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Friday Writing Inspiration: Stephen King

It’s Friday, and I’m hard at work on kicking off new ideas and getting ready to promote the hell out of old ones 😀 It’s a good problem to have: Over the next 2-3 years, I’ll have 4 books coming out. It’s an absolute dream, and I am so thankful every day to get to… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Stephen King

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2016 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt Time!!

A scavenger hunt in the middle of Snowpocalypse? Okay! Today, I’m thrilled to be part of the 2016 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt put on by The Book Belles. For my part of the scavenger hunt, I’ll be hosting the lovely Kathryn Holmes, author of How it Feels to Fly. As a dancer, myself, I can’t wait… Continue reading 2016 YA Contemporary Scavenger Hunt Time!!

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Children’s Christmas Books That Meant a Lot to Me as a Kid

I had a pretty blessed childhood in the reading department. My parents both read to me just about every night, and we practically lived at the library. It probably has a lot to do with why I became a writer. There’s something about books that just always feels safe and comforting and like going home. Of… Continue reading Children’s Christmas Books That Meant a Lot to Me as a Kid

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Friday Writing Inspiration: Famous Writers on the Importance of Reading

There is nothing in the world I enjoy so much as reading. Even the highest moments of writing pale in comparison to being lost in a truly good book. But reading isn’t just a way to pass the time. As a writer, it’s absolutely essential. Read extensively, read diversely, and it’s like a free MFA… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Famous Writers on the Importance of Reading

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Friday Writing Inspiration: Anthony Trollope Writing Quote

One of my favorite authors, and now, one of my favorite quotes. I’m not sure why Anthony Trollope never gets taught in school. He’s a British serial novelist who is, in my opinion, absolutely brilliant. His stories are so captivating and enjoyable, yet still very well-written, like a high-class old-time soap opera. But of course,… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Anthony Trollope Writing Quote

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Book Reading: David Levithan, Andrea Cremer, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Last week, I headed to my first YA reading in SF to see a host of YA superstars, including David Levithan and Andrea Cremer, reading from their new book, Invisibility, and Margaret Stohl, reading from Icons. Margaret’s co-writer, Kami Garcia, was also in attendance to speak to the process behind Beautiful Creatures. The event was… Continue reading Book Reading: David Levithan, Andrea Cremer, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

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Little Free Library Love

A little something to make a book-lover’s Monday. I just found out about Little Free Library, an organization that aims to build tiny libraries all around the country–and the world. Not only are the little libraries adorable (they look like oversized birdhouses), but they act as a community book exchange, providing free books to anyone… Continue reading Little Free Library Love

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Is technology making us bad readers?

I have always been an avid reader. It’s a big part of why I am a writer. As Toni Morrison says, “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” That said, in the month or so leading up to The After Girls book… Continue reading Is technology making us bad readers?

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Awesome Girl in Fiction: Arya Stark

I’ve posted before on feminism role models in YA literature, and while the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) isn’t exactly YA, given the age of Arya at the beginning of the series (9), I think she’s worth a look. Early on in the series, Arya is show… Continue reading Awesome Girl in Fiction: Arya Stark