|megcabot||Hey, everybody! Welcome to the April chat on PARTY PRINCESS! LET'S GET STARTED!|
How old is Mia in this book?
|megcabot||Hello! Mia is just about to turn 16 (in two months)|
What is the name of the book after party princess?
|megcabot||SWEET SIXTEEN PRINCESS, followed in December 2006 by VALENTINE PRINCESS, then Book 8, PRINCESS ON THE BRINK.|
Are writing series more difficult than writing stand-alones?
|megcabot||Well, it's like the difference between visiting old friends and meeting new ones. Both are difficult (and fun) in different ways).|
Will Michael and Mia break up?
|megcabot||Um, you would have to keep reading the books to find that out.|
do the book plates cost any money?
|admin-janey||No they are free if you send a self addressed stamped envelope|
Hi, Meg, I'm a big fan of your series. Will Mia get to go to her senior prom?
|megcabot||Ha! You'll find out in Book 10, FOREVER PRINCESS.|
What gave you the idea for Mia to write letters to Carl Jung?
|megcabot||I was going to have Mia asking for advice from Ann Landers, but I felt she wouldn't actually do that. It made more sense she'd write letters that she'd never actually send.|
Meg was the part scene with Mia "sexy dancing" inspired by events in your life in the year 1983 like 'Tommy Sullivan is a freak'?
|megcabot||Ha! Now that you mention it, yes.|
lol.Hi Meg! First I want to say, Happy (very, very, late) Anniversary! and secondly I want to ask if you based JP off of any one you knew.
|megcabot||Thank you for the anniversary wishes! And yes, like all my characters, JP is based on a couple of people I know/knew.|
Hey Meg, did JP have a crush on Mia or Lilly?
|megcabot||You will have to keep reading to find out. There will be more hints about this in SWEET SIXTEEN PRINCESS, out on May 23.|
Is Mia's mother anything like your mother?
|megcabot||Yes, they are alike in more ways than they are unalike. My mom was married to my dad, though.|
are there going to be more princess diaries movies? are there going to be other movies made of your books?
|megcabot||Yes, there will be other movies made from my books, but I have no details on when or by whom. There will not be another Princess Diaries movie at this time. I think everyone involved has moved on to the other projects!|
who is Carl Jung?
|admin-janey||A very famous psychologist. Like Freud.|
I love Michael Moscovitz as much as the next person BUT I did find myself intrigued by the Guy Who Hates When They Put Corn in the Chili. Is it possible that Mia and GWHWTPCC will ever get together?
|megcabot||Wow, I am writing this a lot tonight, but like I said before, you guys are just going to have keep reading.|
5. Did your life relate to any part of the Party Princess novel?
|megcabot||I am not a party person. I guess I do feel a little left out that I don't have fun at parties, and everyone else seems to. But like Mia, I have come to realize this isn't the worst thing in the world.|
How did you score on the "Are You A Party Princess" quiz?
|megcabot||Ha! You know, as its creator, I didn't even take it...I have to do that! I totally forgot.|
Are the Princess Diaries books going to take Mia all through high school, and up to a senior?
Janey - How'd you like Party Princess?
|admin-janey||I thought it was the Princess Diaries book that related most to my own painful high school years.|
Will there be any more novellas after Sweet 16 Princess and Valentine Princess?
|megcabot||No, after those two and PD8, there will just be Princess Diaries 9 (as yet untitled) and Princess Diaries 10 (FOREVER PRINCESS). We are entering the home stretch!|
How long does it take you to write a princess diaries book?
|megcabot||I spend about a year planning it, and about a month writing the first draft, then another month writing the revisions.|
How many princess diaries books will there be? I heard only ten and I couldn't stand that!!!!
|megcabot||I'm sorry! It's true! There may be more down the line, but that is all that are planned at the moment.|
Was the alliteration with Michael and Mia intentional?
|megcabot||Actually, no. I don't like it when two main characters have names that start with the same letter, but in this instance, I liked the names too much to change them.|
Which character do you most relate to in the Princess Diaries series?
|megcabot||Well, Mia, of course. But I am very fond of Lars.|
I think that Janey might be a huge superstar now that she was in the acknowledgements for Party Princess.
|admin-janey||Oooh. You noticed|
Do you have names for all the books, up to book 10?
|megcabot||No, not for 9. Maybe we should have a contest for it!|
Will we get to know any other AEHS students better in other books, like we did JP?
|megcabot||I think the cast of characters is pretty much set from here on out.|
Hi I saw that SWEET SIXTEEN Is a novella Around how many pages is that?
|megcabot||It's about 60? Maybe 75?|
who is JP?
|admin-janey||JP is the guy who hates it when they put the corn in the chilli|
Do you feel emotions when you right about sad stuff? Which emotions? DO you feel the same emotions as the characters? When I read the sexy dance part I had to stop and take 10 deep breaths,
|megcabot||Yes, I do. If I'm writing about a character who feels sick, *I* feel sick, too. It's horrible. Also, if I write about a character catching a cold, I *always* catch a cold. It's horrible!|
I loved how JP was the guy who hates to put the corn in the chili!! Do you think he'll be able to handle Lilly as a girlfriend?
|megcabot||Who says they're going out?|
What is your favorite 80's movie?
|megcabot||Wow. I really love Some Kind of Wonderful. Also Reality Bites...but maybe that's 90s? I can't remember.|
Do you think that people should read the book before entering the chat?
|admin-janey||Yes, or else you will pick up spoilers and ruin the book for yourself. Also, its a waste of time for Meg to answer questions that you can find the answers for in the book.|
how many more years do you plan to write the princess diaries series and will the end be rewarding
|megcabot||Book 8 will come out in December 2006 (or really more like Jan 2007), Book 9 in Jan 2008, and Book 10, Jan 2009. So that's it. I think it's better to quit while people still like the series, rather than drag it out until people hate it.|
what are you reading at the moment?
|megcabot||Thanks for asking! Fringe Girl by Valerie Frankel.|
|megcabot||Just to let you guys know, I am not posting answers to questions about spoilers in the series!|
Are there going to be anymore adult novels like the Boy NEXT DOOR?
|admin-janey||Its not the boy series, but Meg is starting a new adult series called Queen of Babble.|
Do you still get excited seeing your name in print on one of your new books?
Did you react like Mia did when you got your first rejection letter?
|megcabot||Oh my God, her reaction was MILD compared to mine. I was devastated. I entered the SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE fiction contest EVERY year and NEVER won. Then they asked me to be a judge after I got published! I was so happy.|
In any of the books are Mia and Michael going to have some kind of adventure?
|megcabot||If they don't break up, maybe....|
Is AEHS a real school?
|megcabot||I'm sorry, the one in the books is made up.|
What island-country would you buy?
|megcabot||Indiana, of course!|
why didn't u put any illustrations in the PD books
|megcabot||There is an illustration in PARTY PRINCESS.|
Are you ever going to write a book with Key West as the backdrop? It seems like KW would have some great characters
|megcabot||Why, yes, I am! Stay tuned....|
What is your favourite book?
|megcabot||Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.|
Will we learn more about Perin? She seems like an interesting character
|megcabot||Why yes, you will. In Book 9.|
what is queen of babble about and how many books are going to be in the series?
|admin-janey||Its about a girl who graduates from college and flies to London to visit her boyfriend. Its really funny so far, and I have only read about 50 pages of it. It will be out later this year.|
I laughed really hard when Lilly referred to Mia's dancing as "sexy dancing." Was that meant to be funny or serious because every time she wrote "sexy dance" I laughed?
|megcabot||It was supposed to be funny! So it was good you laughed!|
Hey meg!! Ho many wpm can you type after all this experience writing??
I know that you loved Jane Eyre (in fact, you recommended it to me!). Have you read any of the other books by the Brontes?
|megcabot||I have! But I don't like any of them as much as Jane Eyre!|
Was Michael trying to avoid Mia when she sent him the sorry cookie? I'm a little confused on that,,,,,,,,,,,,,..................... :/
|megcabot||Hmmm, maybe you should read it again then. Because he did explain.|
Janey, are you pleased or aggravated with your acknowledgement in the book? Pleased that you were mentioned, or annoyed that it was so short?
|admin-janey||Why would I be annoyed? I was surprised and happy!|
They are going to break up?
|admin-janey||Sorry, that's a spoiler and Meg won't answer it! You will just have to keep on reading!|
What happens if you get writers block and can't meet your deadline?
|megcabot||Editors give a certain amount of lead time to their deadlines. So if you are about three months late, the book can still be published on time. Anymore than that, they have to change the publication date. If you NEVER write the book, you have to give the advance back.|
Will you be very sad when the series is over, Meg?
|megcabot||I will! I'll miss it a lot. But it will be nice to be able to write about Mia when I FEEL like it, not because I HAVE to because I have book about her due. You know what I mean?|
When you walk into a book store and see Princess Diaries or Mediator or your other books out there on display, how do you feel?
|megcabot||Good...as long as they're in a good area in the store! If I find them in a dark corner, I usually move them somewhere better...don't tell anyone!|
Have you read anything by Sophie Kinsella?
|admin-janey||Yes, Meg has mentioned before that she has.|
Is 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU 5 going to be released in hardcover or paperback?
|megcabot||MISSING YOU (1800 5) will be a mass market paperback!|
What is Key West?
|admin-janey||Its an island off the coast of Florida where Meg currently lives.|
I noticed Mia was more mature about her relationship with Michael and about other things in this book, too. Was that intentional?
|megcabot||Like most 15 year olds, Mia is growing, and hopefully maturing, as she gets older.|
Is Number One Noodle son Real?
|megcabot||It used to be. Sadly, it closed. I miss it!|
you once said that *most* of your historical adult novels are out of print, does that mean that some are still in print? If so, which ones?
|admin-janey||Send me an email and I will let you know.|
Do you ever read your own books in your spare time?
|megcabot||Oh, good heavens, no. That wouldn't be very relaxing. I would keep finding errors.|
How's Henrietta doing?
|megcabot||Henrietta is great, thanks for asking!|
which book would you suggest for summer reading preferably on the beach.
|megcabot||Hmmm, QUEEN OF BABBLE by Meg Cabot (due in stores May 23). HA HA!|
Who is Janey?
|admin-janey||I am the administrator of MegCabotBookClub.com. I run the chats and message boards and I update the site.|
Can we PLEASE learn more about Jinx...like now?
|megcabot||Hmmm...okay, if you don't tell anyone:|
|megcabot||Jinx By Meg Cabot If it weren't for bad luck, she'd have no luck at all. It wasn't just the power failure the night Jean Honeychurch was born that earned her the nickname Jinx: misfortune seems to follow her wherever she goes. Which is why her parents have shipped her off to stay with relatives - including her beautiful and sophisticated cousin Tory--in Manhattan until some of the trouble Jinx has caused back in her small hometown dies down. But Tory is too caught up in her own popularity to pay attention to her cousin from out of town...at least until Jinx's chronic bad luck starts wreaking havoc in Tory's perfect world. It's then that Jinx learns that beneath all her cousin's big city glamour lies a twisted world.|
I heard that a write only gets 9 percent of the book, is that true?
|megcabot||Yes, that is true. Well, 10%. That is why only 2% of writers make their living from writing books alone. You have to sell A LOT of books to be able to afford your rent!|
will you write anymore historical novels? I really like them.
|megcabot||Thank you! I don't have any planned right now, but you never know!|
Why did you decide to make the new 1-800 book later in Jess's life?
|megcabot||Because a lot of time has gone by since the last book in the series came out. For instance, 9/11 happened. The world has changed, and so has Jess.|
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what's the one thing you would bring?
Janey was mentioned before as being in the book, is that true? Sorry to say if she was I didn't notice. Sorry.
|admin-janey||I am in the acknowledgements, not in the actual book.|
I loved the theatre stuff in this book, Meg! I'm a big theatre person. Was it based on your own experiences in drama and theatre?
|megcabot||Yes! Grandmere said a lot of the same things my high school drama coach used to say to us! It scarred me for life.|
Are there ever going to be a sequel to Avalon High (a book I LOVED!!) ?
|megcabot||Don't tell anyone, but...maybe! Although possibly it will be in manga form.|
Do you listen to any of the audio version of your books?
|megcabot||I try not to. Because when I do, I just flinch at all the writing mistakes I made. YOU as a reader maybe wouldn't notice them, but I do.|
Where is your favorite place to visit for a book tour?
|megcabot||Wow, that's a good question! I guess any bookstore where someone actually shows up is my favorite!|
You've said how much you hated math in high school, but how did you like chemistry?
|megcabot||Ugh. I only passed due to the kindness of my teacher, who had a lot of study sessions.|
are you going to take pictures w/ people on your tour?
|admin-janey||Yes, Meg will snap a photo with you if you bring a camera. She can't really spend a lot of time with any one person though, so please be respectful of the other fans there.|
When will Jinx be out? =)
In high school are there really that many cliques (eg popular people nerds etc)
|megcabot||In MY high school there were.|
Janey will this site ever have open competitions like on mugglenet for Harry Potter for J.K. Rowling?
|admin-janey||Probably not. Mugglenet isnt an official JK Rowling site, its a fan site run by fans.|
IMDb says some of your books are going to be movies, is this true?
|admin-janey||Many of Meg's books have been optioned for movies.. it doesn't mean that a movie will actually come out. We just have to wait and see.|
Meg, I do not know if you have ever announced this ever, but are u a vegetarian, also?
|megcabot||No. I have tried to be, but I really, really love meat. I love animals, too, though. So I'm messed up.|
What's a manga?
|admin-janey||Its a japanese graphic novel.|
what's your favorite princess diaries book?
|megcabot||I really love Princess Lessons and Perfect Princess. They're the only ones I can read again without freaking out.|
Will there be any more books in the BOY series? They are my favourite books by you
|megcabot||Thank you! I do have a short story coming out this May in an anthology called GIRLS NIGHT OUT which includes a character from the New York Journal, but that's the only one planned at this time.|
Does Mia's adventures in your books reflect off your own personal experiences? Or do you come up with the stuff as it goes along?
|megcabot||No, it's all pretty much stuff that happened to me in high school. Except the princess stuff.|
I heard that All American Girl is becoming a movie. Is this true?
|admin-janey||The movie was cancelled last year. Maybe someone else will pick it up..|
When Mia did her dance, where was Michael?
|megcabot||Right there watching! In horror.|
Is Jinx a book?
|admin-janey||Yes, its a book.|
Omg I heard that you went to MY TOWN for a tour a while ago, but it was when I was little and not into your books yet. Do you ever go to towns twice, Meg?
|admin-janey||Sometimes she does.|
Meg - will you and Michele Jaffe ever do another advice blog together? Maybe you can act as special guest advice blogger on her site, like she used to do on your's?
|megcabot||Aw, thanks! Yes, we both want to do one, we just need some letters! So write into firstname.lastname@example.org with some questions for our advice column!|
Does Mia like Seventeen Magazine?
|megcabot||SIXTEEN magazine is what it's called in Mialand. And I think she likes the fiction contest only.|
How long is the chat usually?
|admin-janey||45 or 50 minutes with some free chat at the end.|
You mentioned Jane Eyre. What other classics do you recommend for middle-schoolers?
|megcabot||Wow, there's so many! Some I loved were LORNA DOONE (sooo romantic, also funny) and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.|
how did henrietta lose her eye?
|megcabot||No one knows. We found her as a kitten that way. One vet says he thinks someone poked it! But I think it was scarring from an upper respiratory infection that went untreated until I got her.|
Do you think a 7th grader like me could be a writer? I mean I write books of my own but I sometimes get the feeling they will never get published/
|admin-janey||There have been some novels published by teens. However, not many. Keep on writing. You won't get published if you give up.|
Janey, How long have you been the admin?
|admin-janey||Since we opened on May 28, 2004|
Do you think you could think about using a plot I thought of as a story?
|admin-janey||Meg cannot use a plot volunteered by a fan. She is not supposed to read them. All of the ideas in her books have to be her own. Sorry.|
Is Queen of Babble going to be a series and if so how many books are planned for so far?
|megcabot||Yes! So far there are three books in the series (two as yet unwritten).|
I believe I read somewhere that you wrote Size 12 Is Not Fat a long time ago. Did you write its sequels back then too or are you currently writing them now that Size 12 is published?
|admin-janey||Yes, the sequel for Size 12 has been written and is currently in revisions.|
was there a Lana at your high school??
Are you going to make a sequel to Teen Idol? that is my FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME!
|megcabot||WOW, thank you! No sequel is planned yet, but if you liked Teen Idol, you'll probably like HOW TO BE POPULAR, which will be out in September.|
Meg, I read Hex and the Single Girl because you recommended. I think I've liked everything you've recommended You have great taste!!
|megcabot||Well, thank you very much!!! I liked that book a lot!|
did you WANT all your readers to ADORE j.p.?
|megcabot||Ha! That wasn't my intention, no. But do they?|
janey will we have another admin chat for the anniversary??????????
|admin-janey||No, the last one wasn't very successful. I am simply not that interesting and I could not implement many of the suggestions I got.|
do you like figure skating and did you ever take lessons?
|megcabot||Yes, and no.|
was there a mrs. martinez in your life, meg?
|megcabot||Many! I've had a few teachers who really hated my writing style. Fortunately, I also had a few who loved it! They really encouraged me.|
Janey-How come my questions aren't being answered?
|admin-janey||Sorry, there have been hundreds of questions asked so far, we can't answer everything!|
In the How to Be popular summary the main character wants to become popular. Have you ever tried to become popular?
|megcabot||No, popularity is never something I have actively sought. What I have always sought are fun, interesting friends, and somehow the popular people in my schools and towns have never seemed that interesting to me.|
Janey, is anything special happening on the MCBC anniversary this year?
|admin-janey||No, we will have a "party" in games and events next month.|
What would you say the ages for reading the Princess Diaries books are?
|megcabot||I would say 12 and up.|
meg will you ever write a book based on when you met your husband at that party and he asked why you weren't babysitting or something?? that was so CUUUUUUTE
|megcabot||Ha! Maybe someday. I never thought of that. It would have to be a loooong book because it was 10 years from when I met him to when I finally liked him. As a boyfriend, I mean.|
Was the pink disco ball always the cover of Party Princess?
|megcabot||Yes! I loved it from the start, it was the first thing they showed me.|
meg how many books do you have planned right now besides the ones you've told us about?
|megcabot||(evil laugh) I have so many planned that NO ONE knows about, you would freak out if I told you. I live in fear I won't live long enough to write them all.|
did you actually draw that map in party princess?
|megcabot||Yes! I know it's not very good.|
Yes, meg! Check out the PD7 board!! Everyone loves JP to bits!!! Michael has competition with your readers!!!!!!!!!!
|megcabot||Wow! That's funny! Well, I didn't want people NOT to like JP, so that's good.|
When did you start writing?
|megcabot||As soon as I could read.|
Did you ever participate in any sports or extra curriculars when you were in High School?
|megcabot||I don't like competitions (such as competitive sports) so I have never played sports (except softball, but that was because my dad made me. I hated it). I did do ballet, drama, art lessons, and choir.|
will there be more make-out scenes between MIa and Michael, some such as in the mediator books (the 6th one).
|megcabot||Heh. You will have to keep reading to see.|
what is your advice to kids who have to deal with teachers like mrs. martinez?
|megcabot||Wow, it's really hard, isn't it? There's nothing you can do when a teacher just doesn't like you, except try not to be too big of a pain. But you should speak up when you think something is REALLY unfair. Other than that, just grin and bear it. Eventually you'll move on to a new teacher who might be better.|
Did your husband REALLY write the poems in the book??? they were good. is jp based on him??? HOT JP!!!!!!!
|megcabot||THANK YOU!!! I will tell him you said that, because yes, he did write all of JP's poems, and all of the songs for the musical, too!|
When You were in high school, were you labeled as a geek, Regular person or popular?
|megcabot||I was a "drama freak" or a "brain."|
I just wanted to say that I liked your drawing in PD7, and I like the whale you added, it was cute!
was there a Josh at your high school?
|megcabot||Indeed. He got very fat after graduation, due to not playing sports anymore, and drinking too much beer, which is why I always advise people to only date geeks.|
Meg, do you have any tips for taking the AP English exam? The SAT writing sections?
|admin-janey||LOL. When Meg and I took the SAT, it did not have a writing section. My advice is for standardized test writing, there are books that basically tell you how to do it. Look for those books at the bookstore. Its about having a beginning, middle and end and being organized and answering the question and not meandering off the topic.|
Meg, do you have any friends like Lilly, or Tina?
|megcabot||yes, all the characters are based on friends on mine, many of whom I'm still friends with!|
Do you ever go back and read the like first Princess Diaries books?
|megcabot||Only when I have to in order to look things up.|
How did you come up with the play...Im sorry MUSICAL..."Braid"?
|megcabot||Ha! I don't know. It just hit me one day. My husband wrote all the lyrics though, based on my direction ("Now write one about a warlord")|
When you go to high school, is it true that people usually ditch their old friends. (unlike lilly and mia)
|admin-janey||Its not always true, though it sometimes happens.|
Meg can you sing well? Like if there was an audition like in Party Princess Would you make it? I really liked that part of the book.
|megcabot||I was an Indiana State singing champ! I got the lead in my high school musical (LIL ABNER) sophomore year. But then I got vocal nodules and so ended my musical career.|
I went to Washington DC over spring break and saw Potomac Video where Sam works in RoN. Are the other places mentioned in AAG and RoN (i.e. Capitol Cookies) real?
|megcabot||Ha! No, I thought I made them up! I can't believe there's a real Potomac Video!|
Ii was thinking it may be nice if you had some ethnicity in your books to attract world wide readers. Do you perhaps see yourself as having a south asian (say bengali) minor character in one of your books?
|megcabot||Well, I have Asian, South Asian, Arab, Hispanic, Jewish, African-American and white characters in my books already!|
What movies are you looking forward to seeing?
|megcabot||SNAKES ON A PLANE!|
where can i find your tour schedule??
|admin-janey||Meg's connection just died. So that's the end of the chat.|
|admin-janey||Look forward to the pick of May, Northing by the Truth by Justina Chen Hedley. More details to come on that.|
|admin-janey||Meg says bye and thanks and see you next time.|
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