I think that D.J's character can relate to almost everyone. Meaning not everyone is sure of what they want in life, and that bad things can turn out to be the best things that could ever happen to you . . . I never put your story down. I finished it in less than 3 days, I probably could have finished it sooner if i wasn't so busy.  Myself personally think that you should or at least consider turning your book into a movie . . . Also i was just wondering if D.J and Brian ever ended up together? Also is there a sequal to your novel? Thats all i can think of to say at the moment. I would just like to say thanks for your time and please get back to me if you can.

  1. -Nicole

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About the illustrations

Heaven is Paved with Oreos has pictures! This is actually kind of a big deal — for me, anyway. I’ve always been frustrated with that wall between “kids can have pictures in books” and “tweens and teens can’t.” Really? Because I loved pictures when I was that age, and — especially with a book like Oreos — illustrations go a long, long way to explaining what Sarah is talking about.

The one illustration I don’t have in the book is Caravaggio’s painting of the conversion of St. Paul (left). You can see a larger image of it here >> 

Otherwise, here’s a rundown of the illustrations in Heaven is Paved with Oreos, with bonus description.

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Jack Russell George

This is a picture of George, a Jack Russell who belongs (and vice versa) to my friend Tracey. Like Jack Russell George in Oreos, real-life George drops a tennis ball down the stairs and then chases it. He is totally adorable.

San Lorenzo in World War II

On July 19, 1943, American and British planes bombarded the San Lorenzo neighborhood for three hours in order to destroy a rail yard. I don’t know what happened to the rail yard, but they certainly destroyed this church.

St. Peter’s Square, Rome

St. Peter’s Square (or Piazza San Pietro) is one of the most famous spots in Rome, and one of the loveliest. People have been drawing it for centuries, including this engraving from the nineteenth century.

Pilgrims in San Paolo fuori le Mura

I took this picture in late 2011 when I was in Rome researching Heaven is Paved with Oreos. To me it encapsulates the power and majesty of the pilgrimage experience.

Marble skull in S Maria Maggiore

I have an entire album of skull pictures — and the funny thing is, I took the pictures before I ever thought of Curtis! Clearly he and I are bonded psychically.

Bernini’s happy elephant

Oh, this little guy is so cute. The pope had acquired an Egyptian obelisk and gave Bernini the job of creating a monumental base for it. Surprise! It’s a happy elephant!

Mosaic detail from St. Peter’s Basilica

I took this picture in 2011 too, so blown away by these images that it’s a miracle my phone would focus. The angel’s eye is bigger than my hand -- each chip is an inch across. And the inside of the church is covered in mosaics . . . so beautiful. I used this picture for our Christmas card that year.

The Spanish Steps

If you’ve read Heaven is Paved with Oreos, you know that a lot happens on these steps. Usually they’re much more crowded than this — like St. Peter’s Square, this is one of the most popular spots in Rome.

Oreo floor, San Lorenzo fuori le Mura

The Cosmati were a family of masons in the Dark Ages who laid amazingly intricate and lovely floors in many Roman churches — so lovely they’ve been kept through today.

Caravaggio’s painting of St. Paul