I just got back from a whirlwind trip in various European countries after two weeks of traveling for a writing retreat and work. There are many MANY things that I saw and experienced that I know I don’t fully appreciate yet because I’m still a bit jet-lagged and haven’t had the mental capacity to really … Continue reading Tell The Story
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?
In my post from last month, "How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?" I talked about how authors of young adult books are including more profanity, sexual situations, drug use, and other controversial content in their novels. I was really curious to find out in greater detail what readers of all ages … Continue reading Survey Analysis: How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?
I didn't actually set out to answer those questions. But over the past several months, they've been on my mind. A lot. Let's back up. My teenaged daughter is a voracious reader. She always seems to discover and read the "hot topic" books months before I even hear about them. She'd read all John Green's … Continue reading How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?
There has been much buzz lately about the blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, and I have to agree with those that say the buzz is for a GOOD reason. I won't give any spoilers, but I will say that there was so much about this movie that hit my heartstrings and made me ponder many things, long … Continue reading We ALL Need Superheroes
A couple of years ago, I developed a sneaking suspicion that I might be a good writer—sometimes a very good one—but not a very good storyteller. Then I went to grad school and found out I was right. No one told me. I just figured it out after taking apart scores upon scores of novels … Continue reading Good Writing vs. Good Storytelling
Trigger warning: This post mentions potential trigger topics. I love writing happily-ever-afters (HEAs) for my characters, but in order for them to get there, they have to go through quite a lot. The following quote from one of my favorite reviews summarizes this nicely: My stories always include hard and stormy issues (This post explains why it helps to … Continue reading On Writing About Sensitive (Trigger) Topics