These Words Matter

“These Words Matter” At a Glance: 2015

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…

Bree, xx

These Words Matter 2015: Christa Desir

Christa Desir

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.

You can find Christa on TwitterTumblr, and her website.

These Words Matter 2015: Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers

These Words Matter to Courtney: The Little Mermaid by Walt Disney Company

Courtney Summers is the author of amazingly gritty YA novels Cracked Up to BeSome Girls Are, and Fall For Anything. Her newest YA, All the Rage, was published on April 14, 2015.

I wrote about Courtney’s social media campaign #ToTheGirls on HelloGiggles.

You can find Courtney on TwitterTumblr, and her website.

These Words Matter 2015: Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins

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.

You can find Ellen on FacebookTwitter, and her website.

These Words Matter 2015: Huntley Fitzpatrick

Huntley Fitzpatrick

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.

You can find Huntley on Twitter and her website.

These Words Matter 2015: Tiffany Schmidt

Tiffany Schmidt

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.

You can find Tiffany on TwitterFacebook, and her website.

These Words Matter 2015: Laura Dower

Laura Dower

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 2015: Amy Reed

Amy Reed

These Words Matter to Amy: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Amy Reed is the author of gritty, contemporary YA novels BeautifulCleanCrazyOver 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.

You can find Amy on Twitter and her website.

These Words Matter 2015: Rachael Allen

Rachael Allen

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).

You can find Rachael on Twitter and her website.

These Words Matter 2015: Stefanie Lyons

Stefanie Lyons

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.

You can find Stefanie on Twitter and her website.

These Words Matter 2015: Alex Flinn

Alex Flinn

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).

You can find Alex on TwitterFacebook, and her website.

These Words Matter 2015: Rebecca Phillips

Rebecca Phillips

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 NowhereFaking 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.

You can find Rebecca on Twitter and her website.

These Words Matter 2015: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid

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.

You can find Taylor on FacebookTwitter, and her website.

Get ready! The first contribution for 2016 to “These Words Matter” will appear here on the third Monday of January!

Bree Crowder

Bree Crowder is a YA writer and editor. She holds a B.A. in English, a graduate certificate in Creative Writing, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Creative & Critical Writing. Writing, reading, photography, and travel are a few of her favourite things.


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