April 21st, 2010

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Kay Cassidy!

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THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY

What's a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn't want to wear it anymore?


Sixteen year old Jess Parker has always been an outsider. So when she receives an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret society of the most popular girls in school, it's like something out of a fairy tale. Swept up by the Cindys' magical world of makeovers, and catching the eye of her Prince Charming, Jess feels like she's finally found her chance to fit in.

Then the Wickeds--led by Jess's arch-enemy--begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there's more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside. She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything.

Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her. Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn't want to be seen with her in public? And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters?

Jenn: In my book The Ex Games, Hayden has to overcome her fear of heights to make it as a professional snowboarder. What are your characters afraid of, and how do they conquer their fears?

Kay: Jess is afraid of never being valued for who she really is. But when her Sisters in The Cinderella Society see more in her than she sees in herself, she finds herself stressing out on the opposite end of the spectrum for once. She has to make peace with it as she assumes a precarious role in the Sisterhood.

Jenn: What has been your greatest fear as a writer, and how have you dealt with it?

Kay: My greatest fear as a writer is to make the wrong story decision. Sometimes I drive myself crazy because I keep second guessing every decision I make. This was particularly true with The Cinderella Society. What I've come to realize is that no one but me will ever know what the story could have been. They only know what the story is. Once I let go of having to make The Perfect Story Decision, it took a huge weight off my shoulders.

Jenn: In The Ex Games, Hayden goes head-to-head with her ex-boyfriend in a snowboarding challenge. Are you involved in any sports? How do you think being a woman has affected you as an athlete?

Kay: I was very athletic growing up. I played softball and volleyball, ran track, was a gymnast, dove for a season, and was a competitive cheerleader from junior high through college. As an adult, I played team tennis. I don't know how being a woman affected me in playing sports since I only ever competed against other girls, but I'm fascinated by the interplay (excuse the pun) of co-ed sports.

Jenn: For good or ill, I design my own web site. Who designed yours? What’s your favorite part of your web site that you wish more people would visit?

Kay: Manning Krull designed mine and I LOVE it. It's 100% me. I have lots of favorite parts of the site, but the parts I'm most proud of are the national Great Scavenger Hunt Contest(TM) reading program I host for kids and teens and the inspirational Living Your Five(TM) web project I founded in 2009 with Alyson Noel and Tera Lynn Childs.

Thanks for visiting, Kay, and best of luck with your new release!

Day 20

My good news of the day: A book blogger named Christina e-mailed me to say she'd read the ARC of Forget You, and she loved it. Now, of course I love my book, and I love Doug, and I feel really terrible about what I did to him (if you ever put your adorable hero on crutches for an entire book, you will feel terrible too), but that doesn't mean other people will love it. So I was very gratified to hear this from Christina. No matter what happens when this book is released on July 20, there was one brief, shining moment back on April 21 when the book was universally adored by every single book reviewer who had read it and contacted me.

Well.

During April I am finishing the proofs of Forget You (CHECK!), dealing with the ARCs (CHECK!), and writing 40,000 words.

Yesterday I said I would Think Very Hard and write 500. I Thought Very Hard and wrote 509. Woot!

Today I am going to Play With Index Cards

STAND BACK FOLKS SHE IS SERIOUS SHE IS GETTING OUT THE INDEX CARDS

and write 500. I hate to set the bar so low two days in a row, but my real job has come calling, and for some reason my 8-year-old cannot cook his own dinner. He's pretty good with spaghetti but we can't have that every single night. I'm really going to try to get back on track here so I can set the bar higher after today.

How about you?

Your goal for April

Your goal for yesterday (Tuesday)

Your high achievement yesterday

Your goal for today