Hello and thank you Debdatta, for inviting me to do a guest post on b00k r3vi3ws. The most common question I am often asked when people find out I am an author is “How do you write?” Of course writing is the number one thing you do, by just putting words down. All one really needs is some paper and a pen. The writing process can be done anywhere. I once read about an author who wrote an entire novel in a closet! So although you can write anywhere, it does help to have certain luxuries. I put together my top five must haves in order to write:
1. A cup of coffee, I don’t even think I need it. But it is all about the romantic notion of siting in a little coffee shop and pouring my soul out onto paper.
2. Note books. I collect notebooks. I always keep a note pad on me, too. You never know when an idea will strike. And nothing is worse than trying to piece together a chapter that was written on receipts and napkins!
3. A stick drive. I have lost entire works from computer crashes. Now I always back up on a stick drive as I write.
4. Lap top is a must during the holidays. My laptop went to the big Motherboard in the sky over the holidays. I was so lost without it. I felt like I lost one of my arms. I could not function without it.
5. Music. I always have my iPod on or Pandora playing when I am writing. It helps me think and gets the creative juices flowing.
Lots of love, Heidi Acosta
About the Book
The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.
The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.
But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?
About the Author
Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.
Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.
Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).
Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.
Barbie Girl is the first Novel of Heidi’s new, four-book, Baby Doll Series: Barbie Girl, Barbie World, Doll Face, and Southern Sugar.
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