Author Jessica Park writes
about the top 12 things she flat-out loved about 2012. On
the Island author Tracey Garvis Graves
raved about the
dialogue in Jessica’s book Flat-Out
Love calling it “snappy, smart, hilarious, and (that) it crackles with
subtle humor.” In Flat-Out
Love, college freshman Julie Seagle is torn between Matt, the handsome guy she likes, and Finn, the guy she flat out loves. The thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations—it always throws you a few curves. And no one ever escapes unscathed.
Naked Prince Harry. The pure
abandon! The running wild! I found it all fabulous.
Young Adult and New Adult are undeniably
viable genres. 2012 was a huge year for indie authors in so many ways, not
the least of which was proving that they know their readers and what sells, and
they taught big publishers a thing or two.
Bloggers. I would be nowhere as an
author without bloggers. Their generosity and unfailing championing of my books
and many others has been crucial in helping authors find readers.
Readers sharing stories with me about
pain, family, and love in the face of tragedy. Every few weeks, I get a
touching, honest letter from a reader who has connected with Flat-Out
Lovevery intensely. I love that readers are able to open up to
me and to let me know how they were moved by one or another aspects of the
Social networking. What would I be
without it? I’ll tell you: I’d be a sobbing mess of loneliness. I work at home,
and Facebook and Twitter are near lifelines to the outside world for support,
friendship, humor. They’re the author’s water cooler.
Jalapenos in sushi. I’ve gone to
L.A. a few times this year and discovered this trend. Manchester, New Hampshire
is not known for its sushi, so when I was there I did what I could to gorge
myself. Oh, God, I’m hungry now…
Pink hair dye. The general population
should consider themselves lucky that I don’t walk around armed with latex
gloves and a tube of dye.
Clint Eastwood and the empty chair. ‘Nuff said.
My fellow authors. What a source of
strength, inspiration, and support. When in the throes of a writing crisis,
nobody gets one author like another. Emergency phone calls are always answered
and freak outs always understood.
Fancy schmancy events. I was lucky
enough to attend Amazon’s big press conference in Santa Monica last September.
I got to hang out with my buddy Michele Scott, meet
the outrageously funny Andrew E. Kaufman,
and mingle with Teresa
Ragan and Barry
Eisler, both of whom were tremendously kind and generous with their advice
Writing. I wrote another book
(finally!), and it’s very different from Flat-Out
Love. It’s darker, stronger, sexier, more layered, and more
intense. Amazon Children’s Publishing picked up the book and will publish it
this summer. It’s nice to know that I might not be a one-hit wonder.
The best thing about 2012?
The indescribably delightful combination of Tumblr and Adam Levine’s appearance
on “American Horror Story.” I mean, God bless all of you who took the time to
showcase the important parts of that episode in a five-second looping clips.
You guys are wonderful. Seriously.