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Rebecca Serle
Rebecca Serle is the author of When You Were Mine and The Edge of Falling. She also writes for Vulture.
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Daniel Gillies on the Threat of Mikael, His New Baby and Why He Loves Hayley and Elijah

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 2:34 PM


Photo credit: Pictured (L-R): Daniel Gillies as Elijah and Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley -- Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW -- © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

When it comes to vampires, Daniel Gillies's Elijah is the cream of the crop. Since...

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Lean In and Pay It Forward -- Early

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 2:11 PM

At 22 and on my fourth day in New York, I was lucky enough to meet my mentor. I'll never forget what she said to me as I sat sweating in my too-hot-for-the-city sweater: New York is different. I'll tell you what I mean.

And she did.


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You Weren't Supposed To Be Mine

(4) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 6:13 PM

My first novel, When You Were Mine, comes out next week. Just writing that requires a moment.


I took one. Let's move on.

I should probably tell you that my book is a modern re-telling of Romeo...

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To Be Successful, Do You Need to Compete?

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 12:24 PM

I am a young adult author and so are quite a few of my friends. We all write books for the same demographic, many of us are even published by the same publishing house. Two of us, in fact, share the same editor.

I've been thinking a lot lately...

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'Ready Player One': An Interview with Author Ernest Cline

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 2:20 PM

The first thing I thought when I finished Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One" was, "My God, it's the grown-up's 'Harry Potter.'" Now this is from a mega "HP" fan, so I mean business, here. The mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the...

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The New Nonprofit: Pencils of Promise

(6) Comments | Posted November 28, 2010 | 2:29 PM

Adam Braun is one of those people that everyone knows. I first heard his name through an old friend of mine who went to Brown with him. He came up again with my college roommate who had been on his Semester at Sea voyage. I ran into a friend from...

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The Top Four Myths About Selling a Novel: Debunked

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 2:43 PM

Disclosure: this may get a little bit sappy.

I sold my first novel last week. I think that's honestly the first time I've written that sentence in lower-case letters since it happened, but I've been told the caps lock on my emails is getting to be a bit wearing....

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Top 10 Classic Children's Books

(18) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 12:43 PM

I often lament that new picture books don't get read because the classics hold up so well. It's a ridiculous complaint because, um, the classics hold up so well. Am I really all up in arms about there being excellent books in existence? Hmm, better revise.

Instead of trying...

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Mostly Good Girls: A Look Behind Prep-School Perfection

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 11:23 AM

Leila Sales and I met about a year ago during a publishing party at an outdoor bar in Soho. We bonded over our shared love of blended drinks in mason jars and indie pop music, and although we didn't see each other for another three months (time enough...

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Exclusive: LeapFrog Launches Program to Increase Literacy in America

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 1:48 PM

I had coffee the other day with a teacher friend of mine and we got to talking about a recent purchase of hers -- 25 books for her kindergarten classroom. The money came out of her own pocket. "We need the books," she explained, "but we don't have the budget."...

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Interview with The Nanny Diaries Authors on Writing, Teens, and How They Really Feel About Justin Bieber

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 10:51 AM

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus shot to stardom with their #1 NY Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries back in 2002, and have had an expansive and steady writing career since. Last year they published their first YA book, The Real Real and the sequel to Nanny entitled Nanny Returns. With...

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Ghostwriting: Can't We Just Be Honest?

(31) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 6:52 PM

I brought Hilary Duff's book Elixer with me to the beach this weekend. I had planned to give it a quick glance and read the first few chapters, enough time to see if I wanted to continue with it. What I found is that I spent a good portion of...

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Roz Chast: The New Yorker, Children's Books and a Bird Named Marco

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 6:04 PM

When Roz Chast agreed to do an interview, I was beyond delighted. My first act of business was to mosey over to The Shelf, the one that contains every New Yorker magazine that has been delivered to my doorstep in the past five years, probably longer, and pull them out....

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Lend Your Voice: A Community Recording of The Wizard of Oz

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2010 | 1:10 PM

During this year's annual American Library Association's June Conference, Random House Audio, in partnership with First Book and OverDrive, Inc. made a "community recording" of L. Frank Baum's beloved classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. What's a community recording? Good question.

First they set up...

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Horror at the Movies: Angry About Previews

(9) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 12:36 PM

OK, I'm just going to say it: previews really piss me off.

I remember the days I used to love to get to the movies early, settle into my seat, and run through the reel of upcoming features. That romantic comedy? Looks lame but I'm totally going to see...

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Forever Young...Adult Edition

(7) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 1:51 PM

There are few things in life that make me truly squeal. When I was younger it was Leonardo DiCaprio, maybe an 'N Sync concert and definitely Graham Quinn (we had Spanish together, I don't think he knew my name). Now as an adult it's, OK, pretty much the same thing....

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Digital Picture Books: The New Way to Teach Reading?

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 2:40 PM

We all know that digital is the wave of the future. iPads, iPods, there isn't something that can't be watched on a screen right now...or read. Last week I spoke to Valerie Mih and Wallace E. Keller of digital publishing company, See Here Studios, about the first digital, 3D picture-book...

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In The Harry Potter Era, An American Fantasy

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 1:13 PM

American fantasy is not a genre we think about too often. Sure, we are familiar with the worlds of English boarding school houses and castles and fairies but true American fantasy, fantasy that is built on the land of this country, is hard to come by. That is, until you...

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In the Twilight Haze, a Question: What's Our Responsibility?

(15) Comments | Posted July 9, 2010 | 3:52 PM

In my Twilight wanderings last week I came across this article. It's an analysis of why Team Jacob is doomed to lose and why the conceit of the series hinges on this one, fundamental truth: Bella will always pick Edward. While I found some of the assumptions the...

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Barefoot Books: Story, Imagination and a 'Barefoot' Lifestyle

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 1:15 PM

When we think of publishing houses what comes to mind? Sharp downtown buildings, men and women in trim business apparel. Books, sure -- but an industry. I wanted to introduce you today to a different kind of publishing house, Barefoot Books. Downtown buildings? More like independent bookstores and homey living...

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