Monday, March 24, 2014

Divergent Movie somehow turns into How I Lost You rambling.

Last night I went to see the Divergent movie with my son and my husband. (There may have been over consumption of popcorn during viewing of the movie.)

So. I enjoyed the movie. I was a little worried about it from the trailers but I ended up liking it. I know some people are saying things changed in the movie vs book, but honestly it was so long since I read it that I couldn't remember and didn't recognize the differences.

I liked the girl who played Tris. I was not all that sold on the actor who played Four. He was handsome and he was a good actor and he's probably a really nice person and someones favorite son, but to me there was a little bit of a lack of chemistry between the two? Maybe it's just that his character is a bit harder to like than say, Peeta. Because it's really hard not to compare those movies. And I have to say, Hunger Games the movie won over Divergent the movie, while when I read Divergent I remember saying I liked Divergent the book better. Interesting.

Anyhow. Like I said, I liked the movie. Did it do the book justice? I don't know.  My son and I read the book a couple of years ago but I do remember loving it. I like the movie. I didn't love it.

This was in no way meant to be a slam. No. I will see the next movie when it comes out. And I kept thinking how Shailee (is that how you spell her name?) would be in John Green's movie too. I'm looking forward to that one to. The Fault In Our Stars.

I wish a movie person would make a movie out of HOW I LOST YOU. I think Shailee could be Grace in that movie too.  Speaking of HOW I LOST YOU. It's crazy how many reads that book has gotten over at WATTPAD. Over 1.2 million. That's a lot. Too bad all those people didn't buy a physical book, ha ha. Everyone on Wattpad is asking for a sequel, and yes, I did leave a lot to the reader's imagination. That said, I'm going to write an epilogue for readers on Wattpad to tie those ends up, because in my mind I know what happens.

In the book I'm writing now, THE TRUTH ABOYT US, the book that is stuck on the hard drive of my other laptops (but that's a whole other post that could end in tears and ranting) The Truth About Us, James shows up and so does Steven Blender. Steve Blender is a BAD BOY. That's all I say about that right now.

Anyhow, true rambling. Hello movie producers looking for a contemporary film about two girls and how they lose their friendship while playing kick ass paintball. You should read How I Lost You.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Yeah, so a couple months zipped by without me posting any blogs. (hangs head in shame)

I have been BUSY though. That's an excuse right???

I am currently working on my 6th Sourcebooks Fire book called THE TRUTH ABOUT US. It's due pretty soon so I'm on a fierce deadline.

I'm also writing an MG series for Capstone Books about MERMAIDS. There's four books to the series and they're super cute and fun to write, but they have deadlines as well!

Plus, I'm taking a Magazine Writing Course and writing magazine articles. All this while working on some promotional "stuff" for 16 Things I Thought Were True!!!


And now it's only 2 days. 2. DAYS!!

And 16 Things will be out on bookshelves and online.  March 4!!! WHEEEEE!!!!!!

Hope that if you buy a copy, you like the book! I hope you feel for Morgan as she negotiates her way into real life. And fall as much in love with Amy and Adam as I did!

I have a BOOK TO GIVE AWAY. And a 16 THINGS I THOUGHT WERE TRUE  Long Sleeve T-shirt!

All you have to do is leave a comment with something YOU THOUGHT WAS TRUE, and I'll do a random draw on March 4. Like in TWO DAYS!!!!!


INDIE BOUND- find it at your local indie bookstore!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

2014 has a nice ring to it! A friend commented recently that even years are so much better and I totally agree!

Not that 2013 was so bad.  The worst thing that happened, didn't even happen to me, it happened to poor wee 13.  Broke his foot a couple of weeks ago and out of the swimming pool for a month. Tough break (literally) for a competitive swimmer.  He's a distance guy and has worked so hard this year and was soooooo close to the time he wanted and then.....fracture. 

He'll heal and all will be well I hope, I just felt so bad for him when after two weeks, we thought he'd be back in the pool and the doc put him back on crutches with no activity for another two weeks.

Anyhow......Christmas holidays weres good. Cold.  Overindulgence. But my sister hosted us this year and I got to see lots of family and catch up with some friends, so a great way to spend the season!

As for 2013, well, lots of great things happened last year. I'm going to spread out my celebration of last year over the next few days. In the meantime, here's a huge celebration for 2014!!

16 Things I Thought Were True was picked as a JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD selection.  This made me really, really happy! I've gone back to the website approximately 1, 000,000 times, give or take, to make sure it really is true. And well. Yes!!! It is!!


What a great thing to find out to ring out 2013 and ring in 2014!!

Hope you had a great holiday season.  I have a good feeling about 2014! Let's do this thing!!


Friday, December 27, 2013

16 Things I Thought Were True - Publisher's Weekly Review

The first trade review for 16 THINGS I THOUGHT WERE TRUE  is in!!! From Publisher's Weekly reviewed on December 23, 2013.

"Rocking out to ‘Sexy and I Know It' in my underwear is a totally good idea. #thingsIthoughtweretrue," tweets 18-year-old Morgan after her former best friend posts a mortifying video of her on YouTube that goes viral. Most chapters begin with a humorous tweet along these lines, reflecting the wisdom Morgan gains in this romantic road-trip story from Gurtler (How I Lost You). For Morgan, Twitter is an arena for her creative writing, as well as a crutch in awkward social situations, but she needs in-person support after her mother is diagnosed with heart disease. Her mother also divulges information Morgan has been waiting her whole life to hear: the name and location of the father she assumes abandoned her. Along with her "cute in a smart-nerd way" friend/crush Adam and exuberant new acquaintance Amy, Morgan travels from Washington state to British Columbia to track down her father. The story takes an abruptly dark turn at the end, but even this underlines the novel's theme that one's expectations rarely match up with life's realities. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jill Corcoran, Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. (Mar.)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Holidays!!

Things are pretty quiet on the blog front right now.

December is a BUSY month for everyone. Holidays, parties, broken feet (oh maybe that was just in my family)

I want to take a moment to wish everyone who finds themselves on this page for one reason or another, a happy holiday season. May your days be Merry and Bright! Happy Reading! Happy Holidays! Happy Whatever You Celebrate this time of year!

I'll see you in the NEW YEAR!! 2014 Baby. Where does the TIME GO??!!!

Happy Holidays!
Check back in the NEW YEAR.  I'll be doing some fun things in 2014, to prepare for the upcoming launch of my newest book


Releasing March 4, 2014 but you can pre-order now. If you're the pre-ordering sort and all!

Barnes and Noble


Indie Bound (look for your local indie bookstore here!)


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How to get a Free copy of 16 Things I Thought Were True for your class!

So yesterday I shared Leanne Shirtliffe's classroom's work on #thingsIthoughtweretrue.
And today I'll show you her Grade 12's #thingsIthoughtwere true!

My favorite is Hogwarth's sending you an acceptance letter when you're ten! And wait, eating celery doesn't burn more calories than you intake?? Hmm. #Istillthoughtthatwastrue

If you're a teacher and you want to ask your class about #THINGSITHOUGHTWERETRUE
and send me the answers, I'll send you a free copy of #16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue when it releases in March, 2014!

Send your classroom's thoughts to write4me at shaw dot ca!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Open Call to Teachers!

I was chatting with the lovely publicist at Sourcebooks this morning. We were chatting about the upcoming release of #16 Things I Thought Were True. It's coming FAST!!! March 4th for the curious!

Anyhow, a feature Derry thought would be super fun was going to TEACHERS and having them ask their kids about #Things They Thought Were True.  We're going to post the responses from the kids on here! So if you're a teacher, go ahead and ask your kids...what things did you think were true when you were a kid?!

I asked amazingly talented and funny author/blogger AND teacher, Leanne Shirtliffe. Leanne is the author of super funny parenting book, DON'T LICK THE MINI VAN.

Check out Leanne's Blog HERE!
Leanne sent me this back right away and I thought I'd share so you get an idea!


Remember, don't eat pop rocks. Or splash in the tub!