Winner of AND THEN THINGS FALL APART by Arlaina Tibensky

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway to win Arlaina Tibensky’s debut novel, And Then Things Fall Apart! I’m happy to announce the winner of the signed copy—chosen thanks to Random.org: Congratulations, Maria! I’ll email you soon for your mailing address. Hope you enjoy! Now… I have a sudden desire to go back andContinue reading “Winner of AND THEN THINGS FALL APART by Arlaina Tibensky”

In Which I Share Distractions, Announce Audio Book News and a Los Angeles Book Event, and Stress Over the Pajamas I Need for California

Lately I’ve been feeling like everyone writes faster than I do. (By “everyone” I mean other authors with all their books coming out. Not that man on the couch in my café who sits for hours reading the newspaper. Or the other man who’s fast asleep on one of the best café tables in theContinue reading “In Which I Share Distractions, Announce Audio Book News and a Los Angeles Book Event, and Stress Over the Pajamas I Need for California”

Author Interview & Book Giveaway: AND THEN THINGS FALL APART by Arlaina Tibensky

What’s today? A random Tuesday. But wait! It’s a wonderful Tuesday because this is the day Arlaina Tibensky’s debut novel comes out. And Then Things Fall Apart is a book some of you may remember if you were there in the audience, as I was, at the NYC Teen Author Festival this spring when ArlainaContinue reading “Author Interview & Book Giveaway: AND THEN THINGS FALL APART by Arlaina Tibensky”

The Self-Imposed Page 1 Rewrite

The internet is a minefield. I’m censoring what I want to say about that. You know what else is a minefield? My first draft. Every time I make progress I see another UTTERLY IMPORTANT plot piece I need to go back and change! I get new ideas and I want them in! My muse—yes, IContinue reading “The Self-Imposed Page 1 Rewrite”

Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Amy Reed and “CLEAN”

Book Giveaway! There is a novel that has long been on my “Books I Love” list—a stunning debut novel by Amy Reed. I fell in love with Beautiful, it absolutely spoke to me, and when I heard that Amy had a new book coming out this summer I gathered up my courage and emailed herContinue reading “Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Amy Reed and “CLEAN””

You Are Not Your Book? I’m Mine

I’ve been called “weird” a lot lately. Not always unkindly. I’ve just noticed that word thrown around a lot on my Twitter feed and in reviews. Weird. Strange. Creepy even. Oh I know, no one’s saying I’m weird (or creepy, for that matter). They’re talking about my book. But I wrote that book. That bookContinue reading “You Are Not Your Book? I’m Mine”

You Can’t Know (Or: a Telegram Not Sent)

You can’t know how you’ll handle things. You can guess. You can even make an educated guess, based on what you know of yourself from all other experiences that came before, like the fact that you published a book once before, you were read and reviewed and rated before. You survived. I’d been through thisContinue reading “You Can’t Know (Or: a Telegram Not Sent)”

Friday Five (randomly I have 5 things to say on a Friday)

1. The NYC Teen Author Reading Night was awesome. This Wednesday was my first time being involved in the NYC Teen Author Reading series at the New York Public Library as an actual author. I wore blue. I read a piece from Imaginary Girls, adapted from the middle of chapter one. We were told byContinue reading “Friday Five (randomly I have 5 things to say on a Friday)”

Reading My Book in My Neighborhood Library

I have a favorite branch of the New York Public Library in Manhattan: the Jefferson Market branch on Sixth Avenue in the Village. I love the winding stone stairway, the high ceilings, the cool and airy rooms, and of course the selection of books. They have a great fiction section and a wonderful YA room.Continue reading “Reading My Book in My Neighborhood Library”