For fans of the author of “Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret” and “Forever,” it must come as a pleasant surprise that the woman who channels teenage angst and longing into bestselling novels is a fan of the micro-blogging social media site.
Blume, 73, who is based in New York and Key West, has been tweeting since Oct. 2009 and has over 48,000 followers. She follows 230 people, including fellow authors Beverly Cleary, Elmore Leonard, Salman Rushdie and Delia Ephron; actors Zooey Deschanel, Ellen Barkin, Kevin Bacon and Steve Martin; journalists Frank Rich and Diane Sawyer; and musicians Rosanne Cash and Taylor Swift.
“Sometimes I think, why am I doing this?” she told The New York Times last year, while admitting that “I’ve grown attached to some of the people I follow. I think of them as friends.”
Her Twitter feed offers a view into the life of Blume, such as her love for movies, good food and dental hygiene. And yes, even the great Judy Blume procrastinates.
An offering of some of Blume’s best tweets:
“Happy Birthday @
ZooeyDeschanel. Hope it’s the best yet! Love from your friend, Judy.”
“First day back to book in progress since holidays. Scary after so long. Which is why I’m still standing at bathroom sink about to floss 10am”
“Walked to and from brunch at Sarabeth justifying pancakes eaten. All of us sleepy now. Family visit.”
“@JeanGreasy – just listened You and Me and Everyone We Know. Fantastic! (Miranda July movie?). Either way, Love it! Next time–”
Referring to her big-screen adaptation of her 1981 novel “Tiger Eyes,” directed by her son Lawrence Blume, she tweeted: “First screening of Tiger Eyes @TropicCinema today. Director in town. 50 teens, 100 adults invited. Can’t yet show to public. Nerves.”