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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Guest Blogger---Lauren Bellon

Since slacking is the norm this week, I didn't want to appear as the odd man out, and the truth is, I *have* been very busy with rewrites and gazing at my newly released All's Fair (in stores now.) Thankfully, Lauren Bellon, my only daughter, stepped up and wrote a blog for me, and she is my guest blogger today!

10 Things About Having An Author for a Mother
By: Lauren Bellon

As most of you may know, my mother is an author. I get asked a lot about what it's like, and I bet most of you don’t have an author as your mother, so I will tell you all about it.

10. I am pretty sure that it would be really easy to get a job at Deseret Book or Seagull.

9. Book signings are a huge family thing, and they are really fun to go to.

8. Your mother could be a terrorist. People often tell me that.

7. Your mother asks you all sorts of random questions. Just the other morning, I was eating breakfast like a regular person, and all the sudden my mother said to me, “I am deciding whether I want to kill Suzanne, should I or not?” I informed her that if someone had heard her say that, and didn’t know what she was talking about, they would think she was crazy. (That's probably why people think she's a terrorist.)

6. Two most frequently asked questions by random people I barely know: “How is your mother feeling,” and “When does your mother have time to write?” I bet you are wondering why they don’t ask HER that. So am I.

5. I know lots of authors. When someone says, “I just read James Dashner's book!” “Oh yeah? Well I ARGUED with James Dashner,” is what I would say. “I finished Jeff Savages’ new book!” I would say, “Whatever, I counted Jeff’s money at the book festival, and he came over to my house. HA!” Its cool, I know.

4. Your mom blogs about you. Sometimes it’s not good. Like when she put up what guys wrote in my yearbook. I was worried about it at first, but then I realized what would they say to me? “Hey Lauren. So I was online reading your mom’s blog…..” Who would be the weird one in that situation?

3. When you are watching TV, or telling a story, a normal comment from my mom is, “I should use that in my book.”

2. My mom wants to give her books away for EVERYTHING. Christmas, birthday presents you name it. “Mom I need a present for my teacher.” “How about we give them one of my books?” “Can I just get a chocolate bar like the other kids?”

1. The best thing about having an author mother is the mother part. She is as good at being a mother as she is at writing books. Which I think is pretty darn good.


At 7/03/2008 11:55 AM, Anonymous mean aunt said...

Lauren, obviously your mother isn't the only one with writing talent! Awesome blog.

At 7/03/2008 12:15 PM, Blogger Annette Lyon said...

Great post, Lauren!

A lot of those things are probably familiar to my kids (although not the terrorist one . . .). I loved #4--it's laugh-out-loud funny, but it also shows your maturity.

At 7/03/2008 12:22 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Lauren,I really enjoyed this post.

I have a daughter who loves to write. When her friends come over to "hang out", that's what they do is go to her room and write! If they're not writing, they are drawing pictures of characters from their stories. So I can relate to this - we've had a few of those conversations around the table too!
Thanks for sharing your perspective.

At 7/03/2008 12:35 PM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

I think it's pretty darn good too, Lauren! And I think your post is pretty darn great! Your mother is very lucky to have you and I happen to know for a fact that she knows it.

At 7/03/2008 12:39 PM, Blogger Karlene said...

Great post, Lauren. Had to chuckle because Megan has said similar things to me/her friends.

At 7/03/2008 12:40 PM, Blogger Jon Spell said...

So, Lauren, how IS your mother feeling? ;)

And will you be joining her in the author ranks? I bet she'll even edit for you. =)

At 7/03/2008 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you everyone! I am so glad that my mother let me blog for her. Jon, my mother is feeling great, thanks for asking that. I might be an author someday, I don't know. And that is the third most frequently asked question :)
Lauren Bellon

At 7/03/2008 12:55 PM, Anonymous Tammy D. said...

I love #5.
My daughter likes to tell her classmates that James Dashner helped her with her math homework.
(Of course, she was only in about 4th grade at the time, but still!)

At 7/03/2008 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Major Kudos. Not only is your post a lot of fun, you are off-the-wall sublte, funny, and a really good writer.

One of the really tough things about writing is picking out some obeservations that interest the reader. You do that really well. Like your mom deciding whom to kill. Or, he Lauren, so I was reading your mom's blog online. That is a killer line. "Who would be the weird one in that situation?" Very funny.

So, if I give you my mailing address will you send me one of your mother's books for Christmas? Pretty please?


At 7/03/2008 3:52 PM, Blogger James Dashner said...

Lauren, wow, that was awesome! You obviously have some major writing talent. Must be in the genes!

Who won that argument? I can't remember......

At 7/03/2008 3:57 PM, Blogger Jeff Savage said...

Lauren not only counted my money, she made a brand new author feel comfortable at one of his first not Seagull events. She and I are buds for life! Great blog Lauren, can't wait till people are asking you, "How's the new book coming?"

At 7/03/2008 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you everyone. Ly, I would love to send you one of my mom's books. Then maybe I won't have to give one to my teachers. Haha. Thanks James! I am so glad you read my blog. Of course I won the argument. Jeff! Thank you. I'm glad that we are buds. Thanks again everyone! Especially to my author buddies James and Jeff.

Lauren Bellon

At 7/04/2008 11:27 AM, Blogger Stephanie Black said...

Great blog, Lauren! Regarding number 7--I am forever asking my daughter questions. She knows a lot about police work, so I'm constantly hounding her with, "In this situation, do you think the police would . . . " Poor kid!

At 7/05/2008 12:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the wise old story teller said "that was well written lil' one"

your writng skills are tremendous but your dyslexic math reminded me of the David letterman countdown, very effective and i felt the suspense was well worth it.
Like Mother -like daughter

At 7/05/2008 12:59 AM, Blogger Tamra Norton said...


Have you considered a writing career? If not, I think you should. Fantastic blog!!! :)

At 7/06/2008 11:34 PM, Blogger Danyelle Ferguson said...

How fun! My kids are still pretty young - the oldest two are 8 and 7 - and are finally starting to figure out that when Mommy's at the computer, she's working on her writing. This past school year (1st grade) when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, my daughter started replying, "A writer like my mom and a compute programmer like my dad." Very cute.

I think it's fun to hear another kids perspective of having a writer in the family. Thanks for sharing!


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