Yesterday Was a Pretty Great Day

Last night, I read from Imaginary Girls for a room of artists here at the colony. I talked first about what I find so exciting about writing YA fiction, I showed some images of a place that inspired the mythical elements of the novel—the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills, where I used to sneak swimsContinue reading “Yesterday Was a Pretty Great Day”

My Greatest Accomplishment So Far This Year

It’s the first month of 2011 and I have to tell you what I’ve done. Something amazing. I’m here at the artist colony—yes, it’s a great gift and an achievement to be here, but that’s not what I want to tell you about. I did something rather phenomenal this morning that I want to announceContinue reading “My Greatest Accomplishment So Far This Year”

Where I’m Hiding and What I’m Doing Here

In a surreal bit of perfect coincidence, the week after the ARCs (advance readers copies) of Imaginary Girls were released into the wild I had the opportunity to go into hiding. It helps with the nerves, hiding here. It helps me from being tempted to look at Goodreads—which I am trying to avoid this timeContinue reading “Where I’m Hiding and What I’m Doing Here”

There Comes a Moment When You Can’t Deny…

…that people are about to read your book. If they want to. That people will open your book to the first page and start with the first sentence, and hopefully go on from there, and you can’t keep it close anymore, this book you wrote that started as a story for you and you only,Continue reading “There Comes a Moment When You Can’t Deny…”