Jay Asher at readergirlz in July

We're talking about NYT bestseller 13 REASONS WHY on readergirlz this month, and welcoming author Jay Asher.  Here are a few things you might not know about Jay:

On his nightstand: A really thick biography of Charles Schulz

Favorite drink while he writes: Coffee with cream and sugar

Favorite bookstore: Vroman's

Favorite library: San Luis Obispo Public Library (and not just because I work there)

Pet: I haven't owned a pet since Dodger (a beagle)

Place to write: Linnaea's Café

Inspiration: People watching

Writer-buddies: Robin Mellom & Eve Porinchak (we blog together as The Disco Mermaids)

Cures for writer's block: Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream (it solves nothing, but it makes me forget there was a problem)

Favorite outfit: Pajama bottoms and a T-shirt

Long-hand or laptop? Laptop (but I often brainstorm long-hand)

Stilettos or Uggs? If it counts, I've worn stilettos for a costume

Author idols: Stephen King & Ray Bradbury

YA novels he recommends:

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson