October 16th, 2009


Yesterday I turned in Endless Summer, the sequel to The Boys Next Door, to Simon Pulse. The Boys Next Door is made of Starbucks coffee and doughnuts. Only after writing it did I find out Starbucks doughnuts have 500 calories each. Of course I haven’t eaten one since...until yesterday morning, when I had one while going over Endless Summer one last time. Any time you read the words “Mmmmm, doughnut” in my books, you know what was happening.

While I was writing furiously, book bloggers were posting such kind reviews of The Ex Games. You can read them at Persnickety Snark, The Book Scout, Teens Read Too, and Trisha's Book Blog.

Next up is the revision of Forget You, my second book for MTV. It’s due in the middle of NaNoWriMo, and the proposal for my third MTV book is due at the end of November, so I’m afraid I’ll be working on both those projects rather than writing one whole novel like last year. However, I’m still committing to 50,000 words of something, and I’d love for you to add me as a writing buddy. My username is jenniferechols.

On the reading front...one of book bloggers’ favorite questions to ask me in an interview is, “What are you reading now?” In every interview I have said I am reading The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Lest you think this time in 2015 I will still be reading The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore, my slowness is just a deadline thing. The book is wonderful and I look forward to finishing it this weekend.

As for the boys, my son ate Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4 as if it were a Hershey’s Kiss, pretty much in one mouthful, like every other 8-year-old boy in the country. And my husband, in a bizarre twist, has gotten addicted to Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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