It’s been an absolutely amazing year, as far as writing and books are concerned. 2015 was the year “These Words Matter” debuted, and we successfully had a contributor for every month–a feat I wasn’t sure I’d be able to accomplish.
In the beginning, scheduling a contributor for every month was literally a month-to-month task. Now, as we enter 2016, nine of the available 12 slots for “These Words Matter” are already filled. I’m thrilled with the response the segment has received, both from authors and readers. Here’s to another year of fantastic contributions!
Before we rush into the new year, I wanted to take a look back on this year’s incredible “These Words Matter” contributors. Some of my favourite authors appear on this list; it’s still surreal for me to think they agreed to contribute to a segment I created.
I’m looking forward to another year of reading, writing, and talking with all of you. Thank you so much for hanging out with me. Hoping I’ll see you in the new year…
These Words Matter to Christa: Carrie by Stephen King
Christa Desir is author of YA novels Bleed Like Me and Fault Line. She regularly blogs and edits romance novels. 50% of the proceeds of Christa’s Fault Line go to the Voices and Faces Survivor Testimonial Writing Workshop.
These Words Matter to Courtney: The Little Mermaid by Walt Disney Company
I wrote about Courtney’s social media campaign #ToTheGirls on HelloGiggles.
2015’s Most Viewed Contributor
These Words Matter to Ellen: Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Ellen Hopkins is best known as the author of the Crank trilogy. Since the publication of verse novels about her own experiences, Ellen has published many other verse novels (tackling issues of abuse and neglect). Traffick, the sequel to Tricks, was published on November 3, 2015.
I interviewed Ellen on HelloGiggles.
These Words Matter to Huntley: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
Huntley Fitzpatrick is the author of My Life Next Door (2012) and What I Thought Was True (2014). Her next book is The Boy Most Likely To (August 2015), about a reckless boy determined to correct the mistakes of his past, a girl dead-set on making no mistakes of her own, and the answers they find together.
These Words Matter to Tiffany: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Tiffany Schmidt is the author of Send Me a Sign and Bright Before Sunrise. Her Once Upon a Crime Family series begins with Hold Me Like a Breath (a reimagining of The Princess and the Pea centered around crime families that traffic human organs). The second book in the series, Break Me Like a Promise, is expected to publish on June 7, 2016.
These Words Matter to Laura: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Laura Dower worked in marketing and editorial in children’s publishing before writing full-time. She is the author of over 90 books. Her most popular series is From the Files of Madison Finn, which will have a new book, Madison Finn: Back Online, published in 2016 by Open Road Media.
You can find Laura on her website.
These Words Matter to Amy: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Amy Reed is the author of gritty, contemporary YA novels Beautiful, Clean, Crazy, Over You, and Damaged. Her latest book, Invincible, is the first in a two-book series, about a girl who survives a terminal cancer diagnosis, only to get trapped in the deadly spiral of addiction.
These Words Matter to Rachael: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
In addition to being a YA writer, Rachael Allen is also a mad scientist, a rabid Falcons fan, an expert dare list maker, and a hugger. Rachael is the author of The Revenge Playbook (June 2015) and 17 First Kisses (June 2014).
These Words Matter to Stefanie: Daisy Dog’s Wake-Up Book by Ilse-Margret Vogel
Stefanie Lyons holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, she’s organizing her locker, crushing on boys, practicing her clarinet, or getting ready for prom. In her head, that is. Because her teen years were great. Dating Down is her first novel.
These Words Matter to Alex: Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary
Alex Flinn started writing Breathing Underwater in college. Her latest novel, Mirrored, came out in September 2015. She writes all of her novels longhand first. She is also author of YA novels Cloaked and Beastly (now a major motion picture).
These Words Matter to Rebecca: The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
Rebecca Phillips is the author of the Just You series, Out of Nowhere, Faking Perfect (Kensington), and Any Other Girl (January 26, Kensington). She lives just outside the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. She absolutely loves living so close to the ocean.
These Words Matter to Taylor: The World According to Garp by John Irving
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and TV writer living in Los Angeles. Her debut novel, Forever, Interrupted, has been optioned for film with Dakota Johnson attached. Taylor’s most recent novel, Maybe in Another Life, was released July 7, 2015. Her next novel, One True Loves, is expected to release on July 12, 2016.
Get ready! The first contribution for 2016 to “These Words Matter” will appear here on the third Monday of January!