Author Archives: Mary Elizabeth Summer

About Mary Elizabeth Summer

Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, and her evil overlor--er, cat. TRUST ME, I'M LYING, a YA mystery, will be released by Delacorte in Fall 2014.

So I have this way-cooler-than-me friend who I fangirl on a regular basis because her book is just THAT GOOD. Really. And her book, ILLUSIVE, which I got to read the ARC of, is out in the world as of … Continue reading

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*rolls out of writing cave*  *shakes off dust*  *blinks into the overly bright sun* Yes, it’s true. I’m alive. All reports to the contrary have been grossly exaggerated. I’ve just been laboring for the last six months or so to … Continue reading

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Woo hoo! We’re finally in 2014! The year my debut novel hits shelves! *happy dance* The book itself won’t be out until October, but in the months leading up to release day, we’ll have a few fun events to warm … Continue reading

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I was tagged in the Next Big Thing Tour by Emily Lloyd-Jones, author of ILLUSIVE, which is about a kick-ass group of high-class thieves with super powers embroiled in a deadly race against the government for the vaccine that gave … Continue reading

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The hiatus is over, ladies and gents. I am officially back on the blogging bandwagon. I’ve been around here and there, starting a new Tumblr account, lurking on Twitter, and drafting REFORMED like a crazy person. I’m nearly done with … Continue reading

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I just wanted to give my loyal followers a quick heads-up that I’ll be moving a lot of stuff around on my site, switching to a new URL (, and generally just prettifying the joint. I am definitely not what … Continue reading

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Sound the trumpets! Ring the bells! Shout hallelujahs from the hilltops! I have a book deal. You read that right! Delacorte (an imprint of Random House) has offered me a contract on my first two YA novels: CATCH MY GRIFT, … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different! (Variety is good, I’m told.) My baby brother, of whom I’m ridiculously proud, and his brilliant girlfriend, who is truly amazing for reals, are in the process of polishing a documentary they filmed about … Continue reading

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This is the third and final installment in our apostrophe series. For the first installment on possessives, go here. If you’re more interested in how apostrophes affect plurals, go here. And now for the big announcement, if you make it … Continue reading

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Continuing with our apostrophic discussion from the last grammar blip post, now it’s time to talk about how apostrophes and nonpossessive plurals don’t mix… Let it be known henceforth and forevermore that if thou art attempting to create the plural … Continue reading

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