Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Liar Society Blog Tour of Awesome!

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Today is the release date for Lisa and Laura Roecker's debut novel: The Liar Society, from Sourcebooks.

Please join me in congratulating these amazing ladies on the success of their writing. They are some of the kindest, funniest, and truly most entertaining people I know.

Their blog, Lisa and Laura Write, is a must read for me. Every. Single. Day.

They're also the reason my hair is pinkified. Well, digitally at least. I love them like Apple Computers loves the lower case letter i preceding an upper case letter P.

So. Anyway. I'm having Lisa and Laura over here as guests today, in order to celebrate the release of The Liar Society, and I've asked them to talk about something I think about a lot as writer:

SEX, DRUGS and ALCOHOL in YA Literature.

Of course they put their own Roecker spin on it, in true Hilton sister fashion, except much smarter, and slightly less trashy:

Laura: So what's our stance on sex, drugs and rock and roll in young adult books?
Lisa: Um, we're supposed to have one?
Laura: Well, yeah. We're writers.
Lisa: Crap, you're right.
Laura: So...any thoughts?
Lisa: Yes.
Laura: Yes, what?
Lisa: Just...yes.
Laura: Meaning, "Yes, sex, drugs and rock and roll?"
Lisa: Well, sort of.
Laura: Explain, oh guru of vice.
Lisa: I mean, it totally depends on the book, right?
Laura: Yeah, that stuff doesn't really work in LIAR SOCIETY.
Lisa: Right. But think about books like THE DUFF, the sex is so important, so real. Teens need those kinds of books.
Laura: Could not agree more.
Lisa: So we're pro, sex, drugs and rock and roll?
Laura: Yeah, the reality is that teenagers are doing all kinds of crap their parents don't want to think about.
Lisa: Exactly. Isn't it better if teens read these books and their parents read them and everyone maybe, kinda, talks about it?
Laura: Oh God, are you advocating for the sex talk right now?
Lisa: Maybe. I mean, it might be a little less awkward if you could work through it using fictional characters.
Laura: So. True. But will you still feel the same way when your kids are reading this stuff?
Lisa: I sure hope so. I love that Mom and Dad let us read whatever we wanted.
Laura: Totally. That's why we're readers and writers, you know?
Lisa: SO....sex, drugs and ROCK ON.
Laura: Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

If you want to enter The Liar Society Blog Tour of Awesome contest, and really, who wouldn't want to enter!?! There's a $100 Amazon gift card up for grabs! Just click here and enter the super secret password, SISTERHOOD, for an entry. Remember you can enter one time for each stop on our blog tour, so be sure to click here and see where else we're visiting this month to maximize your chances of winning.

Audi, Vide, Tace,

Thanks ladies! That's how I feel about it, er - basically. I'm so glad to get to be a part of your blog tour, since you're two of my very favorite people. Congratulations on all your success.

Pink is the new black, and The Liar Society is the New Dope.


S.A. Larsenッ said...

YAY!! Today's the day! So excited for them. It's great how many writers and bloggers are supporting them. But how could we not?

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats Lisa and Laura. So excited for you both. Enjoy your debut day.

Bryan Russell said...

Shouldn't there be snacks in there somewhere? People get hungry, you know. Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, and snacks.

Much better.

Old Kitty said...


I may be an oldie but I'm all for copious amounts of sex and rock n roll. And maybe a drug or three! LOL!!!

Pink rocks! Take care

Jess said...

Yay for the ladies in pink! Super funny post, thanks girls.

Thanks to Matt for hosting (ps--loved your "don't print this" comment during last night's WriteOnCon Live Chat) :)

Anonymous said...


Wait...sorry. Got carried away there for a moment.

Do Twizzlers count as a drug?

P.S. Congratulations, LiLa! :D

Rachele Alpine said...

Great interview! I'm so excited this book is finally out so everyone gets to read it!

LTM said...

SO excited for you guys--and TLS looks so supercute! Agree w/the interview, too, btw. If it's done in context, these things can be handled appropriately in YA lit. But haven't read the DUFF~ :o) <3

Steve MC said...

I think about SEX, DRUGS and ALCOHOL a lot, too. In fact, just last night I was... Oh, “in YA Literature.” Sorry.

But really, great post, and very impressive tour, to say nothing of the rest of your website.

Chocolate Covered Twizzlers FTW.

Kelly Polark said...

Ha! Fun interview. The Roecker sisters Rock!

Michael G-G said...

Congrats on the big release day.

Pretty in Pink and the SISTERHOOD of the Traveling MacGuffin

RaShelle Workman said...

Congrats on the release.

I have a 13year old. I'm doing the head slap cuz we talk all the time and she would just die if I was here with her and she read this conversation. Now, if she were with friends and read it in a book, she'd probably think it was hilarious. That's the kid/parent dynamic. SADLY. So read on and rock on, I say.

Gail said...

Love me some Lisa and Laura. Going out to buy a copy of the book today!!!

Laura M. Campbell said...

I love sisterhood! Definitely going to be following them from now on and sending the link to my sister, Kate.

I think using novels and fictional characters is a great way to start a dialogue about sex between parents and children. My hair dresser and I were talking about this exact discussion in regards to Stephanie Myer's Breaking Dawn. She liked that Bella waits till she's married, although very young, to have sex. The best part is Edward wants to wait as well.

Too many families not talking leads to terrible choices. Say No to teenage pregnancy.

ali cross said...

LOL I love how you don't even need to interview LiLa, they just, well, take care of it all by themselves. :)

Great, um, dialogue, LiLa!

Thanks for the excellent question, Matt!

Nate Wilson said...

I'm all for sex, drugs and rock & roll in YA, but using all three is too cliché. I recommend switching out one of the three to keep things fresh. For instance:

Pecs, drugs, and rock & roll.
Sex, droids, and rock & roll.
Sex, drugs, and rickrolling.

(Okay, maybe not that last one.) Congrats to Lisa and Laura!

Robert Guthrie said...

Whatever we write about, it has to be authentic.

Laura Pauling said...

Awesome! Great interview! Thanks to all of you.

Hart Johnson said...

HA! Love the discussion here! And I am a mom of a teen and I'd totally rather have my daughter read about it before she encounters it on EVERYTHING. Hopefuly she will talk to me, too, but I have a huge fear of her encountering something for the first time as a real life situation without ever having thought about what she'd do. books are GREAT for that.

Lauren said...

Love the interview. I can't wait to meet you two on your live tour!!

Jemi Fraser said...

I agree - if it works for the story and isn't just a device to attract attention, then include it.