On Not Adopting An Author Persona, Dress-wise

Me in my natural state. All black, red scarf. Note the complete lack of radioactive orange.

Remember that bright orange dress I was so excited to wear at the Vegas Valley Book Festival? Well, yesterday I peeled it out of my closet as an option to wear to my MIL’s birthday party. And I noticed that it was a radioactive color of orange not found in nature. Then I tried it on. And I noticed I was draped in a color that could possibly burn holes in people’s retinas if they stared at it too long. (Apologies to anyone who stared at it for too long in Las Vegas.)

Why ever did I buy this dress — not to mention its little drapey matching sweater???

In real life, I wear a lot of black cashmere when it’s cold and billowy, muted-colored linen the rest of the time. I like white shirts. I have a substantial collection of (somewhat) little black dresses and bright(er) pashminas. In real life, the only orange item I own is a gossamer-thin scarf. And a handbag that might have been a mistake.

My conclusion is that somehow, when I get into author mode, I don’t think of it as real life. The sitting on my sofa writing the books, yes. The getting out there and being a public person defined by my YA authorness, no. And given that it’s not real life, I can drape that author-person in any old glitzy thing and be…I don’t know…sparkly?

I think that unnaturally orange dress defines the huge gap between the way I see myself and the way I thought I was supposed to be as a YA author. So much for the message of finding and being true to your authentic self.

And so much for the dreadful dress.

Afterparty is Here (And So Is My Deep Dark Everything)

After being on the shelves at bookstores for the past week, Afterparty’s official publication date is (drumroll please) today!  And on top of book blasting all over the place with tiny revelations, Jean Book Nerd’s wonderful, fabulous Afterparty blog tour has just started. And I don’t believe all the stuff I told her!  Yikes!  What it is about sharing with a really skilled blog interview that makes you (meaning me) reveal so much?!?!?

So if you want to know the 10 things I would change about my teenage years (some of which I’ve never told anybody before & the people in question better not be fans of YA blogs)  go visit.

Plus, you can win a ton of Afterparty swag including books and a bunch of stuff that’s in the book.  Such as Dylan’s Kurt Cobain tee shirt and Mara’s bakelite bracelets and Emma’s Stila make-up that her dad doesn’t know she’s wearing.

P.S.  That’s my daughter, who braved a blizzard to see Afterparty on the shelf of her local B&N

Presale Giveaway For Afterparty!

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

If you’d like to win these three fabulous Simon Pulse books, it’s time for you to pre-order Afterparty!

Send proof of purchase to AfterpartyPresaleGiveaway@gmail.com by midnight, December 30th, and you’re entered to win When You Were Mine, Two Way Street, and Then You Were Gone! (U.S. only this time — so sorry!)

If you’d like to check out Afterparty to see if it’s your kind of book, you can read the first three chapters free on Scribd. 

Here are early reviews from blogger Elicia at Girl in the Woods, and from Kirkus Reviews.

I so appreciate all the support for Afterparty, posting & tweeting about the ARC giveaway, Waiting on Wednesdays, and Top Ten Tuesdays, and the thoughtful reviews.  I’d like people who pre-order to have something special, and this giveaway seems like just the thing for my book-loving readers.

I hope you preorder Afterparty and win the books and love them!

Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick