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Girls (and dad) Meet Cakes

tea party!

How lucky am I?  Not only do I get to write books about cake, but this week I got to have afternoon tea with one of the people who reads them!   The utterly lovely Paige won the Mizz magazine ‘Tea with Susie’ star prize, and she and her family joined me and a few of the divine Scholastic ladies at the Wallace Collection in London.  Much tea, cake, book-talk and giggling was had – not to mention cartwheels in the sunshine (confession: I left that bit to Paige).  Keep up the dancing, Paige, and I hope you’re all having a lovely summer holiday this week!

Susie and competition winner Paige

book_mini  Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, and, um, Margery Allingham.  Plus Justine Larbalastier’s original version of this blog post, expressing her frustration at Bloomsbury’s choice of a shockingly disingenous cover for her YA novel Liar.  I’m thrilled to see that sanity has prevailed – and have the utmost respect for her courage in speaking out.

pencil_mini  Ooh!  Aah!  I shall have to be infuriatingly vague (since at the moment it’s still at the back-of-an-envelope stage and I haven’t even decided on the main character’s name yet), but I’m about to start my next book.  (Well, I’m about to go on holiday and do no work on it at all, actually – but after that, workiness will ensue, I promise.)  For the ultra-curious: think Groundhog Year.  Hmm… *plots*

rocrastination_mini  Frolicking around the Tower of London; building slightly less impressive towers for baby M to knock over; having pretty pictures taken for the My Invisible Boyfriend jacket by my super-talented friend Justa Mili; practising putting up my tent!

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8 thoughts on “Girls (and dad) Meet Cakes”

  1. awww thaz so sweet was this contest only in london cuz no offense ive never heard of it o o o ur soooo cool i luv ur bux u rock

    luv, (not like that lol)
    Mary (biggest spongebob fan ever n im 12 but luk 14 dnt judge)

  2. Aww, thanks Mary! Sorry you didn’t get a chance to enter (I think if you didn’t buy a particular copy of Mizz you would’ve missed the competition!). 😀

  3. Youre so amazing. You’re a famous author and so genuine for writing back to your fans. Yay for awsome people!

  4. Oh actually in my English class we have to write this letter to our favorite author and i chose you =] so I was thinking if you would like to read it. (I’m not one of those weird people I’m only twelve I’d show you a picture but my mom and dad said I can’t also I lost my camera)

  5. Hey Mary – sorry for being so slow, this site was down for a bit! I’m thrilled you chose me as your favourite (and impressed by your parentals, who sound v sensible). You can post your letter here or email it to susie AT susieday.com if you like. 🙂

  6. Dear Miss Day,
    Teenage drama, summer concerts, a new laptop, and a young teenage girl who loves sweets! If you add a happiness deadline, then you have a great novel! I recently read your book “Serafina67 *urgently requires life*” and I absolutely fell in love with it. The charm, fun, and wit of Sarah made it a great book to read. I was especially fond of how the layout of the book was vivid and funny because you showed the life of a stereotypical teen, and I constantly found myself lost in the blog and I/Ms of Sarah’s life. I noticed that in the blog she often used slang and typed words that people use today when I/Ming, which I believe, gave it a realistic, modern mood while I read. I was intrigued by the fact that you made Serafina and Sarah “two different people” in the way that Serafina is more outgoing and tells exactly how she feels and yet Sarah is the total opposite.
    Your craft of writing is very inspiring. Whenever I read your book, it gives me a modern feel, as if I am actually with Sarah and her friends. I find your work inspiring mainly because you go beyond the limits, but also you write your books in a freestyle manner. In your books you write how people really talk on the computer, which is actually refreshing from the regular “polish printed” work that people do. It’s a hard process with a lot of effort but reading “Serafina67 *urgently requires life*” changed my perspective on books. I always had this idea that books were supposed to be pieces of literature that were “knit picked” for every flaw and it was made perfect but your books are genuinely perfect because the way its written is real.
    To eat, or to meet? I’m really fascinated with your book that just came out called “Girl Meets Cake” and I was curious if it only came out in Europe or if it was in the U.S. as well? That actually brings me to my second question, why is there a special cover for the U.K. books and the U.S. books? And how is “Serafina67 *urgently requires life*” different from “Big Woo! My Not So Secret Teenage Blog”? And what’s the difference between “Girl Meets Cake” and “My Invisible Boyfriend”? What kind of person do you think that Sarah on “Serafina67 *urgently requires life*”is because I read on an online interview of you saying she is based on many different people. Also, do you feel that the characters in your books share a common characteristic? Do you feel more comfortable with a female protagonist or writing from a male’s point of view just never occurred? When you write your books, where do you normally write and do you ever feel that the place that you write, affect your published piece? Did your home life affect your writing ability?
    Also, I found your writing to be relatable, which made your books successful. I feel that Sarah is like me in a way, but also like a lot of my friends. I think that Sarah is like me because we’re both “unique”, and actually a bit weird. I also think that Sarah is like one of my friends because my friend is a very “tech-savvy” person. Also, a lot of people can relate to her because she has a little bit of everyone mixed into her personality which is really interesting and cool because to have all of these different types of personalities makes life interesting and fun. I also think Sarah is like me because there is a bit of an over reaction to almost everything, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
    I didn’t really know of your books until my friends Mariya suggested how great it was. Also, I thought the cover was cute. I was constantly reading this book. Each night I would read to about two o’clock in the morning just to read more. I felt the book was “bitter-sweet” because it was a satisfying ending but then I wanted to read some more. In addition to my endless list of questions I would like to add a suggestion. Have you ever considered a series for the book “Serafina67 *urgently requires life*”or maybe even a new books for a series. Congratulations on your new book called “Girl Meets Cake” and the American version called “My Invisible Boyfriend”. I would also like to thank you for taking the time to respond to my comments on your blog. The sarcasm, wit, and charm that you put into your writing will excite readers from now into the future.

    Sincerely,
    Mary

  7. Hey Mary – thanks so much for posting your letter! It’s always so lovely to hear from readers. *waves to Mariya too*

    To answer a few of your questions: I know, I know, the different titles are confusing! Books have been published in different countries with different names and covers for years – but now the internet gives away all those secrets. ‘Big Woo’ is basically the same book as ‘Serafina67’, but it’s the European version (spelling changes, mainly, so you haven’t missed much). ‘My Invisible Boyfriend’ is the North American version of ‘Girl Meets Cake’, and will be out in April 2010: I actually rewrote some of it specially, so I recommend waiting till you can get your hands on that next year.

    I made Sarah/Serafina a bit of a magpie personality because being a teenager is all about figuring out who you are – and you think you have to try on a few different ‘you’s before you get to one that fits. (Also because that way I got to steal stuff that happened to teenagers I know and pretend I made it up. Shhh.) That’s the common element in my heroines, I think: Heidi in GMC/MIB invents an imaginary boyfriend so she won’t feel left out, and in the book I’m writing now, the heroine Poppy travels back in time for a year so she can undo all her mistakes. They all think they aren’t good enough, and that’s a sadly common feeling (not just among teens!). Hopefully they figure out that they’re pretty amazing just as they are.

    No plans at the moment to write more about Serafina (though never say never – I’d love to!), but after my next book is finished I’m planning to write a series. And I’m typing this reply in my kitchen, which is where I do almost all my writing. My creative process requires a really phenomenal amount of tea, and I don’t like to be too far from the kettle. 🙂

  8. wow congratulations on your new book and i cant wait until My Invisible Boyfriend comes out I know that it will be fantastic and thank you so much for repsonding to my questions =]

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