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Top 12 Things Author Jessica Park Flat-Out Loved About 2012

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.

  1. FlatOutLoveNaked Prince Harry. The pure abandon! The running wild! I found it all fabulous.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Love very 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 story.
  5. 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.
  6. 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…
  7. 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.
  8. Clint Eastwood and the empty chair.  ‘Nuff said.
  9. 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. 
  10. 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 and experience.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

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