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I've Been a Big, Fat Liar

I would like to think I’ve always tried to be as truthful and as noble as George Washington in the cherry tree parable.

Chances are, while I would have not chopped down a cherry tree – for starters, we didn’t own an axe; and oh, we didn’t have a cherry tree – I’m also no saint. I’ve told my share of white lies. I mean I had to; I’m a pleaser. I hated getting into trouble or even give someone reason to look at me ... well, that way.

So if I’d done something I shouldn’t have, I would have been one of those kids who tried to create a plausible excuse out of the weakest of circumstances.
“Did you eat the last cookie?”
“That was the *last* cookie? Aren’t there more cookies?”
You know, that type of thing.

So it pains me to have lied so egregiously over the past few years. Time and time and time again. In fairness to myself, I suppose I shouldn’t count those times when I spoke the truth as I knew it in the moment. Still, after talking to thousands and thousands of kids and telling them, “No, there will not be a sequel to The Gollywhopper Games,” I need to eat my words.

But they are delicious. The wonderful Greenwillow Books has given me the green light to write a Gollywhopper 2 and a Gollywhopper 3.

It’s daunting to try and write two more books that will live up to the expectations of all those kids I’ve spoken with and those who have sent me so many letters and emails and those who silently rooted for their choice of contestant in the first book. But I am up for the challenge.


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 28th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Awesome news, Jody. And I, for one, will be lining up to get my copies as soon as they're ready.

(Hey, sometimes all those kids who write asking for sequels are onto something, you know?) :)


Mar. 28th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Don't hold your breath, Antony. I believe we're talking fall of 2013 for one and the following year for the other. But that's a good thing. I have a lot of writing to do.
Mar. 28th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! :)

Mar. 28th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tammi
Mar. 28th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Mar. 28th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
I know :o)
And guess where I'll be this weekend? Unfortunately, it's all family stuff, so I doubt I can get away this time.
Mar. 28th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'll be in Maryland this weekend, so it's OK! :) But if you come back this summer, let me know!

Any news on Deep Downstairs?

Oh, and new 7th Level cover is FAB!
Mar. 28th, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
DD is on hold while I write these. It still needed to be reworked and it was determined that for my career, this was the best path for now. And I probably won't come back this summer. We have a graduation in DC, business in NYC, etc, etc, etc. Next year.
Mar. 28th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
I WILL be in St. Louis the first weekend of Nov. for the YALSA Con if you are around.....
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
YAY! I just found out a couple days ago that it's here. Can't wait to get you on my turf!
Mar. 28th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Snoopy is very proud and happy for you - Congratulations, or as we like to say, MT!

And, I'm already thinking about who I want to see play the lead in Paige's screenplay :)

Woo Hoo!!!!

Mar. 28th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: MT
And let me know who you come up with for the lead. Do remember he probably needs to be about 3 years old right now, as slowly as the wheels crank :o)
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: MT
Good; no pressure!
Mar. 29th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: MT
Well, if Justin and Selena get busy......or there is Blue Ivy's future brother, and isn't Jennifer Anniston pregnant again? But if those don't work out, the Jolie-Pitt clan has numerous possibilities. They could even round out the competition.
Mar. 29th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: MT
Aren't you a font of casting ideas, Snoopy? Is there a casting career in your future? BTW, I don't know how he's doing these days, but I always pictured Dick Van Dyke as old Mr. Golliwop in the wheelchair.
Mar. 28th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
I'm thrilled for you, Jody! xo
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Re: Wheeeeee!
Aww! Thanks!
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