Get Underlined made a fun quiz: "Are you genuine? Or a fraud?"
Zoella Book Club! She (Zoella) picked eight books and I have read a bunch of them and they all look great -- Rainbow Rowell! Nicola Yoon! Jennifer Niven! And lots of others. Plus I wrote one of them: We Were Liars.
The club is sponsored by W.H. Smith, in the UK, but the exclusive content is available for everyone to see. The main club page is here -- with links to videos, playlists, interviews and exclusive outtakes, plus sample chapters of all the books.
And here's the video where she talks about all the books -- great if you're trying to decide what to read this summmer.
It is an exciting day in Lockhart land. I am interviewed on one of my fave podcasts, Sara Zarr's This Creative Life. Zarr wrote Roomies (with Tara Altebrando) and The Lucy Variations and lots of other awesome books, and the podcast interviews all kinds of writers about the intersection of life and work, the creative process, etc.
Also, over at the National Book Award, the long list for young people's lit was announced today! I was on the judging committee for Young People's Literature last year, so I really understand the process and feel nostalgic about the whole thing -- 289 books, arriving in boxes over the summer. My idea of fun. Our winner last year was Cynthia Kadohata's The Thing About Luck, which is a really wonderful story and everyone should read it.
This year's long list includes some books I've loved (Threatened by Eliot Schrefer and Noggin by John Corey Whaley) and some others I'm psyched to discover. If you're looking for quality YA and MG to read, you really should check out the "Up all Night" online exhibition of previous YPL finalists and winners. Happy reading. XXOE
Hi! Happy holidays!
The awesome novelist Kieran Scott: let's talk about her because she is up to some amazing fundraising for the Community Foodbank of NJ which will help out families hit hard by Hurricane Sandy this season.
I first heard of Kieran when I signed up The Boyfriend List with our mutual publisher. They showed me her book Jingle Boy, which they published and which is obviously perfect if you are a Christmas-celebrating person in need of a fun holiday read or gift for a pal.
Something else I like about Kieran is that, like me, she has another name and writes different books under that name! She is also Kate Brian, author of the best-selling Private series, and has another fun YA holiday read under that name called Ex-Mas.
(Why can't I make those book jackets the same size??? I can't do it! Blergh.)
Anyway, really what I want to tell you about is the amazingness of the YA for NJ auction which Kieran organized. All the money goes to bring food to people in NJ who need it, especially those affected by Hurricane Sandy. And there are more than 200 YA authors contributing. There are loads and loads of signed books -- plus some amazingness like having authors come to your school, Skype visits, and the like. Perfect holiday gifts and all for a great cause. I am going to link some of the most thrilling bits below. It's an ebay auction, so you just bid on stuff like a regular ebay auction.
I WILL WRITE YOU A SILLY RHYME IN YOUR HONOR, plus a stack of four signed Ruby Oliver books.
You could OWN MEGAN MCCAFFERTY'S NOTES on an ARC of Sloppy Firsts.
Random House editor Wendy Loggia will CRITIQUE a MANUSCRIPT.
Matthew Quick's not-yet-out book, FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK - an autographed ARC.
An ORIGINAL STORY BY DAVID LEVITHAN. Plus a signed book.
But there's so much more! Click here for the complete list of items being auctioned.
Below are a couple more links about the auction.
So, I have been knocking around on my Pinterest Boards, getting them together, and they are now ready to share with YOU!! Come visit. Sign up to follow the ones you like. Repin! Comment! I am into it.
Second, I am in the revision process on my new novel, and that is why haven't been blogging very much. (Curious? There's a Pinterest board about it!) First because I was writing it, then rewriting it, then rewriting it again, then finally sharing it with two writer friends, now rewriting it another few times.
Eventually I will show it to my editor, but it has to go through a lot of revision and even reinvention before it's good enough to do that.
Here is a meme! I did it years ago on this blog, but I am doing it again. Maybe Pinterest has got me in a mood to do silly interwebs stuff. Or maybe I am procrastinating that revision. Anyhow. It's a fun one.
Q: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search. A: E. Lockhart needs your nomination for a Shorty Award! (No idea what they are, but I think something Twitter related. I am pretty sure no one ever nominated me.)
Q: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search. A: (No results.)
Q: Type in "[your name] says" in Google search. A: E. Lockhart says: Roxanne, With utmost respect, Akiva is a trained soldier on a mission of assassination… (this was a convo about Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, which I reviewed on the SLJ Battle of the Books.)
Q: Type in "[your name] wants" in Google search. A: Booksellers in Dallas and Boston, E. Lockhart wants to meet you. See her blog for details. (This was back when I was touring for The Treasure Map of Boys.)
Q: Type in "[your name] asks" in Google search. A Author E. Lockhart asks, "Have you ever felt this rage against expectations? What did you do about it?" (This was from some conversation at Readergirlz.)
Q: Type in "[your name] likes " in Google search. A: E. Lockhart likes to keep her private life private. (True.)
HOWEVER, you can get a glimpse into my domestic life here on Tara Altebrando's blog. Tara's new book is The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, and it's all about a scavenger hunt, and she did a virtual scavenger hunt with a bunch of different authors. I LOST. BADLY. But it was very fun to do.
Oh, and P.S.: If you're interested in the Write Faster Project (scroll down the blog to read more), author Caitlin Kittredge went hardcore and finished her novel in ten days. She lived to tell, but barely. A very interesting, detailed report on the method.
It's been a long time since I did a meme, but I do kinda love them. Here's one from an old and dear college pal.
Three names people call me: Jenko, M&M, Mommy
Three places I have worked: aerobics studio, college campus, talent agency
Three things I love to watch: diving competitions, ballet, dogs at the dog run
Three places I have been: Chippendales, a coral reef, a sensory deprivation tank
Three things I love to eat: coffee, jam in greek yogurt, brussels sprouts
Three things I'm looking forward to: vacation on Martha's Vineyard, dinner with friends on St. Patrick's Day, attempting to make scones on the weekend
Here's what you do: copy and paste, delete my answers and type your own. Then send this to a few good friends or family including the person who sent it to you. You will learn something about each other.
If you want, put a link to yours in comments. Or comments in comments.
Real Live Boyfriends is up for Best YA Fiction over at Good Reads. Look at the awesome competitors. Go vote!
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I'm having a Twitter contest. The hashtag is #invisibleinkling and details are on my Twitter page, but if you're seeing this kinda late, here's what it says (below). Come enter! Spread the word!
My newest book.* Out today!
YA MAFIA, a collection of short stories
compiled by E. Lockhart and John Green
The cool kids rule in this anthology of tales that leaves the losers behind.
* Happy April Fool's day. This awesome cover and flap copy, and the whole idea, brought to you by The Horn Book.