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Thursday, May 01, 2008


This is it! Today, Suite Scarlett is 100%, officially out there! Which means I can finally tell you about the AMAZING CONTEST! I have been hinting about this contest for ages, so I am very, very happy to pull back the curtain and reveal it at last!

As you may or may not know, Suite Scarlett is about life in a small New York City hotel, owned and operated by the (somewhat destitute) Martin family. (It’s also about theater companies, unicycles, plush towels, black dresses, yachts, and curly hair—but those things are less relevant to the prize. At least, for the moment.)

Let’s get right to it.


YOU and SOMEONE ELSE each get a round-trip airline ticket to NEW YORK CITY!

First, the plane will come for you.

But we would not just drop you off and leave you with nowhere to go and nothing to do. That would be sad.

This will not be your fate.


From there, you and The Person You Brought With You will be taken to a FANCY NEW YORK HOTEL! To stay the night, I mean! Not just to stare at it longingly from the sidewalk!

Glamour will be yours!

From there, Manhattan is YOURS (and the OTHER PERSON’S)! But someone else will be there!


There’s a third part that I am having a harder time bragging about. Because the third part of the prize is me. You cannot KEEP me, but you get me for one afternoon brunch, during which we will LAUGH IT UP and perhaps even re-enact some of our favorite scenes from Shakespeare.

Us. (No champagne, though.) (And don't even try singing that line from The Sound of Music about wanting to stay and taste some. I am immune to The Sound of Music.) (The musical, I mean.)

To enter the contest (and read all of the legal details), go to the official Scholastic Point website. (If you don’t see the entry form there now, it will be there within the day.) A few things to know:

1. You do not have to buy a copy of Suite Scarlett to enter! But why not get one and read it anyway, so that we will have lots of things to talk about, and you can help me write the next book! (Which may be done by then—so maybe you will get spoilers, or you will help me write the third book!)

2. You have to be between the ages of 13-18 to enter.

3. If you are a minor, the "other person" has to be a parent or guardian. So this is a good way for people over the age of 18 to get around this problem. I'm not saying you should force your child to enter, but maybe you could influence him/her with sweets or jewels or books or something.

4. The contest will run from May 1st, 2008 until August 1st, 2008.

5. I am not running this contest, so I can't change any of the rules.

6. I think when we have lunch, I will have some ICE CREAM.

7. Void where prohibited. Though, I have no idea where this would be prohibited. Unhappyland? Miserytown? Sadville? Anyway, if you live in one of these places that prohibits things, this is prohibited. Also, move.

Want to see a video I just made that explains a lot of that, and also tells you more about New York City? Okay!

Here in mj land, all of May is Suite Scarlett month! So let’s get it started RIGHT by giving away 25 SPECIAL EDITION SUITE SCARLETT EXTREMELY COLLECTIBLE SLEEP MASKS. Let’s do it NOW.

Simply leave a comment asking a question about Suite Scarlett or what YOU want to know about New York City . . . and you will have entered. 25 commenters will win!

And let’s give away today’s book.

AMUSING BUT TRUE . . . . when I put the comments through my fancy, patented “random winner system” . . . . Scott Westerfeld won the copy. But I happen to know Scott already has a copy, so the winner of SCOTT WESTERFELD’S COPY OF SUITE SCARLETT IS . . . cortney t. Cortney, send me your name and address so that YOU can check into the Hopewell Hotel.

All right! Let's see some comments!

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Blogger Gretchen said...

Ooh! What's the best musical to see on Broadway?

10:14 AM  
Anonymous blissfullydazed said...

This is screwed. Seriously. Because I just turned 19 TODAY - and am therefore ineligible for your Big New York Contest Thingy. Oh wells.

But I can still enter for the Sleep Mask Thingy (yay!), which is good because I could really use one of those. My sleeping habits are bad. My question: does Scarlett have a middle name? Sorry if I missed it, I read the book...


10:26 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

I turned 18 today (May 1st), but sadly the book is not available here in Australia yet.

Also, Happy Birthday Jacleen!

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Kayli said...

I have a question for you about New York. I know you never lie, Maureen, and that you are full of truthiness, but I have to ask. Was that guy in your video for real or did you just have one of your friends dress up and act like he ate out of dumpsters? And if he was for real, I have to ask where you found him, because I met nobody like that when I went to New York. Of course, I also did not engage anyone with a video camera.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Sarahbear9789 said...

Very cute video, Maureen.
The Big Contest sounds so very awesome. I am glad to be 16.
Wow a lot of commenter with birthday, Happy Birthday Jacleen and Leah.
Peace out, Sarah.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Maureen, that video was awesome.

But my question isn't directly about New York City...it's more about the video. How long did that guy talk? It looked like you edited some of it, and he seemed like he could have gone on forever if you'd let him. Which would make a hilarious bonus video, by the way.

11:08 AM  
Blogger fab said...

Awesome contest. Just wondering if it's only for people that live in the US or whether people in other countries can enter? (such as New Zealanders who have already bought Scarlett off Amazon for example...)

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Ellie said...

Maureen Johnson you make me so sad...well not you as you have no control over the rules of the contest but still sadness. Why when I was under 18 was I too young to do anything and now that I am over 18 I am too old? Where did I miss the age of awesome eligability for awesome contests and such?

On a happier note I read the book and loved it and cannot wait for the next one.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous rosa said...

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12:30 PM  
Blogger lightforms said...

when i see poor cary grant in that scene, I think, boy I don't want to be suck in Bakersfield either...ever. EVER.

p.s. i don't wanna be entered into the sleep mask contest. I don't need anymore help sleeping in the daytime. night owls rock!

12:50 PM  
OpenID ohholyhorcrux said...

What hotels did you base Hopewell off of? And where did you get the inspiration for the eye poking hair curl? That was just genius. Really, I'm calling you genius. Shakespeare-making-up-words genius.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Do you like Spencer or Eric better? Personally, I love Spencer, but my best friend is all fangirly over Eric. So I was just wondering who you'd rather hang out with.

1:45 PM  
Blogger softindierocker said...

Haha, I loved that video! I would love to go dumpster diving and get mugged! Lol, seriously NYC sounds cool anyway. =) I was wondering if you got to stay at lots of hotels as 'research' for Suite Scarlet? Coz personally I've never been to a hotel. =(
Anyhoo, I can't wait to read the book!
Omg, Fab! You live in New Zealand too?! (I think?) That is so cool! What a freaky-deaky coincidence though!

2:51 PM  
Blogger Reese said...

How amazing on the amazing scale is New York?

*the best part of the amazing scale is you get to make it up*

3:02 PM  
Blogger TheNerdDilettante said...

Perhaps it is a little odd for a 25 year old man to be disappointed that he can't enter a contest based on a book about a 15 year old girl, but I am confident in my masculinity and the wife and I could really use a nice weekend away. Oh well. I really enjoyed Suite Scarlett. I think that it is my 2nd favortie MJ book (after Key to the Golden Firebird), and I am glad there will be sequels. The ending was good, but would not have been satisfying if I wasn't going to get to see more of the characters.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Cortney T said...

Thank you thank you thank you!!! I can't believe I won a copy of Suite Scarlett...you are the BEST!!
Now I shall ask you a question (although I won't be terribly disappointed if you decide I shouldn't get a sleep mask too)

What is you absolute favorite place in New York City? If you had to be stuck somewhere for hours and hours, where would it be?

Thanks again!!

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Kiki said...

Hmmm... my question about New York is: How do they get so much awesome contained in one place?!?! I read Suite Scarlett and am so much in love with New York. (Even more so than before) I've only been there once before but didn't really get to see much. Also, Scarlett's demon-possessed curl s all too much a reality for me and my cousin. Only mine are more frizzy spirals that make me look like I dropped my toaster in the bath tub.
Side note: Are you going on tour for Suite Scarlett? My cousin told me you're going to her school for a thing with her book club and I am so jealous I think I might go transfer so I can go.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Katlin Seagraves said...

What is your favorite place to visit in New York?

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Cei Cei said...

Its May 1st and I CAN'T FIND the contest! :(

in other news, whats your favorite thing about new york?

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Gwen said...

Hmm... I'm coveting a sleep mask after reading about Leia's on Bookshelves of Doom, so... what do you think is the biggest misconception outsiders have about New York? And if I decide to move to Manhattan, will I really have to live in a shoebox that costs $5000/month? (Maybe I have answered my first question myself with the second one?)

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Sarah W said...

This is probably the best contest I have ever heard of. But I don't know if I will enter because if I did win, I would be way too nervous meeting Maureen Johnson. Anyway, I'm excited to read Suite Scarlett and I have two questions for the author that aren't really that much about the book. Do you think it's important for YA authors to include in their books some sort of moral lesson about the betterment of self (or something like that)? What high school did you go to exactly? Every time I hear you describe it, it sounds so much like mine, and my school is often called a "Philadelphia area girls' high school." Thanks for your time and happy birhtday Scarlett!
Sarah W.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Ach, I am unfortunately over 18, but also in the sad position of HAVING NO CHILDREN. I belong to a sad demographic..
Ah well. Maybe I'll win a sleep mask instead.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Elainareads said...

Me = crying, sniff sniff, tears all over the place

I'm 19, if only my birthday wasn't so early in the year.

Well I guess i'll just have to go to New York another time. I haven't read Suite Scarlett yet (way more sad crying). So my question is about New York.

Where is your favorite place to shop in New York?


6:36 PM  
Anonymous Book Chic said...

This sucks. I'm 22 and really would love to meet you. :( Oh well.

Anyway, my question is: how many books do you envision to be in the Suite Scarlett series? For some reason, I remember you saying 6, but I might be totally off on that and possibly confusing it with Meg Cabot's Allie Finkle series. lol.

I so wanna win a sleep mask!

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Alyson Wonderland said...

My suite scarlett question is... are you still giving away a book in this entry? Because I sort of want a book. Like, a lot. I have three roommates and sleep pretty well without a mask so far... but a book? I need a book. Please?

8:04 PM  
Blogger Namlhots said...

18 physically or 18 mentally? Oh crud, I'm actually too young for this contest.

Did you know that your favorite secret nephew Jack is going to attend the school where Matt Lauer learned to rage naked? Yep, Ohio University, which is in the Athens of Ohio.


8:11 PM  
Blogger Christina Hicks said...

I must confess, I am a bit distraught that I am too old for your contest. People regularly ask me if I am still in high school, and I get carded everywhere, but I doubt Scholastic cares about that. Maybe I'll coerce my 17 year old sister into entering...

8:24 PM  
Anonymous JK said...

I repeat my question from before, have you ever gone to see mama mia?

haha yeah, I know I've already won a sleep mask, but I'm curious anyway, I'm not asking for a second one or anything

9:16 PM  
Anonymous JK said...

I repeat my question from before, have you ever gone to see mama mia?

haha yeah, I know I've already won a sleep mask, but I'm curious anyway, I'm not asking for a second one or anything

9:16 PM  
Blogger JessieGirl said...

Saturday is my birthday. As a present my very good friend is going to take me to NYC at the end of the month. Sadly we will only have the day but I need to jam pack as much awesome into that day as possible. Any suggestions? What should i do ? see? I've been to the city once before but it was not very fun because my friend got sick.

11:02 PM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...

WOWOWOW!!! Super fun contest!!!


11:21 PM  
Blogger Alysa said...

What I would like to know about New York City: Is there a Taco Bell there?

11:40 PM  
Blogger katesutton90 said...

I would love a book(~gasps~ I know I still have not gotten out to buy one yet! I am going straight to hell for that:)

also have you ever been to American Girl Place? and is it super cool like it seems?

Lol I know I am a dork!:)

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Jacquelyn said...

What I would LOVE to know about New York City: Do you like to go to Tiffany's and look at the purdy jewelery, and the shiny diamonds?

12:03 AM  
Anonymous tina b. said...

Where's the best place to sit down and write in NYC?

12:13 AM  
Blogger Breanna said...

Well thats just crappy, I was really hoping to win Suite Scarlett! But its alright, I suppose I'll just buy it now.

But the ultra crappy thing is that I'm 20 so I can't enter the contest! Which I suppose is good because I have twin daughters, and I don't know I'd be able to go on the trip if I entered and won anyway. It'll be awesome for the person who does win, though. In advance, yay for them!

Hmm lets see, how did you come up with the idea of writing Suite Scarlett, oh and how many books is the series going to be?

I'd love to win a sleep mask =)


12:39 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Oh geez.
This is the most amazing contest ever. I'm not really expecting to win. But maybe I'll win a sleep mask!

12:55 AM  
Anonymous allyw said...

One thing, Will I be able to meet a zombie in NYC if I win?

1:10 AM  
Blogger Emmaco said...

Did you get to stay in a posh New York hotel while researching Suite Scarlett? And are they as good as they look in movies? (Sadly, I am too old for the competition and appear to know no children in the right age group, so cannot check this out for myself)

1:22 AM  
Blogger Cassandra Mortmain said...

Does it count as a question about Suite Scarlett if I ask why people older than 18 are not eligible for the contest?? As Shakespeare would say, HATH NOT A 22 YEAR OLD EYES? DOTH SHE NOT WANT TO MEET MAUREEN JOHNSON????

That aside, I really do want one of those sleep masks, so a for real question about Scarlett (which I loveloveloveloved and recommended- along with The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks- for the May/June books for my book club). The book obviously has tons of incredible and outrageous stuff in it- but what the best thing you had to cut out?

1:37 AM  
Anonymous VT Girl said...

What inspired you to write the book???

1:38 AM  
OpenID bellacaterina said...

How long did it take you to write Suite Scarlett?

I would adore a sleep mask...

1:44 AM  
Blogger Hillary said...

is New York really as big as it seems? I wouldn't know, b/c I've never been there. I hope I win a sleep mask!

1:55 AM  
Anonymous Raelyn said...

Question: I, being a fairly uncultured person apparently, was under the impression that brunch was a combination of breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is eaten in the morning. Lunch is eaten around noon. How do you have an AFTERNOON brunch????? That is my question about... dang. I hope it qualifies ;) I'm sorry, it's the best I could do.

2:03 AM  
Anonymous Haddy said...

are you giveing a book away today too? because if you are i want one. i would ask for a sleep mask but they give me the creeps so i dont want one. and thats so funny that he won

2:07 AM  
Anonymous Nuwon Wearspants said...

What/where are your favorite places/areas to go in New York?

2:16 AM  
Anonymous shaylaluna said...

well, I was going to be mad about not getting picked for Suite Scarlett. I was going to be mad because I thought you picked the However, I am not mad, mostly. I am annoyed that the contest requires you to bring a parent as my parents are well, somewhat afraid of you. THey are afraid because after becoming addicted to your books adn blog I have taken it upon myself to scream about You, Suite Scarlett, Jellyfish, Any of your other books, zombania, and other Mj related stuff at every possible moment. They already thought I was weird but know whenever I start to speak they slowly back away until they run as fast as they can.
Oh and my new york question....
In New You, where are the most jellyfish located in one single area?
I wish i had sutie scarlett.

2:16 AM  
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2:23 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

My question is: have you ever been mugged or came close to being mugged? That guy seems to insinuate that all NYC residents have...

And that video was completely HILARIOUS. I loved it.

2:23 AM  
Anonymous 09415williams said...

Do people from New York really hate tourists? What is the most annoying thing you've seen a tourist do?

2:41 AM  
OpenID imdamuffinman27 said...

I have an intense desire for one of those sleep masks. That time I begged my parents for an entire year to get me a My Size Barbie Repunzel doll? Yeah, that's nothing compared to how much I want that sleep mask. Ditto the Easybake Oven and that ginormous robot from the Power Rangers movie (actually I did not want this. I needed it. I was going to use it for really important things like getting the Twinkies down off the top shelf and avoiding floods) I simply must have one of those sleep masks. And so, here is my incredibly deep and complicated and important question about New York:

Why did they name it New York? Is there an Old York we should know about? (wait...there is? Does this mean my question doesn't count?)I have the same problem with Mini Coopers. None of us have ever seen a full sized Cooper driving around, so why the mini? We might as well call you Normal-sized Maureen...just incase there's a slightly smaller Maureen out there somewhere.


2:51 AM  
OpenID theteenageangel said...

Sleeping masks! Yay!
I want one!

*hops off to enter Scholastic's contest too*

^^^, Sarah

3:09 AM  
OpenID theteenageangel said...

Quote from official rules: "2. ELIGIBILITY. Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States"

Darn it from the moon an back. This always happens to me. Why was I damned to live is this stupid country!? WHY!?

(At least we have ABBA)

^^^, Sarah

3:14 AM  
Anonymous Laurencita said...

Sadly, I do live in Miserytown and it's name is Canada. And after I had gone through the most traumatizing experience of having an ant crawl up my thigh while sitting on the toilet, this is almost (and having an ant on you bare thigh going up to the nether regions is quite traumatizing) as traumatizing. But have MUCHO FUN with the contest winner. :*

3:22 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Ok, a question about New York. What do the locals call it? I mean I hear tourists call it "The Big Apple" but do the locals like have any specific name for it?

I really want one of those sleep masks haha

3:30 AM  
Anonymous Erika said...

:D I'm extremely excited, it would be amazing if I won the trip! Though knowing my luck with contests, I doubt it... Oh, well, I can still hope. :)

*Tries to think of a witty, entertaining, enjoyable question* *Thinks harder* It's not working... So, I'll just have to ask a boring question...

What's the most phenomenal thing about New York?... I know pretty boring, but I couldn't think of anything else... Sorry...

Thanks for having these contests... How I really badly want to know what your "random winner system" is. (Does that count as a better question? lol)

Thanks again,

3:57 AM  
Blogger Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh, this is such an awesome contest! So rad.
But a question about Scarlett...?
Was that always the name you had ine mind? Or did you originally plan on having Scarlett be named something else?
I'm fascinated by names. :)


4:08 AM  
OpenID orangeokapi13 said...

What's the best thing to do on the weekends in New York?

(Also that video was hilarious!)

4:14 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Guess what?
New York is my FAVORITE PLACE EVER but the best part of the contest would still have to be HANGING OUT WITH MJ! :D
My question about New York is: Is it just as awesome when you actually live there? Or does the awesome fade with time?

4:22 AM  
Anonymous Diamond D said...

Drat. No Canadians allowed in this contest. If I send you a picture of me, maybe you could just set it on the table at brunch and pretend I'm there? I promise I'll laugh at all your jokes.

Have you or someone you know ever had your shoes stolen in New York? I know it's happened in my city (though not to me), and since the population of New York City is, like, 100 times the population here, I'm thinking there must be about 100 times the shoe theft.
So what information can you give me?

4:25 AM  
Anonymous Rachael M said...

Do you think that Suite Scarlett was the most laughable book you haev written? (I've read two others, but I think this is the funniest) And how did you get your idea for this book?

4:28 AM  
Anonymous Hillary! said...

Will Scarlett ever travel the tunnels of New York?

4:31 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

when can i have New York for my own?

that is what I would like to know.

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Beth said...

You forgot to mention that only US citizens can enter. :( so sad. My husband and i have dreamed about visiting NY for so long... Stupid Australia, so far away from everything... And to meet an author who i so admire!

I is lost in lamentations.

4:38 AM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Oh, my NY question:

Where is a cheap yet close to everything place to stay if one was to visit New York?

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Frida said...

I am entering the contest right away!

4:48 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I am very sad. As usual, the U.S. book publishers consider Canada to be part of the U.S. market ... until they have something like a contest.

My daughter adores your books and would have loved to have entered.

4:56 AM  
Blogger Breanna said...

I already left a comment, but if you're giving away a book as well, I'd love that more than the sleep mask! lol


5:03 AM  
Anonymous Miranda K said...

ooh! sleep mask!! book!!! CONTEST!!!! i was wondering (and i may have missed this somewhere), where did you get the idea for Scarlett? either Suite Scarlett or the actual character... your choice :)

5:11 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I love your videos! You're like. . my 7th favorite blogger, only 7th because you don't make them that often.

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Nona Leon said...

Hey, Maureen, my question is do you know just how many Starbuck places there are in New York? I envy you so much because you probably have one like a block away but for small townies as i have to travel THREE hours to the nearest Starbuck's. The real beauty of New York, in my opinion, relies on such ease and quickness you have knowing there's always gonna be coffee.

oh, and count me in your contest. You always have a good contest.

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

My questions are:

1. How many Suite Scarlett books are there going to be?
2. Why doesn't Naked Lady wear clothes?
3. Hey there Maureen, what's it like in New York City?
4. Are the sleep masks regular sleep masks, or are they dead ferrets?
5. Why are they called "books?"
6. Why doesn't the contest winner get to keep you?
7. Why am I asking so many questions?

6:58 AM  
Blogger ambeen said...

I'd love a sleep mask. I'm too old to enter the NYC trip so I should at least get a sleep mask for this horrible, prejudicial limit on entries. ;)

7:37 AM  
OpenID rarrkrclr said...

-ponders her question, then a lightbuld goes off over her head-

What, pray tell, are the Martins doing to HELP FREE ALAN RICKMAN? After, what will happen to the movie bussiness when the man who could make a recording of the telephone book sound smexy just dissapears into J.K. Rowling's basement.

PS. I tried to post a comment before, but your website continually rejects my commentation. As far as I can tell, I'm the only one whose asked about mr. Rickman. If this causes confusion/anger/frustration, many apoligies.

~Chelsea R.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

What is your favorite neighborhood of Manhattan (midtown, Tribecca, Upper East Side, etc.)? And is there still a place called Ollie's Noodle Shop (or something like that) near Broadway and 40-somethingth street? They had the best shrimp dumplings 10 years ago...

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Marlena said...

^That's what's going through my head right now.

I will enter right after writing this comment, and the good thing is that I won't even need the whole prize! Just you and the hotel, as I live in NJ. So! Less carbon used! I would be a fabulous winner, too. All of that Miss America crying and fanning? I would do that!

Actually I'd probably just do my happy dance until I collapsed. So it goes.

I can haz sleep mask?

8:48 AM  
Blogger Summer said...

over 18!!!! why why why!

I would love a sleep mask!

p.s. Twice now I have typed the "word verification" wrong. This is slightly embarrassing.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

Got the book at Powell's a few days ago and I'm loving it. The contest is fabulous -- some lucky fan will have such a wonderful time!

10:14 AM  
Blogger limeywesty said...

I want to know if in new York City- do more people eat their pizza forwards (pointy bit first) or crust first?
I also want to know how many times they eat waffles in Suite Scarlett...
(they don't have it where I'm living in Australia yet... so I haven't read it yet... and now I'm sad.)
but I don't know if I'm allowed two questions.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Tasha said...

The thing that I would love to know about New York City is how many different kinds of restraunts they have?? This has always been a thought because whenever you see restraunts pictures of NYC they always look like they serve the same kind of food.

I am way excited about the contest and reading Scarlett. So now I have to go start the book!!

7:13 PM  
Anonymous A Girl Who Never Wins Any Contests said...

I shall enter the contest!!

Hmmm, question about New York... How about: How many nerdfighters live in New York City?

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Lena said...

Do people who live in NYC really watch their weird neighbors through the windows like in Suite Scarlett?

11:55 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Where can you find the best baclava in New York City?

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Marie C. said...

Is it illegal to own a camel in New York City? What if it's your only form of transportation? Would they make an exception?

6:59 AM  
Blogger Jez said...

My question: is Spencer a good cook? There was the culinary school thing, but then why didn't he cook the meals at the Hopewell after the cook left?

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Marz H. said...

Are there many good vegetarian places in New York City? And is the Statue of Liberty all it's cracked up to be?

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Allie said...

cool! and (random) i wuz just on goodreads and i saw u had 1!!! beyond cool!!!

8:48 PM  
Blogger Allie Beckaliciousness =) said...

I have a q about Suite Scarlett & NYC =)

is she based off anyone? cuz that'd be sick.

Why doesn't anyone smile when they're there ?(EXCEPT ME?!!? I TOTALLY WILL BRING SMILES NYC IF I WIN!)

love this contest!

2:15 AM  
Blogger Tess said...

Is living in NYC really as expensive as everyone says it is (that is to say, highly expensive)? If so, how can you afford it? Are you one of those rare breed of writers who are quite wealthy?

3:36 AM  
Blogger Alyssa Goodnight said...

Hi Maureen!
My question is whether the Hopewell Hotel is based on any particular NY hotel or merely the product of a great imagination? ;)

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anna C. said...

Hey MJ!
That is such a bummer--I turned 19 on April 29th! Oh well, maybe I'll get another chance to meet you, if/when you go on tour. My NYC question is why is it called "the big apple?" Is it because the city is everyone's apple in their eyes? (Where did those expressions come from, anyways?) I would also like to enter for the free copy of Suite Scarlett. Oh, here's another question: How did you come up with the name Suite Scarlett? Did you already have it before you started writing/finished the book, or was it a last minute sort of thing?

10:28 AM  
Anonymous emzzyX said...

why is new york called the big apple? please do tell. i know you know this.

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Blogger Summer said...

I realised I didn't actually ask a question the first time!

What is your favorite bookstore in New York City?

sleep mask! I would love one!

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Blogger Nina said...

I got the copy of Suite Scarlett you sent me yesterday... I would have sent this earlier, but I have been busy reading.
Thanks again!

2:19 AM  
Anonymous Caillie said...

today is my birthday and my mom made waffles :)

it reminded me of Suite Scarlett (cause while she can cook normal food, breakfast is not her thing. they were nasty)

so my question is: where is the best place in New York to get waffles?

4:49 AM  
Anonymous SAMantha said...

new york is super cool i have some family that lives there

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Anonymous Amy~la said...

i wanna know how long it took you to write ur book, suite scarlett? i also wanna know what is the best Broadway play that isnt to inappropriate?

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Lizzy-wa said...

MJ-la, this question has been tugging at my non-existent ponytails for quite some time now:

when i look at Scarlett, in all her twisted blonde, ruby red, strangely dazzling glory, my thoughts fly directly out the window and straight into the arms of King Kong. why? cuz she looks EXACTLY like how i picture that grrl that King Kong kidnaps! and considering a major King Kong battle happens on the Empire State building, i just coodnt help but wonder...

did you model Scarlett after that grrl?!

-Lizzy-wa OUT! :?

2:47 AM  
Anonymous Tara-la (yeah I'm a newbie lol) said...

Why is the dead ferret named Charlie? (sorry I had to ask lol)

Ummmm.....What's the best resturant to go to in New York City

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Emily-wa said...

hi peeps. Lizzy-wa I know you from Scott Westerfeld's blog hehe.
I have a questions about NY- What's the best broadway show to see while in NY? I've always wanted to see a real broadway show....

6:54 PM  
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Oh Ms. Johnson, how exciting! My question is as follows:
If a policeman, Zac Effron (post-hamster eating) and a crack addict throw a bowl into the air in a New York soup kitchen, what is the bowl's velocity?
I understand that this is a complex question, so I'll also ask who Scarlett's favorite Beatle is.
Thank you very much! Affection
- Katy

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