Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Foreign Furies

These are the Croatian and Chinese editions of Fury.

This is the UK edition of Eternity.

This is the German edition of Fury. 

I love seeing such varied interpretations of the subject matter -- all of them are dark and eerie, but in such different ways.

Did you know that Lauren Oliver and I got together at the end of July to share stories of writing and friendship? Check out the terrific recap from RT Book Reviews. Lauren and I hope to charm more readers in the Northeast this fall; stay tuned!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top 5 Children's Books

In honor of Children's Book Week, PLL Trendsetter Quinn shared her list of favorite kids books -- the ones that helped ignite her love for reading.

Thought I'd do the same.

1) Patrick and Ted by Geoffrey Hayes
I loved this book about two best friends who grow apart but eventually find a new friendship rhythm that accommodates their growth as individuals. Also those little bears are quite adorable.

2) The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright (one of Quinn's picks, too!)
The combination of real-life photography with fantasy world characters (a living doll and her stuffed bear companions) was magical and somehow frightening at the same time. I'm not the only one who harbored this ambivalence. Last year, Gretchen Rubin wrote about her lasting impressions of this same storybook. And a 2004 article in the New York Times delved even deeper into the Lonely Doll phenomenon.

3) A Very Young Dancer by Jill Krementz
I was not a very young dancer (I was a very young Girl Scout and a very young Reader and a very young Salamander Lover, but ballet was never my thing), but this book fascinated me with its behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of a child ballerina -- one who got to dance the Nutcracker, no less! I had two of the companion books, too (A Very Young Skater and a Very Young Gymnast), but this one was my favorite and has a tattered cover to prove it. I gobbled up this follow-up piece, published in the New York Times more than 30 years after the book was published.

4)  Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
No further explanation needed, methinks. To this day I love the name Fern.

FYI: In our elementary school production of this classic, I portrayed "a narrator" and sang part of this song (the part that begins, "fragile and magical shadows..."):

5) Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The whole series is amazing, obvs. But this first installment still stands out the most in my mind, what with the homemade Christmas treats, maple-sugaring, DIY bullet-making, and pig-bladder "ball" playing:

I should get the above image tattooed on my back it's so iconic in my life.

PS: THIS WAS HARD! There are so many I didn't mention. More to come, for sure!

Friday, May 3, 2013

I'm back

Six months. That's how long it's been (well, really six months and a couple of days) since I blogged. Why am I so bad at this? When I do write, does anyone actually read it? What should I write about?

Five things I'm excited about:
1) Potential DELIRIUM tv show. Um, excuse me? Lucy Hale tweeted about it. That is all.
2) Whole Fruit bars (strawberry and coconut flavors in particular).
3) My new, bright blue, J. Crew pants.
4) My garden! So far, I've planted: mixed lettuce, kale, chard, and peas. Peppers and snapdragons are growing inside until it get a bit warmer.
5) Having a martini after work.

Bonus 6) A new writing project I'm working on.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DEAR TEEN ME release day!

I'm so proud to have contributed to the DEAR TEEN ME anthology, which comes out today in paperback, audiobook, and e-book formats!

Lauren Oliver and I decided to go with a slightly different format: rather than writing to our own teen selves, we decided to write to past selves that we knew almost as well -- each other's. See, Lauren and I were practically inseparable from eighth grade on. We sang and studied together, we pined over boys together, we grappled with family dysfunction and the desire to be popular and loved, we knew each other's hopes, fears, joys, and miseries. We snuck out behind the tennis courts for illicit cigarettes during school hours and we wrote each other hundreds of notes (in fact, we had a shared journal that we often passed back and forth); we made pasta with ketchup after school and dreamed of living together in New York City. We partied together. We made bad decisions -- and some good ones! -- together. We applied to college and separated (her to Chicago, me to Boston, then to other far-flung cities), but we've never lost that deep, intimate bond that can only be shared by teenage girls. We still tell each other everything; we still get "spaghetti arms" when we laugh too hard for too long.

Our letters to each other are honest and real. Let me know what you think.

And look for Lauren and I in this trailer (one of three!), giggling and reminding each other (and you!) not to start smoking.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Is everyone awesome, or am I just lucky?

Just gotta say, I thought it was a fluke last year when I got Becca Fitzpatrick and Moira Young as tourmates. These women are just too awesome, I thought. They must be the best of the best.

But now I'm just starting to think that all Simon & Schuster YA authors rule. Becca is just as cool as she ever was -- humble and sweet and smart -- and I'm totally fan-girling over Kresley Cole and Tonya Hurley. Kresley is a Southern belle with a killer smile and an even killing-er work ethic (I mean, 19 books???); Tonya has a dry wit and warm demeanor that put me instantly at ease.

Here's me and Becca on our way to last night's launch party for FINALE:

I told you I was gonna wear pearls!

PLUS I got to meet Ally Condie at the Provo library #AngelsNightOut event last night!

There she is, with me and Tonya:

Who is that handsome man amongst us? Oh, just PATCH, aka Drew Doyon, who is as charming and easy to talk to as he is attractive. Yes, his shirt did come off at one point last night. No, I was not the instigator.

Here's one of the whole group. So psyched that we get to do this a few more times!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Careless Whisper, plus where I'll be this fall!!

For some reason this 1984 hit reminds me of the Fury series. It's slightly spooky and it references a betrayal ("guilty feet have got no rhythm..."). Sure, the fashion (do you SEE that bathing suit at the 2-minute mark???) and setting are decidedly un-New England, but I couldn't see those when I heard this song on the radio the other day and immediately thought, Em. This is Em's song.

Anyway, back to 2012.

I am thrilled to announce that I'll be visiting several far-flung US cities later this month, touring with a superstar list of authors that includes Becca Fitzpatrick, Tonya Hurley, Kresley Cole, and more.

Here's what I know so far. Check my Twitter and Facebook for updates.

-- Tuesday, October 23, 7 pm @ the Provo Library in Provo, UT: FINALE book launch party!!! This is where Becca, Tonya, Kresley, and I will be wearing our fanciest duds (Becca's already told me she'll be sporting sequins!). Apparently this library has a ballroom, which will fulfill my fantasies of going to a ball. Oh, and NBD, Patch will be there too. You know, just one of the hottest guys ever.

-- Wednesday, October 24, 7 pm @ Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, AZ: Heather Brewer will be joining me, Becca, Tonya, and Kresley (*jaw drops to floor* - what a line-up) to sign books and talk teen lit.

-- Thursday, October 25th, 6:30 pm @ Barnes & Noble at the Clackamas Town Center Mall in Portland, OR: Me + BF + TH = YES. This will be my first trip to the "other Portland" and I'm excited to see what I can see of the city -- even if it's just from the backseat of a car.

-- Friday, October 26th, 7 pm @ Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, TX: A few choice members of my family will be able to come to this one, which is a special treat. Becca and I will be rocking this old-school style, just the two of us, and I'm psyched to wrap up a week of events in this semi-familiar city (by semi-familiar I mean that I've been there twice).

Becca and I kicking it "backstage" at Chapters Brampton last year. 
-- Tuesday, October 30th, 11 am @ Maine Coast Book Shop event in Damariscotta, ME: More info to come. 

-- Saturday, November 3rd, 1 pm @ Watermark Irish Pub in Toronto, CA: I'll be at the Second Annual Ontario Blog Squad blogger meet-up. I had such a wonderful time in Toronto last year and can only assume that this time around will be just as memorable. Can't wait to drink a Guinness and talk books!

Hope to see you out there.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

ENVY playlist!

Last year, I created a Fury playlist of songs that I felt corresponded with certain moods and scenes of the first book. You can find the songs here.

Here's the one for ENVY, which is celebrating its book birthday TODAY! I tried to make a playlist on Spotify but it's too technologically complicated for me to deal with right now. So annoying!

Does this work?

ENVY by Elizabeth Miles

Hope so. In case it doesn't, or in case you don't have Spotify, here is a screenshot of the playlist from my iTunes. (Even this took me like half an hour to figure out.)

Have you read the book? Do you think these songs fit?

What would you put on a Fury or Envy playlist?

And thanks, as always, for all your kind wishes and support. If you're in the area, I hope to see you at Longfellow Books for tonight's launch party!