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October 18, 2010

Interview with Sara @ The Hiding Spot

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.

June 29, 2010

Who Has the Best Stalker Story? Yes, It is a Contest.

To celebrate the upcoming launch of Stalker Girl I will be giving away the one and only hardback copy of the book currently in my possession (pictured below) to the person who submits the best stalking story.

What do I mean by “best stalking story”? Hmm. Good question. First of all, it should be a stalker’s story, not a stalkee’s. It should make us laugh and cringe at the same time. While stories of stalking celebrities are welcome, I’ll admit that I have a slight bias toward stories of everyday infatuation. It should not involve harming an individual.

My Only CopyAs a warm-up, I asked some friends to offer their confessions. Here’s what I got:

“I walked my dog past my crush object’s house, almost a mile away, every night (weather permitting) for more than a year. This would have been my sophomore year of HS or thereabouts, and is without doubt the longest I’ve ever been able to sustain a program of regular exercise.” J

“I distinctly remember my best friend in the 6th grade pointing out a skinny 8th grader playing basketball. For the majority of the year we made up a code name for him, followed closely behind his friends, his classmates, and his little brother so we could find out more about him. Once, we hit the jackpot and found a note he had thrown away…swoon!” L

“1991, Maine: best friend and I would load up the car with coffee and junk food, and drive into the woods in the middle of nowhere at night, looking for a Subaru wagon with a green kayak on the roof and an Earth! First sticker. It was her bio professor’s. We did this about once a week. I have no idea what we were going to say if he ever ran into us on the dirt road leading up to his house.” D

“Albuquerque, 2004. Looking at my co-worker’s break schedule to find out when I should situate myself outside her car. Taking my break 5 minutes earlier than hers and playing it so cool, as I hand her, not flowers or chocolates, but a free carwash coupon. Yeah, I’m THAT kind of nerd. Ah, love.” R

“October 2000 in New York with K. We saw Salman Rushdie with Lakshima walking near Central Park. Pre-9/11 he was still under the biggest threat of any major personality, but I walked at least fifteen blocks, carefully calculating my steps behind him, K complaining about the blisters from her new shoes. I even took pictures. At one point he ducked into an apartment that I suspect wasn’t even his.” T

“Santa Fe, NM, 1997. My best friend sat in our kitchen, lamenting the lack of phone contact she’d had with her latest “hook-up partner.” My mother swiped said best friend out of her chair, dragged us both to the car, and drove us 15 miles out of town to where the “hook-up partner” lived. We spent the night parked in front of his house, waiting for him to arrive home with … what? Another girl? Another boy? A sign on his back saying, ‘I like girls who like to stalk?’” J2

Interesting how many of these stories involve accomplices in the form of best friends. My Stalker Girl, Carly, gets into trouble because she doesn’t tell her best friend, or anyone, about what she’s doing. She knows they’d make her stop. And while she knows she should stop, she can’t.

How to enter: You can email through the contact page (put “contest” in the subject line) or leave a reply below this post. While the email and reply forms ask for a name and email, I promise not to publish your personal information or to share it with anyone else, unless you want to be identified. You may use a pseudonym, go by a single initial or simply call yourself  “anon.” I will assign numbers to the anons. By submitting your story, you are giving me permission to share it (though not your identity).

Who should enter: While I prefer to give the prize book to an actual YA reader, all are welcome and encouraged to submit confessions. If you want to share your story but not compete because you are not a YA, just indicate somewhere that you are not competing for the prize. If you aren’t a YA reader but can pass it along to one, that’s fine, too.

Contest Open Until Friday, July 9th

Disclaimer: I feel obliged to state that I understand that stalking is a crime and that stalking behavior that might seem funny at first can develop into something much more serious. If you are a victim of serious stalking behavior, you’ll find help here.





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