The Return of Brice Norris

The Return of Brice Norris

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Almost three years ago, I contributed a short story to the Rock Gods of Romance series. I'd authored a story about Brice Norris, the trouble-making lead singer of Sigma, the fictional band who opened for Pound on their world tour in The Rock Star's Daughter.  When that book had first come out, several readers had written to me asking about Brice and whether or not he was real. He's most definitely not real, but I loved the idea of a young rock star crashing and burning on his overnight success. I'd never done anything more with the story I'd started about Brice traveling home to visit his parents and falling in love with his big sister's best friend, who was also back in their hometown escaping the mess she'd made of…
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On celebrities and eating disorders

Treadwell Academy Series, Uncategorized, wellness, Young Adult Fiction
I'm now just *days* away from the release of The Tycoon's Daughter, the Treadwell book about Emma's struggle with an eating disorder in the modeling industry. The book is very close to my heart, maybe more than all of the other Treadwell books in the series, because I think body image is such a profoundly important issue for young girls. I'm sure this may be perceived as a bit of an inflammatory post because Little Monsters are quick to defend Lady Gaga, but knowing that, I'm going to post anyway. [caption id="attachment_1181" align="alignleft" width="200"] Ke$ha[/caption] Pop star Ke$ha, who landed her own record deal and became a star in her own right after singing backup for Britney Spears, just announced that she checked into Timberline Knolls, an eating disorder treatment…
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Farewell, 2013!

The Rock Star's Daughter, Treadwell Academy Series, Uncategorized, Young Adult Fiction
Finding words to describe this last year is proving to be quite a challenge! It feels like it flashed by in a matter of seconds, thankfully without any major personal tragedies! Some highlights of 2013: Jamaica, Jamaica Meeting Narciso Rodriguez (so nice)! Completing The Tycoon's Daughter (coming soon)! Contributing to The Rock Gods of Romance book bundle Powering through Seasons 1 - 3 of Damages Sticking with Insanity and not being a wuss (thank you, Shaun T)! Spending lots of time in my beloved Los Angeles I also can't express enough how very much all of the emails and reviews I've received on The Treadwell Academy series have meant to me this year. Writing is my passion, and while I don't always get to devote as much time as I'd…
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Reasons to be thankful this year

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Today when I called home to wish my family a Happy Thanksgiving (work obligations have kept me in New York this weekend), my three-year-old nephew. Declan, proudly informed me that he is "wearing khakis" and for Christmas would like a "whacker." My sister explained that he is very enthusiastic about the sound of the word "khaki" and likes to announce his choice in clothing--even to strangers--if doing so offers him an opportunity to say it. A "whacker" is apparently his own term for a spatula, which he routinely uses to march around the house and thwack furniture.Recently, when I was out to lunch with my three-year-old niece, Maggie, I tried to teach her how to say the world "quesadilla." With an eye roll, she stated, "My mouth isn't big enough…
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Reflections on the news this week

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One of the most important things that I try to accomplish with the Treadwell Academy series is to emphasize the importance of acceptance among teenage girls, and fighting the idea of judging peers based on appearances.  From what I’ve observed and been told by my teen readers on Wattpad.com, today’s teens face a level of scrutiny from their peers that’s so much more intense than what I remember facing in middle school, junior high, and high school. It’s coming at them from all directions: their classmates, the media, even anonymous strangers on social media platforms. For so many girls, the message that they receive from every voice they hear is that their appearance (and every element of it) is the total sum of their worth, and all that matters about…
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Jamaica, Jamaica

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Yeah, mon! I was lucky enough to visit Jamaica last week for a long overdue vacation. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and I was constantly impressed by how welcoming and friendly everyone in Jamaica is. Here are some pictures from the beach, including one I took of the crab that was circling my beach chairs and planning to attack me for hours. If you're my follower on Wattpad, stay tuned shortly for some exciting rock 'n roll-related news!
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With love to Oklahoma

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Like so many people reading the news today, I am humbled and sorrowed by the stories coming out of the Oklahoma City area this week. If you've ever experienced a powerful act of nature like a serious hurricane, tornado, or blizzard before, you have an idea of how utterly powerless you feel in the face of conditions you can't escape or control. It seems like in the last year, there have been so many admirable actions taken by teachers in our country to protect children from oncoming danger, and this week we meet a new crop of heroes like Tammy Glasgow, Julie Simon, and Waynel Mayes. I'm so profoundly moved by the bravery of these men and women, who in spite of their own terror, put the safety of the…
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Dispatch from West Hollywood

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    I set the beginning of The Rock Star's Daughter in West Hollywood because the neighborhood really embodies this kind of tangible, sunshine-y glamour that you can only find in Los Angeles. It's a neighborhood where cute little houses with elaborate gardens can be found right next door to big modern office buildings, and it also happens to be a neighborhood with some of the best shopping in all of California. When I imagined where a woman like Dawn Beauforte might settle down to raise a daughter, I decided she'd probably not venture far from where she'd spent wild nights as a young woman: the Sunset Strip right in WeHo. In West Hollywood, there's the magnificent Beverly Center mall, endless chic boutiques on Melrose, and my personal favorite, the…
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