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 … Continue reading New York Bound
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 … Continue reading Girls Swear and It’s Perfectly Okay, Part II
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 … Continue reading Girls Swear and it’s PERFECTLY OKAY!
(Originally written for and posted on Clutter Your Kindle, June 10th, 2014) Have you ever loved a book so much you grieved when it ended? Have you ever re-read a book simply because it felt like visiting a good friend? Yeah, me too. I’m convinced that books like those share one common denominator: they are filled … Continue reading HOW TO USE INTERVIEWS TO WRITE PEOPLE, NOT CHARACTERS
I received an email recently from a reader named Rachel about my blog post titled, "I Met A Lady One Night Last Week," originally published on May 22nd, 2014. First, let me say that I love hearing from readers. You may always write me at email@example.com. I will write back. Secondly, let me say how much fun it was … Continue reading Keep the Emails Coming!
Dear Aspiring Writer at The Loft Literary Center's Children's and Young Adult Conference, First, it was such an honor to meet so many of you last weekend. I loved those moments after panels when we had a few minutes and you told me about where you are on your journey. I want you to know what … Continue reading Open Letter to The Loft’s YA Conference Attendees
The moment I've been waiting a year for has finally come. Edits for Caught in the Crossfire have arrived and it's fantastic. Of course, I didn't know it was going to be like that. I thought it was going to be painful and tear-producing and darling-killing, because, you see, most of the writers I know have … Continue reading Cajun-Flavored Coffee, 13 lb. Triplets, and Book Edits
I do daily battle of this sort when it comes to my writing. Here's how it goes: It's early in my house. Dark, because I'm often up writing before the sun. The coffee pot is gurgling in the kitchen, but I'm not hearing it because I'm in the zone. I've got my temporary caffeine fix, … Continue reading The Inner Critic vs. The Inner Artist
I'm in a down-sizing frame of mind. The reason? I have too much house, too much yard, too much stuff. And though I strive to live quasi-clutter-free, I still feel the bulk of the life I've built pressing in on me. It's Saturday morning and I've been giving serious thought to breaking one of my … Continue reading The Problem with Stuff
I've got a bad case of the in-betweens.I am: in-between draft 2 and draft 3 of the sequel. (Or sequel 2.5 as I like to call it). in-between the miracle of signing a publishing contract and the workload that follows. in-between aspiring and achieving. And I'm restless. I crave that unrelenting drive to write that typically … Continue reading The Intolerable Case of the In-betweens