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On authors, readers, and the Internet

YARN: You have your very own YouTube channel, tweet regularly, and post often on your website. Do you feel that these are now required extensions of your profession? Is this more so in YA or just a general shift in contemporary literature? Do you think social media creates more of a bond between author and reader?

MPH: This is yet another area in which I’m by no means an expert. I just do what feels natural and right by connecting with readers online. I appreciate the power the Internet brings in enabling authors like myself to hear from and speak with those who wish to connect with me.

– An except from YARN’s interview with Mark Peter Hughes

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Lemonade Mouth Premiere Tonight, Fri 4/15 8pm EST, Disney Channel

Lemonade Mouth author Mark Peter Hughes at a special screening of LM, April 10, 2011

Lemonade Mouth author Mark Peter Hughes at a special screening of LM, April 10, 2011


A message from Lemonade Mouth author Mark Peter Hughes:

Tonight’s the night. At 8pm tonight the Disney Channel will finally premiere the Lemonade Mouth movie in the USA, and people will get a chance to actually see it. It doesn’t seem that long ago that the film’s producer, Debra Martin Chase, first called me (a huge surprise at my house!) to say that she loved my book and was going to somehow make it into a movie. I was thrilled, thrilled, of course, but deep down I think I had a hard time believing it would ever really happen. And yet here we are.

I want to thank the Disney Channel, the filmmakers, and the many, many talented folks who worked on the project for the huge honor they’ve done for me and my story. I’ve previewed the movie twice so far, and I can honestly say that I’m proud of what they’ve done with my story. IMHO it’s a beautiful film, and it stays true to the characters and messages I tried to convey in the book: those of speaking out, banding together, honoring families of all kinds, and acknowledging the importance of each of us. These are values I wanted to express to readers, and I’m thrilled that now the same messages will go out to millions of kids and all over the world.

For that I’m honored and humbled.

Sincerely,

–Mark Peter Hughes

(Lemonade Mouth premieres in the USA tonight, Fri April 15, at 8pm EST on the Disney Channel.)