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"I was almost nervous to read this book..."

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So starts a recent review of Paint My Body Red. 

"I was almost nervous to read this book. The subject matter seemed as if it could take me to a dark place that was just too dark. It was a bit how I felt when I first started reading THE HUNGER GAMES. Do I really want to go where this author is going to take me? Do I trust that I'll emotionally be OK after reading it? Trust this author - to explore a serious topic. Honest. Not too dark. Hopeful without being juvenile." Here is the entire 5-star review.

I appreciate the honesty here so much. This is how I've felt about books before. Mockingjay in particular. (Don't kill one of the boys! Don't kill Katniss! Oy.) It took me two years to finish The Fault in Our Stars because I was so worried about losing one of the kids. And I've heard this concern about Paint My Body Red. It's not an easy thing to trust a writer to deliver you safely on the other side, especially when a novel's content is tough. I learned early on to write YA you have to leave your reader with a sense of hope, and even if it's not the typical Happily Ever After, it's as close as you can get while staying honest to the theme and story. In writing, like an unfortunate truth about life, sometimes we have to hurt in order to heal.

.Long story short, dear reader, thank you for your trust. <3

happy thanksgiving, friends!

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this was, by far, the strangest thanksgiving wish i could find. it's so strange, it's kind of ADORABLE. wrapped in a blankie flag, this cute little inexplicably patriotic angel that kind of reminds me of the rodeo outfit anna makes paige where in the competition.  i'm thankful for many things this year, but in the book world, i'm most thankful for my all my friends on twitter, and, my readers--who have said the kindest things about paint my body red, and who really get the story i was trying to tell. i appreciate you all, and hope you have a fabulous holiday. 

Sparkly flag dress Thanksgiving angel thanks you. 

Sparkly flag dress Thanksgiving angel thanks you. 



SF culture is focused on one problem: "What is my mother no longer doing for me?"

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“SF tech culture is focused on solving one problem: What is my mother no longer doing for me?” —Vanity Fair

I have a serious love/hate relationship with where I live. Love our innovative schools, love our smart, multicultural community, love how EASY my life is.

BUT. (And this is a BIG BUTT.)
Even though we have DoorDash, we still need to learn how to cook.
Even though we have Social Networks, we still need to relate to real humans.
Even though we have InstaCart, we should go out and shop. 
Even though we have Uber, we need to learn how to drive.
And we need to teach our kids all these skills too. We MUST teach them.

We got a ping pong table for E last Christmas. We didn't hire TaskRabbit to put it together for him. Instead, he spent a month working on it, with his dad, in the garage. There was some whining. And maybe some tears. But now he knows how to put together a ping pong table...and is damn proud of it.

Relax! Where you go to college doesn't seal your fate.

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My response to this CNN article

My husband, now an MD/Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and a Fulbright Specialist, attended a tiny community college where most of the classes were held in trailers, before he transferred to a U.C. junior year. He was turned down for medical school the first time. He took three years off an built a children's theatre with me and reapplied. He got in the second time. (Mainly due to how cool they thought it was that he ran his own children's theatre.) After high school I didn't even want to go to college. My parents signed me up. I went to a pretty average state school before transferring to a community college where I took 30 units in one semester to transfer to a U.C. later (that I loved). After running my own business at ages 22-25, I moved on to my MFA and am now a published author and run my own business. Again. Sure in retrospect it would've been awesome to attend a small liberal arts college on the East Coast where I would've published straight after graduation and walked to class in a peacoat in the snow. Sure, my husband's path would've been easier if he would've attended Harvard after high school and then Stanford Medical School, but that's not what we did—that wasn't the path anyone from our small rural high school took— and we still ended up in the same fairly awesome spot.

"Success" has to do with personal grit, drive and passion…not what college you attend. (Or if you attend college at all.) Nurture creativity and inspire passion in our children. Kids are not a robotics class.

PS. Neither one of us took an AP class in high school. In fact, the other day, my husband said, "Our high school HAD AP classes?"

Feel free to share our story around. I think its one parents and kids need to see.

Gayle and Chloe! (IF I STAY tour)

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First off, if you follow me on twitter you know how massively bummed I was not to be able to attend the Books Inc. event with Gayle (Forman), Jandy (Nelson), and Nina (LaCour) last night in SF, so to rally, I gathered my tow-headed troops and headed to…THE MALL. (Hillsdale in nearby San Mateo to be exact.) I've only been there once. Traffic would be crazy. But I *had* to see my pal Gayle. And my son had to see this girl. Hit Girl.

So we bribed our miniature hit girl with a trip to Build-A-Bear and left two  hours before the event started thinking, oh, we got this in the bag! First 300 in line get to meet Chloe and I'll get Gayle to sign the new books and…oh.  Um. Where is this line going? Oh, along this wall? And out this door? And waaaaaaaay down this sidewalk into BFE?? Hmmm. "Kids. New plan. Let's wait by the front and we'll see them go by. Sorry about the autographs, but there's no way we're in the first 300 fans. So we hung out some. Waiting. Chatted. Whined about being hungry (that was all me). Scanning the crowd for super fans….and we found one! Check out this gorgeous pencil drawing of Mia and Adam!

Mia and Adam! I heard this guy (first in line) waited since 10:00 AM! 

Mia and Adam! I heard this guy (first in line) waited since 10:00 AM! 

Check out this crowd! Waiting and waiting and then, after a long half hour delay (I told you—traffic! The Bay Area is nuts!) they appeared in the elevator, like Charlie and Willy Wonka and this mall is their Chocolate Factory. The crowd went WILD!

The crowd goes wild!

The crowd goes wild!

Chloe is as lovely and poised and confident as you might imagine…and check out the author rock star behind her! GAYLE!

Chloe is as lovely and poised and confident as you might imagine…and check out the author rock star behind her! GAYLE!

This was just so cool. I love this photograph. It captures the energy and camaraderie of the group and the crowd. Can't wait for IF I STAY movie!!!

This was just so cool. I love this photograph. It captures the energy and camaraderie of the group and the crowd. Can't wait for IF I STAY movie!!!

Eww! Are they brother and sister??

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So we have Witch's Brew chapters up on Wattpad and comments come in from our many readers (almost 500 thousand to date!) 

Today I saw this one. I find it fantastic.

comment on the following section of Chapter 3: Children of Darkness & Light

Logan guessed it was also why a teenager like himself could breathe underwater, a skill no other warlock in modern times possessed.

READER -> Eww! Are they brother and sister...

Ha! I guess you'll have to wait and find out. 

BEAUTIFUL MONSTER, SPELLSPINNERS #4, is coming this Fall!

 

Our Demon Playthings.

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Look what author Tiffany Trent stumbled upon:

Hey Heidi--Did you know you were quoted on Free Will Astrology? 
Scorpio (http://www.freewillastrology.com/horoscopes/)

"We are all searching for someone whose demons play well with ours," writes novelist Heidi R. Kling. That's good advice for you to keep in mind these days, Scorpio. Those little imps and rascals that live within you may get you into bad trouble if they feel bored. But if you arrange for them to have play dates with the imps and rascals of people you trust, they are far more likely to get you into good trouble. They may even provide you with bits of gritty inspiration. What's that you say? You don't have any demons? Not true. Everyone has them."

This is especially timely as I received (excellent) notes from editor and publisher today on the fourth installment of The Spellspinners of Melas County, BEAUTIFUL MONSTER this morning. BEAUTIFUL MONSTER is all about discovering the demon within. Or denying her. Or smothering her, or chasing her, depending on your POV, of course. Thanks for the find, Tiffany! As a lover of astrology, I'm tickled they used one of my quotes and for a Scorpio no less. I know not his birthday, but I'm pretty sure the late great Damon Salvatore is a Scorpio. And our Jude, too. ;) 

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Goodbye, Damon.

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Even though logically I know they *must* bring him back. I mean Damon is the heart of the show, blah, blah, blah—that was simple shocking. The emotional truth of Nina's tears made me sob my brains out. You did it again, Julie Plec, you master of pain, you. Bonus: Alaric! Plus, the handholding scene between Bonnie and Damon, who've always had an intriguing mutual respect, did me in. IS IT FALL YET????? 

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#savesea

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Incredibly touched by the outpouring of love and support for SEA since I announced it's going out of print in hardcover. Erica Haglund started a campaign, #SaveSea, and readers are tweeting things like:

DJ @LifeinFiction 24m
SEA by @HeidiRKling changed my life and I don't want to see it go away. #saveSEA @PenguinTeen

Kate Treadway @verbvixen 10m
In a community clamoring for diversity, @HeidirKling's SEA is a bright spot in a bland world. #SaveSea @PenguinTeen

Amalie Greenway @amalie_green 7m
@PenguinTeen, don't put SEA by @HeidiRKling out of print! I found it as a teen & have re-read multiple times. One of my favorites. #SaveSEA

If you want to help Erica's campaign, go here. Anybody on social media can help.

http://www.thebookcellarx.com/2014/05/savesea-need-help.html

The irony of the popular #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign as SEA is going out of print is not lost on the YA community, one I'm immensely grateful to be part of. Even if your words don't make a difference on a corporate level, they make a difference to me. They make a difference to Usuluddin Andrea, and I thank you.

Sad news about SEA

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Sad news.
I got an email that SEA, my acclaimed* debut novel about the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, is going out of print in hardcover due to recent lack of sales. I still get emails from readers who adore it, and it has a very high review rating still. It's not for lack of reader love. We're hoping to get our paperback rights back and give it new life at another publishing house. If you don't have your own copy, you better get one soon. Supplies are dwindling.

Thanks so much for all the SEA love guys! Writing and publishing it was a dream come true and an honor to write the story inspired by our friends in Indonesia, particularly Usuluddin Andrea who lost family in the tsunami. Usul, my inspiration for Deni, has gone on to get a Master's degree and is thriving. This is the real gift. He is a true hero as are the groups of volunteers who work tirelessly helping victims of disaster. I've written the first few chapters of a Sea-quel, which we will also try and publish. I will never stop thinking about these kids and their story. Sea and Deni will always be in my heart.

(*SEA was a IndieNext Pick, a Northern California Independent Booksellers Book of the Year Finalist, Scholastic Readers Choice, Gateway Readers Finalist, Goodreads Mover and Shaker and more. Such an honor to share this book with you.)

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