New York Bound

Confession: I’ve never been to the Big Apple. But now I’m heading there in June because… -BECAUSE!- GRAVITY is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and I could not be more excited/humbled/grateful/shocked/awed. Because… -BECAUSE!- LOOK AT THESE AMAZING AUTHORS AND TITLES IN THE CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT FINALIST CATEGORY! What. An. Honor. I know, I know. Everyone says, “It’s an…

Girls Swear and It’s Perfectly Okay, Part II

Girls Swear and It’s Perfectly Okay…in an idealized, female-empowered world. Of course, that’s not actually the world we live in, is it? Hence, Part II of the Girls Swear and it’s Perfectly Okay blog series. You can read Part I here where I strove to shed light on how a girl can’t swear the same way a guy can without risking likability in both life and in…

Girls Swear and it’s PERFECTLY OKAY!

I’m going to break my own rule and go read some reviews of GRAVITY on GoodReads. Hold on….I’ll be back. Okay, I’ve returned—still in one piece. (Major accomplishment for an author who goes in search of reviews on GoodReads). “Why,” any seasoned or sensible author would ask me, “would you do that to yourself?” It’s a perfectly legit question, but…

It’s PARTY TIME!

GRAVITY LAUNCHES Saturday, November 19th at 7 p.m at The Norway House at 913 E Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404! You should TOTALLY BE THERE! Know why? There’s going to be K-90 hot chocolate (delivers exactly the kick needed to really take off!) and bunny hill cocoa (for all those still holding onto the T-bar)…and a ski jumping cake. For…

The Big 50

I woke up to greet a new decade this morning and to bid farewell to my 40’s. Mostly, I’m ecstatic. Partly, I’m devastated. Let me explain. I’m devastated because life taught me some excruciating lessons in the last year. People who love us can/do/and will hurt us. Their love for us or our love for them does not make them…

Paying homage to Prince

I know, I know…I’m late to be writing about the impact of Prince’s death on me; but in truth, it’s taken me a while to process it all. Prince was the first musician I saw perform in person. In fact, I got to see him at First Ave way back in the day – long before he was big. I…

Why Gravity Always Wins

I did it. I finished Gravity, my 4th young adult novel. It is currently in the trusted hands of my editors at Bold Strokes Books. I planned to finish it by December 31st, 2015, in time to pop a bottle of champagne, but I didn’t make that goal. I finished it on January 1st, 2016, and the champagne tasted just…

Details about my fourth book!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve signed a contract for my next novel, GRAVITY, a standalone book that will take readers (and me) beyond the world of the Crossfire Trilogy. It is a coming of age story that leaves coming out in the dust. Ellie Engebretsen, my main character, is tough, fearless, and at peace with her sexuality. Which does…

On Angry Squirrels and Saviors at Home Depot

You would think the worst thing that has happened to me lately was being bitten by an angry squirrel lounging in the garbage dumpster behind my apartment as I opened the lid and threw away my cardboard Pizza Luce box containing yummy albeit dehydrated leftovers. (The ungrateful rodent!) But you would be wrong. It’s not even close to the worst thing that…

GAYYA.ORG is hanging with us today!

I’m thrilled today to be hosting one of the co-founders of GAYYA.ORG, a wonderful blog dedicated to LGBTQIA+ young adult literature. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Victoria since Caught in the Crossfire released in June, and am very thankful for all her hard work to raise awareness of affirming books. Welcome to my blog! I’m Vee or Victoria, depending on the…