Rainbow Rowell is only very good at two things â€“ reading and writing, in that order.
People who are good only at reading and writing, and who also want health insurance, usually study journalism. Rainbow earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and at, 24, became the youngest-ever â€“ and first female â€“ columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. (Which maybe wonâ€™t sound like such a big deal to you, but she was pretty proud of herself at the time and celebrated with lots of Carlo Rossi Paisano.)
Though her first novel, ATTACHMENTS, is set in a newsroom, it couldnâ€™t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her column, let alone her email.
Her second novel, ELEANOR & PARK â€“ sort of an East Omaha Romeo & Juliet â€“ comes out in March 2013. (If you liked Attachments, you might like this one, too. The stakes are higher. And thereâ€™s more kissing.)
Her third book, FANGIRL, another love and geek and family story, also comes out next year.
When sheâ€™s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing with people about things that donâ€™t really matter in the big scheme of things. She has two sons, and if God hears her prayers, they will grow up just as nerdy and true-hearted as the protagonists of her books.
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Books:Fangirl, September 2013
Eleanor & Park, March 2013