I've been reading Francesca Lia Block's work since I was 12 years old. No other author has ever been able to capture the light and darkness, the magic and gritty realism of my hometown, Los Angeles, so perfectly. Weetzie Bat and I Was A Teenage Fairy were the first books I ever bought of hers and I still have the original (they're about 15 years old now) copies in my bookcase. I know that I will treasure them forever. About two years ago I had the honor of meeting Francesca during a one-day writing retreat in her home, The Faerie Cottage, as it is known to many. It's not always a good experience when you meet your heroes, but Francesca was as sweet, humble, intelligent and generous as I had imagined her to be.
Just a few days ago I found out that she is having trouble refinancing her home, and is in danger of losing it, despite never having missed a payment. You can help spread the word and put pressure on Bank of America to refinance the Faerie Cottage by signing this petition:
It will only take a few seconds. Please help Francesca keep her home, and if you've never read her work before, I highly recommend you check out some of her books immediately. My top two favorites are I Was A Teenage Fairy and Wasteland.