December 2, 2013

12 days of writers - no. 1: meredith schorr

Blogger's Note: Welcome to the 12 Days of Writing, Change the Word's annual December celebration. After two years of sharing writing tips, this year, I'm sharing 12 writers with you. For the first three weeks of December, you'll have a chance to meet 12 wonderful women and learn about their favorite holiday traditions.

The super talented and equally lovely Meredith Schorr is kicking off the series. I was glued to her most recent novels -- A State of Jane and Blogger Girl -- and have her debut novel, Just Friends with Benefits, loaded up to my Kindle app ready for reading as soon as I get a chance. Like her books, Meredith is charming, likeable and fun. She's also creative, driven and amazing at balancing the many aspects of her life. I've enjoyed exchanging emails, Tweets and Facebook messages with her during the past year, and she constantly inspires me to become a better storyteller.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
I was raised Jewish and so my family never celebrated Christmas. There were a few years when we went to my sister’s family’s house for the day, and I spent last year with the family of the man I was dating, but it never really felt like “my” holiday. I’ve never gone to sleep on Christmas Eve excited for all of the presents waiting for me under the tree and, aside from exchanging “Secret Santa” gifts with my college roommates, it is rare that I give or receive Christmas presents.  However, I do have a favorite Christmas tradition. My birthday is December 23rd and since I usually do not have anywhere to go on December 25th, for as long as I can remember, I have celebrated my birthday with my mother by going to the movies and out to dinner—usually Japanese or Chinese. We both look forward to this day every year. I have two older sisters and so my mom always jokes that I’m her favorite daughter “in a three-way tie” but on Christmas Day, I have my mom all to myself.

What is a must-have eat or treat this time of year?
This is a tie. Potato pancakes (“latkes”) are delicious and typically made during Chanukah, but I also love sweet potato pie with marshmallows. The latter is traditionally made on Thanksgiving but when I think about my favorite holiday dishes, it definitely tops the list!

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
That’s a tough one because I’ve been alive for a pretty long time and what I considered the best gift at 10 years old is not what I would have wanted at 16 or 25 etc. However, the best gift of the recent past that comes to my mind is my Kindle. I LOVE my Kindle to the point where I have cried when I’ve misplaced it/lost it. I never thought I would choose the ebook over a physical book but since I’ve been reading on a Kindle, I’ve probably quadrupled the number of books I read in a month. I also live in a 500 square foot apartment and so it is nice that my addiction to books no longer results in cluttering up all of my bookshelves.

What is your favorite holiday read and watch?
My favorite holiday movie is It’s a Wonderful Life followed by Meet Me in St. Louis. Yes, I like the classics! That’s not to say I don’t adore more modern flicks such as Love, Actually and When Harry Met Sally, but I watch those all year around whereas the classics are only broadcast during the holiday season. I do not tend to read books more than once and so I do not have a favorite holiday read.

What’s one New Year’s resolution you’re making for 2014?
To not be so hard on myself. (I make this one every year.)

About the Author
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to, and was famous among her friends for writing witty birthday cards. After trying her hand writing children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing "real chick lit for real chicks." When she is not hard at work on her current work in progress, Meredith spends her days as a trademark paralegal. She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. Meredith is the author of three published novels, Just Friends with Benefits, A State of Jane and Blogger Girl.

Connect with Meredith
Twitter: @meredithschorr

Buy Her Books
Available on
Amazon UK
Apple iTunes

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  1. Thanks for including me in your series!

  2. Great interview, ladies! Good movie picks! That's a good resolution too... maybe I'll steal it. (Although sometimes I worry that I'm too easy on myself!)

    1. You're such a sweetheart, Jackie. And I think you deserve to take it easy on yourself. You work so hard!

    2. I seriously doubt you are ever too easy on yourself but if so, good for you!!

  3. Love this! That sweet potato pie looks so delicious! :) That's a really sweet tradition you have with your mom, Meredith!

    1. I'm with you -- both the pie and the mama tradition are so sweet. :)

    2. Thanks, Cat. I was sad last year that I missed it. I had a boyfriend who ruined everything. Actually, that's not true as he was a pretty fantastic boyfriend but I missed my mom on Christmas!

  4. Great Q&A! I'm already loving this series, Laura! I learned so many interesting tidbits about you, Meredith!

    I am with you on the Kindle being an amazing gift. I would cry if I ever misplaced mine, too! I've been known to utter some four-letter words when my Kindle freaks out and needs to be rebooted or loses its WiFi connection in the house.

    You and I have very similar New Year's resolutions, Meredith! Now let's see if we can stick with them. ;)

    1. You deserve a break, too, Tracie. :) Here's hoping 2014 brings both of you more relaxation and fewer Kindle issues!

    2. Are you still on your first Kindle? Good for you! I'm on my third! I am lost without the damn thing..

    3. You're sweet, Laura. Thanks! :)

      Meredith, I am still on the same Kindle, but it's only two years old and it's a Kindle Fire, which I expect to last FOREVER! ;)

  5. I am now going to steal that New Year's resolution. :) No matter how close we are, I always love learning more about you. I am totally with you on the Kindle as a fantastic gift!

    1. Thanks, Sam - I'm looking forward to learning more about you too :)

  6. Great resolution, Meri! I'm also with you on the Kindle front, but you can keep that sweet potato pie. xo