Sarah Mlynowski’s Shopping Diary! Family Discounts, Baby Blisters and More!

Today we welcome the lovely Miss Sarah Mlynowski, author of many amazing books including the wonderful Magic in Manhattan series, the latest book, Parties & Potions is out now! I thought I’d ask Sarah about her um…shopping habits! Because, c’mon! We need to know!

1) Do you consider yourself a shopaholic? And if so, what’s the particular addiction? Shoes? What? And if NOT, what kind of shopper are you?

Hi Melissa! Thanks so much for taking the time to ask me all these questions. I don’t think anyone has ever asked me about my shopping habits before…which is a shame because I LOVE to shop. I shop in department stores, at boutiques, at drug stores, on-line. I have two recent addictions: nail polish and books. I’m a big pink fan—pink polish and pink books.

2) Do you have a favorite designer? Who and why?

I love all things Theory. My sister used to work there and she got me hooked—the 30% family discount didn’t hurt. I’m not so into patterns, and I like how their clothes are mostly solid colors.  (I’m short and I’ve convinced myself that solid colors make me look taller.)

[I love Theory also!! Their white shirts are the BEST. And I agree about solid colors=more height.]

3) What’s the one thing you would love to buy but haven’t?

A MacBook Air. I really, really want one. They look so light and fluffy.  My laptop is kind of on its last legs, so I might get one when it dies…just hoping it doesn’t die before I back everything up. I’m really bad with the back up. Maybe I should do that right now. Okay now. Soon, I swear.

4) What’s your proudest purchase?

The no-name high black boots I bought in 2002. I tried on about a hundred pairs before I found the perfect ones. Plus, I discovered them two blocks from my apartment, they were cheap, and I still wear them.

5) Is there anything in your closet you regret buying?

Um, yeah. The Tory Burch slip-ons that give me blisters because they’re too small. The Mary-Jane Cole Haan heels that give me blisters because they’re too big. I’m like Goldilocks with shoes.

[And of course we need to know about the books too! So some book questions…]

6) What is the new book about?

Parties & Potions is the fourth book in the Magic in Manhattan series. Rachel and her sister are both debuting at a magical party called a Samsorta, which is a debutante ball for witches. Of course the ball has boys…cute, charming, witch boys. Sure, Rachel is still madly in love with her boyfriend Raf…but Raf doesn’t know her big, witchy secret. And she can never tell him. Or can she?

7) What are you working on now?

A new novel called Gimme a Call.  It’s about a high school freshman who finds a magical cell phone and can call herself in the future as a senior. If only Future Me could e-mail myself the finished draft…

8) How is it different writing for adults than it is for teens? Can we expect more adult books? Which type of book do you prefer to write?

It’s not that different…my tone and voice are pretty similar. I do feel more pressure writing for teens than I do for adults since 14 is much more impressionable than 24. When I write for teens I’m extra careful about having characters swear, drink or hook up. When I write for adults I dive right into bad twenty-something behavior…it’s a swearing, drinking and hooking up extravaganza.
I’d like to write another adult novel again, but I’ve been pretty busy with my teen books lately. I like writing both, but my true love has always been YA.

9) You’re pregnant. Yay! Are you shopping for the baby? What are you buying? Stroller of choice?

I actually haven’t bought ANYTHING yet. And I’m due at the beginning of March! I’m superstitious, so I didn’t want to get anything too soon. But now I have to get cracking. Today. (Right after I back up my files.) And stroller is up there on the list, although I don’t know which one yet. I did see a really cute pair of pink Baby Uggs at Bloomies last week, but I’m worried I’ll get the size wrong and give Baby blisters…


I bought my baby Baby Uggs too. She NEVER wanted to wear them. Sigh. But I think I’ll try again now that she’s a toddler. Thanks so much for stopping by, Sarah! And do catch Sarah on the rest of her blog tour:

Teen Book Review, Wednesday 1/14
The Well Read Child, Thursday 1/15
Page Flipper, Tuesday 1/20
E. Lockhart, Wednesday 1/21
Bildungsroman, Thursday 1/22
YA Books Central, Friday, 1/23
Ally Carter’s Blog, Monday 1/26
Cynsations, Tuesday 1/27
Random Buzzers, 1/28 – 2/6