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Ask the Author (Almost) Anything: Amy Spalding, author of The Reece Malcolm List

Teenscape Department, Central Library,
Part of Los Angeles Teen Book Fest Sign

Amy Spalding will be at Teen Book Fest on Saturday, Oct. 12 on the Make 'Em Laugh panel at 3pm in Meeting Room A. Amy will be signing copies of The Reece Malcolm List at 4pm in Meeting Room B.

The photo of Amy SpaldingThings we know about Amy Spalding:

1. She grew up in St. Louis but now she lives here in LA (for the superior weather) and loves to write about fun places in the city!

2. She wrote The Reece Malcolm List about Devan Mitchell who moves to Los Angeles after her father's death to live with her mother, the bestselling novelist Reece Malcolm, whom she knows nothing about except for a few tiny details. Devan collects more facts for her "Reece Malcolm List as she moves into her mother's house and life.

The book cover of The Reece Malcolm List3. She's studied long form improv and performs throughout Los Angeles. She also loves musical theater and writes about both of these things at her website, theamyspalding.com.

4. She has another book coming out December 3rd called Ink is Thicker Than Water, and we're all super excited to read it!

5. While you should never judge a book by it's cover Amy's books happen to have amazing covers and she helped create them both! Read more about it at her website!

6. She doesn't read reviews of her books...so if you liked what you read, you should tell her!

7. She's going to be at the Central Library on October 12th for our Teen Book Fest. Check out her panel "Make 'Em Laugh" at 3pm!

We asked Amy a whole bunch of weird and personal questions, which she was gracious enough to answer:

1. What’s the weirdest thing your mom ever found in your bedroom?

My mom was actually always very respectful of my room and my space in general growing up, but my grandmother would come over and was...we'll call it "less respectful." In high school I thought I was super cool for swiping salt shakers from restaurants, so my grandmother found those and then put them up as a display on my shelf. My mom warned me, "Don't tell her those were stolen, Amy."

2. What’s your go-to karaoke song?

I take my karaoke really seriously. So ONE go-to song? No. "Total Eclipse of the Heart," "Build Me up, Buttercup," "It's All Coming back to Me Now." I also really love dueting on songs from Rent. (I'm a great Mark and a great Joanne. Go figure.)

3. Is there a book you didn't write for which you'd like to write a follow-up/spin-off/sequel?

I'd love to be part of a pack of ghostwriters who take on the real high school challenges of The Babysitters Club! I want to write about all their high school issues with realism and nuance AND MORE MAKEOVERS OF COURSE.

4. What are one or two books that inspired you when you were a teen? What are one or two of the best teen books you've read lately?

My big defining books I read more as a tween: Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die, the fore-mentioned The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin. The last book about teens I really fell for, hard, isn't actually in the YA section: Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. That book makes me furious I didn't write it. It's a beautiful story about family and true self and the risks and rewards of letting people into our lives.


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