Her books include There's No Place Like Home and five previous novels in the teen series Secrets of My Hollywood Life.
A few weeks ago I asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
I just finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett and I think it might be the best book I've read in the last ten years. I'm serious! The story definitely sounded intriguing, but sometimes I feel like the books with the most hype wind up being the most disappointing (maybe because I put so many expectations on them). I held off reading The Help for that reason. My only regret turned out to be not reading the book sooner! I could not put it down and that's saying something when I had my own book revision due and have two small boys to take care of. I loved the unexpected friendship between Abileen, Minny and Miss Skeeter especially since it grew over the course of the book. There were times while I was reading that I was so anxious about these characters that I had grown to love so much that I didn't want to stop reading for fear I would miss something. All three main characters were such strong risk takers and incredible people and I just wished the book would go on forever. I wanted to know what became of them. Kathryn is an incredible writer and I can't wait to see what the movie version is like when it comes out this summer. I think Emma Stone as Miss Skeeter is brilliant!Visit Jen Calonita's website.