Meg's Diary

Heather Wells is Ready to Rock

It’s been a crazy week! Between the wildfires in the west, the storms in the northeast, and Tom and Katie, it’s starting to look like the Mayans might have been right about 2012.

But the Mayans didn’t count on brave firefighters, power company workers, and Katie’s crack legal team. So we shouldn’t pack our bags to run off with John Cusack quite yet.

I have to pack a bag, but only to leave for my two week long book tour (click on the link to see if I’ll be visiting somewhere near you, and if I am, stop by to see me!) for my new book, Size 12 and Ready to Rock which will be out on TUESDAY (YAY!!!). So I’m going to make this quick.

But look what was found in the vaults of the Cartwright Records building as they were remodeling to make way for the new Cartwright Televsion division:

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I know! Heather Wells thought she’d never have to see that thing again, especially now that she’s quit the music business to work in residence life in a New York City college dorm and solve murders there.

But now, thanks to the Internet, this video is EVERYWHERE, mocking her!

Personally I think Heather is being too modest, and this video is hilarious (special thanks to the ultra amazing Brady Hall and his team, everyone at Avon/HarperMorrow, also my own home team of Laura, Louis, and HWSNBNITB, and especially Janey, whose idea it was). Please do me a favor and forward this video to everyone you know, before Heather takes out a cease-and-desist.

I get so many emails and Facebook messages and Tweets asking for more books about amateur sleuth Heather (way more than any other series, except possibly The Mediator), that I couldn’t resist signing up to write a few more books about her.

Heather isn’t just popular in the US. She’s popular all over the world. Here are a few of her international covers. I would like it noted that I’m not sure what is going on in most of these covers. Heather never loses weight. She is a victim of vanity sizing. She solves crimes. But like Heather, I go with the flow:

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As to WHY I think readers connect with Heather, I speculate a bit here on Huffington Post.

But who really knows? How can you not love someone who’s been beat up a little by life, but keeps getting back up again . . . and of course, who then catches murderers?

Of course, tastes vary. I’ve got a friend who’s become a little anti-princess since she became a mom, and is trying to raise her daughter to be princess-free. I’ve blogged about my feelings on this subject before (I believe in princess power), so Barbara Chai at The Wall Street Journal asked my thoughts on the new Pixar-Disney movie, “Brave.” Here’s what I wrote, not just about the movie, but about how I, a princess lover, was parented on the subject.

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I think one way to empower young women and girls is to provide them with positive role models. So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 14 years. Some of my books, above.

If you can’t make it to any of my Ready to Rock book tour stops but still want to talk about Heather or the Princess Thing or derechos or Tom and Katie, you don’t have to be left out! Join the
Book Club Girl Meg Cabot Read-Along!, as well as the Ready to Rock Goodreads page, where they’re also giving away a limited number of copies (the deadline to enter is July 9)! And don’t forget, we’ll be talking about all of this on the Meg Cabot Forums as well!

Want to know some of the books I recommend (besides my own) as summer reads for you or the princess in your life? Here are a few:

Jessica Brody’s 52 Reasons to Hate My Father. The super funny trailer is here! OK, I actually got to read an early copy of this book and thought it was a riot (but it isn’t all fluff. The heroine ends up being very sympathetic, and learns something important we can all relate to and appreciate).

Sarah Mlynowski’s fractured fairy tale, Whatever After. As I read this I thought it would actually be a good story for a family car ride to be read or heard aloud. It’s got a sister AND brother and many jokes about ketchup in addition to a fun retelling of Snow White in which she reads estate law instead of falling asleep after biting an apple.

For the older ladies, don’t forget Jennifer Weiner’s The Next Best Thing. Jen’s a fun author with a great sense of humor, as you can see from this New York Times article.

If you like mysteries (who doesn’t?) Emily Arsenault will have a new one out July 31 called Miss Me When I’m Gone that’s about a female author who dies (possibly by murder) while researching a novel. Not that this is something I fantasize all the time would happen to me so I’ll have a good excuse to get out of my deadlines (although of course I don’t actually want to die, maybe just go into a slight coma like Snow White. Oh, I guess that’s wrong, but wouldn’t we all like a little nap?).

And here’s a reminder to all you Betsy-Tacy lovers out there: the Betsy-Tacy Convention starts July 19! Deadline to register is July 8. I can’t go this year, but you MUST, or miss out on one of the most adorable events in the world. If you can’t go, at least read all the books, or buy them for someone who hasn’t read them yet, and introduce them to a world where girls gossip the old fashioned way — behind each other’s back instead of on Facebook. Ye old Betsy book shoppe is open 24 hours (which I find extremely comforting, somehow).

Finally, check out Heather Wells’s playlist of cool women rockers on my YouTube channel (also open 24 hours).

See you for Heather’s BIG RELEASE DAY on Tuesday!

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More later.

Much love,

Meg

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