Thursday, August 13, 2009

It's a Party!


Hey friendlies:

I'm off upstate near the Delaware River, communing with nature and being vair vair serious about my writing.
(Also? Dealing with satellite Interwebs, which is why all of my posting has been so spotty of late. Props to Liz for helping a sister out with the slack).

One thing that is NOT serious, however--in that it is ALL ABOUT funfunfun--is that the launch of Fashionista is well underway! My author copies arrived the other day and they are gorj. Gorj, I tell you. You've already seen the ultra-fab trailer that Liz posted the other day (it totally makes me SO CURIOUS to learn all of Mads' secrets, and--DUH!--I'm the one who wrote them!). But between now and 8/25 (our official launch date), you can check out Paige's blog, an uber-insider's account of her time at Zephyr.

We're also going to be running new exclusive content on the other Bradfordians' blogs, so if you aren't following those yet, keep your eyes peeled. And Mads herself will be running exclusive interviews with other fashion-type peeps, and offering up awesome giveaways in the process. This will all culminate in a MOST VERIEST Twitter party, (date TBD), wherein you can test your knowledge of all things Bradford, and win many loverly prizes.

What more can I say?
Watch. This. Space.

Mwah!

--Meeks

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fashionista Launchy Goodness!

Sorry we've been so quiet recently, but we've been gearing up for an amazing FASHIONISTA launch and working on Bradford #3. But it was worth the wait, because now we've got a bunch of blogiddy goodness for you, counting down to the launch of Fashionista later this month.

First, hot off the presses (or the iMac, more likely), is the trailer for Fashionista.



Let us know what you think of it, and please feel free to repost it.

Second, fan-favorite character Paige is going to be sharing her deepest, darkest secrets from her second stint at Zephyr all this month at her blog, The Detox Diaries, in what we like to call Bradford blogisodes.

She'll be opening up the privacy settings on the posts she wrote while she was involuntarily shipped off to the island rehab retreat so you can take a peak. Her posts will bridge the gap between GoldenGirl and Fashionista and let you know EXACTLY how she feels about Regan weaseling her way into Paige's inner circle and what Spencer did to her at the end of book #1, among other things. So, if you want the inside scoop, be sure to add her blog to your RSS reader, or check her blog during the week for updates.

Finally, with help from the YA blogger who runs Alley of Books, we're planning a Fashionista Twitter Party with author Micol Ostow for later this month, which will include an online trivia hunt, giveaways, and possible guest appearances from the Bradford girls themselves. (Hmm... wonder how well they're getting along these days.)

So, enjoy all the great stuff we have for you today, and keep checking back for the latest updates!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

This Book Is So Punk Rock

Micol Ostow is one busy author. When she's not writing the next Bradford novel or creating amazing online content, she writes amazing stand alone books like SO PUNK ROCK (And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), a hybrid prose/graphic novel published by Flux that she created with her brother, illustrator David Ostow. It goes on sale today, so if you like Micol's other books, pick it up at your local bookstore or order it online.

Micol has really gotten the hang of this multi-platform stuff—SO PUNK ROCK's characters come to life in much the same way as the Bradfordians. Check out Ari and Reena's Twitter accounts and The Tribe's My Space page.

Check out the trailer, here:




And let us know what you think about Micol and David's new book!

Monday, June 29, 2009

FASHIONISTA takes the blogosphere by storm!

Or, okay--if not storm per se, there's a small drizzle happenin' up in here.
It's true, folks--the first sighting of a FASHIONISTA review online! Check it out!

Courtesy of the fine folks at BookKids, which seems like a totally fabu indie bookstore. Wish I were closer so I could stop by and thank 'em in person for the shout out! We're keeping vair good company in that article, as well. Note to self: stock up on summer sequel reading.

Now that the first draft of book 3 is complete, we're gearing up for lots of pre-launch book 2 funnage. Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

I was thinking of you lovelies the WHOLE TIME!

Reasons why this blog has been so hushity.

Also, a trailer for my non-Bradford project.

(Don't worry--you friendlies will always be my truest).

To bed so I can finish book 3 TOMORROW!

Besos,

Meeks

Thursday, May 21, 2009

NYC Teen Author Carnival!



Hello friendlies:

I am tappity-tapping away at an undisclosed location (okay, fine--it's Cafe Henri, try to contain your shock), but wanted to quickly post about this most very of author events taking place in NYC next Thurs:
The NYC Teen Author Carnival!

It is being run by YA bloggers Devyn Burton, Mitali Dave, and Korianne Wey, and rumor has it there may be TREATS and CONNECT FOUR involved!
I will be there, as will many, many other most awesome young adult writers. Come carnival with us!

And now, back to my regularly scheduled Bradfording....

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Notes from the Underground


As FlirtyLiz has intimated, I've been squirreled away working on the third installment of Bradford, which is tons of fun, especially since it's very Hollywood and pop culture-centric.
I haven't had much chance to come up for air, but I thought you might appreciate a short list of recent Google searches I've done in service of your fine book series:

1. M Night Shymalan
2. Tarte Cheek Stain
2. Lotta Stensson
3. Dolce and Gabbana (I really should know how to spell this by now)
4. Apothecary Bar, Philadelphia
5. Golden Bridge Yoga, LA
6. Ryder Jared
7. Soiree
8. microdermabrasion
9. Jimmy Choo
10. Martin Scorsese

Liz would be impressed to learn that despite all of this web-based "research," I have resisted the siren song of Internet shopping.

Back to work, people!

MWAH!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Hello, Bradford fans!

Today is a very special day—the anniversary of the birth of Bradford's talented author, Micol Ostow. So let's all wish her the most fantabulous of birthdays!

(Meanwhile, she's toiling away on the third Bradford manuscript, so cheer her on!)

I have it on good authority that several Bradfordians actually sent her e-mails to wish her well. How meta!

Micol, here's hoping you get to eat lots of Smooch sweets and drink a Saketini to celebrate you special day!

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Across the Blogoverse, Part 2

Hello, Bradford Friendlies!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. Micol's hard at work in a super-sekrit location, writing BOOK #3 of Bradford. (Okay, probably not REALLY secret. I'm guessing she's either in her writing chair, or at Cafe Henri, or possibly watching Veronica Mars on a short break.)

My excuse is that we're working with Simon Pulse on some Even More Super-Sekrit stuff, that will most likely include a big Bradford contest & ALL-NEW, ONLINE-ONLY Blogisodes in June to tide you over until FASHIONISTA comes out in August.

In the meantime, check out these recent Bradfordly links:

Senfaye at A Maze of Books says "GoldenGirl lived up to my expectations, and it was awesome!"

The Feed Your Imagination book blog says "Ostow's latest is fun and fast-paced."

Ten Cent Notes says "It's fun, gossipy, not so mean that it's trashy, but definitely a wonderfully fluffy read..." and also posted an interview with Micol.

So, enjoy these links & keep checking back for more updates about our SEKRIT June online events!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Countdown to FASHIONISTA!

If you didn't get enough of Bradford's resident fashionista in GoldenGirl, never fear! Madison's story (and scandals) are featured in the second Bradford novel, Fashionista, coming to bookstores on August 25, 2009.

I know, I know. That sounds like a long time before you'll be able to get your Mads fix. But just remember two things:

1) You can count the days until Fashionista hits stores with this loverly countdown widget. Share it! Embed it on your blog! Watch the seconds/minutes/hours/days click away!


2) You can always get more Mads via her blog, her Twitter feed, or her Facebook page to tide you over while you wait for all the gory deats of her scandalous life!

P.S. Don't you just love this cover? Mads really knows how to rawk a gold sequin top!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No foolin'!


Hello friendliest:

I know it might seem that April 1st would be the perfect opportunity to pull some kind of cyber-prank on all of you devoted Bradford followers, but alas, I'm on major deadline (book 3, here we come!), and not feeling particularly crafty today (gotta save all of that scheming for my girlies, right?).

Instead, I wanted to give a quick shout out to Wdebo, the blogger behind The Electrical book cafe. Wdebo recently posted a review of GoldenGirl that I loved, loved, loved! NOT only because she liked the book and had lots of good things to say about it (though, I have to admit, of course that helped), but specifically for this quote:

"All in all, this was a really good book for those who enjoy books like Privilege. Also, for those, like me, who HATE these types of books, read it and I believe you will like them like I do. ( I can't wait for Fashionista!"

I just adore the fact that my little old book managed to appeal to entice someone to read outside of their typical area of interest.
Not that I don't enjoy positive feedback from ALL of my readers--srsly, flattery will get you everywhere, people--but there's an added element of satisfaction in knowing that we've managed to convert one bookworm over to the Dark Side (otherwise known as "blitchlit").

And that's no joke!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Winners are UP!




Yes, you read that correctly, WINNERS. As in, plural. Spencer is giving away TWO prizes on her blog to the winners of her birthday contest. Check it out.

Monday, March 30, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!

Hello my most friendliest of people:

If you'll allow me a moment of self-indulgence, I just wanted to post a brief notice that TODAY IS MY BABY BROTHER'S 30 BIRTHDAY!
It's true. David K. Ostow is old as the hills, yo.
Some of you who know my work know that Dave is my collaborator and illustrator on the forthcoming hybrid graphic novel project, So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), which will be out in July. See above: us at last year's Comic Con NYC being all professional and conference-like.

In terms of his relationship to the Bradford-verse, suffice it to say that one Jeremy Brown's musical tastes have been heavily influenced by Brother Dave.

Dave blogs about book and non-book stuff over on livejournal; stop by, friend him, and wish him a happy day if you have a mo'.

Here's a shot of us from his official birthday celebration this past Saturday night--what on earth do we think I was talking about?!



Maybe we're still arguing about that acoustic Nirvana CD that went missing sometime in the mid-nineties. We'll never know.

Regardless, I hope you have a fabbidy day, David!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spencer's contest

Quick update to let you know Spencer's blog comments form was temporarily broken, BUT HAS NOW BEEN FIXED!! So please enter to win a signed copy of THE SEASON!

Sorry about that!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The kitchen sink

(Also known as, this blog post.)
For serious people, I have many many things to share with you! So exciting!

For starters, in Bradford news, yesterday was the Biggest Teen Author Signing Ever at Books of Wonder in NYC. Not only did I get to sign copies of GoldenGirl, but I also got to meet Bradford friendlies Sharon Anne and Khyrinthia! I am pleased to report that both are every bit as awesome in person as online.
You may recall that Sharon Anne was our grand prize winner from the Bradford Blog Bash! Here's a pic of her humbly accepting her prize package (above).
(Please to disregard my slouching! I can hear my mother in my ear with the: "stand up straight!" And she would be correct. But oh, well.)

Other things Bradford: Spencer's birthday contest continues! Today, she announced on her blog that she'll be giving away as her present to YOU a signed copy of The Season by authoress extraordinaire Sarah MacLean. Rumor has it that Sarah will even be doing a short Q&A with Spencer on Wednesday in honor of the close of the contest. Swing by Spencer's blog between now and midnight Wednesday and post your own six word memoir, and you'll be entered for a chance to win the book.
(And believe you me, it's a good book. Worth the pain of the creative process.)



You might think that that is more than enough news from my corner of the world. But I have MORE THINGS TO TELL YOU!
Namely, that I can be found this week in two places: firstly, at author KC Dyer's Darby Speaks blog, chatting about--what else?--the Bradfordlies.
ALSO, an excerpt for the Ellen Hopkins anthology from SmartPop, Flirtin' With the Monster, (coming in May) can be found here. I was so flattered to be asked to contribute an essay, and let me tell you, it was nice to put those VCFA critical writing skills to use!

As you can see, it's been all kinds of bizzy here in Ostow-ville. But I wouldn't have it any other way!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spencer's Spectacular Birthday Party!

TODAY is Spencer Grace Kelly's birthday! And to celebrate the anniversary of everyone's fav GoldenGirl, she's hosting a special contest for all her friendlies over at her blog, All That Glitters, this week.

Craft your own six-word memoir and post it in the comments section to her post by midnight EDT on Wed, 3/25. She and her BFFs will choose their favorite and award the winner a prezzie.

Good luck!

Monday, March 16, 2009

NYC Teen Author Festival--THIS WEEK!

Hey all:

Just a quick reminder that today kicks off the first-ever TEEN AUTHOR FEST here in New York City! Throughout the week, you'll be able to attend readings, signings, and panel discussions featuring tons of amazing young adult authors.

I'll be reading in Staten Island on Thursday, and signing with about 40 other authors at Books of Wonder on Sunday.
You can find a link to all of the Teen Author Fest events here!

Hope to see you!

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Head of the Class

Hello, Bradford friendlies!

I've just read the RAVE review of GoldenGirl at the Vita Dei blog. She rated it an A++++ and said "It was awesome! I loved it and I say that about books very rarely." Thank you, Jessica!

There's also a really great review of Micol Ostow's previous book, Popular Vote, over at Juiciliciousss Reviews, so check that one out as well.

My bookshelf, my self...

Happened to blog on my author blog (that is, the non-Brad-specific blog over at livejournal) about the ways in which we judge and are judged by what we read and what books we display. The topic was spurred by a post at Jezebel asking, when is a bookshelf a dating dealbreaker?

Would love to hear your thoughts, if you've got 'em. Come visit me here.

Happy Monday, people! We survived Daylight Savings!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Prize-alicious and Swag-tastic! Blog Bash winners REVEALED!

For those of you pretties who thought this day would never come, the wait is over--lo, we have tallied the various prizewinners from our month-long Bradford Blog Bash, and giveaways will be going out STAT!

(Though we may wait a week until the gorj new Bradford bookmarks and magnets come in so we can add them to some of the prizes. That's worth the wait, right?)

But first, I did want to thank you very very muchly for all of your supportive friendliness during our mucho-exciting new series launch. I had a great time meeting new people out there in the blogosphere (and spending time with old friends!), and my Bradford girlies had a great time getting to know you all, too! If you haven't already, be sure to check them out on Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, and on their own private blogs (links can be found on the sidebar to your left) to catch updates, additional plot reveals, and even some online-only story arcs to help you get your Bradford fix between now and June, when FASHIONISTA releases.

But I believe we were speaking of swag.
I'm sure that Spencer would agree that pressies are always most very.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

*Widget download giveaways:
Katie Johnson
Meredith Foster

Mondays With Micol winners:
Allie Jones
Faith
Marjolein

Guest Blogger winners:
Lynn Weingarten ("Wherever Nina Lies"): Shalonda
Cynthia Leitich Smith ("Tantalize"): Paradox

(Quite Extremely) Grand Prize:
Reader Rabbit

and...

THE MOST, ULTRA, EXTRA, VERY Grand Prize:
Sharonanne!

Woo hoo!

If you've won a prize, and for any reason I don't have your information, I shall be contacting you shortly.

THANKS FOR PLAYING ALONG (and for partying with us)!

Besos,

Micol

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Dog Ate My Blog Post




I know, I know, that's so TOTES not an excuse! I am filled to the veriness with apologies for the fact that the BLOG BASH WINNERS have still not been posted! I could babble on about how completely and unexpectedly insane these last two months have been--which would be utterly and completely true*--or I could just swear on Chanel and Zac Posen to have the names up for you tomorrow, just in time for the weekend!

And just to raise the stakes--if I'm lyin', and the info doesn't go up by 11:59pm EST tomorrow, I will give away one whole entire extra surprise prize package at random.

For realsies.

*(said craziness did indeed include not one but TWO marathon plotting sessions for new books in the Bradford series--d'you forgive me now?)

TGI (almost) F, my most prettiest friendlies!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Across the Blogoverse

Micol's been all over the blogoverse this week. Check out these interviews at In Bed With Books and Innovative to get to know her a bit better.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Gag Reel & Oscars Update!

The Bradford Blog Bash may be over, but we're still having fun over here at the Bradford Novels Blog!

The Bradford author video we posted last week seemed so professional and effortless, didn't it? Well, today we've got a HILARIOUS gag reel from it that proves it's a lot harder being an author than it looks. (And you didn't even have to buy the DVD to get it!)

I literally LOL every time I watch it. Enjoy these outtakes, and let us know what you think in the comments section! (BTW, the disembodied male voice in the vid belongs to Micol's fiance and cameraman, Noah, who put this collection of funny clips together.)




Also, don't forget to check out Madison's Oscar fashion roundup later today at her PrĂȘt-a-Party blog.

She also live-blogged the Oscars, so check out the play-by-play on her Twitter feed.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Guest Blogger of the Day: Gwenda Bond!

I had the great fortune to get to know Gwenda Bond through our MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts; she and I were fellow Revisionistas, and learned on our first night, over several glasses of wine and chatter, that we had many friends and colleagues in the YA-verse in common.


(Here we are at graduation with the rest of our kick-a$$ class; cute, right? And ps: how SHORT am I?)


To date, she is one of my first stops when I'm looking for feedback or an opinion on industry stuff (she has also been one of the beta readers for my Deep Dark Secret Spec Project, for which I'm eternally grateful!).
Gwenda blogs about all things lit (and pop culture, and cupcakes, and pets) over at Shaken And Stirred—when she isn't hard at work on a novel that promises to take the teen book world by storm.


Blog: Shaken & Stirred


URL: http://gwendabond.typepad.com/bondgirl




Blogs are a central part of the Bradford Novels universe. They are also, more and more, a central part of the YA-writing universe. When and why did you start blogging?


I should know, shouldn't I? The oldest post the editor shows on the old version of my site is in 2002. So, we'll say 2002. Anyway, who can say exactly when I started? Not me, apparently. But, wow, seven years-ish. That's a long time ago.

I do remember why I started though. It was because I was constantly e-mailing articles -- particularly New York Times articles -- to my friends, and I figured it would be less bothersome if I had a place to put them where they could nab them if they wanted, and ignore if they didn't. It was also a way to reduce the amount of e-mail I had to do. Several of my close friends started blogging around the same time, and so we could track each other's movements too. Clearly, that evolved over time. My posting got a lot less personal once strangers started reading the site, and once I discovered there was a whole burgeoning community of people writing about books (thanks to my friend Barb and the infamous Jennifer Howard Washington Post article in 2003 about how insular litblogs were), I recognized that was what I wanted to do. With room for miscellaneous posts about TV and dogs. I should also say that I discovered very quickly that litbloggers weren't insular at all. There's a real sense of community.



Completely agree! What's your favorite thing about blogging?


The sense of connection with the larger literary world I associate with it. I think I would get very lonely, writing and reading in my little corner, reaching out via e-mails to people who are also getting too many e-mails. I like talking about pretty much everything, and I like getting to know really interesting people. I like making recommendations, and drawing attention to other people saying worthwhile (or infuriating) stuff. Blogging has been a great gift to me, in terms of both discovering new books to love and in all the friends I've initially met through the site over the years. I try to give gifts back whenever I can.



What's the difference between a blog and a diary? How confessional do you like a blog to get? What sort of blog posts most appeal to you? What are some of your favorite blogs (book or otherwise) out there right now?


There are some great confessional blogs, but I mostly don't read them. Although I do ADORE reading other people's friends-locked livejournal entries. Those are more like diaries than traditional blogs, I think, and so it's a bit like getting a peek behind the curtain into someone else's real life, not just their online one. Plus, the secrecy is very appealing.

But, as I said above, the thing I like best about the blogosphere is the conversation of it, and I find the confessional sites frequently to be less about having a conversation. So they're just not my thing? This is one of the reasons I'm now addicted to Twitter. It's one big endless, flitting discussion.

The exception would be The Nervous Breakdown, where I'm a new poster. Many of the posts at this massive group blog of mainly writers are more personal essay in nature, but they're so funny/true/well done that I find it completely addictive.


Blogs I love: God. There are so, so many. I think Colleen Mondor does amazing work both on her own site, Chasing Ray, and as the mastermind behind Guys Lit Wire. Carolyn Kellogg has made the LA Times Book Blog Paper Cuts a must read. I still love About Last Night, one of the first blogs I ever discovered. Sarah Rees Brennan is hilarious. Oh, and Justine Larbalestier is so fabulous as blogging --far more thoughtful about it than I'll ever be. Betsy Bird. Cynthia Leitich Smith. And I'll stop now, because I could on and on and on and on. Clearly.



GoldenGirl is full of scandals and exposed secrets. What was the biggest scandal at your high school? Did your classmates discover any of your deep, dark secrets?


Biggest scandal... Hmm... I honestly can't think of anything that was huge! And my secrets are very well-protected. It was probably a bit of a scandal the couple of times I got detention, given that they announced your name over the loudspeaker in first period and I was the principal's daughter. Also, during my Jim Morrison phase, pre-driver's license when I still rode to school with my mom she once said, "I pledge allegiance to The Doors" during the morning address, because we'd just been fighting about how loud I wanted to play them in the car. I have about a million stories like this.



What’s the worst thing you ever did to a friend (or vice-versa)? Are you still friends with her or him?


I'm actually a pretty good friend, I hope, and more on the dangerously loyal side. That said, I think it was probably in college. I dealt poorly with a friend's crush, once I figured out he was serious and that I didn't reciprocate. Sadly, we actually did fall out of touch after that, but neither of us handled it that well, so that's some small comfort. As far the vice versa, I refer to my high school/early college best friend as Satan. Make of that what you will.



Sounds like she'd fit right in at Bradford! And...since Bradford is all about the rumor mill: rumor has it you've got some exciting book news on the horizon, too! Anything you want to share?


Um, I recently had the good fortune to sign with Jennifer Laughran at the Andrea Brown Agency.

Oh, exciting! Can't wait to hear more good news! And thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Party Pics!



More pics to follow soon, but here's a link to MediaBistro's sponsored slideshow from last night's Bradford launch!
(The one above is yours truly with author/editor/writing instructor extraordinaire, Jill Santopolo. And if you watch the slideshow, you'll see shots of FlirtyLiz and Noah, too!)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/media-bistro/sets/72157614110394405/show/

I've been teaching young adult writing through MediaBistro for almost two years now, and have had two students sell their projects that we worked on in class. It was great to be able to celebrate my new series with students, colleagues, family, and friends. We had a fab turnout and a wonderful time toasting to all of our new Bradford friendlies!

Here's to many more ultra-extra-very Bradford releases to come!

Awesome Authors: Anita Liberty

Author Anita Liberty joins us today to discuss being bitter, the origin of blogs, and why she doesn't like to talk about her old books with her current publisher. She's got just the right amount of snark to fit in with the Bradford girls. Welcome!

A short author bio, in her own words: Anita Liberty is the author of The Center of the Universe (Yep, That Would Be Me), How to Heal the Hurt by Hating, and How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Her Life. She writes television scripts, screenplays and Facebook status updates. Her website is www.anitaliberty.com, her blog can be found at anitaliberty.blogspot.com, her friendship can be had at www.facebook.com, and her merchandise can be bought at www.cafepress.com/staybitter. Is that enough for you people? Sheesh.

Blogs are a central part of the Bradford Novels universe. If you have a blog, why did you start blogging, and how did you come up with the name for your blog?
That’s so interesting, 'cause blogs are a central part of the Anita Liberty universe, too. Do you think I should call my lawyers? Or were blogs part of the Bradford Novels universe first? Which came first? The Anita Liberty chicken or the Bradford Prep egg? I have a feeling I’m not gonna win this one. I did have an actual blog, for a while, on MySpace. And then I moved out of the MySpace neighborhood and into the Facebook neighborhood and I’m still unpacking my blogs. I keep another blog on blogger.com. But I haven’t quite figured out how to, or what to, write at the moment. My blog is called ANITA LIBERTY’S BITTER BLOG. And I came up with the name—funny story—'cause my name is Anita Liberty and I’m bitter and it’s my blog.

What's your favorite thing about blogging?
I like blogging when I hit on a topic that resonates with readers. Just blogging for the blog of it actually is sort of annoying and feels like navel-gazing. Not that I don’t enjoy gazing at my own navel, but I like to find things to write about that feel fresh and interesting and aren’t just about my own little myopic view on the minutiae of my life. Although sometimes that kind of blog topic can end up getting a lot of response. For instance, the time I wrote about being unable to blog without biting my nails. It brought a lot of nailbitters out of the woodwork and we formed a spontaneous support group. Raise your stubby little fingers high and unite!

What's the difference between a blog and a diary?
Is this a trick question? The answer seems too obvious to be what you’re looking for from me. But maybe you underestimate me and my ability to answer questions in a straightforward manner. My answer to this question is that a diary is a (traditionally) private place to record your thoughts, feelings and, life events and a blog is a (traditionally) public place to record your thoughts, feelings and, life events. Although, when I used to keep a diary, I always wrote with the sense that my words might be made public one day. Like when I die and my audience has an insatiable hunger for more of my writing and Simon Pulse approaches my “estate” and begs them for the rights to publish my private journals posthumously and my “estate” says, “How much ya got?” And Simon Pulse throws opens its coffers and dumps a buttload of cash in the lap of my “estate” and I make way more money dead than I ever did alive.

What are your most recent books? What new projects are you working on now?
My most recent book is The Center of the Universe (Yup, That Would Be Me). That’s the book published by Simon Pulse. It’s my first Young Adult book. It’s sort of a “prequel” to my other two books, How to Heal the Hurt by Hating and How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life. Those two were published by another publisher. But I don’t like to talk about that in front of Simon Pulse, 'cause then Simon Pulse gets all insecure and starts interrogating me about my time with the other publisher and what did it have that Simon Pulse doesn’t and then it gets to a point where nothing I say is reassuring enough for Simon Pulse and Simon Pulse would rather sulk than get over it and we end up spending the rest of the evening sitting in uncomfortable silence. (But the make-up sex is always hot.)
As to what new projects I’m currently working on . . . I’m working on some ideas I have for another book, contemplating a screenplay version of the Anita Liberty story, developing a web series, writing an hour-long television pilot, and doing rewrites on a half-hour television pilot I wrote last year that may (or may not) go into production this winter.

Contests Galore!

If you're interested in winning a copy of GoldenGirl, check out this contest that Shalonda's Blog is running. It's so easy to enter—you just have to visit some of the Bradford blogs & websites (which you were so totally going to do anyway, right?) and tell her what you liked about it/them. She's also got some ways to earn extra entries, so head on over there for all the deats.

(BTW, I'm loving her pretty new daisies layout!)

Also, don't forget the contest over at Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf, which also ends next week.

AND, of course, keep commenting on Bradford Blog Bash posts to earn entries in our Grand Prize giveaway for a random commenter from ANY of the blog bash's posts, and our Slightly Less Grand Prize giveaway (which might actually be almost as grand as the Grand Prize, but is for this week's posts only). Comments through midnight on Sunday 2/22 count toward these giveaways. We'll announce the winners on Monday.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Awesome Authors: Kelly Parra!

Kelly Parra is a YA writer who also maintains a fantastic and fun blog, "YA Fresh," with writer Tina Ferraro. Not only did Kelly agree to do a little Q&A for our blog bash, but she has ALSO offered a copy of her book, INVISIBLE TOUCH, as a giveaway to a randomly selected commenter on her post. So comment to enter for a chance to win!

Kelly is a Mexican-Filipino-Italian writer. Through her teen years, her nationality was many times a guessing game by new acquaintances and today she often writes her multicultural characters with the same experiences. She debuted into young adult fiction with the Latina novel GRAFFITI GIRL, a double RITA finalist. Her latest novel is the YA contemporary paranormal, INVISIBLE TOUCH published by MTV Books. Learn more about her and her books at kellyparra.com.

Blogs are a central part of the Bradford Novels universe. They are also, more and more, a central part of the YA-writing universe. When and why did you start blogging?
I first started blogging a couple of years before I sold my first book. Blogs were really taking off and I wanted a connection with other writers during my struggle to publication. After selling my first YA novel, GRAFFITI GIRL, I knew many romance writers at the time but I didn't know how I would connect with other YA readers. I had always felt a blog needed to give something to readers that they would be interested in. Not just about my own YA books but about other authors, and soon YA Fresh was born. Not long after it launched, I asked my fab critique partner, Tina Ferraro, if she would like to join me and luckily she did. It's been a great couple of years!

What's your favorite thing about blogging? As someone who coordinates between a variety of different blogs, how do you stay organized?
My favorite thing about blogging is the connection with other writers and readers! It's such a blast to share your likes and dislikes, and all the book gossip with your friends. I do coordinate between group blogs and guest blogs and it can get overwhelming at times. I'm a total list person and I write down dates to try and keep me sane. :)

What are the pros and cons of running a group blog, as opposed to blogging strictly on a personal site?
One pro of running team blogs is having others to share a variety of topics with a different spin to keep readers interested. I can't really think of a con—I feel group blogs work really well if organized. Blogging on your own can be a little boring and it's hard to bring something fresh to readers.

What's the difference between a blog and a diary? How confessional do you like a blog to get? What sort of blog posts most appeal to you? What are some of your favorite blogs (book or otherwise) out there right now?
Diaries are for the writer's eyes only! A blog can be read by hundreds of readers and can reach farther beyond. On YA Fresh, we try and keep it light. Blog posts that appeal to me are background news on writers and their books. Its so fun to follow a favorite writer through their writing journey. Some of my favorite blogs are: Teenfictioncafe.blogspot.com and YAWriters.blogspot.com.
GoldenGirl is full of scandals and exposed secrets. What was the biggest scandal at your high school? Did your classmates discover any of your deep, dark secrets?
There was always a scandal in high school—from fights to party stories, whatever topic that could keep the gossip going. I'm not sure if any of my dark secrets were whispered behind hands...nothing I can think of at the moment!

Sure, sure...So, what’s the worst thing you ever did to a friend? Are you still friends with her or him?
I started talking to an ex-boyfriend of one of my friends. They'd been broken up for a long time, and she told me it didn't bother her. But later down the road when I stopped talking to the guy my friend ended up back with him and admitted it had bothered her. I wish she would have told me, but then I should have just brushed him off. Friends stick around longer than dates! I run into her every once in a while and we still talk like years haven't gone by.

What are your most recent books? What new projects are you working on now?
My latest release is INVISIBLE TOUCH (MTV Books/October, 2008). The story is about a girl who sees "signs" or symbols on individuals and must piece the signs together in order to save them from unfortunate fates. TeensReadToo gave Touch the Gold Award of Excellence and bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz called it a blend of mystery, romance, and deep and dangerous secrets.

Right now, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and writing an urban fantasy that takes place in the near future. It's been an exciting and fun challenge!

Thank you for letting me join in, Micol!

Guest Blogger of the Day: The Frenetic Reader!

I'm so excited to be bringing an actual TEEN blogger to our discussion on YA book blogging! Khyrinthia and I found each other in the cyberverse as I was gearing up for the GoldenGirl launch, and she has been a staunch supporter of the series ever since. Here's what she has to say:

Name: Khy/The Frenetic Reader

Blog URL: http://freneticreader.blogspot.com/

Tell us a little bit about your blog (the content, editorial identity, purpose)

On my blog, I mostly review YA books. Occasionally I will mention the fact that zombies are 3852803 times better than unicorns, and more than occasionally I will mention my undying love for David Levithan. (I obsess over him.)

I don't blame you--David rocks. My jury is still out on the zombie/unicorn thing, however. So, how/when/why did you decide to start blogging? Is your current blog your first? If not (or, if so), how did your original blog/s evolve to your current blog-incarnation?

I started my blog back in April of 2008, but it sure doesn't feel like I've had it that long. I was extremely bored one night, and my friend had recently started her own blog, so I wanted to start one. And since I read a bazillion book blogs, I figured I'd start my own. And now, here I am. -insert festive music here-

What's your favorite thing about blogging?

Am I allowed to say everything? Because I love everything. I love finding out about new books, being able to rant about books I may or may not like, and talking to all the other awesome bloggers. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't like getting a free book every once in a while.

Yeah, me, too! What's one thing that surprised you about the blogging process?

How much motivation it takes to actually sit down and write something. The internet can be very distracting. So can Twitter. And sometimes it's hard to think of stuff to say, or write down your thoughts so that they make sense. But it's all worth it. :)

In your opinion, what constitutes a "good" (ie: interesting, readable) blog post? What sort of information are you looking to offer your readers?

Honestly, I have no clue what makes an interesting blog post. I'll read anything as long as it's in complete sentences, does not use chatspeak, and is not in one huge paragraph. Even if you write about what you ate for breakfast, I will probably at least skim your post.

As far as information that I want to offer my readers (I have readers! I like being able to say that), um....information about books? More specifically, books that should be read and obsessed over and books to be read and loved.

Hmm...my Bradfordlies and I might need to reconsider our use of chatspeak. What blogs do you read regularly?

Do I have time to list all 300 in my google reader? I read a ton of book blogs, and author blogs. I'd name favorites, but I don't want to leave anyone out. We have to be fair here, so no favorites. Though I do love all the ones I read. :D

And I just wanted to say, thanks for letting me answer your questions, Micol! Can't wait to read GoldenGirl.

Thanks for coming by, and for being as passionate about teen books as we are!

Awesome Authors: Elisabeth Wolfe

Today's Awesome Author is Elisabeth (Koller) Wolfe, one of the authors of Click! The Girl's Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Make It Happen. She was the only cheerleader in Richmond, Virginia to be kicked off the squad for chronic lateness due to humidity hair havoc. Thankfully, Elisabeth refocused her energy and moved to New York City, where she became an attorney, started a production company, and won an Emmy Award. Check out her book website: www.clickthegirlsguide.com.

What's your favorite thing about blogging?
That people actually read our blog.

What's the difference between a blog and a diary?
I would never write something unkind on a blog, but anything goes in my diary, since it’s for my eyes only. My latest diary’s cover is a yummy faux leather chocolate brown that’s so deceptively cozy looking that it’s shocking to read the bitch sessions that comprise the first 50 pages. Getting negative thoughts out of my head and onto paper is my mental maintenance. Seeing things written down helps me gain just a bit more perspective.

Last week, I brought my diary with me to the local nail salon/hang out figuring I would let it all hang out on paper during my pedicure. It wasn’t until 10 pm that evening that it hit me. I had left my diary at the nail drying station. Panic set in. That night, I had nightmares of feet soaking acquaintances reading passages out loud and laughing hysterically. What if one of the friends I had written about was among them? What if someone stole my diary?

I was waiting outside when the salon opened the next morning. Thank goodness my diary was still there. As she handed it back to me, receptionist raised one eyebrow and said “Oh…so you’re the one who left this.” Suffice it to say that my diary will never leave my house again!

Spencer Grace Kelly, the main character in GoldenGirl, is named after her distant relative, the Princess of Monaco. What’s your favorite Grace Kelly movie, and why?
I remember seeing Rear Window and To Catch a Thief in my college film class and enjoying them both immensely. I was most impressed by Grace Kelly’s powerful presence, her beauty, and her wardrobe.

GoldenGirl is full of scandals and exposed secrets. What was the biggest scandal at your high school? Did your classmates discover any of your deep, dark secrets?
I consulted my bff from high school and neither of us could come up with anything scandalous that I can put here. No one got much dirt on me, thankfully.

What’s the worst thing you ever did to a friend? Are you still friends with her or him?
I broke up with a boyfriend over the phone. Back then, breaking up on the phone was a big no no. But these days, it’s more the norm. Never spoke to the guy again, but he recently popped up on Facebook. I wonder what he’d do if I sent him a message.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Guest Blogger of the Day: The Page Flipper!

We only have three days left in the Bradford Blog Bash, and THREE amazing guest bloggers still waiting to visit with us! So for the rest of the week, we're gonna have a guest book blogger EVERY DAY! First off, The Page Flipper, AKA Chelsea, was kind enough to sit down and talk to us about why it is that she blogs about books!

Name: Chelsea
Blog url: thepageflipper.blogspot.com

Tell us a little bit about your blog (the content, editorial identity, purpose):
My blog's main purpose is to connect with readers and push my opinion on them. :) Really, I just like to help promote new YA books coming out in the market, and help readers find books they'd be interested in. I try to review a variety of different genres, to hit with everyone. I also have a YA book club, where we discuss a different book each month; it's great to be able to fully geek out about books without being laughed at. (Here's looking to you, brother!)

We would never laugh about book love—we get it! How/when/why did you decide to start blogging? Is your current blog your first?
I decided to start in late 2007 - the main reason was because my family and friends got completely sick of me rattling on about my latest read. I figured I'd start sharing my opinion with people who actually wanted to hear it! It's completely addicting. The Page Flipper is my first blog, but it's been through many transformations. It was a cocoon at first, in its little bloggish state. It grew on its own, but then I decided to put it in an incubator and created a website. That lasted for a month or so, until I missed my blogging ways, and started back up again. Now I like to think of it as a butterfly. (I do realize how corny I am, thanks.)

Not corny, poetic! So, what's your favorite thing about blogging?
I lovelovelove communicating with other readers and authors. When I first started, I didn't picture "book blogging" to be as big and as friendly of a community as it became. I love talking to other readers about books, and to authors about writing. It's been a ton of fun, and I don't plan on giving it up anytime soon.

What is one thing that surprised you about the blogging process?
Free books! I started out with just library books - I used to make weekly trips. I had no idea what ARCs were, and when I was offered a free book, I thought it was a scam. Seriously. I was also surprised by how many bloggers are out there. We could totally dominate the world.

In your opinion, what constitutes a "good" (ie: interesting, readable) blog post?
I love humor. If you add a little of that into your posts, you're golden. And casualness. If you write formally all the time, it can get boring.

What sort of information are you looking to offer your readers?
I hope to provide my (fabulous!) readers with a fun environment to learn about new books, and to be able to get to know authors in an easy, laid-back way.

What blogs do you read regularly?
Eep. So many! I love The Story Siren's blog, along with Reviewer X's. And Po(sey) Sessions! The Book Muncher. Teen Book Review. The Compulsive Reader. I could go on and on, but someone would probably bring in duct tape, and I'd like to just avoid that whole scenario.

Thanks, Micol, for interviewing me! :)

Thanks for stopping by, Chelsea!

NY Fashion Week Extra: VIOLET ON THE RUNWAY--On the Blog!

Today, the Bradford Blog Bash is thrilled to welcome guest blogger MADISON TAKAHASHI!

Yes, you read that right—Bradford Prep's #1 Fashionista has landed a primo interview, and she's sharing it with YOUYOUYOU!

You lucky darlings!

MADISON SAYS: Ooh ooh ooh, my friendlies!

If you've been following me on my blog, or checked out my student page (which, I mean—OF COURSE you ha
ve, duh), then you know what a huge fan I am of the "Violet" book series by the very very veriest author, Melissa Walker. Violet=reluctant fashion model. Melissa's books=awesome.

Me=your hero, for having scored a little one-on-one with Miss Violet herself.

Behold:


Hey, Violet! I'm so excited to be talking to you today! As you probably know, I, like, LIVE for fashion design, and can't wait to have a collection shown in a real, live fashion show. Obvs I've read all of your books, but for those poor misguided souls out there who may be unfamiliar, can you pretty please tell us about your rise to supermodel stardom?

Sure. Um, well, I got scouted at my dorky movie theater job in North Carolina. My agent, Angela Blythe, flew me up to New York, and I made a good impression on some fashion week bookers, so that started it all. Later that year—which was my senior year of high school—I moved to NYC to model full time...

Blogs are a enormo-huge part of the Bradford world. All of my friends and I keep our own blogs and we update constantly. I know you've blogged, too. When and why did you start blogging?

Blogging has been a big release for me. There's a lot of crazy pressure in the fashion world, so sometimes I just wanted to reach out into the universe and talk to my friends—and fans (I feel so douchy saying "fans"—I mean, people I don't know who are interested in me...)—about what I was experiencing. Sometimes I overshare, though. Haha.

CLEARLY the Bradfordverse is teeming with scandals and exposed secrets. What was the biggest scandal at your high school? Did your classmates discover any of your deep, dark secrets?

I was never really a part of high school scandals. To be honest, I wanted to be, but no one really saw me back then. Since I've been modeling, though, I've had more than my share of scandals. I feel like I don't have many of my own secrets, but it was quite a shock to find the guy I was dating in Brazil in bed with another girl—another model even. That pretty much sucked.

Ouch. WTH, Brazil dude? Okay, moving on to happier topics...my friendlies and I are all super-extra careful about setting the privacy locks on different blog posts, depending on content. But even we slip up sometimes, with explosive results. I'm pretty sure, as per "Violet By Design," that you are familiar with Blogger's Regret Syndrome. Would you like to relive that painful experience here with us today?

Okay, but just for you, Madison. I guess the biggest thing was when I blogged about trying to lose weight, and then I talked to the press about how I hate the body standards for models. I still believe it's not healthy, and I won't stop talking about it, even though my agent got sooooo mad when I spoke up, and I didn't book many shows that season.

Ew. But yay for you for speaking out. So, what's the worst thing you ever did to a friend? Are you still friends with her or him?

I think blowing off my best friends Julie and Roger wasn't cool. I did that when I first moved to NYC, and I've always regretted it. It's just that the fashion world took up a lot of my time, and the rules were so different—I didn't think they'd understand what I was going through. But I should have known they'll always be by my side. We're still the best of friends. And Roger and I, well, we're working out our feelings for each other.

Well, that sounds promising—and romantical! Tell us what blogs, if any, do you read regularly?

I subscribe to iheartdaily.com, of course—love it. And also whowhatwear.com. But mostly I just stick to reading my friends' facebook updates and keeping in touch with the people I know in the
real world—that's extra important to me now.

I HEART iheartdaily! And of course, since you're in fashion I have to ask: how would you describe your personal style? Who are some of your favorite designers?

This is so funny because I really do wear t-shirts and jeans or leggings all the time when I'm not working. But my favorite t-shirts are the really soft kinds, so sometimes I do buy designer versions because they seem to get the soft slouchiness just right. My favorite brands for that style are T Alexander Wang (anything from there) and from Elizabeth and James (love their A-line and v-neck styles). And London Sole ballet flats also rule my world.

Thanks for the tips, V! And thanks for partying with us!

Awesome Authors: Terra Elan McVoy

Today's Awesome Author is Terra Elan McVoy, who wrote the upcoming debut novel Pure and is also the manager of Little Shop of Stories, an independent bookstore in Decatur, GA. She was born in Tallahassee, FL and is currently in pursuit of the perfect cupcake recipe.

Blogs are a central part of the Bradford Novels universe. What's the difference between a blog and a diary?
Well a diary is usually very private. Often it has a lock and you hide it under your bed. Maybe you have some kind of trap rigged up so you can tell if someone else has read it. But a blog? That is for everyone! Even your grandma could look you up and read it!

Spencer Grace Kelly, the main character in GoldenGirl, is named after her distant relative, the Princess of Monaco. What's your favorite Grace Kelly movie, and why?

Rear Window is my favorite because she's so lovely and calm and suave in it. Plus—duh—the outfits.

GoldenGirl is full of scandals and exposed secrets. What was the biggest scandal at your high school? Did your classmates discover any of your deep, dark secrets?
A really big scandal that happened at my high school centered around my biology teacher. We were doing our standard section on the birds and the bees, and he gave us an assignment that required us to catalog all the available contraceptives at a drugstore. Some parents complained. Our teacher was asked to apologize for giving the offending assignment but he wouldn't, and as a consequence he left the school and went to teach elsewhere. We were all very upset by this and had t-shirts made and contacted the news and staged a walk-out and were in the local paper and everything. This had nothing to do with any of my deep, dark secrets though, which fortunately I kept to myself!

What's the worst thing you ever did to a friend? Are you still friends with her or him?
I think probably the worst thing I ever did was to not ever forgive one friend of mine for something bad she did to me. I am still not speaking to her.

What are your most recent books? What new projects are you working on now?
My first novel, Pure, is due out in April of this year. I am working on putting together a second novel as we speak!

Spotlight on Micol at Shalonda's Blog

Just a quick note to point out that Shalonda's Blog is hosting Bradford author Micol Ostow today. Micol shares her super exciting daily schedule, which Bradford character is the most fun to write, plus what she does during her free time (other than creating delicious scandals for the Bradfordians). Check it out! http://shalondasblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/spotlight-on-micol-ostow.html

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Breaking News: New NYC Events!

Well my friendlies, you heard it HERE first: I have just confirmed dates for two brand spankin' NEW GoldenGirl events that will take place as part of the first-ever NYC Teen Author Festival.
The Festival itself will run from 3/16-3/22, and you lucky, lucky readers will have lots of opportunities to hear from many kick-a$$ young adult authors (rumor has it that Scott Westerfeld and David Levithan will be reading from some of the writing they did when they were wee young adults, themselves. I predict laughter and hijinks).
Check out the Festival Facebook group page for more general info.

Yours truly will be reading from GoldenGirl as part of the Five-Borough Read. I'll be in Staten Island (and am feeling quite proud of myself for traveling off of mainland Manhattan, thank you very much).

Come see me at:
St. George Library Center, 5 Central Avenue
4-5pm


And check it: I'll be reading with:
Kate Brian, Judy Goldschmidt, Michael Northrop, and Lynn Weingarten! Excellent authors, one and all!
(And some of my besties, in point of fact.)

BUT WAIT—there's more!
I will *also* be participating in what has been titled "The Biggest Teen Author Signing EVER" (those caps aren't even mine)!
Come get yourself an autographed copy of GoldenGirl at Books of Wonder (a totally fabu indie bookstore, btw).

From the press release:

The Biggest Teen Author Signing EVER
Sunday, 3/22, Books of Wonder, 4pm

Join over 40 authors for a signing extravaganza as they take over Books of Wonder, sign books, and converse with fans new and old. An incredible event that is sure to go down in book-signing history.

OVER FORTY amazing authors? Yowza. I have seen the lineup, and let me tell you, there are some heavy hitters on it, including: Robin Wasserman, Megan McCafferty, Coe Booth, Judy Blundell, Maureen Johnson, E. Lockhart, Cecily Von Ziegesar, and MOREMOREMORE!

Now, to go prepare my reading selection. A girl can never plan too far ahead, wouldn't you agree?

Awesome Authors: Billy Merrell

Today's another Double Feature, as we have Awesome Author Billy Merrell stopping by for a chat. He is the author of Talking in the Dark, a poetry memoir (Scholastic, 2003), and a co-editor for The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About LGBTQ and Other Identities (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006), which received a 2006 Lambda Literary Award. He received his M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia University and is currently Web Development Coordinator for Poets.org, the award winning website of the Academy of American Poets. Visit him online at www.billymerrell.com.

Why did you start blogging, and how did you come up with the name for your blog? I started blogging in 2006 as a way to publicly participate in NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month). Both an informal offshoot of National Poetry Month and a blatant ripoff of National Novel Writing Month, NaPoWriMo challenges poets to compose and post a poem a day during April. I was studying poetry at Columbia at the time and writing poems most days anyway, so why not? A blog was born. Since then, I've posted many poems and the occasional link to something that inspires me. As my poems became longer, posting single excerpts made less sense, and it's been a while since I've posted actively. Now that I think about it, maybe I'll start blogging again. Since I'm out of that long poem phase.

What's your favorite thing about blogging? It's a great way to quietly put yourself out there. To "publish"—to literally make your work public, without claiming anything about the quality. The poems I post to my blog are ones I at the time deem successful in one way or another. Which is very different from me thinking they are "good" or wanting to put them in front of readers right away. Instead, I can let the readers find the poems on their own. And it maybe means more when they do.

What's the difference between a blog and a diary? Since my day job is Web Development, I find it hard not to answer technically. A blog is a publishing format, and a diary is a specific category of journaling. My blog is nothing like a diary. It's more like an ongoing chapbook.

Spencer Grace Kelly, the main character in GoldenGirl, is named after her distant relative, the Princess of Monaco. What's your favorite Grace Kelly movie, and why?
Rear Window
(1954). Hitchcock is way scarier than all the Saw movies put together.

What's the worst thing you ever did to a friend? Are you still friends with her or him?
Well, there was this one time... I was friends with this guy and I didn't know I had a crush on him. I mean, I did... but I didn't know that my crush had morphed into scary crush. And then I was introduced to this guy that he liked... and even though I didn't really like the guy I ended up dating HIM as some sort of creepy way to seem desirable to the one I really liked. But it all blew up in my face. Luckily for me, and the good people of Gainesville, Florida, I met my now husband Nico Medina (also a writer!) over the course of that pyscho cycle. I can now go back to being a good person. Are we friends? Yes, according to Facebook.

What are your most recent books? What new projects are you working on now?
In 2006, I co-edited The Full Spectrum, an anthology of writing about queer experience by young writers aged 13 to 23. Poems and stories have also appeared in a number of anthologies, most recently The Best Gay Poetry 2008. In October of 2009, you should also watch out for Go Ahead, Ask Me, a book of irreverent conversation starters I wrote with my husband. I still laugh reading some of those questions. Good times. Separate from book projects, I'm hard at work preparing for National Poetry Month, which promises to be the best yet. Carry a poem in your pocket on April 30—national Poem In Your Pocket Day.

Party Favors!!!

The Bradford Blog Bash is winding down, but this week is packed with soooo much Bradfordly goodness...I just can't contain my excitement. Here are some of the highlights:
  • NOW YOU SEE HER. Our fav author, Micol, has created a special vid that explains that interactive collection of web stuffs we like to call the Bradverse. She's super cute in it—especially right after the first cutaway—AND she manages to do a great job of explaining just what all this crazy internet stuff is all about. Let us know what you think, and spread it around! (It's also available on the FlirtyGirlBooks YouTube channel, if you have trouble embedding it from Vimeo.)



  • ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE. Thanks to suggestions from Alea, Noah, and others, we've launched an official BradfordWiki!!! This is a special collection of articles about the series that's meant to be written for the fans, BY the fans. We've created a few article stubs just to get you started, but this is a place for YOU to share your Bradford knowledge with other readers! (In particular, I think Alea is interested in someone deciphering some of that unique Bradford slang...anyone out there willing to help her out?)
  • PARTY FAVORS. We've just added some fun new GoldenGirl-themed avatars/chat icons and wallpapers to the Bradford Novels downloads page. Deck out your desktop like a Fashionista, or satisfy your inner Paige (or Mads, or Spence, or Regan) by switching your chat icon.
  • THE GRAND FINALE. I know it's been a long and crowded party (thanks, authors, bloggers, and photo shoot cast & crew for giving us so many posts!) but you need to keep up your energy for a few more days! Not only do we have some really exciting posts this week, but we're planning two grand prize-ish giveaways (okay, so they're not a trip to Tahiti, but they're more than just a book). One's for a random commenter to any post from this week—multiple comments = multiple entries, natch—AND the other's for a random commenter to ANY POST FROM THE ENTIRE BLOG BASH (same rules apply). So, you're probably already entered to win one of the grand prizes!! How great is that? Now, let's get to work increasing your chances of winning by sharing your thoughts with us!

Awesome Authors: kc dyer

Today we're very lucky to have Awesome Author kc dyer with us!
Here's a short author bio, in her own words:
kc dyer is a professional liar, prevaricator, and provocateur. Her published work includes: SEEDS OF TIME (2002), SECRET OF LIGHT (2003), SHADES OF RED (2005), MS.ZEPHYR'S NOTEBOOK (2007), and A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW (2009). More in the works!
She can be found blogging at leftwriter and Darby Speaks, or hanging about her website at kcdyer.com. Facebook fanpage can (not so surprisingly) be found at kc dyer. (Darby has a fan-page, too, right HERE.) She tweets @kcdyer on Twitter. You can email her at contact@kcdyer.com.

Blogs are a central part of the Bradford Novels universe. If you have a blog, why did you start blogging, and how did you come up with the name for your blog?
I've been blogging for almost three years—started in 2006. For me, it's a great way to stay connected with the people who read my books and the people in my writing world—friends, other writers and industry folks—who may not live where I do geographically.
My blog is called leftwriter. I called it that because I like to look at things from both sides, and while I blog a lot about my writing, I also blog a bit about the writing world and everything connected to it.
I blog a LOT. I ru
n the blog for the Surrey International Writers' Conference, and I contribute to other blogs all the time. I'm a regular contributor to the Children's Writers & Illustrators of BC (CWILLBC) blog. And, just recently, I've started a new blog for the main character in my new book. The book is called A Walk Through a Window, and the character's name is Darby Christopher. I thought it would be fun to let her out into the world a little before her book arrives in March, so she's got a blog, too!

What's your favorite thing about blogging?
I think my favourite thing about blogging is the connection I can have with people all around the world. I get hits on my blog from all over the world and I have a lot of fun connecting with other readers and writers on the 'Net.

What's the difference between a blog and a diary?
For some people, not much. They put their lives online for the world to see, and for them this can be a really cathartic experience. For me? Not so much. Occasionally I'll run a 'Dog Blog' post on my blog, and I talk a bit about every day things, but in general all the personal stuff is off limits. I try to be really respectful of my kids' lives and try to stay away from posting about them online. (Besides—they are bigger than I am now. I'm not crazy!)

Spencer Grace Kelly, the main character in GoldenGirl, is named after her distant relative, the Princess of Monaco. What's your favorite Grace Kelly movie, and why?
Hmmm. I think either To Catch A Thief with Cary Grant or Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart. I love those adventure stories (and the leading men . . . )

What are your most recent books?
My most recent novel is Ms. Zephyr's Notebook. It was published in 2006, and the story of Cleo and Logan is told inside the pages of a teacher's notebook. Here's the blurb from my website:
When Logan Kemp hurls himself into a rugby scrum one fall morning, he has no idea that by afternoon he'll be fighting for his life. Worse, Logan learns the only other patient on his ward is a troubled girl named Cleo who may not just be hospitalized for a broken wrist. When all he wants is his regular life back, the thought of Cleo throwing away her own leaves Logan determined to change her mind.
Cleopatra Jones wants to design the perfect life; a teenage rugby player and a few well-meaning health professionals are not going to stand in her way. But Cleo soon finds that life—and even death—can interfere with the best-laid plans.
Burdened with prejudice and pain, these teens reinforce the walls that have kept them safe in their own worlds. But the secrets in a teacher's tattered notebook show them how the word sustenance can have more than one meaning. And facing the biggest challenge of their lives,
Logan and Cleo discover something about the powerful forces of redemption and forgiveness.

My new book is coming out in March this year. It's called A Walk Through a Window, and it's a ghost story and a time travel story all wrapped up in one. Here's the blurb:
If you had a chance to step through a window to the past, would you take it?
A Walk Through a Window is the story of Darby, a young girl forced to spend the summer with grandparents she doesn't know in a place she feels she can never belong. But when a boy down the street extends a hand, it is more than friendship he offers. Together they discover a magical stone window frame that transports them to the very centre of the dramas of our past: the Underground Railroad; the coffin ships of the Irish Potato Famine; and even the Inuit as they crossed the Bering Land Bridge into North America.
Over the course of the long, very strange summer, Darby is forced to question part of own her life. And as tragedy threatens her family, that magical walk through a window offers Darby new insight into the people she has always taken for granted—and changes forever her perception of her country.

What new projects are you working on now?
Right now I'm working on two new books—the sequel to Darby's story is in the works, and I am working on a new series that's a kind of steam-punk time travel fantasy. I always like to keep things interesting!