Created for Necessity, Employed for Passion

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

Let's build a world. Explore what we believe by writing. In many ways my characters’ experiences with fate, destiny and free-will mirror my own. What is up to us and what isn’t? It’s one of the great questions of the human experience, I think. But no matter what is for us to control, we must own the identity. You’re a writer if you write. Period. Writing is a lovely way to spend one’s time. Enjoy it. And I hope you enjoy my writing here.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


Okay, you guys wanted something from the beginning of Book 2 and so I give you the FIRST official teaser. You ready?

I’ve lived at 65th and Madison my whole life, but it doesn’t mean I fit in there. That’s the thing about the places we come from--- they probably say the least about who we really are than anything. 

I'm not telling you what the book is about, yet (you know I'm all about the mystery). But I want to know--- do you agree? Do you think, like our new narrator, that the places we come from say the least about who we really are? What do you think determines our character above all else? 

And also: What do you think this book is about?

Comment away! I'll post whoever gets the closest...

XO! Have a great weekend...I'm off to Miami to enjoy some BEACH. 


Tuesday, May 29, 2012


So, I'm feeling kind of fun-- being that it's summer, and all...did everyone have a good long weekend? The weather here in NY is AMAZING.

You guys have made the start of the summer so sunshiny (even when it was raining). You've all been so kind, and I am delighted and humbled by how much you have embraced Rosaline. You've also made it clear you want to know what's coming next and, while I can't tell you what Book 2 is about, just yet, I am going to give you a little sneak peek...and then let you guess.

So tell me: Where do you want a snippet from? The beginning? Middle? Or end? Let me know in the comments and I'll choose a little something to post later this week!



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Back To The Beginning

How far we have come! Below is the original, first draft- oh my god what was I thinking--prologue for When You Were Mine-- then titled Rosaline. What do you think? A lot has changed, since this piece of writing (word vomit?) :) 
Have a great week! (And remember to revise!) 


What’s in a name?
I read the story and knew how it ended, it just never occurred to me that I’d be playing a different part. Sure, I realize that we can’t all be the heroines of other people’s stories, it just didn’t seem possible that I wouldn’t be the heroine of my own. I was pretty certain life was a lot more like the plays the theater kids put on than anyone imagined. I mean, this is high school, people have roles and they stick to them. You can’t just try on a bunch of different characters, be Sporty and Poetic at the same time because you feel like it. There are things that are permanent, unchangeable. People who are good at calc (not me) and the ones who can pull off white in the middle of winter (sure, but we live in California). Guys you are meant to love and who are meant to love you back (Rob Henly. Definitely). It’s life, it’s just the way it is. These stories don’t get re-written. They’ve been the same way for thousands of years. Who are we to change them?
Which is why it’s so infuriating that people are always going around telling teenagers that we don’t know who we are yet, that we still have to discover ourselves. I mean, I knew who I was:
Rosalind Kennedy. The most popular girl at San Bellaro, the daughter of a senator, best friend of Samantha Kessler, Olivia Diamond and Denine Goldman, and, most importantly, girlfriend of Rob Robert Henly.  I was the leading lady. Anyone would have said so.
Rob was mine. My best friend and the handsome neighbor next door. The one who first chased me around my backyard when I was five. Who sat with me, Saturday after Saturday, eating popcorn on my bedroom floor and watching old re-runs of Friends. We were always going to get together. It was just a matter of time. Rosalind Kennedy and Rob Henly. The perfect pair. The girl with the long, dark hair and the boy with the piercing brown-black eyes. Tall, dark and handsome. Rich and envied. We fit the part. So when he kissed me, three weeks before senior year began, my life, my identity, fell into place. In that moment, sitting on my parent’s back porch wearing his sweatshirt, the one with STANFORD stitched on the front, I knew, without a doubt, that there was no one I’d rather be with. Or be, for that matter.
But there was something I didn’t know. Something I hadn’t been paying attention to.
Rosalind had a different story, not at all like the one I remembered. This one had star crossed lovers and heartbreak and, yes, even death, but it wasn’t anything like the original. That’s the funny thing about shifting point of view, all of a sudden everything changes. Mrs. Grazinsky is always talking about this in English class, how a story told from a different character might as well be a different book. But Rob always looked so adorable in English that I never paid much attention. I should have. I should have listened when we read this one. I should have seen it coming. But I didn’t, of course. You never see anything coming when you’re in love. That’s the point. It’s blinding. Someone once said that love makes you forget the simplest things, like what color the sky is or whether it’s a Monday or a Tuesday. That love can even make you forget your own name.
They were right. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

First School Visit!

Yesterday I went on my first school visit to MS 88 Peter Rouget Middle School in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Torrey Maldonado, 6th grade English Language Arts Teacher, was kind enough to host myself and authors Danette Vigilante and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich.

You guys, Torrey is like a TV teacher, he really is. Dynamic, smart, fun, creative, someone who (it is clear) has the utmost respect from his class. I left there feeling totally inspired...thanks, Torrey! 

And the kids...the kids were AMAZING. They asked the greatest questions and were totally engaged. One of them asked me if I had won any awards. We made a deal...two years time, same place, some accolades. 

Enjoy the pics below! I hope I get to visit more schools because I got to say....major job perk. 



Monday, May 14, 2012

Basically, I am Taylor Swift

What do Taylor Swift and I have in common? We've both dated Taylor Lautner, duh!

I kid, I kid...

I saw this interview awhile back with Tay Tay and my future husband Zac Efron in which she said she likes making people cry. Taylor, for shame! I thought...until it started happening to me. So many of you have written me saying that you felt Rosaline's pain and shared in her heartbreak...and that you shed some tears. And you know what? I it? I love that this book moved you, that it IS moving you. So thank you for the tears. Taylor and I both appreciate them.

Have you guys seen this interview, btw? It's pretty much my favorite thing ever:



Thursday, May 10, 2012

Teen Vogue!

Teen Vogue interviewed me for their writer's spot this week! Check it out online now:

How is everyone doing this week? 



Sunday, May 6, 2012

When The Last Guest Had Gone, And The Last Glass of Champagne Had Been Drunk, We Surveyed The Damage

George Banks, Father of the Bride

I don't know why I keep thinking of the ending of that movie today, but I do. It has been an incredible week--- readings and signings and a party. Best friends in town, parents, lots of love. I am so grateful for such a wonderful start to what I hope will be a long, and happy career. I will post the breakdown (with pics!) later, but for now, I leave you with this.

It's the start of something new. Which I suppose always means the end of something else.