My name is Alexandra Diaz (no relation to Cameron!) and I’m the author of the YA novel, Of All the Stupid Things.
2. Are there any special events, panels or galleys you are looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to the whole thing! I think it’s a great opportunity to be around the authors of such great books and have a chance to network with people I’ve heard of but have never met.
3. Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
I’ve never been so I’m just taking it all in and hoping to do as much as possible.
4. Will you be doing an autograph signing at the expo? Any other fun stuff on your agenda?
Yes, I’m signing at 3-3:30 on Thursday the 27th, table number 14. I’m also taking part in the Teen Author Carnival 5-8pm on Monday 24th at the Jefferson Market Branch Library. With my Class of 2k10 we’re doing the following events: reading at Books of Wonder 6-8pm on Tuesday 25th, reading at Mulberry Branch Public Library 10-12pm on Wednesday 26th, and reading at The Voracious Reader in Larchmont 4pm on Wednesday 26th. Hope you see you at one of the events!
5. What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
I’m currently working on a couple different projects, all in the YA field. YA is what I enjoy reading so it’s what I will continue to write, though I do have a couple ideas for younger readers as well.
Synopsis (Product Description):
It really was a stupid thing that Brent Staple did – doing it (so the rumour goes) with Chris Sanchez, one of the guy cheerleaders. Who’d have thought that Brent, the school’s hottest jock, could be gay? But the doubt about Brent doesn’t just hurt Tara – it’s the beginning of the end for an inseparable trio of friends. Tara’s training for the marathon, but also running from her father and her fear of ever being abandoned again. Beautiful Whitney Blaire’s got everything and nothing, because her parents have never had time for her. And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mom she never stops missing. The girls couldn’t be more different, but doesn’t that just prove the strength of their friendship?
Then new-girl Riley arrives in school, wafting her long black hair and a scent of lilacs. Suddenly, Tara starts to feel things she’s never felt before for a girl – and to reassess her feelings about Brent and what he may/may not have done. Is Tara gay – or does she just love Riley? And can the map of her deepest friendships ever be redrawn in a post-Riley world?
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