My website and I are getting on with the years and one of us is getting a facelift! Please check back here in 2016 to see my new website. Until then, happy reading!
Please check out my first and only Kickstarter Project!
I love the lecture circuit! I recently had the pleasure of spending time in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, as a guest of the Charleston Collegiate School. It’s a very special school that emphasizes kindness and cooperation. And it actually works!
Kiawah Island is a magical spot. I went bike riding every morning for an hour on that long, long stretch of beach. (Having just arrived from Germany, I had jet lag so what else was there to do early in the mornings?) I came back with pounds of seashells and many great memories. Here’s a picture of me and some of the kids:
Everyone keeps asking when I will write something, anything, about living in Germany. (In case you have not been stalking me on Facebook, I have been living in Munich, Germany for the past two years.) Finally, I was moved enough to write something. It’s not what you think, but then again, it never is.
I will be coming to the US in May for several author events. Two of them are open to the public. I will be at the Charleston Library Society on May 7. I can’t wait to speak in this historical venue, which was founded in 1748! I imagine there will also be buttermilk biscuits provided. Or maybe not.
On May 14, I will speaking at Stanford University. This is going to be a very fun evening, or your money back. This event is free.
For more information on location and times, please go to the Events tab of this website. Hope to see you there!
I am excited to announce that my tween novel, IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2016. It’s a story based on my experiences in middle and high school. The characters are based on real people, and none of them turn into vampires…at least not in the edits so far. Stay tuned!
Can we call it a miracle? Eleven years after its publication, FUNNY IN FARSI made the New York Times bestseller list. I have to go now…I have to go look at the list again.
Hello dear readers! I am still in Munich, adjusting to life in this culture that is so different from what I am used to. Possible title for next book: TRAPPED IN BAVARIA.
For those of you who have emailed me about my novel…I am still working on it and hope to have it published in late 2015. My book is a tween novel that takes place in the late seventies so I spend a lot of time remembering that time period. I’m so glad those years are over! I wouldn’t go back to that time for all the tea in China, or all the beer in Bavaria. (I don’t like beer anyways. That brings us back to TRAPPED IN BAVARIA. More on that later.)
And for my Twitter followers: I am sorry for being useless on Twitter. My resistance to Twitter stems from a deep psychological abyss…do we really need to know that much about anyone? Sure, I could update daily but it just feels like word pollution. Just wait for the book! It’ll be worth it. Just think of it as a whole bunch of tweets in one place.
Keep reading and remember that kindness is never forgotten.
As many of you know, I have been living in Munich, Germany since the end of June. The Frenchman is working here which is why we moved.
It’s been a tough transition for me. Germany is not the easiest country for foreigners but I am slowly making progress. I have met some wonderful people and have joined a great yoga studio. The yoga community is always the same where ever you go, kind people with open minds and lots of tattoos.
There are some things I love about Germany. We just had snow this week and it is beautiful. The public transportation is perfect and their coffee is much less acidic than the US. I also love being able to walk everywhere. I am so much healthier here! No car for this Californian. And no, I definitely do not miss California traffic.
There are things I really miss about the US, the openness of Americans, Trader Joe’s and customer service.
I wish you all a peaceful holiday season. If you don’t know what to buy someone…buy books! They are the best gifts. I am biased but it’s true.