Photographic Memory

Two amazing things happened last week while I was visiting my family in Toronto. Okay, I’m lying. So many amazing things happened because I spent an entire week with my bloods and we crack each other up. And since I’m (RHYME ALERT) no longer in their faces on a daily basis they appreciate my humor (humour) a lot more than they used which is good for the old confidence.

But two things stood out as Blah-g-worthy.

One is this picture I found. It’s my family the day I graduated Emerson College. Em er some serious glares from the flash but try to look past that.


At the time I had no idea I’d be a writer. No idea printed photographs would become obsolete. No idea what I’d do the next day to pay my rent.

There’s something creepy and empowering about looking back on this picture now that I know how my story has evolved. How the world has evolved. How my hair has evolved.

We returned to Laguna Beach on Monday and went straight to Sapphire, our favorite local restaurant. As the hostess, an ah-dorable girl named Natalie, led us to the table (the best one–thx Natalie!!) she said she recently reread the first Clique book. It came out when she was nine. She is nineteen now. Ten years!!! Seriously?? How did that happen? I am about to release my 30th book.

I want to slip into that old photograph (is there an app for that?) and grab the bottle of champagne from unemployed Lisi’s monkey paw. At that moment she was broke, financially cut off from her parents, using an electric typewriter (no spell check!!). I want to pop the cork and pour us a glass and say, “We’ve come a long way, baby!”

Which brings me to the second amazing thing. The Pretenders groundhog poked her head out of the Canadian soil last week and you know what that means… Pretender’s season is starting early this year!!!!!!!!!

Everyone at Little Brown is so pumped about the series they have changed the release date. It’s not longer 10.15. It’s now OCTOBER 1st. Erin my editor/groundhog called last week to tell me the news. By the time we hung up** the phone I felt like I had done an hour of cardio. That’s how pumped my internal organs were.

We released a (RHYME ALERT) sneak peek last week of chapter one on but that is soooo last week. This week you can get an ebook free preview available wherever ebooks are sold! So grab your nook, your kindle, your iPad, your Ouija Board, and sneak that peek. You’re so worth it.

Let me know ASAP who your favorite Pretender is and which boy you’d rather watch a horror movie with.

Talk to me!!!



** I just realized how unfit that expression is for 2013. Phones don’t “hang up” any more. Calls end. Gawd English language…keep up, will ya?


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  • Laura says:

    10 years, wowzers. I’m glad you had a nice time with your family! And AH I didn’t realize how excited I am for The Pretenders, until like, now. πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to read it! I’ll probably hold off on reading the sneak peak though, so it’ll be a brand new story for me when it comes out. (Even though I read those other little sneak peaks you posted before. Oh whatever.)
    Hope you and Alisha and everyone reading this has a lovely day. πŸ™‚

  • Julia says:

    For some reason I’m loving this post.
    OK, anyway, speaking of horror movies, I just found out I love them. Like actually. I’ve only seen a fewso far, but I’m watching season one American Horror Story, and I’m just in love. I shall go read the sneak peek! :DDD

  • Laila N says:

    The Clique is TEN YEARS OLD? C’est tres bizarre! I can’t comprehend it. And now I feel sort of old… wow.
    That being said, I’m not trying to be sappy or … that word for when you’re trying to suck up to someone … but you, Lisi, you don’t look like you’ve aged since that graduation pic ^_^ Besides the hair, everything looks the sameish, in a good way πŸ™‚
    I’m going to stay clear of the Pretender previews, though, I hate reading snippets if I can’t guarantee I’ll get to finish the book :/

  • Emily says:

    I LOVED how you included the clique in there! Seriously made my day! As for my fav pretender…..why love one when you can love them all? πŸ˜‰ Love the book preview can’t wait 2 buy the book!

  • Omg! U went 2 Toronto? Lol, Justin Bieber was born thwere n I was norn there and UI heart him! <3

  • kat10235 says:

    Dear EhMaFraud,
    I have a problem. I have a crush on this guy and i think that he’s been flirting with me. The problem is I heard him tell is best friend that he is planing on asking another girl out. What do I do?
    Sincerely Crushed

    • kat10235 says:

      Never mind! I found out that it was his friend who was wanting to ask the other girl out (thank gawd)! But any ideas on how to tell if he likes me back?

  • Amanda says:

    You don’t even know how nostalgic I got at the throwback to The Clique. I’m loving the book so far!

  • Brittney says:

    I am glad you had fun in Canada! πŸ™‚ Did you have short hair or is it just hidden in a ponytail or something? I am so excited about the new release date for the Pretenders!!! I have been wanting to read that forever it seems, haha. I have had an amazing 16th birthday today, It has not been boring at all. haha

  • Shaila Gottlieb says:

    Love the blog…we were all so young…where did u find that pic?

  • At first I thought my favorite character was going to be Sheridan. Mainly because I’ve always liked the sassy girls who know they’re hot and will tease you till you go crazy (in both books and real life… don’t ask). But, now that I’ve read more, I like Jagger. He’s very cool, smooth, and carefree, and… um, oblique, for lack of a better comparative word. But also, I love Lily. She’s hilarious and down to earth.
    But so far I’m Team Lily and Team Jagger. (:

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