My first job was building and testing Atari game systems in my parents’ garage. I was eleven. They looked like this:


I love it when it rains. (shh… don’t tell anyone or they’ll kick me out of California)

In high school, I worked at Taco Bell where learned how to shoot a sour cream gun with near-perfect precision (at my co-workers, not at the food).

The Crazy Ones

In the late ’90s, I worked with Apple. I led the PR team that launched the first iMac. And I got to meet with Steve Jobs every week. But working on the Think Different campaign team and being in the room when this incredible ad was created, was the most memorable, life-changing experience. It taught me to appreciate “the crazy ones”… and made me realize that I am one.

I adore a good love story (especially a first-love story), but I’m not much of a romantic. I don’t believe in one-true-love’s or meant-to-be’s, and I’ll take an thought-provoking ending over a happily-ever-after any time. Sorry (not sorry).

I listen to music while I work. Whenever song lyrics speak to me, I write them down in a notebook that always sits on my desk.

Fleetwood Mac Landslide Lyrics on Paper Scrap

I saw the original Star Wars movie thirty-two times—in the theater. When my dad and I arrived for #20, they let us in free.

All my books have one thing in common: My female lead characters save themselves in the end. Always.

We moved a lot when I was growing up. I was “the new kid” eight times (and I still never figured out how to be the cool new kid).

I’ve been collecting the Post-it’s from my book signings ever since the first one in 2012. I love knowing that I’ve met all these readers. And if I ever need a character name, I just reach into the bowl…

Name Post-Its


TAMARA IRELAND STONE writes young adult and middle grade novels. Her New York Times bestseller, Every Last Word, won the Cybils Young Adult Fiction Award, the Georgia Peach Book Award, the Buxtehuder Bulle German Youth Literature Award, and was a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten pick. She is also the author of Time Between Us, which has been published in over twenty countries; its sequel, Time After Time; and Click’d, the first book in her new middle-grade series.

Before she began writing fiction full time, Tamara spent twenty years in the technology industry. She co-founded a woman-owned marketing strategy firm where she worked with small startups as well as some of the world’s largest software companies. When she’s not writing, she enjoys skiing, seeing live music, watching movies, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her at TamaraIrelandStone.com.

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