only may in paris will tell character interview: hilton joliet

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Hilton Joliet

Hey guys! It’s Hilton from Daisy Jordan‘s new book, Only May in Paris Will Tell, which is officially released and can be ordered here! And since you get free shipping w/ a $25 book order, you might as well pick up another Daisy Jordan book or 2 while you’re at it. 😉

Anyway, I am soooo excited for this book. It takes place over 10 months, and you will read all about my love life, my move to LA, whether my ex-boyfriend Luke and I manage to stay friends, whether my ex-hookup-buddy Haidin and I manage to stay friends after I found him in his hotel room w/ his ex-girlfriend Aubrey at the end of Living in a Postcard (SO weird to think about still…), what my best friends Jill and Todd are up to in LA, whether anything else ever happens w/ the guy I love, Tanner, after that kiss we had in Indy, what my tennis-player friends Nate, Noah, and Damian are up to, and so much more! And don’t worry if you haven’t read previous books about me – this one does stand alone, so you can read it without having read any of the others!

And to give you a little further preview of the book, here is an interview with me and my boss at Game Set Match magazine, Deidre Fox. Just remember, I’d never tell her everything. 😉

DF: Hilton, what are you most excited for in Only May in Paris Will Tell, the latest book about your life traveling with the tennis tour?

HJ: For my book launch next May in Paris! I’m publishing my first photography book. And also definitely to see how my love life progresses.

DF: Ooohh, tell me more!

HJ: I can’t say much more right now. Just that there’s a potential prospect…at least I think there might be. And I can’t wait to see what’ll happen.

DF: Anybody we know? Anybody you’ve been previously involved with or linked to?

HJ: Maybe. Or maybe not.

DF: I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what pictures our talented photographers are able to get.

HJ: I guess so.

DF: What are you least excited about in your life right now?

HJ: Well, I’m moving to LA, which I’m thrilled about, but my best friend Luke will still be living in Indy, and I’ll miss him like crazy. We’ve been living together for basically six and a half years. So I’m bummed about being so far from him.

DF: Luke Windler, not just your best friend, but also your ex.

HJ: Yes.

DF: Could he be the “prospect” you’re talking about? Is a reconciliation in the picture?

HJ: Luke and I don’t need to reconcile, because like I said, we’re still best friends.

DF: Avoiding the question.

HJ: Maybe. Or maybe not.

DF: Tell us who you think will be the center of the biggest surprise story to come out in GSM in the next few months.

HJ: Well, you never know what’ll happen, but I think it could be Haidin Bayliss.

DF: Because he’s your prospect?

HJ: This one actually has nothing to do with me.

DF: Can you tell me what you know?

HJ: Just that Haidin has some surprises up his sleeve, I think. Or behind his hotel room door.

DF: What?

HJ: Nothing.

DF: Okayyyy. Let’s look farther down the road. Who do you see being at the center of the most jaw-dropping story of 2009?

HJ: Hmmm. I’m gonna go with Nate Young. Or maybe me. Or maybe somebody not even on the tennis tour.

DF: Wow. That’s insightful.

HJ: And true.

DF: Are you still friends with Tanner Bruin? You 2 haven’t been spotted together in over 3 months, since shortly before he proposed to his girlfriend Austin Delks and she said no.

HJ: Of course Tanner and I are still friends. I visited him at his house in Vero Beach while he was recovering from his broken ankle last month.

DF: Is Tanner ready to make a comeback?

HJ: I think he is. I think you’re going to see him come out firing and have a strong summer. He’ll be ready to defend his US Open title.

DF: How many girls do you think Nate Young will hook up with between now and the end of 2009?

HJ: You’d be surprised.

DF: I have no doubt. Okay, Hilton, final question for today. Who’s your favorite new character in Only May in Paris Will Tell, and who’s your least favorite new character?

HJ: My favorite is definitely Leks Drovic. She’s awesome…and unexpected, in many ways. And my least favorite…Whitney Gray. Whitney brings heartbreak and alters lives in a way readers will never see coming. It’s devastating.

DF: To whom?

HJ: A lot of people.

DF: Okay, well we’ll cross our fingers it’s not you who’s devastated, Hilton! But we at GSM have to admit, we can’t wait to see what you’re talking about! GSM


Yeah…I bet she can’t. :p Well guys, stay tuned for the next Only May in Paris Will Tell character interview…with Luke Windler, my ex-boyfriend!

In the meantime, read all about the book here, and if you want to read previous books about me, you can start with Really Good Friends in paperback or ebook format (about my friends and me in high school), or Love Means Zero in paperback or ebook format (about my first year and a half traveling with the tennis tour)!


#OnlyMayInParis front cover 🙂


#ReallyGoodFriends front cover


#LoveMeansZero front cover






only may in paris will tell!

My latest book, Only May in Paris Will Tell, is available to pre-order! I will have copies in just a couple of weeks, and I would love to mail a book to any readers who want one hot off the press! 🙂 The retail price is $22.99, but for anyone who pre-orders, I will sell it for $15 plus $2 shipping, so $17 total! To pre-order, just send an email to or message me on Facebook or Twitter!

In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a series of character interviews, so make sure you stop back by to hear from Hilton, Tanner, Luke, Jill, and of course Haidin and Aubrey! And in the meantime, check out the book cover and description below!


#OnlyMayInParis front cover 🙂


back cover of Only May in Paris Will Tell…background pics taken at Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland Garros, Paris – where the French Open takes place!

And just in case you don’t want to read the tiny print on the back cover, here is the description:

The emotional wreckage of a failed proposal. A broken ankle. A wild bachelorette party at a gay bar. A jaw-dropping exposé on one of the world’s top tennis players. That was May in Paris in 2009, when the tennis tour landed in the city for its annual French Open fortnight. Hilton Joliet, a photographer for the magazine Game Set Match and a friend of several players on tour, was at the center of it all. And in the two months since Paris, life has continued to serve up surprises.

A month ago in Vero Beach, Florida, Hilton told her best friend on tour Tanner Bruin she’s in love with him. Five nights ago in Indianapolis, they kissed, but Tanner still doesn’t know how he feels about her. Last night, Hilton knocked on the Indy hotel door of another friend on tour, her former hookup buddy Haidin Bayliss, to celebrate his latest tennis win. The door was opened by Haidin’s lingerie-clad ex-girlfriend and self-described Hilton enemy, bitchy, outrageous A-list actress Aubrey Gage. This morning, Hilton is 600 miles away in Kansas, driving across the country with her ex-boyfriend and still-best-friend Luke Windler, from whom she fears her life will soon go down a very different road.

In ten months, the next French Open will bring the launch party for Hilton’s photography book Living in a Postcard, a divorce less shocking than the events of the marriage preceding it, two pregnancy announcements, a fake girlfriend on a fake trip who may actually have gone MIA, and a connection between another of the world’s top tennis players and a year-old unsolved murder. Until then, the seductive dance that is the tour lifestyle…one that draws Hilton and her friends together one week and drops them in different corners of the world the next…will swirl on, clouding the air with questions and setting the stage for the answers only May in Paris can reveal.

Just a forewarning…it’s probably my craziest one yet. 😉 So make sure you place that pre-order…


See you next time for the start of the character interviews… 🙂

real pictures and places from a stranger thing…chicago!

In my last couple posts, I’ve shared some pictures from Brussels and Denver, 2 of the major locations in A Stranger Thing. The final major location I’ll be posting some of my own photos from is Chicago, where Kylar, Jansen, Thaler, Xavier, Drew, and Brooke live! I grew up about 3 hours from Chicago, and one of my best friends lives there now, so I visit pretty often. It is a beautiful city and LOTS of fun!! 🙂


along the Chicago Riverwalk


Michigan Avenue skyline as viewed from Millennium Park. these buildings are like the one where I imagine Brady getting a place later in the book (don’t worry, that’s not much of a spoiler)


Mich Ave skyline at dusk from Lake Michigan


view from floor 103 of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). the tall black building near the lake is the John Hancock Building, where Kylar goes w/ Steven on Valentine’s Day


looking south and east along Lake Michigan, toward Indiana


looking north along Lake Michigan, toward Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, Lakeview, Uptown, and eventually Wisconsin


another view from the Willis Tower


view of the Chicago River from above


the river dyed green for St Patty’s Day 🙂


a summer day at the beach along Lake Michigan!


Montrose Harbor, at a beach in Uptown


Lincoln Park in winter. Kylar, Jansen, Xav, and Thaler live in this neighborhood, a little north of downtown and the Loop


in the heart of Wrigleyville! Drew lives just a few blocks from Wrigley Field


view from floor 12 of the Westin on Michigan Avenue, where Jansen stays when she shows up early in Chicago and surprises Thaler


same view in daylight


me w/ my Chicago bestie Chris 🙂


another of Chris and me, hanging at a bar in Wrigleyville


We ❤ Chi-town! 🙂

For more about the adventures of Kylar, Jansen, Xav, Thaler, Drew, and Brooke, make sure to check out A Stranger Thing on my blog or website! 🙂 Until next time, and thanks for reading… 🙂

real pictures and places from a stranger thing…denver!

Ok guys, I really am going to start updating my blog WAY more often. 🙂 Last time, I featured some pictures I took in Brussels, where my character Kella lives and where a few pretty important scenes in A Stranger Thing take place, including the awesome cliffhanger! 😉 Today, I am showcasing Denver, where Lorylyn, Zibby, Taylor, Crissy, Winthrop, and Brady live, and where I used to live as well! I love this city so much. 🙂


downtown Denver


16th Street Mall, where Lorylyn, Taylor, and Zibby’s apartment building is 🙂


clock tower on 16th Street Mall, one of Denver’s iconic landmarks…the tallest building west of the Mississippi until 1957! I lived 2 blocks from here!


my favorite sculpture in Writer’s Square on the 16th Street Mall


my apartment building in Denver! I lived on the 27th floor here for 3 years =D


view from my bedroom window 🙂


view of Uptown from my living room…this is one of the places Zibby and DJ look at houses


another fabulous view from my living room 🙂


Red Rocks Amphitheater, one of the places Lorylyn takes Jansen, Kylar, and Cade to visit when they come for Thanksgiving


Casa Bonita, the best restaurant in the WORLD!!! =D Another of the places Lorylyn takes Jansen, Kylar, and Cade


view of Denver from Buffalo Bill’s grave on Lookout Mountain, where Lorylyn and Cade talk about her relationship w/ Brady and whether to move to New York


looking the other direction from Buffalo Bill’s grave at the top of Lookout Mountain


the creepy bronco statue at DIA…just google “Denver airport conspiracy theories” 🙂 love this thing!


My brother Josh and me at the summit of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park…it tops out at just over 12,000 feet and is the highest stretch of paved highway in the country! This is where Zibby and DJ go for a weekend shortly after moving to Denver, while Lorylyn is in Florida for Jill’s wedding. Another fun fact…for every 1000 feet of altitude gained, the temperature drops as much as every 600 miles driven north…so going up this road from where it starts at 7500 feet to here, just over 12,000, is like driving to the arctic circle in an hour 🙂


Josh and me in Vail. The house in the background is like I imagine the one to be where Lorylyn and her friends stay in Breck


Colorado ski slope


my 2nd time skiing…me and my friend Derick


me and my Denver besties at the Coral Room, our favorite spot for Sunday Funday 🙂


another fabulous Sunday Funday at the Coral Room…read the dedication page in the book 🙂


Katy, Holly, and me…I had most of my craziest Denver adventures w/ these lovely ladies. They are the real-life Crissy and Taylor…fictionalized of course 😉


meet the real-life Winthrop Gilligan (but also fictionalized, of course) ;)…my other Denver bestie Speedy!!


Katy, Holly, and me at a Rockies game at Coors Field 🙂


pretzel necklaces for the Great American Beer Fest


at one of our favorite rooftop bars, which consisted of LoDo’s and the Tavern Downtown…this was LoDo’s


author pic for the book, taken about a block away from my apartment at an outdoor fountain downtown


another view of downtown


16th Street Mall at sunset 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photo tour of my Denver world and gained some insight into Lorylyn, Taylor, Zibby, Crissy, Winthrop, and Brady’s Denver world too! 🙂 Make sure to check out A Stranger Thing, if you haven’t already, to read much more about it! 🙂

real pictures and places from a stranger thing…brussels!

A Stranger Thing has 4 major locations – Denver, Chicago, New York City, and Brussels. I thought it would be fun to share photos I took of places that inspired my writing in some of those cities! Today I am starting with Brussels, where my character Kella lives. Enjoy! 🙂 And click on Kella‘s name to read an interview with her!

The Manneken Pis, first site of Jansen and Jason's statue-dressing charade :)

The Manneken Pis, first site of Jansen and Jason’s statue-dressing charade 🙂

Notice the "camera security" sign on the right. ;)

Notice the white “CAMERA SECURITY” sign on the right that you can barely see in this pic…enlarged view below 😉


Slightly weird? Sure. One of Brussels' major attractions? Obviously.

Slightly weird? Sure. One of Brussels’ major attractions? Obviously.


The Jeanneke Pis, second site of the statue-dressing charade. Much more difficult to access than its counterpart :)

The Jeanneke Pis, second site of the statue-dressing charade. Much more difficult to access than its counterpart 🙂

Jansen had to climb onto the base, then up the gate, then squeeze herself behind it. Easy. Good thing it was the middle of the night and snowy though, as everything you see around here is a bar

Jansen had to climb onto the base, then up the gate, then squeeze herself behind it. Easy. Good thing it was the middle of the night and snowy though, as everything you see around here is a bar


Oh, and she also had to avoid the spikes at the top 🙂

Classy :) Love it

In case you can’t tell, she is peeing too 🙂

Sign next to the Jeanneke Pis in Delirium Village. All bars open till 6!

Sign next to the Jeanneke Pis in Delirium Village. All bars open till 6!

Best Beer in the World at the World Beer Fest in Chicago in 2008. Google it...or read what I wrote about it in the book. ;)

Best Beer in the World at the World Beer Fest in Chicago in 2008. Google it…or read what I wrote about it in the book. 😉


The Grand-Place, where Lorylyn and the rest of the wedding guests go as part of their tour and later return for dinner, also considered as a wedding site for the book's royal wedding

The Grand-Place, where Lorylyn and the rest of the wedding guests go as part of their tour and later return for dinner, also considered as a wedding site for the book’s royal wedding







Kella's street, rue de la Perche, in Brussels' Saint-Gilles neighborhood. Her building is the white one straight ahead on the left as the street starts to curve

Kella’s street, rue de la Perche, in Brussels’ Saint-Gilles neighborhood. Her building is the white one straight ahead on the left as the street starts to curve

Close-up of Kella's building. The best part was while writing the first draft, I looked at a map, picked a random street in Saint-Gilles, and described her building as being white and on a corner of a street that curved uphill for 2 blocks and disappeared. When I went to Brussels 2 years later, this is what I found =D

Close-up of Kella’s building. The best part was while writing the first draft, I looked at a map, picked a random street in Saint-Gilles, and described her building as being white and on a corner of a street that curved uphill for 2 blocks and disappeared. When I went to Brussels 2 years later, this is what I found =D

street in Saint-Gilles, Kella's neighborhood

Another street in Saint-Gilles, Kella’s neighborhood

Actual site chosen for the book's wedding...and location of the last scene. Get's a cliffhanger, of course ;)

Brussels’ Royal Palace, the actual site chosen for the book’s wedding…and the location of the last scene. Get ready…it’s a cliffhanger, of course 😉

Hope you’ve enjoyed the photo tour of Kella and the other characters’ Brussels world! Coming soon…highlights of Denver, where Lorylyn, Zibby, Taylor, and Brady live, and my former city as well! 🙂

a stranger thing

My newest book, A Stranger Thing, will be out in a few weeks! In the next several days, I will be publishing fun interviews with the major characters. 🙂 To give you a little idea what the book’s about, here’s the back cover description:

A plane ticket to New York with an anonymous note: “Please come. I need to talk to you and I have a surprise for you.” A scandalous engagement. A long-sought-after answer that was once of ultimate importance but will now have unforeseen consequences. Two nearly decade-long relationships dissolving in hours. Sightings of a little girl who may or may not exist. A photograph titled From Budapest With Love. An international murder with ties surprisingly close to home.

It’s not exactly what Lorylyn Porter, Kylar Landell, Jansen Montgomery, and Zibby Ainsley had in mind when they came up with the motto “new year, new lives, new guys.” But as Lorylyn, Zibby, and Zibby’s husband DJ move to Denver and Kylar and Jansen settle in Chicago, they will all encounter the unexpected. From a family emergency to the fallout of an emergency room disaster, from a letter with a shocking return address to a troubling analysis of a psychological test, each girl’s life will irreversibly change in a matter of days.

And while “new guys” isn’t so accurate, except maybe for Lorylyn’s roommate Taylor, who consistently dates two or three guys at once, it is definitely a new year and a new life for each of the girls…a year in which strangers will become fast friends, and the oldest of friends will suddenly find themselves little more than strangers.

Look for Lorylyn’s interview first, coming tomorrow!! 🙂

Lorylyn, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing

Lorylyn, one of the main characters in A Stranger Thing (doll created at

this i believe…

One of my English teacher friends gave her students an assignment to write 100 things they believe. She and I and a few other friends did it too, and today we got together to share them over beer, wine, and pizza. It was one of those afternoons I’ll never forget and one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Below is my list. Those marked with *** rather than a number are the brilliant insights I stole from my friends Krista, Debi, Callie, Jack, and Danielle. 🙂

This I believe…

1) Everything happens for a reason!
2) But I believe you have to go out and pursue your dreams, you can’t just sit around waiting for great things to come to you
3) I believe life is incomplete without pets

kitty variety pack
4) I believe in TRAVEL!!! It is powerful beyond description and will change anyone’s life
5) I believe in living somewhere outside the state or country where you were born for at least 6 months at some point in life
6) “I believe in song lines, obvious and not. I’ve ridden them like camels to some most peculiar spots. They run across the oceans, through mountains and saloons, and tonight out to the desert where I sit atop this dune. I was destined for this vantage point, though so far form the sea…” ~Jimmy Buffett, “Far Side of the World”…I believe in lyrics and their ability to take us places within our minds we wouldn’t have found otherwise
7) I believe “the secret to surviving is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep, cuz every hand’s a winner and every hand’s a loser” ~Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler”
8) I believe “if we weren’t all crazy, we would all go insane” ~Jimmy Buffett, “Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude”
9) I believe in having “a lot of pretty, pretty boys that [I call] friends” ~Eagles, “Hotel California”…By this I mean I believe best guy friends are awesome and I believe in staying close with mine even when in a romantic relationship
10) I believe in making myself happy over trying to please others, especially when it comes to important things like my wedding, where I live, how I’ll raise my kids, etc. As Kelly Clarkson says, “This is my life, and I won’t be told what’s supposed to be right”
11) I believe in spontaneity
12) I believe intuition has our best interests at heart, and we should listen to it
13) I believe there is always a solution, always another way to look at a problem or obstacle. If you haven’t found the answer yet, keep looking. Stretch your mind
14) I believe when nothing is sure, anything is possible
***I believe in writing in bars
15) I believe in not allowing money, or lack of it, to limit me
16) I believe what Oscar Wilde said, that “anyone who lives within their means suffers from a serious lack of imagination”
17) I believe tired is a choice (most of the time)
18) I believe a situation does not determine our happiness or unhappiness. Our reaction to that situation does
19) I believe in valuing every situation and relationship as its own entity rather than comparing it to the last time or the best time
20) I believe in Left Bank Paris in the 1920s…the cafés filled with writers, artists, and dancers who were very poor and lived very well and happily
21) I believe the best relationships are those where two individuals align and compromise without losing parts of themselves, rather than those where two people merge into one and their identities become hard to separate. 2 independent personalities > 1 codependent personality!
22) I believe in being totally inappropriate and outrageous with my friends
23) I believe anybody can benefit from feeling uncomfortable, and I occasionally like to help people feel that way. Why be functional when you can be awkward?
24) I believe in God but not in organized religion. Steven Hyde from That 70s Show says it best, “While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies, and of course the teachings of Muhammad, I find that organized religion has corrupted those beliefs to justify countless atrocities throughout history”

25) I believe the Bible is not the work of God, but the work of humans who wanted to scare and influence others. It is a great work of literature worth studying but not basing every behavior or decision around
26) I believe people who judge others on the basis of religion are hypocrites, because a common concept in most religions is to love and not judge
27) I believe in the power of prayer, and I pray a lot
***I believe in recycling and other green efforts
28) I believe in being a person others live vicariously through
29) As evidenced by ending my last sentence (and several others) with a preposition, I believe in breaking the rules of grammar…not because I don’t know them, but because I do
30) I believe in knowing rules and knowing how to break them in general
31) I believe in the idea that “reality” is different for every person. In the words of Ernest Hemingway, “There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true”
32) I believe if we knew some of the things our government knows, “reality” would look drastically different. But I don’t believe we need to know these things. To quote another song line, “To the heart and mind, ignorance is kind. There’s no comfort in the truth” (~Wham!, “Careless Whisper”)
33) I believe in higher education
34) I believe in the concept of “the young so educated they never grow old”…that lifelong learning is the only way to move with the times (quote from “Seven” by Prince)
35) I believe the concept of war is barbaric because I see it as using mass murder to declare dominance, and I find it shocking it’s as easily accepted in modern society as it was thousands of years ago
36) I believe in living in the reality of our society. While I don’t believe in war and violence, I believe it’s necessary for our country to have an active military, and I believe in the right of individuals to own guns for personal protection. However, I think there should be a training and certification process anyone should have to go through to own a gun
37) I believe in the work of intelligence groups like the CIA and NSA and I find them fascinating
38) I believe I would make an excellent CIA agent or asset
39) I believe open-mindedness is one of the most important qualities any person can possess
40) I believe in Sunday Funday

at the coral room in denver

sunday funday at the coral room in denver

41) I believe day drinking is more fun than going out at night
***I believe everyone should get a summer break (or at least 8 weeks of vacation a year)
42) I believe animals deserve love, appreciation, and respectful treatment from humans
43) I believe in animal organizations and charities, especially those helping make shelters no-kill places
44) I believe in Trap, Neuter, Return programs to improve life quality for both community cats (aka stray or feral cats) and people who live in those communities
45) I believe in helping animals more than I believe in helping people. Animals are innocent, people are not
46) I believe humans and animals have souls that continue living after we die
47) I believe in the DREAM Act and other similar laws that allow undocumented students who have attended high school in a state for 3 years prior to graduation to attend college for in-state tuition
***I believe in walking and public transportation
48) I believe in gay marriage and hope one day the idea that it wasn’t always allowed will seem as backwards and uncivilized as slavery and not allowing women to vote seem now
49) I believe we are limitless. We all have things we say and think we would never do, but were the situation altered, we would do them
50) I believe in making a decision and then making it the right one. Emotion spent on options not chosen, other than a brief time for nostalgia or reflection, keeps us from moving forward
51) I believe an option not chosen at one time in life may be right at another time in life – thus the importance of reflection
52) I believe in going after what you want, because it’s better to say “oh well” than “what if”
53) I believe in asking for forgiveness rather than permission
54) I believe in no regrets, unless you hurt someone in an unnecessarily cruel way. Then, do anything you can to make up for it
55) I believe postcards are one of the greatest forms of storytelling in history, from the pictures to the written messages to modern creations like Post Secret

postcard i bought in old orchard beach, maine

postcard i bought in old orchard beach, maine

56) I believe honesty is NOT always the best policy
57) I believe I could be happy living anywhere, if the right people were with me
58) I believe I could be almost happy living in certain places, even if the right people weren’t with me
59) I believe in soulmates
60) I believe your soulmate can be anyone in your life; it doesn’t need to be your romantic partner
61) I believe different relationships in our lives fulfill us in different ways, and we shouldn’t look for everything we want and need to come from our romantic partners
62) I believe my character Lorylyn’s dissertation, which presents a modern version of Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love. Sternberg’s theory says physical attraction + friendship + commitment add up to “true love.” Lorylyn and I say those three things can add up to “friends with benefits,” if the commitment is more to the friendship than to being romantically together. We believe to have “true love,” a fourth piece is needed, which is the overwhelming feeling of knowing you’re in love with the other person
63) I believe in ghosts, but I’ve never seen one
64) I believe in leadership training and student council
65) I believe in dancing!
66) I believe anything in life can be related to an episode of Friends
67) I believe if you’re happy, you won’t look for every situation to give you something, and you’ll feel much more patient and generous
68) I believe in Britney
69) I believe having an amazing experience, the loss of which you know will later make you sad, is better than not having that experience
70) I believe it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
***I believe a dozen roses is a waste of money
71) I believe in pushing boundaries
72) A character in a book I once read told two of his friends, “You are both extreme people.” He meant they each had such a drive to be independent and were so non-traditional in that way that not everyone would be able to deeply relate to them. I believe I am an extreme person
73) I believe I can never be limited by the place where I physically live, because I live in an international community built from my friends and travels, and anyone or anywhere is just a plane ride away

visiting kim in madrid (i'm also wearing the gray hoodie mentioned in #77)

visiting kim in madrid (i’m also wearing the gray hoodie mentioned in #77)

74) I believe in huge slices of New York style pizza
75) I believe in most other pizza too
76) I believe “pizza just gets me”
77) I believe the gray zip-up hoodie I’ve had since freshman year of high school is acceptable to wear with anything and the best piece of clothing I will ever own
78) I believe black cats and the number 13 are lucky
79) I believe in raising my kids in a diverse environment
80) I believe there is always a reason to love my life
81) I believe living a story is way better than listening to somebody else tell one
82) But my characters and books tell really damn good stories, and I believe they will add something to your life
83) I believe all forms of entertainment we can read, watch, look at, or create…books, music, movies, TV, video games, musicals, ballet, art, etc….are a way to learn as well as to live more than one life in more than one place
84) I believe there will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than ideal conditions…aka, reasons to make excuses. There is no such thing as the perfect time. The time is now
85) I believe in going to bed at the time most people are getting up
86) I believe Piano Man Bruce from the Neon Cactus at Purdue is the BEST piano bar player. I’ve been to many piano bars and never found anyone who comes close to comparing

oldie but a goodie w/ @PianoManBruce

oldie but a goodie w/ @PianoManBruce

87) I believe part of me is a New Yorker, even though I’ve never lived there
88) I believe in true love, and my definition of true love continues to evolve with my life experiences and those of my characters
89) I believe it’s possible to be truly in love with more than one person at the same time
***I believe in falling in love with a character in a novel, TV show, or movie
90) I believe what research says about humans using only a small percentage of our true brain power, and I am always trying to tap into a little bit more
91) I believe in Revenge the way Emily Thorne and Nolan Ross do it
92) I believe travel can give us the psychological space to heal and move on from any pain
93) I believe when you are dreaming about someone you know, they are dreaming or thinking about you too. I came across this theory while writing a research paper on dreams in tenth grade, and I have had weird experiences that validate it
94) I believe in spending as much time outside as possible
95) I believe in rooftop patios, parks, beaches, trails, and other areas that encourage people to spend time outside
96) I believe in living someplace where the sun doesn’t set till 10 pm in the summer
97) I believe humidity is more comfortable than dry heat
98) I believe the islands of southwest Florida make up one of the most magical and unique places on earth

fort myers beach, estero island, florida

fort myers beach, estero island, florida

***I believe the truth is in the eyes
99) I believe in signs, including the really big sign I got while writing about what I believe
100) I believe in cliffhangers 😉