40 Things I Want To Tell You


Last weekend I had a baby. He’s my third child and I spent the week wondering at him. I also read lots of books while he slept on me and watched some terrible, terrible movies. Writers get to spend time watching movies and telling themselves it’s ‘work/research.’ I started this week with a huge pile of emails and then, top of the email list, much to my delight, was the news that my novel 40 Things I Want to Tell You has been named a CLA Honour Book. Here’s the press release.

All this book and baby talk got me thinking about a writing prompt for you to try. So, here goes.

Use this opening to write a story or personal essay:

When she opened the door, there on the doorstep was….



40 Things Blog Tour Wrap Up

(From The Savvy Reader:)

The 40 Things Blog Tour

Here’s an update on the 40 Things Reviews & Writing Tips Tour!

The Reviews…

1. “Dear Alice Kuipers, where have you been all my life?” – Wendy at A Cupcake and a Latte. Read her full review here.

2. “I was utterly impressed by this touching and remarkable story, and I honestly believe that it’s one of those rare ones that will really stick with you and leave a lasting impression.” – Brenna at Esther’s Ever After. Read her full review here.

3. “40 Things I Want to Tell You, is an captivating and hard hitting read, that contemporary fans are sure to enjoy.” – Christa at Christa’s Hooked on Books. Read her full review here.

4. “When I read a book that touches me, really touches me, I always finish it, close the cover, lay my hand over it, and just sit.  Sometimes I just re-immerse myself in the story, sometimes I weep, sometimes I wonder how the characters managed, sometimes I ponder the title and the cover.  With 40 Things I Want To Tell You by Alice Kuipers, I did it all.” – Helen at CanLit for LittleCanadians. Read her full review here.

… And the Writing Tips from Alice Kuipers!

1. Writing What You Know, at A Cupcake and a Latte

2. Reasons to Write, at Esther’s Ever After

3. Writing Character Names, at Christa’s Hooked on Books

4. Writer’s Block, at CanLit for LittleCanadians

5. Just Write, at Stuck in YA Books


For more information on 40 Things I Want to Tell You, click here.