Month: October 2011

On the Road…


I’m coming to visit!  And I need your help with the following items:

  1. Seattlites, Seattlers, Seattlonians—what gives?  What do you call yourselves?  My spellcheck says none of the above and I’m too lazy to google it.
  2. Do I really need a rain jacket?
  3. Can we be friends even if I don’t drink coffee, or is that grounds for public flogging?
  4. Thanks for the grunge movement.  That was very comfortable.  Sorry, not a question.
  5. Will you come see me?  Stages On Pages (book tour of YA and MG authors who write about the arts) will be reading/signing/jamming at the following times and places:


Thursday 3 NOVEMBER – Secret Garden Books, Seattle at 7 pm
Jessica Martinez, Tara Kelly, Rosanne Parry, Stasia Kehoe, Louise Spiegler – with teen actors from Seattle Children’s Theater!

Friday 4 NOVEMBER – Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park at 4 PM
Jessica Martinez, Tara Kelly, Conrad Wesselhoeft, Rosanne Parry, Stasia Kehoe, Louise Spiegler

Saturday 5 NOVEMBER – Orca Books, Olympia at 4 PM
Jessica Martinez, Tara Kelly, Conrad Wesselhoeft, Stasia Kehoe, Louise Spiegler

Sunday 6 November – A Children’s Place Books, Portland at 2 PM
Tara Kelly, Stasia Kehoe, Conrad Wesselhoeft, Jessica Martinez – with special guest Sara Gunderson of

Here’s the Stages On Pages book trailer, put together by Stasia Kehoe (whose book AUDITION is absolutely amazing, so drop whatever you’re doing and run to a bookstore right now!)

I’m getting so excited!  These authors are a crazy multi-talented bunch–I’m talking about creativity oozing from their pores.  The events are definitely going to be unique and a lot of fun.  So, yeah.  Come.   I’ll be the one in the tube top with the fruit turban.  Just kidding, I’ll be the one who looks exactly like my author photo.  Oh, and check out the Stages On Pages website for more info on our tour stops.  Next week we’ll be in The Big Apple…

We Have Lift Off!

Brace yourself, folks, for a ridiculous number of launch party photos.  I wanted them all up here so my wonderful friends could see themselves. You guys are the best and I love you all for coming.

But first, a shout out to my photographer, Amy Lopez.  She is AMAZING.  Here’s her photography website if you want to see more of her work.  You should all hire her to shoot your wedding, or your family pictures, or your dog’s glamor shots, even if it means flying her across the country.  Seriously, she’s worth it. 


Just one of the teens who came and made me smile.

Check out my stylish Mom!

This is my REAL life friend Carmen.  She’s not a violinist but she’s an awesome running partner.

Another fabulous teen reader/musician who came and made my day.

Is that THE Jacyln Dolamore?  Why yes, it is.  The author of MAGIC UNDER GLASS and MAGIC UNDER STONE was there, and she’s doing a signing on Saturday Nov. 12 for her brand new book BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY at Books A Million in Casselberry, 2-4pm.  You should all go!  She’s a brilliant writer, plus she’s very sweet and a friend of mine.  Check out her website to find out more about her books (especially if you love fantasy!)

Yay, look at all my girls!  I wanted to jump across the signing table and kiss every one of these sweethearts.  Don’t worry, I controlled myself. 

Cindy, you win the happy photo award!  I think it has more to do with the joke your son was telling you than the book, but that’s okay.

Love this one.

That’s my photographer, Amy Lopez!  She also came by earlier in the day to make sure I wore the right outfit. She’s like Rachel Zoe, except she’s not a miserable human being.

Becky, my partner in crime, and her beautiful daughters.

Who is that gorgeous man?  And why does he have his arm around me?  Oh yeah, that’s my husband (a.k.a. the guy I’m always making fun of on this blog/twitter/facebook/real life.)  I’m lucky he’s such a good sport.  I’m also lucky he puts up with all my artistic eccentricities.  During law school I woke him up at 3 a.m. more than once practicing violin shifting excercises (which sort of sound like the noise a cat would make if you were swinging it around by the tail).  Now I wake him up at 3 a.m. clicking on the laptop in bed.  See?  He really is a good sport.

Amy Hillis, my beta reader for VIRTUOSITY, and my other Rachel Zoe.  Again, without the personality disorder.

Yes, she did dare to step on the violin case.

My favorite shot of the night.

Here’s one of the fantastic musicians who played before the launch began.  Plus her supportive mom!

The Worst Job Opportunity Ever

Dear neglected Blog,

I have come to a conclusion: I NEED STAFF.

Here’s how I came to it: I’m at the Great Lakes Independent Bookseller Association trade fair where I sat on a YA panel this morning with amazing authors Lisa McMann, Moira Young, and Marie Lu.  They are so impressive and smart, I really felt like I should be taking notes.  Afterwards I was asking Lisa how she manages all the extras on top of writing and she said that some of it was taken care of by staff.  STAFF? YES STAFF!

It was like a lightning bolt to my head.  I NEED STAFF! (Advance apology—the shouting in all caps will only get worse from here on out.)

But if I had staff, what exactly would I delegate? Well, right now I’m realizing I should’ve taken a picture of the YA panel this morning and the signing, so staff person could’ve done that. And I really need someone to call T-Mobile for me and find out why my phone has spontaneously started blocking my husband’s and only my husband’s calls, so I’d ask staff person to do that too.  I might also ask staff person what that really means because it’s kind of weird, like is it symbolic of some kind of emotional wall I’m putting up, because I’m not really feeling like there’s one but maybe the universe is trying to tell me something through T-Mobile.  So staff person needs to have a degree in psychology please.

Also, launch party is in less than 48 hours and I don’t know what I’m wearing.  Do you hear me? I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M WEARING! Staff person needs to find something flattering asap.

And of course staff person would go to the grocery store for me, clean my house, do my laundry, etc.  That goes without saying.

I want to do the mothering and the writing.  That’s it.

So if you’re interested in applying for this amazing opportunity, here are details: I’m paying you nothing. Your reward will be the joy you experience while being in my presence.  You should know I’m pretty nice in the morning and pretty mean by dinner time.  Sometimes very mean by dinner.  Also, I occasionally blast Taylor Swift and dance like a maniac with my four-year-old.  This is part of my creative process, and staff person, you should not be disturbed by this or even watch it really.  Yeah, that’s a good idea, avert your eyes.

Staff person, you also need to still be at my house at 11:00 pm to tell me to stop what I’m doing and go to bed, and 2:00 am to tell me to go back to bed because it’s not morning yet even if my body feels like it is.

Also, staff person, I need you to travel with me (on your own dime) and repack my suitcase, because I am not capable of fitting the stacks of books I’ve collected in with my clothes.  So I actually need you to be here in Michigan with me right now.  Get on that.

And in one day, ONE DAY, when Virtuosity launches, staff person, I think I’m going to need you to hold my hand and tell me to chill out.

That’s all.  Send your applications to my staff person….Oh crap.  Never mind.