Fan mail (and fan art) Friday

This just in from Claire, one of you who was recently in PARIS!

“It was so much fun and I took WISH YOU WERE EYRE with me and tried to go where Megan went. We drank hot chocolate at Angelina’s and had ice cream at Berthillion and went to Laduree but I didn’t eat any macaroons. It was awesome!”

*sigh*  I’m trying not to be envious.  Oh to be in Paris right now … it’s supposed to be gorgeous in the Spring!  And how fun that my book inspired some of Claire’s jaunts around the city.  Do you know how cool it is for a writer to hear that? (Answer: Very Cool)

Claire also sent some artwork along.  Check it out:

Claire's MDBC cover

I swear I have the most talented readers in the world.  I love this! Thank you, Claire.  🙂

Happy weekend, everyone!


Fan art Friday

Boy, do I have some gems to share with you all today!

First, from one of you who didn’t identify herself aside from initials (perhaps she prefers to be anonymous?), a drawing of Megan’s outfit from p. 294 of WISH YOU WERE EYRE:

Megan 294 WYWE


WOW!  This is fabulous — she totally nailed it, don’t you think? Well done!  (And feel free to reveal yourself if you’d care to so we can all congratulate you.)

Next, I received a letter recently from Colette, who included a pair of beautiful collages.  I can’t decide which one I like best, they’re both so wonderful:

Collage 1

Collage 2


Aren’t these FUN?  I love the way she wove everything together! You’re so creative, Colette!

And then last but absolutely not least, wait until you see this INCREDIBLE gift I received from my friend Sue!  She had the idea of turning a box of Trader Joe’s chocolate bars into a “boxed set” of my books, but wasn’t sure how to do it.  Her daughter Eliza stepped in, and this is the result:

Boxed Set A



Boxed Set B

Isn’t this amazing?!  Way too pretty to eat!*  Every side of the “box” has a cover of one of the books.  I have it on my dresser and have been admiring it all week.

THANK YOU, everyone!


(*OK, confession time:  I figured out how to carefully open the box of chocolate bars from the bottom, so nothing would be harmed, then slip them out one at a time, remove the chocolate from its individual box, and slip it back into the “boxed set.”  Nothing comes between me and chocolate….)


Fan art Friday

Wow, do I have some treats for you today!  A trio of incredible pieces of artwork sent to me by two of you.  (By the way, if you click on them, they’ll enlarge for you so you can see the detail.)

First up, check out this Flashlite magazine cover designed by Cassie:

Cassie did this for a school assignment.  I’m not the least bit surprised that she received 100% on it, and that her teacher had this to say:  “I never have seen anything more unique and well done! It looks as though you have traveled and visited Fashion Week in Paris and studied it.”  (Nope, says Cassie — no trips to Paris, just to the pages of WISH YOU WERE EYRE!)

AWESOME job, Cassie!

And here are two drawings by Emma.  I just LOVE all the details!


Aren’t these FABULOUS?!  Thanks, Emma!



Reading nooks

Wow — this picture of my friend Eliza takes me right back to when I was growing up.

My sisters and I used to LOVE making forts and reading nooks in old cardboard boxes.  Usually the kind that refrigerators and other big appliances came in.  I love Eliza’s clever lighting plan, and I see that she’s fortified herself with a snack.  My kind of girl!

Where do you like to curl up and read?  Send me a picture of you in your favorite spot, reading one of my books, and I’ll post it here on my website!  (Be sure and get permission from your parents first, though, like Eliza did, OK?)



More fabulous fan art

My mailbox is overflowing again with all sorts of goodies — what creative readers I have!  Take a look:

That’s a picture of Megan Wong by the talented Emily.  Lovely!  And check out these collages — I love how vibrant and unique each of them is.  This first one is from Mariah:

And this one is from Hannah:

Absolutely yummy, both of them!

Here’s a new screensaver from Sarah — totally cool stuff…

How do you girls DO these things?  I consider myself a bit of a techie, but there’s now way I could figure this out, that’s for sure.

Carlee sent me a trio of fun tidbits, all inspired by my books.  There’s this one:

And this one (which Cassidy would totally love and want for her wall):

And finally this one, for all you Francophiles (look it up) reading this blog!

Click here to view a very cool slideshow that Alaina put together on JANE EYRE for a school project for those of you getting a jumpstart on WISH YOU WERE EYRE.  Nice work!

Thank you so much, Emily, Mariah, Hannah, Sarah, Carlee & Alaina!!!  ♥♥♥♥♥♥


Fan mail (and art) Friday

My mailbox is overflowing with wonderful things that I need to share with you all!  First, a fabulous poem from fabulous Zoe (yes, the same one who attended my writing workshop last weekend):

I love your amazing books
They always make me grin
I spend hours reading them
The books take me within

The Mother Daughter Book Club
May be the best series on Earth
The price on the back cover
Is much less then they are worth

They are worth more than money
They fill me with joy every time
And so I’ll tell you in this poem
Written all in rhyme

I can’t wait for Wish You Were Eyre
I want to see what happens next
I think I might explode while waiting
Until September, I won’t rest

I am a writer, just like Emma
And of course a reader too
I love your books more than words can tell
And so I’ll say thank you!

Thank YOU, Zoe!  🙂

Next up, an amazing collage poster made by Eileen:

I absolutely LOVE all the details — so fun!  Thank you, Eileen!

And now an adorable picture of Janna:

How cute is THAT?  Thank you, Janna!

Here’s a very cool poster designed by Leah — it was the winning entry in Emma’s movie-poster contest:

Thanks to both Leah and Emma for this!  SO FUN!

And finally, a full set of mother-daughter book club bookmarks, designed by Rachel:

WOWZA!  Thank you so much, Rachel!  (By the way, if you click on the above image, it should expand to full screen so you can print it out and make your own bookmarks.)

See why I have the best job in the whole world?   I ♥♥♥ you all!

Fan mail Friday

I’ve just spent an enjoyable afternoon answering a pile of snail mail letters, and will shortly be diving into a pile of emails.

Here’s a fun envelope sent to me by Talia.  I thought you all might like to see it — it’s such a creative way to recycle an old magazine or catalog!  Mrs. Wong would definitely approve.

Front of envelope
Back of envelope


Isn’t that cheerful and bright?  It got me wondering  how on earth she folded it to have it turn out so perfectly.  So I did a little sleuthing on the Internet and here are two methods that I found:

You can be sure I’ll be trying this soon!



A word about fan mail — RyAnn, are you out there?

So I’m working my way through my pile of mail, and here’s this LOVELY letter from RyAnn in Louisville, Kentucky, and I’m eager to reply, but there’s a problem–RyAnn forgot to include a return address.

Oh dear, it’s always so distressing when this happens!  I hate knowing that there’s a disappointed reader out there, thinking I’m a total twerp for not answering their letter, and the fact is I CAN’T because I don’t know where to send it!

So please please please make sure to include a return address with your letters (and make sure it’s crystal clear), OK?  Otherwise your letter goes in the “Sad” file.  As in “Sad Author,” that is…