Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Blogging A to Z: C is for Meg Cabot

Welcome to the Blogging From A to Z Challenge!

My theme for 2013 is Influential Women Authors.

My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.

What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.

For the full list of participating blogs, click here.

C: Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot, This Is Teen 2011, S.Scott
Aw, Meg! She's a powerhouse series writer: The Princess Diaries, The Mediator Series, Heather Wells (Size 12 Isn't Fat), Babble in the Big City, the Abandon trilogy, and several more series for younger readers. 

Whew! How does she manage to write so much? When I met Meg in 2011 at the This Is Teen tour (with Libba Bray from yesterdays B post, and yes, I also fangirled over Meg), the author spoke about how her amazing husband cooks dinner, cleans, and basically does everything she needs so she can make her publishing deadlines. She then admitted she knew she was the luckiest woman alive. 

What I love about Cabot's books are the zany personalities of her characters, and how many strong, funny heroines she's written. Her books are like comfort food. I find them so easy to slip into and enjoy. She can do light, and she can also go a little deeper.

My favorite moment from her books was from the first Heather Wells mystery. The series is about an almost-thirty former teen pop star who's now broke and working as a residence hall director at a New York City university. Heather checks out a potential lead after student turns up dead, and she finds a Ziggy poster  in the suspect's dorm room. She determines on the spot that no Ziggy fan has killing potential given how innocent and hopelessly uncool Ziggy fandom is for a college-aged student.

I mean, come on: Ziggy. (Here, I looked it up for you).

Here's to Meg Cabot's ability to inspire young readers, and those of us who enjoy fun, flirty humor. 


  1. I love the Heather Wells series - it's one of my favourites! So funny :)

  2. I have yet to read the Heather Wells series, which is downright ridiculous. I do, however, adore everything else by Meg Cabot. I love that she writes for all sorts of ages too - she has her series for 9-12, quite a few teen books, and a handful of adult reads, too. Great pick for C :)

  3. I'll have to look out for her books for my 10 year old bookworm.

  4. lol, great choice from the Heather Wells books, and Meg Cabot is definitely a fantastic author ^_^

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  5. I have only read one Meg Cabot book, but loved it and would like to read more.

  6. I have loved so many of Meg's books and she seems like such a sweetheart in real life that it makes me all the more happy for her success. Way back when I first joined Twitter, I followed her and .. she followed me back. I was so shocked and that made me love her forever and ever :)

    1. Oh, I would feel special too. It was so fun just to talk to her at the book signing. She is really, really nice.

  7. I'm not a huge fan of Meg Cabot's books, but that's mostly because of the genre. She's a great writer with an awesome sense of humor. Have you seen her youtube videos where she acts out different movies with Barbies? It's hilarious. (link for Pretty in Pink vid)

  8. I love meg Cabot, great choice!

  9. Great theme! I'm looking forward to more from your A to Z!

    Jenny at Choice City Native

  10. Loove Meg Cabot. She's a terrific writer.

    Happy A through Z blogging!

  11. Great choice. Love Meg Cabot. Can't wait to see who is up for tomorrow...! :)

  12. Loving your theme :)
    Roll on 'D'


  13. Enjoying your theme! You're exposing this grandma to some exceptional sounding young writers. :)

    Sherrey at Healing by Writing


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