WARNING: This is one of those lame posts in which I tell you about an upcoming event that most of you will not be able to attend.

This picture was taken in Nashville, not Asheville, but close enough. I was at Third Man Records. I did not see Jack White. (NEXT TIME, JACK, NEXT TIME!)

This Wednesday, August 1st, I'll be hanging out in the teen area of the Pack Memorial Library in my homebase of Asheville, NC at 6:30 p.m. I'll be discussing writing, publishing, my novels, young adult literature, and anything else you'd like to talk about. The event is free and for all ages.

The audience will probably be, like, my husband and a librarian. So if you're interested in monopolizing a large amount of my time, you should totally come! Bring questions! Lots of questions! Lots and lots of questions!

(Author casually inserts video of Jack White wearing tight pinstriped pants.)


*gets down on knees*

Please come to this event and keep me company.

Thank you.


Would Beyoncé Be Reading This?

"Beyoncé isn’t Beyoncé because she reads comments on the Internet. Beyoncé is in Ibiza, wearing a stomach necklace, walking hand in hand with her hot boyfriend. She’s going on the yacht and having a mimosa. She’s not reading shitty comments about herself on the Internet, and we shouldn’t either. I just think, Would Beyoncé be reading this? No, she would just delete it or somebody would delete it for her. What I really need to do is close the computer and then talk back to that voice and say, Fuck you. I don’t give a shit what you think. I’m Beyoncé. I’m going to Ibiza with Jay-Z now, fuck off. Being criticized is part of the job, but seeking it out isn’t. That’s our piece to let go."

— Kathleen Hanna, BOMBlog interview

I've been posting a lot of quotes from other people here lately, but I couldn't resist another, because it's probably the most awesome advice I've ever seen about why you (whether you're a musician, an author, an artist, a YouTuber, a Facebooker, ANYONE) should ignore hurtful internet comments.

My sincere apologies to those of you who aren't a fan of language, as they say. Even though I have quite the naughty mouth, I generally keep it offline because I realize not everyone feels the same way. BUT THIS QUOTE WAS SO AMAZING. Thank you, superfriend Amy Spalding, for sending it my way!

Speaking of Amy, have you seen the cover of her debut novel?

Here's the summary:

Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.

Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.

L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.

But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?

I read an early draft of this sweet lil' contemporary two years ago, and I can't wait to read the final version! It'll be published in February by Entangled Teen. If you like romantic comedies (OR Stephen Sondheim), you should totally add The Reece Malcolm List to your Goodreads shelf.

Did I mention Amy does improv? So when I say it's funny, I MEAN IT'S FUNNY. And I firmly believe there should be more funny in the world.*

I snapped this great picture of Amy a few summers ago, when she took me on a Weetzie Bat tour of Los Angeles. WEETZIE. Do you guys have any idea how obsessed I am with that book?!**

I mean, THAT is how fantastic Amy is. I love her. You should get to know her! And then she will email you hilarious/smart advice about living your life like Beyoncé.

*Amy is also funny on Twitter.

**Whenever I'm pressed to name my favorite book, Weetzie Bat is my go-to title. I've reread it every year (often multiple times) since I was a teenager. Lola Nolan was heavily inspired by Miss Weetzie.


The Summer Cons: Comic and Leaky

Summer is unquestionably my favorite time of year for work-related travel.


I'm ecstatic and honored to be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego again. This year, I'll be moderating a panel (my first time as a moderator!) about writing paranormal romance. Here's the info:

Friday, July 13
Paranormal Love-Potion: Writing Romance for Non-Human Characters
12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m.
Room: 5AB

From super-hot vampires to seductive Fae and beyond, authors divulge the secrets behind crafting steamy love scenes in their action-packed novels. Whether characters be vampiric, ghostly, faerie, witchy, shape-shifting or angelic, these authors know how to keep the passion sizzling between them. Find out more from the writers themselves, and you'll learn what makes these books red hot! Participants include Tessa Gratton (The Blood Journals), Andrea Cremer (The Nightshade series), Marjorie Liu (The Mortal Bones), Sylvia Day (The Renegade Angels series), Shawntelle Madison (Coveted), Aprilynne Pike (Wings series), and Kelley Armstrong (Thirteen), led by moderator Stephanie Perkins (Lola and the Boy Next Door).

So many awesome ladies on this panel! And we'll all be signing books (or your e-reader or your forehead), post-panel.

I'm also giddy to announce that my husband Jarrod is a panelist! You'll find me in the audience, proudly wearing my Ravenclaw pin, at this one:

Sunday, July 15
15 Years Since Philosopher's Stone: Harry Potter Fandom in 2012
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6DE

Seven books from J. K. Rowling — or ten, depending on how you count — plus hundreds of thousands of fanfics. Eight studio movies — plus dozens of popular fanfilms, musicals, and songs. One theme park — but soon there'll be three or more! An international museum exhibition — and piles of fan-made shirts, crafts, fanart, CDs and DVDs. An encyclopedic website — and fancons, fan-made wikis, and history courses on the impact of the Harry Potter fandom. We'll look back at 15 years of Harry Potter fandom and try to predict where we go from here.

The panel of experts includes: Andrew Sims from Hypable, Heidi Tandy of HPEF, Alex Carpenter of the Remus Lupins, Airemay of Fiction Alley, Julia Thomas of the International Quidditch Association, The Hillywood Show, and Jarrod Perkins of Gred & Forge and the Harry Potter Alliance.

Also, I'll be attending as a regular ol' comic book nerd (I LOVE YOU, TOP SHELF!!! YOU ROCK MY WORLD, FIRST SECOND BOOKS!!!) on Preview Night, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you see me in the crowd, please say hello! I'd love to meet you. Look for my bright red hair:

I'll probably be walking beside Kiersten White when you find me. Because she makes me this happy!


Because LeakyCon is August 9-12 in Chicago!

And as over-the-top fantastic as Comic-Con is, my heart will always belong to Leaky. The Harry Potter fandom has been a home for me and Jarrod for . . . heavens, six years now? Seven? There's so much love and kindness and generosity in this community that my heart practically bursts from the memories.

This year, my husband will be rocking out as Gred & Forge on Friday night, and I'll be speaking on the Lit Track panels. Along with our favorite regulars — our longtime superawesome wizard rock buddies, Maureen Johnson, John and Hank Green, my beloved agent Kate Schafer Testerman — there are several new editions to the family, including HOLLY BLACK (cannot. wait. to fangirl.) and . . . LAINI TAYLOR!

The last time I saw Laini was here, in this picture, at last year's Comic-Con where we accidentally dressed like polka-dot twinsies. I miss her like crazy.

(I just realized that the other picture I posted also involves a black, polka-dotted dress. Obviously, I have a thing for them. And I do!)

I hope to see a bunch of you at these summer conventions. And I hope I'll see the rest of you here online. :-)

Happy July, everyone!