Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal
by Taro Meyer
GENRE: YA/Middle Grade
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Emma G. is CRAZY about Aaron, lead singer of Boyz3000. Of course, she doesn’t actually know him, but so what? Feelings are feelings. That is until Josh appears… and he’s soooooo CUTE. Navigating her two crushes and her middle school life, especially with eighth-grade hater Renee around, is a challenge. And oh yeah, she’s got to earn money for an AWESOME trip to the Bahamas to see the band of her dreams. Hello???? How much can one thirteen-year-old take???
“Boyz3000 will be where?”
“AT THE HOTEL IN THE BAHAMAS WHERE I AM GOING!!!!” she screamed into my ear. “THEY’RE DOING A CONCERT!!”
“OH MY GOD!!!” I screamed back. I nearly fell off my chair. “That is so awesome!”
“I know, but wait! My parents said I could take a friend, and I want to take you!”
“Me?” I gasped. “You want to take me? To see Boyz3000 in their concert?”
“Yes, because we both love them and you’re my best friend and…”
Jenny kept talking, but I was so excited I didn’t hear anything else until she said, “We are leaving next Saturday for the weekend.”
“No! Next Saturday! The one after this weekend! My parents will pay for the hotel and all. You’ll share my room. You just need to pay for your plane ticket.”
“Uh-oh,” I said. “How much does that cost?”
“It’s on a special deal; it’s a hundred and fifty dollars.”
“Oh. That’s a lot of money. I don’t know if they’ll pay that.”
“I know it’s a lot, but they have to.”
“But what if they don’t?”
Jenny thought for a minute. “Tell them you’ll die if you don’t go.”
“That kind of thing doesn’t work with my parents.”
“Well, think of something! ANYTHING!!!” she shrieked. “My dad is trying to get us backstage passes for the Meet and Greet!!!”
“WHAT?” I gasped. “THE MEET AND GREET???”
“Yes!!!” Jenny squealed. “We’ll be able to meet them IN PERSON, and probably talk to them too because my dad works in TV and…”
She was still talking but I didn’t hear anything else. Oh my God!!! Oh my God!!! My heart totally stopped beating at that very moment…
Q & A with Taro Meyer
Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
I hate to cook. I can put a pot on the stove or dish in the oven, and I’ll get bored. So I walk out of the kitchen and start reading or writing and pretty soon there’s a burning smell, and an alarm goes off.
Share a funny incident in your life.
I used to be an actress. My daughter was about five, and she’d watch me get all made up and dressed for auditions. One time, when I didn’t book a commercial, she asked why. I said, “Well, they said want someone who isn’t pretty and they thought I was a little bit pretty.”
“Oh, mommy,” she said. “You should let them see you in the morning before you put on your makeup. Then they won’t think you’re pretty, and you can get the job.”
What's your pet peeve?
Bullying. I don’t like it on T.V., in schools, online, in government, anywhere.
When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music, do you have a playlist?
Since I also write music for kids, I can’t listen at the same time. And when I’m writing or editing, I like to have a stillness, or maybe just the sound of the ocean. It creates a quiet space in which the story takes shape, so it’s not helpful for me to have a different vibe going at the same time. But if I’m focusing on a specific musical idea, then I’ll listen to appropriate music.
I listened to a lot of the music that Emma likes while writing for her but not while I was actually writing.
Who was your favorite hero/heroine?
My mom was one. (I was lucky because I also had a great dad too.)
As a kid I was annoyed by my mother’s constant watchfulness, what I thought was overbearing. But her constant faith in me and my sister gave us a strong foundation. She worked hard so that her children could have a better world than she had. And Gloria Steinem is a heroine of mine. She was so instrumental in expanding the possibilities of what women could achieve and helped moved our culture towards greater equality of opportunity. I think that’s a gift to all of us, men and women.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Taro Meyer is a Grammy, Parents’ Choice, and Audie Award winning Audio Producer who has been producing and directing YA audiobooks for over 20 years, including The Princess Diaries Series starring Anne Hathaway, the All American Girl Series starring Ari Meyers, The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr) and Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One, Here’s to You Rachel Robinson and Tiger Eyes among others.
She co-produced two touring companies of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's smash rock show Christmas Eve and Other Stories and their TV special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, receiving Gold and Platinum Albums for her work with the team. She was associate producer of the award winning anti-bullying movie, “The Contest,” and co-produced the premier showcase of off-Broadway’s Little Willie.
As an actress and singer, she starred on Broadway in the musical Zorba, in numerous regional and off-Broadway shows, and on TV’s All My Children, Another World (for which she also composed music) and the mini-series Memories of Midnight, amongst others.
Meyer wrote and produced the upcoming children’s album: Mighty Musical Fairy Tales, starring international artist Patti Austin; an updated, joyous musical version of Classic Fairy tales, accompanied by an illustrated book, The Ugly Duckling.