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theravensbluediadem said: While I do love your books I've come to love your online persona more.
Aww, thank you! This is so sweet.
I also like that you identify it as a persona. Which it is. I take a narrow slice of my life, my personality, the things that are important of me—but not the things that are the most important to me—and I share those. So, while all of it is authentic and genuine, it’s also very much a persona and not all of me.
For example, I’m much, MUCH taller in person.
(Seriously though, I love interacting with people online. I love the communities here. And I love that I can be a part of them while still keeping private the things that are mine alone. I have such lovely, lovely readers, who have always been so respectful and also so awesomely fun. Lately there have been things I’ve debated sharing for the first time. While they are deeply personal, they also might be helpful to young people to see someone else struggling with and still doing well and having a happy, fulfilling life. But it’s always a fine line to walk. Sometimes are easier than sometimes. Regardless, I appreciate everyone who follows my nonsense, who laughs with me, and who brightens a small part of my world simply by existing in it. XOXO.)
I know it can be confusing when people refer to their kids by strange names online. Are those their kids’ real names? Are they code names?
Just to clarify, my children are, in fact, named 10yo, 8yo, and The Baby Otter. 10yo is a lovely girl of sixteen, 8yo turned five last year, and The Baby Otter is entering his first year of college!
A good way to really get into writing a make-out scene is to imagine when your super supportive parents read it.
You probably don’t need another reason to read In the Shadows if you joined in our Twitter chat with authors Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo, but just in case, here’s one more.
(Catch up on the Twitter chat here: http://bit.ly/VqsLXW
And read an excerpt of In the Shadows here: http://bit.ly/1nsiFlq)
softsilence said: I can't stop laughing at that kissing scene oh my GOSH
My artistically gifted husband once took the time to craft a gorgeous, intricately designed, handmade card for an anniversary. In his very best lettering, he wrote out,
"Not a day goes by when I think of you and smile."
I say this because not a day goes by when he doesn’t make me laugh and fill my life with joy. (And we also laugh every time we reference that card, because as far as typos go, it was pretty awesomely epic.) (I still have the card. Not a day goes by when I think of it and don’t smile.)
Just to spew a little more mush over your dashboard, I married the best person I have ever known, and wish for everyone that you, too, find someone who makes you laugh every day.
Even if not a day goes by when they think of you and smile.
Today, in texts from the husband, he gives me ideas for a kissing scene:
"His wet tongue rolled over mine. His drool was sweet, like non-gross sweat, and slightly cooler than mine. I was in heaven. But I couldn’t breathe because of a nasal slight cold so I had to break contact at one corner and gulp air. I dove back in."
But then he told me it was copyrighted and I couldn’t use it. Jerk.
Happy ISLA day!
This book is a work of breathtaking beauty. It also has the best, most positive depiction of someone on the Autism Spectrum that I’ve read in YA literature.
KURT. I have a crush on Kurt. But I have a crush on 95% of the cast of this book. My critique comments were really helpful. (“I’d date Isla.” “I’d date Nate.” “I’d date Hattie.” “I’d date Kurt.” So on, so forth.)
Welcome back to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight, and a special welcome to today’s guest, the lovely Stephanie Perkins! We swooned over ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, but ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER just might be our favorite. This international love story (Paris! New York! Barcelona!) has us believing in true love all over again. For more on Steph and her next project, be sure to read on…
Name: Stephanie Perkins
Novel: ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Available: August 14, 2014
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead?
What’s your favorite thing about your book?
That it’s finished.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose?
Definitely someone like Robinson Crusoe, who has deserted-island experience. WAIT. Scratch that! Dumbledore. He could apparate me back to my house. (Living on a deserted island sounds terrible to me.)
Where do you write?
I write on a coral-pink desk in my lime-green office. I’ve never been able to work in coffee shops or on the road.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history?
This is tough, because everyone is flawed, and the further back you go, the more troubling some of those flaws become. But I do like Oscar Wilde. He was incredibly brave.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted?
Yes! I’m @naturallysteph. I couldn’t possibly guess, but the funniest thing would have been a re-tweet (as opposed to something *I* said). I follow a lot of comedians.
What is your favorite season?
Autumn. The great pumpkin.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go?
I would stay right where I am. I’m a homebody. This *is* my universe.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I’m easily distractible, so: Noise-canceling headphones on. Freedom for Mac on. Phone off.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Reading a good book in bed. Falling asleep and then picking it right back up as soon as I awaken.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Sigur Rós, the Tabernacle in Atlanta. Early ‘00s. The beauty of the band and the old building—which is hand-painted in roses and stars and other marvelous things—was absolutely astounding.
What are you currently working on?
A teen slasher. Blood! Sex! Death! It’s not very subtle, but it is a ton of fun.
Steph, we are excited for the slasher, but promise us you won’t stop writing love stories!
Order ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER here!