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February 27, 2014
I’m busy, busy, busy finishing up my seventh novel for Penguin Books, THE LOOK OF LOVE (stay tuned…cover to be revealed soon!). I’ve been staying up late, getting up early, staying in my PJs for days on end, living off of coffee, and otherwise living and breathing this story. It’s special to me in a way no other novel has been, and I can’t wait for the world to read it. For now, I will share the playlist of songs I’ve been listening to while writing…songs that have been particularly meaningful to me at this stage in my writing journey—music that has guided me and my heroine:
Brothers on a Hotel Bed | Death Cab for Cutie
Back to You | Greg Laswell
The Look of Love | Dusty Springfield (also love the version by Diana Krall)
Always | Blink 182
Both Sides Now | Joni Mitchell
Atlas Eyes | Emma Louise
Called Out in the Dark | Snow Patrol
Dark Horse | Katy Perry
First Day of My Life | Bright Eyes
Go Your Own Way | Lissie
Gravel Lines | Amy Seeley
Green Apples | Chantal Kreviazuk
Grey Street | Dave Matthews Band
New Years Eves | Greg Laswell
Hero | Family of the Year
How the Day Sounds | Greg Laswell
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today | Norah Jones
Into Dust | Mazzy Star
Pass in Time | Beth Orton
Set Fire to the Rain | Adele
Shake It Out | Florence and the Machine
Stay Awake | London Grammar
This Love | Ellie Goulding
Things We Don’t Know About | Blue October
Wild Is The Wind | Nina Simone
Hold On | Sarah McLachlin
When I’m With You | Ben Rector
The Writer | Ellie Goulding
You Found Me | The Fray
Sting | Why Should I Cry for You
February 12, 2014
Today I received an email from my foreign rights agent to share that Blackberry Winter, my third novel, continues to climb the bestseller list charts in Turkey. After six straight weeks on the list, it is now the #7 top-selling book in the country of Turkey, sharing list space with John Green, Khaled Hosseini and others. I am completely wowed and honored. I’m planning to visit Istanbul later this year for a special signing and appearance, and I cannot wait to thank my Turkish readers when I get there (and maybe have a few glasses of champagne too!).
January 8, 2014
And here I take a break from regularly scheduled book news to display my curls—styled by the lovely Kaylene Antonious from Swoop Salon in Seattle. Go see her! She does amazing work (even transforming me into someone who I don’t even recognize, ha!).
December 7, 2013
I recently had my photo taken by the amazingly talented celeb photographer John Keatley, who has shot photos of everyone from Bill Gates and Sarah Palin to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. John’s currently working on the coolest iPhone portrait project, where he’s curating hundreds of portraits captured by iPhone only. I can’t get over how expressive and nuanced the photos are, and it’s so inspiring to know that these were all taken with an iPhone! My favorite photos are “Ashley,” “Cara” (the lipstick shot!), and “Brian.” So great. And I love how John captured a moment of joy in my life. That smile was real (and so are the freckles—ha!). Thanks, John, for including me in this fantastic project!
December 5, 2013
I’m excited to announce that I’m a new daily contributor to BRIDES magazine. I worked for Glamour for five years, and the lovely Conde Nast family has invited me back to be a regular contributor to the most fabulous bridal publication in the world. You can read my pieces on relationships and happiness daily on Brides.com. I hope you’ll follow along as I indulge my love of all things bridal (when not working on my book deadlines of course)!
November 26, 2013
Happy birthday to my fifth novel, MORNING GLORY! It’s in bookstores everywhere today (you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Costco, Books-a-Million, and at your favorite independent bookstores across the country)! I hope you’ll stop and pick up a copy this week (first week of sales are very important to authors!).
This novel is very special to me. It’s set on a Seattle houseboat that I rented as my office while writing the book. I fell in love with the floating home lifestyle in the process, and I hope you will too.
Happy reading, everyone!
November 25, 2013
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November 11, 2013
A while ago, I told my literary agent that I wanted to write a book about cake. Yes, cake. Which, actually seems weird, since I’ve been writing about health for magazines for so many years—five years as a health contributor for Glamour. But here’s the thing: Sometimes, life calls for cake.
Tonight the boys spontaneously decided to grab a bunch of ingredients from the cabinets and attempted to make a cake. Let me list them for you: flour, bread crumbs, cinnamon, vanilla, curry powder, garlic powder (!), baking powder (proud of them for selecting that—they get it!), and an assortment of other odd things (Colby—age 2—grabbed a box of Annie’s mac and cheese). And they mixed, and giggled, and in about 20 minutes, they had their pretend cake.
Tomorrow we’ll bake a real cake. And it will be messy, as life is. A beautiful mess.
And I think I will write a cake book someday. Someday.
P.S. This recipe looks really good.
P.P.S. Morning Glory comes out in two weeks—squeal!