A Sneak Peek at 17 & GONE (If You Want One!)

I mentioned this yesterday, but here is a post to say this and only this: I'm notoriously private about my novels and rarely show people until my book is edited and done. This is because so much changes in the editing, and I like having only a very few people know the early stages of … Continue reading A Sneak Peek at 17 & GONE (If You Want One!)

The Inadvertent Creative Break

I haven’t announced this or made a big deal of this, but it appears that I’ve been on some kind of quiet walk through the woods of my brain lately. It's dark in here and there's lots going on and I kind of don't want to come out just yet. This isn't a formal break … Continue reading The Inadvertent Creative Break

Turning Points: Guest Post by Shannon Messenger (+Giveaway)

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Here, less than a week before her middle-grade debut Keeper of the Lost Cities comes out, is Shannon Messenger revealing hers... Guest post by Shannon Messenger I didn’t … Continue reading Turning Points: Guest Post by Shannon Messenger (+Giveaway)

My Upcoming Presentation at KidLitCon

If you’ll be at the Kidlitosphere Conference at the New York Public Library this weekend, look for me there! You’ll find me giving a presentation on blog series with the amazing Kelly Jensen from STACKED on Saturday at 12 noon—we have a great talk prepared for you and can’t wait! And if you’re a blogger/reviewer/librarian/reader … Continue reading My Upcoming Presentation at KidLitCon

2012 YA Debut Interview + Giveaway: TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini

It's the very last day of my Fall 2012 YA Debut Interview series! I've been excited to feature these debut novels from the fall season, and I hope you're now as intrigued to get your hands on them as I am. Our final YA debut author of the series is Kimberly Sabatini—her first novel, Touching the … Continue reading 2012 YA Debut Interview + Giveaway: TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini

2012 YA Debut Interview + Giveaway: BLIND SPOT by Laura Ellen

Welcome back to my Fall 2012 YA Debut Interview series! I'm excited to feature these debut novels from the fall season, and I hope you're as intrigued to get your hands on them as I am. Today's YA debut author is Laura Ellen—her first novel, Blind Spot, comes out October 23 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Read … Continue reading 2012 YA Debut Interview + Giveaway: BLIND SPOT by Laura Ellen

2012 YA Debut Interview + Giveaway: FALL TO PIECES by Vahini Naidoo

Welcome back to my Fall 2012 YA Debut Interview series! I'm excited to feature these debut novels from the fall season, and I hope you're as intrigued to get your hands on them as I am. Today's YA debut author is Vahini Naidoo—her first novel, Fall to Pieces, comes out October 2 from Marshall Cavendish / Amazon … Continue reading 2012 YA Debut Interview + Giveaway: FALL TO PIECES by Vahini Naidoo