R.I.P. Borders

Given how insanely popular the e-reader has become, I should’ve known this day was coming—and fast… But when I heard that Borders was closing all its remaining stores, I was still sad and rather bummed out all the same. Naturally, my petty gripes about missing a bookstore pale in comparison to the 10,000+ people who lost their jobs as a result. While I’m mourning the loss of a place where I read, drank coffee and played the occasional game of Scrabble with my favorite people on the planet, I can only imagine how devestated they are and hope that everyone… Continue reading

Wistful for Dusty Ol’ Library Basements

I’ll be honest, I’m not usually a pine-for-the-old-days kind of gal. Sure, I absolutely adore old movies and prefer writing actual letters (yes, in my own frilly cursive) to e-mail any day of the week, but you won’t see me giving up electricity and “living off the land” any time soon. After all, I enjoy all the perks of modern life too much to go granola. Although I was a little late to the party, I’m still in awe of my cell phone’s multi-tasking powers and love that I never have to miss my favorite TV shows again, thanks to… Continue reading

Writing By Your Own Watch

While I was walking down the cobblestone streets a stone’s throw from Rome’s famed Spanish steps a few weeks ago, I was thinking about my next novel and how long it’s been taking to come together. In the publishing world, or really any industry where creative output is the order of the day, there’s a pretty high premium on producing consistently. And since my last novel released just shy of three years ago, I’ve been asked on several occasions by well-meaning writer friends and thoughtful people who’ve enjoyed my last books when the next one is hitting store shelves. Now… Continue reading

Interviewing Nicholas Sparks

A couple of weeks ago I was in Santa Monica (I know, I know, tough job, but someone has to do it, right?) for a movie junket and had an opportunity to interview Nicholas Sparks, you know the guy who writes weepy love stories like The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe. This time around, he was talking about The Last Song, Miley Cyrus’ first big non-Hannah Montana role, not to mention a big first for him…his first screenplay. As a fellow author, I always love hearing how other writers make it all work, so I found what he had to… Continue reading

Hangin’ With Julia

After seeing Julie & Julia this summer (three times, no less), I was the movie marketer’s dream customer. Not only did I purchase a copy of Julia’s fabulous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (and no, for the record, I haven’t made anything from it yet), but her biography, My Life in France as well. And I’m thinking that if I didn’t already own a copy of Julie & Julia (I even blogged about it a few months ago ), I’m sure I’ve would’ve picked one of those up, too. Gotta hand it to those product placement folks, their… Continue reading

Two Weeks With the Fab Four

Although I’m more than a decade too young to have experienced Beatlemania firsthand, I was first “introduced” to the lads from Liverpool by a high school friend in the early 90’s. Sad, I know. But better late than never, right? So basically while everyone else was sporting the flannel, crushin’ on everyone from Eddie Vedder to Billy Corgan and rockin’ out to “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” I was gaining quite an education about the band that forever changed the pop music landscape. As my friend and I flipped through countless pics of the band and listened to the music any… Continue reading