Tuesday, February 12, 2013

This is AMAZING.

I'm often asked, "Why did you want to become an author?" And the answers are pretty simple:

1. I love writing stories.
2. I love drawing.
3. Having a job doing what I love has always been my goal.

But there's a lot more to being an author than just writing and drawing stories. I go to schools and libraries and bookstores and conferences and I get to meet readers and teachers and other authors and sometimes I get free totebags and pens and mugs. I get Facebook fans and fan email from all over the world. I never expected any of this, and it's really, really great.

Then, sometimes, someone sends me something that COMPLETELY BLOWS MY MIND. Meet JungHoo La and Danielle Bent, co-authors of Life in Middle School.

Having readers start their own journals is AMAZING. Like, I'm going to cry fat boogery tears of joy amazing.

Barf. Why is it so funny on paper when it's so gross in real life? I'll never know.

Back in my day, phones were harder to draw! You had to make a rotary dial and a curly cord. Whippersnappers.

 I love "Back of Me".

 That looks about a thousand times better than any cake I've ever baked. I'm awful at it.

 Sorry, Tamara, Victoria. Rough times.

 Also doubles as a change purse!

 Rain, rain, go away, come again some other...ooh, chips!

You can always be the one to ask!

 Adventures in hair-dyeing. Terrifying, but they make for great stories later...

Lovely details!

But seriously...HOW COOL IS THIS?!? I hope Junghoo and Danielle keep this up because it's really, really amazing. I get a lot of fanmail asking how to write books, but not from these girls. They just STONE COLD DID IT. Love you guys.


  1. When children create something it is always amazing. Some of them are more talented and some of them less but still they don`t pretend, they just do what they love and how they feel it. When I was a child I loved to write my own rhymes and, you know, they were pretty god. But when later I was demanded to write lots of essays, I used Help On Essay services because I had no inspiration. It is not surprising as teachers demand us to follow the plan they offer and other things, there is no space for creativity.

  2. Amy, my granddaughter discovered your Popularity Papers series this summer. Thank YOU! I have loved this series since it first came out. You visited the little library where I worked after the first or second book. I stopped reading the series after book three since I retired but I read Book 4 last night! You are a genius of funniness and kindness and..I laughed, I cried, I LOVED it. Also, Lydia's drawings remind me of my own. Thanks/