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November 13, 2011
School Library Journal just published a short list of “Remarkable Reads” on the topic of Obsession. Among the five titles is Stalker Girl, which they call “tense, tightly-drawn and suspenseful.”
December 1, 2010
This morning I got a Google alert about my second novel, Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude. I don’t know why I still have this alert set up. The book’s five years old and when I do hear from Google, it’s usually because someone has decided to put their copy up for sale on Amazon or Ebay for a nickel (plus shipping). But every once in awhile it’s because someone’s blogging about it or recommending it or something nice like that and so I don’t delete it.
But today’s Google alert makes me think maybe it’s time. It led me to a site called Cha Cha, where lazy and stupid people ask questions like “Why do split ends happen and what exactly are they?” (Didn’t know they assigned research papers in Cosmetology school) and “Who is leading the NFC east in the NFL?”
I don’t know the answer to either of these questions off the top of my head but I’m certain I could find more reliable answers elsewhere on the Internet in less time than it took for those people to go to Cha Cha and type them out.
The Skater Dude question posted was “Do the characters end up together in the end of the book Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude, by rosemary graham?
Dude. I get that you aren’t a big reader and you have this stupid book report due tomorrow and you have better things to do with your time. But why not just open the book to the final pages and see for yourself?
November 14, 2010
New York published a long exposé by a Columbia MFA grad who was almost exploited by James Frey and his Full Fathom Five book packaging company. We’re supposed to be shocked and appalled. Everybody on Facebook’s condemning Frey for his greed and ego. Some are asking how Columbia can allow someone like him to prey on their students. In my view, Columbia, which charges 45K 48K a year for its MFA, preys on students! Many friends and writers I respect are piling on Frey for this. Me, I’m shrugging and kind of annoyed by the kids who thought this was going to be their big break.
October 18, 2010
I really enjoyed doing this interview with Sara at The Hiding Spot. Read it or Sara’s wonderfully generous review of STALKER GIRL. If you leave a comment after the interview or in response to Sara’s review, you’ll be entered to win a free signed copy.
September 8, 2010
Booklist says “Graham takes a vilified behavior . . and assigns it to her protagonist, and along the way manages to generate a surprising amount of sympathy.”
The BCCB says “Graham’s style is friendly and conversational, yet her storytelling is precise and controlled. She skillfully moves back and forth in the timeline for maximum impact, and without explicitly creating a cause for Carly’s overwhelming need, she sets up a background and an immediate past that would understandably make a normal girl particularly vulnerable. Carly is achingly believable . . .”
August 21, 2010
The Contra Costa Times covers Stalker Girl.
August 20, 2010
Over at Cynsations, I’m guest-blogging about breakups now and then.
August 12, 2010
Thanks to Meg Waite Clayton for inviting me to tell how I went from Walt Whitman scholar to YA novelist on her fabulous 1stbooks blog.
August 6, 2010
Stalker Girl is out in the world.
I did a fun interview with RT Book Reviews that’s available as a podcast.
July 13, 2010
That’s what I wanted to call my new book. But the professionals—my agent, my editor and others at the publisher—all thought Stalker Girl was the better choice. Short and to the point, they said. No one would wonder what it was about.
Maybe. I acquiesced, deferred to the pros.
But to me, “She wasn’t always like this” captures the heart of the story better. It’s the opening sentence in one of the book’s early chapters. We’ve already met Carly, the Stalker Girl, in full-blown stalking mode and now we’re about to learn who she is and why she’s following her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend around the streets of Manhattan.
Carly wasn’t always a stalker, and she hopefully won’t always be a stalker.
But right now, she’s seventeen and her first serious boyfriend has not only dumped her, he’s found a new girlfriend in what seems to Carly to be a pretty short time.
Who wouldn’t be just a little bit curious?
Who wouldn’t at least try to find out what the girl looked like?
Who wouldn’t start comparing themselves to the new girl?
Who can say definitively that they would never do the things Carly ends up doing in this book?
To me, “She Wasn’t Always Like This” conveys the idea that we can never know what acts we’re capable of, be they admirable or embarrassing.