Best Books of 2017: A List of Lists (and What to Do with It)

It's that time of year when everyone seems to weigh in with a list of Best Books of the Year--from libraries and magazines to authors and bloggers, including our own Rosalyn Eves and Amanda Rawson Hill. I'll admit, I'd planned to post my own list today, and it included Long Way Down, The 57 Bus, Orphan Island, … Continue reading Best Books of 2017: A List of Lists (and What to Do with It)

Story Soup -or- Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Next Tuesday, my sophomore novel, Paper Chains, will be released into the world. In the weeks ahead, I’ve got school visits, a book festival, a writing conference, a library event, and the high-profile privilege of being interviewed by a fourth grader (one of the perks of writing for kids.) This particular fourth grader asked some really … Continue reading Story Soup -or- Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

The World is Wide Enough: Rethinking the “-er” and the “-est”

  We are all storytellers here, and today's post is about my most recent experiences with one specific form of storytelling: live theater. Due to ridiculous good fortune and a particularly skilled friend, I found myself in possession of a (reasonably priced!) ticket to see one of the very first performances of Hamilton in San … Continue reading The World is Wide Enough: Rethinking the “-er” and the “-est”