Leila\'s Other Writing

The Leila Texts, 2007-2012. Strangers try to text their friends named Leila. It doesn’t really work out for them.

Humor columns for The Chicago Maroon, 2004-2006. Everything you ever wanted to know about the Olsen Twins, The Babysitters Club, and my hair.

Traveling to Teens blog tour, 2010. Links to my guest posts about how to write comedy.

The (Teen) Book Scene blog tour, 2011. Links to my guest posts about Past Perfect.

Chocolate NYC, 2012-present. Eating my way through New York City and beyond, one truffle at a time.

“‘Harriet the Spy’ Turns 50″, Al Jazeera America, 2014. I celebrate the half-century mark for an iconic book and its inspiring central character.

“The Ol’ Dead Dad Syndrome”, Publishers Weekly, 2010. Why are there so many dead parents in kids’ books?

“Annotated Rainbow Brite Fan Fiction”, The Hairpin, 2014. Fanfic that I wrote as a three year old, and annotated as a thirty year old.

“Conversations That Servers in Portugal Might Have Had After Dealing With Me and My Mother”, The Toast, 2014

“A Few Questions for the Hot Guy I Pass on the Way to Work Every Morning”, The Hairpin, 2011

“Marathon Monday: Happy Memories of Patriots Day”, The Huffington Post, 2013

“13 Things You Learn About NYC When Doing an All-Night Warriors-Themed Bike Ride”, Brokelyn, 2014

“How to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy”, Thought Catalog, 2012. Buy two gallons of ice cream. If the power goes out, eat it quickly, before it melts.

“The Number 23″, New York Press, 2007

Book review of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season The Daily Beast, 2013

Book review of Jess Rothenberg’s The Catastrophic History of You and Me, The Daily Beast, 2012

“What to Wear to Lunch with Your Ex-Boyfriend”, The Fashion Spot, 2009

“How to Write a Love Interest”, Just Contemporary Month, 2011. Free editorial advice!

“How to Write a YA Novel”, Forever Young Adult, 2012

“Office Hours”, Forever Young Adult, 2012. Stories about meeting some of my favorite authors in person.