Book of the Week-The Bride Wore Size 12 ARC

So the past six months or so, capsule now that I’ve reached my one year mark, and have surpassed 2000 followers, I’ve been working on trying to get more ARCs of books coming out. I review books so often that I feel like I need to get my hands on these! So far, I’ve been hooked up with some awesome people and I’ve managed to get my hands on some, and its been awesome.

Recently, Meg Cabot had a contest on her Facebook page. If you took a picture of yourself with a copy of her book, Awaken, which was released back in July, she’d pick a random winner for an advanced copy of her 5th Heather Wells book, which is due out at the end of September. I did it, completely forgot about it and was absolutely ecstatic when I was informed I won.

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She even signed it, and penned a note to me :) She is one of my absolute favorite authors and she remains one of my top inspirations as a writer of young adult contemporary novels.

I just got it last week, and sped through it. Now I am absolutely stoked to bring you this review of the novel.

I will warn you now, and most likely later, that while this review does NOT contain spoilers for THIS particular novel, it will contain spoilers for the previous four. If you had not had a chance to read this series, I suggest you do so and then get back to this review! :)

The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot 

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This title will be released on September 24th, 2013

Genre:

contemporary, romance, mystery

Part of a Series?

The 5th novel of the Heather Wells series.

This review will NOT contain spoilers for this particular book but it will contain spoilers for the first four.

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The Boy series by Meg Cabot, books by Diana Kauffman

Plot Summary:

We’ve finally made it. Heather Wells is finally going to be marrying the love of her life, Cooper Cartwright, and they’re ready to plan the wedding and get married and start their lives together. Of course, in Heather’s world, that cannot happen easily. Its the week before school is schedule to start at New York University where Heather works as an assistant resident hall director of Fischer Hall, and she’s dealing with the normal problems. She has to keep the RAs in line, keep her boss Lisa safe (and possibly tell her she’s pregnant?), and handle the ridiculous amount of students who want to move into the hall now that a prince lives in the building. The last thing she needs is a dead RA, but she gets it anyway.

The police rule out her death as an accident, that she died of asthma but after Lisa and Heather figure out that the RAs lied about seeing the dead RA the night before she died, Heather isn’t so sure anymore. And of course because she’s Heather Wells, she soon gets involved in an investigation to find out who killed the student, all while trying to plan her nuptials. And then guess what? Her mom, yes the one that ran away with her manager and all her money from her pop singing days, is back.

The Bad:

Okay, without doing any spoilers (spoiler free reviews here everyone!), I thought that the killer’s motives were…weird. It was really what I expected and I kind of had a raised eyebrow at his/her motives. I didn’t think it was as strong as the motives we’ve seen from the killers in the previous novels. It seemed a little weak. It didn’t really detract from the story at all but it did make me pause for a moment, like, hmm, that’s weird.

The Good:

I LOVE Heather Wells. I seriously think she’s one of my favorite characters ever. She’s a unique character, you know? She was a former pop star, queen of the shopping mall circuit before her mom ran off with her manager and money and she gained a few pounds and was dumped by her boy band boyfriend, Jordan Cartwright, and is now working as an assistant residence hall director. Its so fantastic outlandish and amazing. But its more than that. I adore Heather because she’s a real woman. She’s beautiful and obviously Cooper thinks so, but she isn’t abnormally gorgeous and all that. Characters like that really start to piss me off. Heather is so REAL. She’s a size 12, and she enjoys her food and she sometimes wishes she was smaller but she likes food and she becomes more and more comfortable with who she is. She’s an amazing character in my opinion. As a girl who is average size (size 12!), its great to see a character that isn’t a size 4 or 6, or god, a size 2. Its great to have a heroine that is someone you really can actually relate to in looks for once.

I also just love the humor of Meg Cabot. Her books make me laugh like no one else’s books have ever made me do. I love that her books follow the humor of a normal person, that her books show the general train of thoughts of a normal person. I love that she’s thinking of clues and what could have happened to Jasmine (the dead RA), but then she’s like, mmm, lunch, or hey, I have to try my wedding dress on. I LOVE the realism and seriously, I can’t say enough of the humor that is in her books. If I’m looking for a quick, addicting and fun read, I always turn to Meg Cabot and that is why she is one of my absolute favorite authors of all time.

I also love the seriousness (okay, besides the murder) she brought in with Heather and her relationship with her mother. Her mother hurt her in so many ways and it would be difficult for the two of them to reconcile and I think that Meg Cabot really brings a lot to this part of the novel. I don’t want to ruin it for you, especially since this is an advanced copy but I was really impressed with this particular part of the novel. It shows that kind of tense mother-daughter dynamic that can exist sometimes and I think she pulled it together very nicely.

I did love the story as well, I loved that even after four books, Meg still is able to make a murder happen in the same dorm as the previous four books and make it unique and surprising and addicting enough to keep turning the pages until the very very end. I zipped through this book so incredibly fast and was VERY satisfied at the end. I have never been much of a mystery reader; they’re always so over the top and ridiculously dramatic and sometimes I can’t keep up because of the way the main characters talk. Its not like that with Heather Wells. She creates a fun, fast paced, addicting mystery where you are wondering whodunnit and you’re trying to gather all the clues but you’re so busy laughing that you can’t even keep track of them, and then wham! Showdown and you’re in shock at who actually did it. That’s the brilliance of Meg Cabot.

I don’t want to say much more than that because it is a new release that won’t be released until late September and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. What I can say is this: you won’t be disappointed with this novel. I have NEVER been disappointed by a Meg Cabot novel. She is able to take all the things we love about a mystery novel-the suspense, the buildup, the wondering-and packs it into a lighthearted and fun story. Her characters are all unique but real and relatable and she creates one of the most genuine and lovable main characters that I’ve ever read. Heather Wells will have most woman cheering, and I hope to see more of her in the future.

Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Recommended or Not?

Definitely. If you have read all the previous novels, this is a must read to finish off the series (or at least I think so. Are there more novels planned?). If you haven’t read any Heather Wells novels, I definitely recommend you do so. You will not be disappointed and you will bust your way through them.

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I hope you all enjoyed this review of The Bride Wore Size 12, and will be picking this book up when it releases in September!

Don’t forget to check out previous Book of the Week reviews here.

Happy Reading!

Things to Look Forward to in 2013

The year is halfway over. Its July and its full on summer mode here in Southern California. The 4th of July is that turning point of the year; its half way over.

And I’m sitting here, viagra approved enjoying my summer vacation before I start my last two years of college, thinking about all the awesome things that have already come out and happened this year. Clockwork Princess. WonderCon. Meeting SO many authors. Star Trek premiere. So many cool things.

But then I was thinking about it, and I was like, there is still SO MUCH MORE to look forward to with the rest of the year. So much more.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Premiere Date: August 12, 2013

Release Date: August 21, 2013

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I am SOOOO insanely excited for this. The Mortal Instruments series is one of my absolute favorite book series and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen. When they first started making it, I admit I was extremely wary. I was afraid of them making another Twilight, and while this series keeps getting compared to Twilight, its nothing like it and it looks amazing! I was also super wary of some of the casting, especially the casting of Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland but I ended up being proven so wrong, at least of what I’ve seen so far. So far, the directors, producers and movie studio have gone out of there to stay connected to the fans, to see what we’d like to see and what we like about we’ve seen so far and they’ve responded in kind. And the trailer shows me a seriously badass movie. I am looking forward to this movie adaptation because its looking like the best that I’ve seen in awhile.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary and 12th Doctor Announcement

Release Date: November 23, 2013

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I LOVE DOCTOR WHO, and my love for Doctor Who only increased when I went to Gallifrey One, the Doctor Who convention in February. I enjoyed Series 7, though it wasn’t my favorite, and I have been eagerly anticipating the GREAT 50th anniversary special that is sure to come this year. That is when they announced that David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) would be joining Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswin Oswald) for the 50th. I literally squealed with fangirl excitement. David Tennant is amazing, and his rendition of the Doctor is just…its the best and I ADORE Rose and I can’t wait to see the shenanigans that these four get up to. Then Matt Smith announced that he would be retiring as the 11th Doctor and all eyes and ears in the DW fandom are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the 12th Doctor. So much amazing DW coming our way :)

Tammara Webber’s Here With You

Ebook Release: August 6, 2013

Paperback Release: August 27, 2013

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I wasn’t even aware that there would be a fourth book in this series but I am so excited that there will be, especially since Reid Alexander is a main player in this book again. If Reid Alexander were a real celebrity, I’d: A, want him to play Jace Wayland in City of Bones and B, I’d be WAY obsessed with him that way girls are obsessed with Justin Bieber. I have a feeling a lot is going to be going on with this book, and I think the past that Reid has with his ex, Brooke, is going to come up big time with this book. I think we’re finally going to see more of that then we’ve ever seen before.

Sarah J. Maas’ Crown of Midnight

Release August 27, 2013

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The first of these books, Throne of Glass, is an absolute masterpiece and its no wonder, as it took Sarah nearly 10 years to write. Its an epic fantasy, with a badass character in Celaena, who is literally a legendary, almost mythical assassin. She can fight, and kill and she has a wicked sense of humor and she likes to curl up with a book. And she has two very different men falling in love with her, and she’s too busy trying to get her freedom. And…even though I absolutely loathe love triangles, I can’t decide which man I like better: Dorian or Chaol. But what a wonderful world that Sarah has created and I can’t wait to see this story continue and to see what other wicked adventures Celaena gets herself into.

Jennifer L Armentrout’s Origin 

Release Date: August 27, 2013

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I can’t WAIT for this book (did I mention that this book and the previous two mentioned ALL COME OUT THE SAME DAY!). If you’ve read the end of Opal, the third book in the Lux series, you’ll understand. MAJOR cliffhanger, and you just know that Daemon is PISSED and he’s ready to take on the world to get Katy back and its going to be amazing. Just the differences in covers alone shows that this is going to be a VERY different novel from the previous. I hope it’ll be more action packed and it’ll take the story in completely new directions. I am SO excited for this book; I’m counting down the days.

Veronica Roth’s Allegiant

Release Date: October 22, 2013

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I read Divergent TWO days before the release of Insurgent and stayed up til 3 a.m. reading Insurgent on its release day. It was released on May 1st, 2012 and I’ve already been waiting for over a year for this book. I know plenty of other Divergent fans who haven’t waited nearly as long as I have, so trust me haha, I’m dying for this book to come out, especially with the damn cliffhanger this book leaves you with! I remember reading this SO late at night and thinking, “No…no way. No, Veronica Roth, you don’t do this to me.” This is one of the most anticipated releases of the year in the YA genre, and with the movie wrapping up filming this month, its sure to be a best-seller within minutes. I canNOT wait to see the conclusion of this epic dystopian series.

Rick Riordan’s The House of Hades

Release Date: October 8, 2013

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Again with the cliffhangers. The Mark of Athena, the book right before this one, leaves off with an EPIC cliffhanger. Sorry I’m about to spoil it so if you haven’t read the previous books, I would move on to the next time on the list. I’m warning you. Okay, we leave off with Percy and Annabeth (one of my OTP!) literally FALLING INTO TARTARUS, the deep depths of the Underworld and the Romans of Camp Jupiter charging toward Camp Half Blood, with attack the only objective on their minds. What a way to leave off. Only a year in between books but it is SO hard to wait. And this cover, with an extremely beat up Percy and Annabeth, running from…something, just gets me wriggling with anticipation. Rick Riordan has never failed to disappoint me so this is definitely a book to count down on.

Catching Fire Release

Release Date: November 22, 2013

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I can’t wait for this movie for three reasons. One, I loved the first one but I wasn’t incredibly impressed with it. I’m hoping CF is better :) Two, Finnick Odair. Do I need to say anything else? And three, my friends all went to the Hunger Games premiere last year and had an awesome time and now we are going to the CF premiere and its sure to be a FANTASTIC time. This is a great book series, and the movie is chock full of great actors like Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Haralson, Donald Sutherland, Jenna Malone and so much more. I am excited to see how they accomplish the build up that Catching Fire is. I also am really curious to see how well they pull of the Quarter Quell and the ridiculous arena that is the 75th Hunger Games. I remember reading it and thinking it was crazy, and its going to be epic on the big screen.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Release

Release Date: December 13, 2013

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Okay, I don’t care what any of those so-called fancy Hollywood movie “critics” say. They aren’t fans of the Tolkien universe and they just don’t know. This movie wasn’t made for the critics; it was made for the fans and all the fans that I know…LOVED the first movie. I know I did. I was incredibly impressed and I wanted it to go on forever and I loved the extra stories they added from The Silmarillion and the appendices. This movie is bound to be epic because we get to see more elves (including Thandruil and Legolas) and Benedict Cumberbatch’s sexy dragon voice and so much more. I just know that the movie will continue to be as epic as the first one was. My super cool friend, Kathleen, from New Zealand got me some epic Hobbit shirts and I can’t wait to wear them when seeing this movie for the first time.

Cinda Williams Chima’s The Enchanter Heir 

Release Date: October 1, 2013

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I am so incredibly…okay I’ve said it like a hundred times now…excited for this book because Cinda Williams Chima is a fantasy GENIUS. Seriously. I will push her on you until the day I die because she is an absolutely brilliant and talented writer and I don’t think its fair that she doesn’t get the credit that she deserves when there are extremely popular YA authors out there, with huge fandoms, that aren’t even good. Okay, moving on, this is the 4th book in the Heir Chronicles, though it can be read without reading the first three. Its an urban fantasy, a brilliantly crafted fantasy world wrapped up in modern day worlds. I read all seven of Cinda’s previously released books in a matter of about a month and so now I am dying to have my socks knocked off again by this amazing writer.

Anniversary Edition Harry Potter Books

Release Date: August 27, 2013

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I hate change. I really do. I would rather things just be left alone and kept the way they originally were meant to be. Like the original Star Wars trilogy. Why George Lucas, why, did you add all that unnecessary CRAP  to that movie? Ugh. So when they announced that each book in the Harry Potter series would be getting updated covers for the 15th anniversary of the Sorcerer’s Stone’s publication in the US, I wasn’t really thrilled. Until the covers started to be revealed and I was thoroughly impressed. As much as I believe that Mary Grandpre’s covers are the best and will always remain my favorite, these covers (so far, five have been released) are just so beautiful done and are so incredibly impressive and full of artistic talent. I went from shaking my head, to looking at these with eyes wide and immediately rushing to Amazon to place my pre-order. And of course, this box set comes out the EXACT SAME DAY as Origin and Crown of Midnight and Here Without You…

Marie Lu’s Champion 

Release Date: November 5, 2013 

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This is going to be the most epic finale to the BEST dystopian series that I have ever read. Yes, better than The Hunger Games, and yes, better than Divergent. Marie Lu creates a one of a kind dystopian universe (she actually talks about countries besides the US!) and she creates two conflicting, yet in love characters, and her back and forth point of views just leave us with a breath taking, addicting story. I adore both June and Day and the cliffhanger she leaves us with (SPOILER: Day is dying…and he didn’t tell June) is just too much for me to handle. Luckily, after reading Prodigy on its release day in January, I didn’t have to wait long for Champion’s release, which is in November! Not even a year. That, my friends, is possibly the best news a reader can get.

Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters

Release Date: August 7, 2013

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I was incredibly disappointed in the first movie. I don’t think its as TERRIBLE as everyone makes it out to be but it definitely isn’t a good movie. Its kind of one of those guilty pleasure movies; plus, Logan Lerman is so adorable, I just want to eat him up. But it wasn’t great, and it failed in the box office, so it surprised me immensely when they announced that the second book, Sea of Monsters, was being filmed. Pleasantly surprised but also wary. Now, I’ve seen stills and trailers and I’m not completely sold yet but I do like this book a lot and I am hoping that they are able to revamp this movie series and we can get to Titan’s Curse, which is my FAVE of the Olympians series. I hope, I hope!

Meg Cabot’s The Bride Wore Size 12

Release Date: September 24, 2013

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Heather Wells is one of my idol characters to look up to because she makes me feel better about myself, both inside and out. Heather is a bigger girl, and she used to be a smaller, famous pop star who basically lost everything but as the books go on, she gains more and more confidence, and becomes so happy in the skin that she’s in and I love that. I love that the more I gain confidence in the size that I wear (which is, a size 12), the more I feel like this badass heroine. Now, after all these books, I am so happy that she is finally getting married and to the person that she’s always wanted to be married to, and I can’t wait to see what adventures she is bound to get into because its Heather and someone is bound to die and Heather is bound to catch them.

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I am also looking forward to the return of Once Upon a Time in the fall for season 3, the new series, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, as well. I am excited for Vampire Diaries and the new series, The Originals. I am also anticipating the return of Sherlock, season 3, though I believe that may be in 2014. So much is coming!

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So that was a really long, epic post but I hope you all enjoyed it! There are just SO many cool things left to look forward to in 2013!

What are you most looking forward to in the next six months of 2013? Book releases, movie releases, TV shows returning? As always, share in the comments!

Meg Cabot: This is Teen Live Chat Transcript!

I love Meg Cabot. She is easily one of my favorite authors and is definitely the author that got me so into and supportive and passionate about young adult literature. I eagerly wait each and every book that she puts out. This summer she is putting out the third installment of her YA paranormal romance Abandon trilogy, see Awaken, store and the fifth book in her Heather Wells series (adult romance contemporary), mind The Bride Wore Size 12.

She had a live chat tonight on Facebook with This is Teen and she answered a TON of questions. I know that not everyone gets to be a part of these so I wrote out the entire conversation so everyone could see the questions that she answered!

Check it out!

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Live Chat:

Moderator: We had some great questions from Twitter, here’s one: “Do you ever experiene writer’s block and how do you deal with it?

Meg: Of course! I take a break and do something else, like take a walk or ride my bike. Or even watch TV. But the best thing to do is just put the project on the back burner for a while and do something else. It will come to you!

Fan: Ms. Cabot, I love your work. How did you get started in the industry?

Meg Cabot: Hi Wendy! I actually got my start writing historical romances under another name. It took many years and rejection before I got published. But I just kept trying! Don’t ever let rejection keep you from doing the things you love.

Fan: What was the inspiration for your book “Abandon”?

Meg: I love the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades. I love the idea of there being a place and a person for everyone even if it’s the Underworld and the hope of spring time.

Moderator: Let’s get another Twitter question! Jennifer writes “What are you working on next. Any new upcoming YA series?”

Meg: “Awaken” will be out in July and then there will be a new Heather Wells book, “The Bride Wore Size 12” on September 10th. After that, stay tuned.

Fan: The Abandon series is based on the myth of Persephone. Is it easier or harder to write a series based on existing material?

Meg: That’s a good question! In some ways it’s easier because the characters and storyline are somewhat established. But you also want to make it your own. So in that way, its more of a challenge.

Fan: What are you reading now?

Meg: I read Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick and really enjoyed it! I’ve been reading the new John Le Carre. Good stuff!

Fan: Ms Cabot. Do you get nervous when you publish a book?

Meg: Well, I’ve been doing it for a long time but, yes, I still get nervous and I hope people like it!

Fan: Who is your favorite love interest out of all the books you’ve written?

Meg: Its hard to pick! I really like the ones I’ve just written about. So, right now, I really like John Hayden from “Awaken”. He looks so good on the cover. One of the best days was when I got to pick the model to play him!

Fan: When you come up with a new idea, how do you begin to craft it into a story? Do you outline, or just jump in?

Meg: When I get an idea for a book, I usually do write up a brief story synopsis. Then I start to write. For inspiration, I make up a music playlist.

Fan: My daughter and I love your Ally Finkle series! Any plans for another book in the series?

Meg: Thank you! Allie Finkle was inspired by my experience in 4th and 5th grade and all my real life friends. We’ll have to see if there will be more adventures. I sure hope so!

Fan: What is your favorite part about writing the Abandon Trilogy?

Meg: I love writing about Pierce and John and the growth of their relationship. I also enjoyed writing the dramatic setting of the tropical island versus the Underworld!

Fan: Do you have plans do visit Brazil one more time? We miss you!

Meg: Obrigada! I love Brazil! I look forward to my new novella, “The Model and the Monster” in the Princess anthology that will be coming out in the end of June for Brazilian readers only! And hopefully I will be visiting there soon!

Fan: Could you give advice for the teens out there since we think you’re the writer who understands girl’s hearts?

Meg: Awww, thanks Claire! I think its important to remember that you are very special and never let anyone treat you any other way. Always have pride in yourself and remember that everything is going to be all right!

Fan: How long does it usually take for you to write a book? Have some of your books been easier to write than others? 

Meg: It can take as long as a year or two or as short as a few months. It depends on the book and sometimes there are many revisions that have to be done. But revisions are very important as you want the book to be the best it can be for your readers!

Fan: If you could put one of your characters from one book into another book (like putting Em Watts in Abandon or Allie Finkle in Princess Diaries or Mia in Airheads), who would it be and why would they be there?

Meg: That’s a great question! There may be a crossover in a future book that’s coming out soon…you have to wait and see!

Fan: Hello Meg! So happy to be chatting with you! My daughter loves your books and is an aspiring writing. She is in the 6th grade. What advice would you give a young writer.

Meg: Great chatting with you, too! I think an aspiring writer should read every day; write a little something every day even if it’s just an email. Write what you love to read and don’t let rejection get you down! It took me years to get published but it was worth the wait.

Fan: It seems like you had to spend a lot of time in the Underworld writing the Abandon books, did that change how you see OUR world?

Meg: LOL! Yes! In the Underworld, the Fates serve meals magically to the permanent inhabitants and I kept wishing someone would do that for me during the writing process…although I have to say my husband is a very good chef!

Fan: How’s the new book from the Mediator series coming? Also I love your books. 

Meg: Thank you! It is coming along nicely. I definitely appreciate all of the support from the readers and having the series be optioned by FremantleMedia has helped with the inspiration as well.

(There is going to be a new Mediator book! OH my god, I didn’t know this but its my FAVORITE series by her so I am so excited!)

Fan: What is your favorite love story?

Meg: That’s a hard one! I have to say I love Lizzie Bennett and Mr. Darcy! And Ron and Hermione, of course! They are so cute. I do love them!

(Two of my favorites as well!)

Fan: What is your inspiration for The Princess Diaries?

Meg: The inspiration for The Princess Diaries came from my mom dating one of my teachers. It was so gross! But now they have been together a long time and I’m very happy for them. But I did write about it in my diary. And that story became the inspiration for The Princess Diaries. This is why I encourage everyone to keep a diary. You never know what can happen!

Fan: How many hours a day/days per week do you write?

Meg: I try to keep a regular schedule, like a 9-5 job. But it never works. It’s usually more like 11-11, right before the book is due :)

Fan: Talking about food, whats your favorite thing to eat? What are you good at cooking?

Meg: I’m good at making popcorn! My husband is a very good chef. He went to cooking school. Thank goodness! I love pizza but I have to be gluten-free because I have Celiac disease.

(Is it just me or is everyone getting this disease nowadays…I swear, everyone is gluten-free…)

Moderator: Here’s another question from Twitter, Tema asks “Which book are you the most proud of so far?” 

Meg: Like a good mom, I love all my children the same :) But I always am especially proud of the newborns, like “Awaken”!

Fan: What is the most strange gift that you have ever received?

Meg: I received a life-size papier mache Fat Louie. That was quite odd. But I loved it and still have it!

Fan: Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?

Meg: I love Big Bird, of course!

Fan: Did you ever have a mentor or an idol that inspired you?

Meg: Yes! I had so many great teachers who were so encouraging of my writing, especially my 4th and 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Hunter who is featured in the Allie Finkle books. I didn’t even change her name! I also had a great school librarian who encouraged me to branch out in my reading.

Fan: Did you ever get to meet an author you admire?

Meg: Of course! I got to meet many authors that I love but I was always too shy to go up and talk to them. Even now, I get very tongue-tied around authors I admire. Don’t be like me! If you meet an author you love, tell him or her how much you like his or her books!

Sara (ME!): Meg! I ask all the authors I meet/talk to: Who is your favorite fictional crush?

Meg: Spenser, as in the detective by Robert B. Parker. I love him! I want him to be my boyfriend but he’s taken. But so am I :)

Fan: You mentioned a playlist before. What kind of music do you like? Who are your favorite bands or singers?

Meg: The problem with playlists inspired by books is that the book chooses the playlist. I like all kinds of music. When I wrote “Awaken”, I listened to the Black Keys, The New Radicals, Owl City, and much much more.

Fan: If there was ever a Princess Diaries TV show, who would be your ideal Mia?

Meg: I will never pick actors for a show or movie because if someone else gets cast later, their feelings might be hurt :( That’s actually happened. So I like to keep my opinion to myself so no one will feel that they were ever a second choice!

Fan: Love, love, love so many of your books. Thank you for becoming a writer :D What do you do when your procrastinate (instead of writing)?

Meg: Thank you so much! I love to swim, lay on the beach, read mysteries, watch TV, go to the movies, eat–all the regular stuff that a lot of people like to do :)

Fan: I love how you write some of your books in the non-traditional format of diaries/emails/etc. They’re so much fun to read! What gave you that idea? Do you feel like it fits better with certain characters/stories?

Meg: Thank you! I love epistolary novels. I especially loved the book “Up the Down Staircase” and I wanted to try writing something like that using modern technology. I would love to try to do some more but it does depend on the story. Hopefully I’ll do another one someday.

Fan: You have written a lot of stories for short story collections. Are they just as hard to write as a whole novel or are they easier because they’re shorter?

Meg: Short stories are even harder to write for me than the novels. You have to be so concise and you have such a short page count. It’s very hard for me but I love the challenge! And usually the proceeds go to charity so it’s totally worthwhile!

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They also released the FIRST THREE CHAPTERS  of the last book in the Abandon Trilogy, Awaken, which is out July 2nd! 

You can check those out here.

Thanks Meg for chatting with all your fans, and answering our questions. I can’t wait to read Awaken and The Bride Wore Size 12 this summer!