Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Secrets of My Hollywood Life: On Location at Mepham High School

It was no secret around here that Mepham High School had the honor of hosting author Jen Calonita on Tuesday, February 26th for a fabulous book discussion. Jen Calonita lives right in our neighborhood, yet she is no stranger to the Hollywood lifestyle. Our afternoon began as Calonita recounted how she started out in the magazine industry working at Teen People, TV Guide, Glamour and Marie Claire. She revealed her first assignment working the red carpet at MTV's Video Music Awards. She then explained her transformation from senior entertainment editor to novelist. Calonita also discussed her writing process (she even passed out one of her manuscripts!), working of her first novel, how she developed the characters, and her procedure for writing the sequel. Students had an opportunity to ask questions about her latest novel (the third installment in the Secrets series), Secrets of My Hollywood Life: Family Affairs, which is due out this spring. She even signed copies of our books! It's no secret Jen - you are great!

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