Goodbye StarShine, You’ll Always Be A Part of Me

Me with the Backstreet Boys in 2008. My first book "Lost In You" was inspired by my love for them and 98 Degrees.

On July 26, 2001, I was a girl fearing my future.  Unsure of who I was and where I was going.  All I knew then was I loved writing and entertainment.  I began StarShine to overcome my fear of interviewing people.  On January 29, 2002, I found myself backstage at an Aaron Carter concert, terrified and beyond excited to be given such an opportunity so early on in my journalistic career.  The day was surreal.  I was hanging out with Aaron and his crew and yet that was only the beginning of my 9 year journey running StarShine Magazine.  From there, it was a whirlwind of Nick Lachey sneaking me into a premiere, smoking a cigar with a Backstreet Boy, having a drink spilled on me by Jesse Bradford, almost being groped by Pretty Ricky and meeting Taylor Swift before anyone knew her.  The question is why would I give up all those fun, sometimes crazy experiences?

Well, in a sense, I’m not giving anything up.  I will still interview and review entertainers right here on  On top of that, I will be writing for, a wonderful entertainment website run by the talented Lisa Steinberg.  Follow them at: @StarryMag.  In doing things this way, I free up time for me to focus on my writing career.  Running an entire magazine by yourself is no easy task.

As of January 2, 2011, will be nonexistent.  It pains me a little to say that, but it also feels like a relief at the same time.  I’m having one last round of StarShine Music Awards before January.  Also, one of the first people I told about this decision was in fact Aaron Carter.  He and I did our last StarShine interview together last week.  He fully understood my decision and thinks it was a wise move.  We both thought liked the idea of things coming full-circle with him being one of my first big features in StarShine and now he will be one of my last interviews for it.

One day, I’d love to write a book about all of my experiences with StarShine–whether it be fiction or non.  I love you guys!  I want to thank you all for your support throughout the years, and hope it will continue on.

Hugs, Kisses & Stars,



  • Sandy Lo

    Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.