Here's a little piece of writing advice I give myself. I give it a lot, but it's always worth hearing: Tomorrow is a new day. Today can be a big nothing. Today can equal 0 in word count, or deep into the negatives below 0 if I get carried away cutting. I can feel like … Continue reading Tomorrow Is a New Day
I don't mean to ignore this blog. It's only that I've been working on my new novel, sharpening all my thoughts into one single point of a thought, trying to gain myself some good words and some good pages until they (somehow?) form themselves into a full manuscript and I slap my name on it … Continue reading The New Novel and 5 Things
Thanks to a jolting pep talk from my other half, a motivating talk with my oh-so-wise agent, and the great sea ahead that is my unfinished novel, first draft imminently due to my amazing editor, who will surely direct me to a vast, sparkling sea of revisions... ...I am wondering how to balance Writer-Me with … Continue reading In Which I Wish It Was 1989*, Back Before This Distracting Thing Known as the Internet
The giveaway to win a signed ARC of Imaginary Girls closed last night, a minute before midnight, and I just want to say thank you so much to everyone who left a comment to enter! I'm absolutely thrilled that so many people want to read the book. There were 189 official entries... and out of … Continue reading Say Hi to the Winner of the First Imaginary Girls Giveaway
My books are pretty personal, even though they're fiction. Imaginary Girls was inspired by, and written for, someone special to me, someone I've loved since she took her very first breath in the upstairs bedroom of the farmhouse she was born in and I saw her open her eyes.* Of course that person is my … Continue reading Who’s Your Book For?
Not so many years ago, I had a turning point in my writing career. An "Aha!" moment. Something made me remember it yesterday and I wanted to share it here—to show how you might think you're going one way down a certain path you've carved for yourself, but in fact there's another path carved for … Continue reading My Turning Point
Imaginary Girls, my debut YA novel, is a surreal story about two sisters and it's about to be published this June... but if you want to read it, you may not need to wait that long. Today is the day I give away one of the beautiful ARCs (advance reading copies) to one of you! … Continue reading Time for… an IMAGINARY GIRLS Actual Non-Imaginary Signed ARC Giveaway