It’s Reader Paparazzi time.   It’s research, not stalking. Reader Paparazzi is my Q & A series spotlighting YA readers (if you missed any previous interviews, click here or on the tab in the header above).  I spend a lot of time inside the mind of fictional teens–writing and reading, so it’s great to get a little real YA world perspective to help with character inspiration, or to learn what holds a teen’s interest, or simply find a new book to read…. Read more »

  “Eat. Write. Travel. Cook.” Sounds awesome to me–add in “read” and it’s practically perfect. Those are the four words Top Chef judge Gail Simmons wrote down when asked what she wanted to do with her life once she graduated college.    Talking with my Mouth Full details her quest to create a successful career out of those four words.   As I read her food stories from childhood up to her hosting Top Chef: Just Desserts, I couldn’t help… Read more »

  What did you have for breakfast this morning? Cereal, eggs, toast?  If you live in Japan, it’s likely you ate natto. A.k.a. fermented soy beans. Natto looks like Rice Krispy treats, but it’s not-o. They are a favorite breakfast food in Japan, often eaten with raw eggs and fish flakes. And according to author Rachel Herz in her book That’s Disgusting:  Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, they smell a bit like ammonia and tire fire.       Yum. Then… Read more »