Book mail is one of the nicest perks of my job. Past Perfect Life by @elizabetheulberg is about a girl who finds out she went missing more than fifteen years ago. Thanks for the #summerread, @bloomsburypublishing. And congrats, Elizabeth. Can’t wait to read.
I can think of three boyfriends I had in my teens and early twenties who had something of this dynamic (in the quote, above). That is, they liked me because my ignorance or youth made them him feel like men, in comparison. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To this, I say, in retrospect-- UGH. It was good for me, in one case, to learn from someone I was dating. He had expertise that I enjoyed learning about, and his enthusiasm was infectious. But it sucked to be condescended to, even when the condescension was benevolent and subtle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Looking back, I realize those people didn't ever think that maybe I had knowledge or insight from which THEY could learn -- in other words, on an unspoken level, they didn't believe that I had anything to teach them in return. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Planned Parenthood. Without their help I would have very likely gotten pregnant my senior year of high school, given that I was sexually active all that year with a regular partner. They are AWESOME. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You should go! They will set you up with your sexual health, no judgement. They're all over the country (USA) and easy to find. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You should donate $ to them, too! If you can. They are fighting the good fight against laws that restrict women's control over their own bodies and access to needed services. They're a force for good in your community. Yes, yours. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @plannedparenthood #birthcontrol #abortionrights #sexualhealth ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Via novelist @krisdinison, who was RTing @girlswithpensatx. Love this graphic.
I am holding up my hand to protect myself from the terrifying cute filters @myraclegirl had on her phone. She was turning me into a creepy baby and a man. We are at #bookcon #bookcon2019 #thebookcon. She is my friend. #laurenmyracle #elockhart #authorlife #authorsofinsta #yaauthors
Throwback. Anniversary! This is an old PR photo of me, @laurenmyracle and @sarahmlynowski. ELEVEN YEARS ago, May 2008, we published a YA novel together about a road trip, three very different girls, a hotel full of pirates, a wayward alligator, some arguments about sex and religion, and a good number of cute boys. It's called HOW TO BE BAD, and it's still in print, I'm happy to say. You should read it. It's funny and a bit dirty and it might make you cry, plus there's romance, and three powerful young women at the center. We were strangers when we started writing that novel, and we're still friends and co-authors, today. We met on social media. Happy HOW TO BE BAD anniversary, my friends. Photo by @westoncapture.
What I am really thinking about. Wallpaper. These are by William Morris, one of my favorite artists. For the kitchen. Thoughts?
Celebration! Gayle Forman was over today for a writing date and we realized that yesterday we had each finished and turned in a NOVEL. Mine is Again Again, coming in May 2020. Gayle’s is top secret! We decided to celebrate with some champagne. Yeah, it’s in jelly jars. Don’t judge 😀.
Who’s your favorite superhero? I’d love to know. Spider-Man is mine but I thought a lot about Hulk while I was writing Genuine Fraud. About the images: celebrating the Genuine Fraud paperback, here are two picture quotes for comparison. The quotes are not the same, but they both pick up on the action hero worship that is part of the main character’s personality. The first is by Heather Weston @westoncapture with kibitzing by me. The second is by the good folks @getunderlined @randomhousekids — and it uses much more contrast between text and image. More surprising, less on the nose. But less action hero musculature, too. Fave hero?
Fun fact? Rebecca Soler, who narrates Genuine Fraud on audio and whom you can hear in this trailer, is an old friend of mine. She is an Odyssey and Earphones winner and narrates books by @marissameyerauthor @gingerhazing @theallycarter @stephanie_garber @summerscourtney @pammunozryan and @ashadeofvampire. Isn’t that cool? I was very lucky to get her for GF. And she does my Upside-Down Magic middle grade, too. ❤️❤️❤️ Trailer for Genuine Fraud paperback, made by @getunderlined and @randomhousekids. #youngadultfiction #yabookstagram #youngadultbook #youngadultbooks #ireadya #audiobooks #rebeccasoler #elockhart #genuinefraud #karenmcmanus #wewereliars #thrillers #instabook #yabooks #domesticnoir #noir