Some questions come up a lot, so I thought I would answer them in advance and save you an email/tweet.

I have three books out. That’s basically an oeuvre if you don’t Google what “oeuvre” means. The two Young Adult novels are THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER and CHARMING AS A VERB (Balzer + Bray) and the memoir-in-essays is titled SURE, I’LL BE YOUR BLACK FRIEND (Harper Perennial).

All three are available wherever you normally order books while wearing sweatpants… but hey, your favorite local indie bookstore could probably use the sales right now! I use that website, too, obviously, so I’m not judging you in any way… I’m just saying that I know how much of their souls book retailers put into those magic little bookstores.

You should buy yourself a copy of all three. And then three more copies for someone you love. And maybe even a third round of copies for someone you hate… start building that bridge back with a gift, y’know?

I do. I’m with WME with Sabrina Taitz & Erin Malone for books stuff and my Manager is Jordan Cerf at the Mosaic Media Group. Another basket of human phoenixes. I’ve been very lucky on that front. (I’m no longer, like, actively scared of Jordan but Jordan remains terrifying.)
Born in Haiti, raised in Montreal, QC, defected to America for college. Four different types of Visa later, I’m still here.
Gah, these are impossible questions. Ask me every day for a week and you’ll probably get seven different answers. (Although, Gilmore Girls might come up twice.)

Today? Hmm… Book: IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A MEMOIR by Carmen Maria Machado, Movie: THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010), TV show: DAVE (FX).

Nope, I’ve hung up my ghostwriting cap. Hopefully for good.
Lol, no.

…What? This stuff takes A LOT of time. Finding readers you trust and who will set time aside to be thoughtful about your work is crucial and very rewarding… I’m all for it! (It just can’t be me. 😬)

“Nobody needs to see this story that’s in your head. Nobody asked for it. For most of your first readers — classmates, potential agents, underpaid slush pile readers — it will be work. So, it’s only polite to make this unnecessary, unsolicited thing interesting.”
Hmm, not really. It got dull/weird. But, I also don’t miss it one bit? I thought I would but nope. The blue bird was just one of the many distractions that live inside my phone. (Sadly, I still procrastinate at a very high level.)
Beauty and the Beast. I really wanted my furniture to come alive as a kid? (Why, yes: I am an only child.) But not the toys like Toy Story; that’s lame. Armoires, davenports, and stuff.

Now, when we meet you’ll say “You’re taller in person!” but that’s just because everyone who is 5’9” lies and rounds it up to 5’10”. I’m owning being the most average height possible.

Um, probably a little. “Loosely inspired by” at least? Sorry. (Or, you’re welcome.)

…And to be fair, one of my books is a memoir, so there’s less need to be coy about this now. Of course I wrote about you if you did something worth writing about. I’m also not great at pseudonyms, so apologies to all ‘Ethans’ and ‘Ginas’ that were turned into ‘Erics’ and ‘Tinas’. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Unfortunately, I am taking a hiatus from school and classroom visits at the moment. My Google Calendar is in advanced Tetris mode and something had to give.

I dearly miss chatting with rooms filled with dope book nerds with way cooler sneakers than mine and will make myself available again as soon as I can. Thanks for your understanding.