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10.21.2013

AUTUMN TOUR DATES


Hi, friends!

This week, I'm taking a road trip to Nebraska. I'll be at the Millard Branch of the Omaha Public Library this Wednesday (October 23rd) with Gayle Forman and Rainbow Rowell.

I'm so giddy! They're such smart, thoughtful, talented women (good gravy, are they talented), and the three of us have such similar/overlapping readerships. It'll be a great evening. We'll be talking about "Coming of Age, Falling in Love: Teen Love Stories and Why They Matter to Us All," and a book signing will follow. The event is free. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the event itself starts at 7 p.m. Further details are here on the library's website.

I've been superlucky, because I've already gotten to hang out with them this year—oddly enough, both times in Portland, Oregon. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of myself with Rainbow. (Rainbow, we have to fix this!) But Gayle and I had this series of cute photographs taken together two weeks ago by Andie Petkus Photography in Wordstock's official Red Chair:



I love Gayle.

And look how close our hair colors are right now! I'm almost all natural again. The strawberry-blonde-ish tips are the last remaining hold out. The tips aren't dyed; they're simply the fade from last year's bright candy red.

(Yes. There was a natural red underneath the fake red.)

I still can't believe how lucky I got with this growing-out stage. I thought I'd have horrible clown hair for at least a year, but it's faded so nicely that most people think it was dyed like this on purpose. The hair gods have been kind, indeed. I feel like I should place a gift of thanks on their altar.

What does one give the hair gods? Bottles of Aveda gel? Rhinestone barrettes? 

A lot of readers have asked me why I'm no longer dying my hair blue or bright red. The answer, of course, is complicated. The biggest reason is that after five years of bleaching, my hair—which is already dry and brittle—had enough. My waves and curls were gone. There was zero shine or luster. My hair needed a rest.

I was also tired of having to lug around my own towels and pillowcases when I traveled. Oh, how those dyes bled!

And. Well. I've been writing inside the head of a natural redhead for the last two years—Isla Martin, of course—and whenever I'm that close to a character, frankly, I begin to imitate them. Or they imitate me. I'm never quite sure where one of us begins and the other ends. But we're definitely connected.

I'm not sure how long I'll remain natural. Probably for a while. Maybe until I'm grey. The thing with me is that the moment people start to assume something—"Oh, she's the author with the colorful hair," "Oh, she's the author who writes contemporary romance"—I'm likely to run (not walk, run) in the opposite direction. My chest gets tight and constricted. My mind challenges an imaginary crowd. "So you like that, do you? Well, how about this? How do you like me now?!"

Admittedly, it's kind of exhausting. But I've been this way for as long as I can remember. And I wouldn't change it.

So. GAYLE. Omaha isn't our only event together this autumn!


This picture was taken last November at YALLFest in Charleston, South Carolina. Gayle and I will both be returning for the festivities, and we're adding an additional event in Georgia right before it!

November 7th: Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA. Gayle and I will be signing books and discussing "What Is Love, Anyway? Teens, Romance, & Transformation." Free for everyone. Starts at 7 p.m.

November 9th: YALLFest in Charleston, SC. This all-day event features over fifty (!!!) YA authors. It's free, and there's lot more information on their website.

I hope that some of you fellow Southerners can make it. Next year, it looks like I might have some winter events in a few new (to me) states—Virginia and Maryland. I'll keep you posted!

19 comments:

  1. Great shots of you and Gayle! Very fun! Your natural color is lovely. I especially love the last pic. The love and admiration you have for each other shines.

    I'm dying to read Just One Year when I have a moment to slow down and read. And cannot WAIT to read Isla. I'm crossing my fingers and wishing on a star that you two will be able to visit the New England area in the future.

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    1. Thank you so much for all of these wonderful compliments. I hope you enjoy JUST ONE YEAR! And I really hope to visit New England, too. :-)

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  2. So, so, so excited to see you at YA'LL Fest. I saw you a few years ago in Phoenix, but I'm VERY excited to see you again!

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    1. Hurrah! I'm so glad you'll be able to make it out to Charleston. YALLFest is one of my very very very most favorite-est events!

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  3. Oh my gosh, you guys are the cutest together. Love the hair, btw.

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    1. Thank you, and thank you again! <3

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  4. Look how cute you and Gayle are! I wish I could make it to Omaha, maybe I will send my brother so I can get a book plate for Fangirl. I love seeing your almost natural hair, not that I didn't like your blue & red red hair but I have a soft spot in my heart for redheads.

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    1. Aw, thank you. I wish you could have been there! :-)

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  5. Hi Stephanie! Love, love, loved Anna and the French Kiss. I was just flipping through it last night to read some of the best parts over again and to get inspired for my own writing. I'm ridiculously sad that I don't live in Omaha. Both of my sisters do - in Millard even. So I am sending them your way on Wednesday to get an autograph on my behalf. Will there be books for purchase there, or am I sending them to Barnes & Noble on their way to the signing? :)

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    1. Serenity, were your sisters able to attend the event last night? We hope there's an autographed book in your future!

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    2. Hi, Serenity! I believe I *did* sign some books for you, yes? I'm sorry that you couldn't make the event. I'm so honored that you would re-read ANNA. That's SUCH a huge compliment. Thank you. :-)

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  6. I love the pictures of you and Gayle! They're so sweet. The event in Omaha sounds great. I would love to attend an event with three of my faves. What a dream!

    Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I truly do wish I could go on the road with both of them. They're such amazing, wise women. I always learn so much when I'm in their company. Role models, for sure.

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  7. You have the most gorgeous hair! After meeting you at Wordstock I was telling my sister about how much color envy I had because of your tips haha. Plus all those gorgeous curls.

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  8. Stephanie, you're awesome! Thank you so much for visiting Omaha Public Library last night. We hope you had as much fun as your guests did. ;)

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    1. I had a BLAST. It was truly one of the best library events that I've ever done. Thank you so much for hosting us!!!

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  9. Oh good now I know what hair color to expect! :D I hate dying my hair - I mean, I like the color, but I hate hate hate the upkeep. The last time I dyed it, it grew out perfect, like yours, and it was such a relief.

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    1. Oh, man. Yeah, the upkeep was exhaaaaaaausting. Enough of that! :-)

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