn-Dixie, and Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, along with hundreds of others.

Who are some of your favorite “literary friends”?


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