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First Blog Post: Thank You from Me to You!

So, here’s the deal. (that’s my go to phrase…) I decided that it’s finally time for me to have a blog and this is my first blog post! Yay!

Before I could even start the blog, I spent a long time coming up with names for it. I want something more interesting than “Simone’s Blog.” I really wanted to call it “Simone’s Shit” but …. eh. If you have any suggestions for what I should call it, post it in the comments!

So, I started writing over ten years ago and even though I had this wild and crazy dream that I would someday become a New York Times bestseller, I never actually thought it would happen, but it has! It’s happened more than once which is amazingly awesome. At some point a few years ago, I had a total, “Wow. I can’t believe THIS is my life!” moment. Now, I’m living a dream.

Salon du Livre in Paris - Thanks, Geraldine, for submitting this!

 

You might think that writing or winning awards and getting to travel are my favorite perks of being a published author, but they aren’t. Nope. My favorite part of being a published author is getting to meet YOU! That’s right, if it weren’t for my fans and all the support they give me, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.

Listen…meeting and talking to my fans have been some of the most rewarding and emotional times of my life. I had one fan email me and tell me that if it weren’t for Perfect Chemistry, she would still be cutting herself. I’ve had fans in gangs tell me that Alex’s story is the reason they decided to get out of their gang. No matter how many times it happens, each time is the most amazing, surreal experience. When I started writing, I just wanted to tell a story. I didn’t set out to change lives, but I can’t tell you how humbled I am that these things have happened.

Texas Library Association Author Dinner - submitted by Denise Bassham

More than anything now, I just want to give back to my amazing fans that have changed my life.

A few months ago, I got a Facebook message from a huge fan of mine, Amber Moosvi. I was heartbroken to hear that she has Glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Amber happens to be doing her chemo treatments near Chicago, so I was able to visit her during one of her treatments. It meant so much to me to get to spend time with her, that I decided to fly in Alexander F. Rodriguez and Giancarlo Vidrio (Alex and Carlos from my book trailers) to spend some time with Amber as well. We went to Amber’s chemo treatment and then to a benefit concert for her. Then, we all hung out at my lake house for the weekend. Amber is just so special.

 

Amber and I at chemo

 I know that Amber isn’t the only one of my fans going through a terrible time right now. I wish I could reach out and help all of you, because your support for my books means the world to me. I don’t know what I would do without all of you. I get messages from fans every day telling me “thank you” for writing my books, but really, this is my THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU from me to you from the bottom of my heart!

 Thank you for buying my books and spending part of your precious life reading my stories. Our time on earth is limited – that you chose to spend yours reading my stories is surreal and amazing. Every other Wednesday, I will be blogging, so make sure to check back.

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Austin Teen Book Festival with Ashly Ferguson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chicago Spring Fling 2012 with Cindy Marin (left)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Ruth Setton at RWA in Anaheim

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With Monica Mattson in Stillwater, MN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Margie Longoria - LOVE that Alex Fuentes t-shirt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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