Kate Klise's 5 Things I'd Tell The Teen Me

Our guest today: Kate Klise

Why we love her: Her first book for adults was FUN to read.  TOTAL brain candy, people!

Her latest: In The Bag

The scoop on it: A European vacation. A luggage mix-up. A note from a secret admirer.

Meet two single parents who think they're too busy to date.
And two teenagers who can't stop writing flirty emails.
This is a tale of connections—missed and made—in a universe that seems to have its heart set on reuniting Ms. 6B and Mr. 13C.

In the Bag is a smart and stylish story that explores the old-fashioned art of romance in a modern world, where falling in love can be as risky as checking a bag on an international flight. Buckle your seat belt—it's going to be a bumpy vacation!

Our thoughts: Liz read it in one afternoon-fun and light and a perfect antidote to a hard day!  And the cover is TO DIE FOR.

Giveaway: FIVE copies! Leave a comment and you'll be entered to win-we'll choose the winners Sunday June 10th after 3pm PST.  Good luck!

Fun Fact: Kate lives on a 40 acre farm in the Missouri Ozarks-so cool!


1. That D you got in trig? Forget about it. I’ve never needed trigonometry. I’m not even sure what it is. I just know that I felt like a complete failure when I was sixteen and got a D from a math teacher (he was also the baseball coach) who couldn’t be bothered to teach the girls in class. I wish I could tell my sixteen-year-old self that we are not our worst subjects or our biggest mistakes. I also wish I had known back then that this teacher/coach would eventually be fired for watching porn on a school computer. (But hey, he’s not his mistakes either, right?)

2. There are really only three things you need to know in life:reading, basic math skills, and manners. Of the three, good manners probably matter the most. Of course it’s also important to learn how to be alone and happy, how to make and manage your own money, and how to buy a new car without paying more than the sticker price. (Let’s hope I make that mistake only once in life). But if you spend your time learning the big three—reading, basic math skills, and manners—you’ll be able to get yourself out of most pickles.

3. Quit Taking It Personally. I lead a lot of writing workshops in schools. I saw this sign in a school I visited last year. Quit Taking It Personally. Huh? What? Really? You don’t have to take everything (or anything) personally? I wish someone had told me this as a teenager. It would’ve saved me a lot of time and energy

4. When the boys in school throw your hat in the “spit pit” and all begin spitting on it, that means they like you. I learned this at my 30th high school reunion. Wish I’d known the secret language of boys earlier in my life.    

5. Stop complaining about Mom and those letters she insists you write home from college every week. This was my mom’s rule: She would pay my college tuition if I would write home every week for all four years of college. Of course I complained bitterly about the deal. (Note to my younger self: You ungrateful brat.) The truth was, while I learned plenty as an English major at Marquette University, I learned how to write books by writing letters home to my mother every week for four years. So thanks, Mom. I wish I’d known what a gift those letters were—to me.

Thanks Kate! xoxo, L&L

To learn more about Kate, head on over to her website!