Tag Archives: Family

Harry Potter and the Gushy Stuff

I’m keeping busy writing Runaway, the sequel to Being Nikki, and revising Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls #5 (which just had a title change—from Birthday Bash to Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out, which is more appropriate given that there’s both a great deal of glitter and girls acting fake in it). And I […]

Romance, Trauma Porn, and Brazil Dates!

So many people have sent me this article (or the link to the original one it refers to)! Books about “dark” subject matters (like “13 Reasons Why,” about a girl who commits suicide, and “If I Stay,” about a girl in a coma) are hot in YA right now! There’s even a name for this […]

Advice, Please!

Whenever I was feeling sad because a boy had said something mean to me or dumped me or asked some other girl to the prom and not me, my mom would make me a cup of hot cocoa in a special Mary Englebreit mug we used to have that looked like this: It had this […]

Bratz vs. Barbies; Zombies vs. Unicorns; Miley vs. Spaghetti Cat; etc.

Okay, so there’s a lot going on. I don’t even know where to begin. First off thanks to everyone who wrote to say they were touched by the story about how He Who Shall Not Be Named In This Blog worked two jobs to pay off my debt. He WAS very sweet to do this. […]


Wow. So, I don’t know about you, but I found out I had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving…. …and not just that, unlike Real Housewife of Atlanta Kim W., my hair isn’t falling out…at least, not anymore. (When I had lyme disease, hair loss was one of my symptoms. So if you’re […]

Bad Mommy

You guys are so sweet! So many of you have been writing in with tips on how to overcome my cough from hell! And I’ve been taking your advice (everything from dark chocolate to caffeine). I’m on the mend and can’t thank you enough! And a lot of you wanted to know if you could […]

Tiny Boxes

Cough! Cough! Okay, so do any of the cold and cough medicines you can buy over the counter actually work anymore? Because I’ve been trying all the various members of the Robitussin and Sucrets family, and so far I’m still hacking away like Mimi in La Boheme (well, you know, if she’d really exhibited the […]

Dumbledore is Gay!!!!

I knew it. I don’t mean to brag or anything, but my gaydar is seriously fine-tuned thanks to all the guys I’ve dated over the years who turned out to be same-sex oriented (I’ve gotten much better now than I used to be. Now I just assume every guy I meet is gay until he […]

Do Some Good/Happy Bday, HWSNBNITB

Did you know over 3,000 people sign up to win the six free copies of my books that I give away here every month? Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t keep trying, but you might want to even out the odds a little. Anyone wanting to get their hands on an autographed advanced reader copy […]

Greetings from the Lair

I am still trapped in He Who Shall Not Be Named In This Blog’s lair. Unlike other heroines who have been brought to the lairs of superheroes–such as, say, Katie Holmes in the excellent (except for Katie Holmes’s character) movie Batman Begins–I have not been knocked unconscious. Except this would have been awesome because, as […]