5 Things I Learned from Losing Another Hard-Drive

Part of my story as a novelist goes like this: It was the winter of 2008. At least I think it was 2008—my memory and sense of time passing has been going lately, so let’s just assume I know what year it was. It was the winter of 2008 (probably). I’d written a quick-and-dirty draftContinue reading “5 Things I Learned from Losing Another Hard-Drive”

How the Shyest Person You Know Found a Way to Talk in Front of People: A Great Mystery

I used to be painfully shy. I know I’ve spoken about this before—maybe here on the blog, maybe at events—but I used to be a really, really shy person. Horribly shy. Talking in front of groups of people, being made to speak, to answer questions, to say what I was thinking, being looked at byContinue reading “How the Shyest Person You Know Found a Way to Talk in Front of People: A Great Mystery”

Writers Colony Diary: The Hambidge Center June 2013

Sometimes, when I’m writing and barred from Twitter and blogging and all manner of distracting things, I keep a journal in which I talk to myself. I did this while I was away for a short residency at the Hambidge Center in Georgia, and I wanted to share selected bits with you. Some of theContinue reading “Writers Colony Diary: The Hambidge Center June 2013”

The Writing That Comes Before All the Writing: On Outlining

I used to be a dedicated outliner. My outlines for novels would take up dozens and dozens of pages, come with color-coded notes to myself (this has been written and you don’t need to worry about it anymore = blue ; not sure of this, but you’ll come up with something better when you writeContinue reading “The Writing That Comes Before All the Writing: On Outlining”

Haunted at 17: A Giant Link Round-up and a Huge Thank-you

Thank you. Just thank you. Thank you to everyone who wrote a Haunted at 17 story and shared it online. I was kind of floored at the response. I spent the week sharing five Haunted at 17 stories here—all five from people who reached out to me and offered their stories to share in full on this site.Continue reading “Haunted at 17: A Giant Link Round-up and a Huge Thank-you”

Haunted at 17: Featured Story #5

Thank you so much for reading the Haunted at 17 blog series to celebrate the publication of my new novel, 17 & Gone! To mark the release of this story about a 17-year-old girl haunted by the missing, I asked some authors I know to join me in answering this question: What haunted YOU at 17? TheyContinue reading “Haunted at 17: Featured Story #5”

Haunted at 17: Featured Story #4

Thank you so much for reading the Haunted at 17 blog series to celebrate the publication of my new novel, 17 & Gone! To mark the release of this story about a 17-year-old girl haunted by the missing, I asked some authors I know to join me in answering this question: What haunted YOU at 17? TheyContinue reading “Haunted at 17: Featured Story #4”

Haunted at 17: Featured Story #3

Thank you so much for reading the Haunted at 17 blog series to celebrate the publication of my new novel, 17 & Gone! To mark the release of this story about a 17-year-old girl haunted by the missing, I asked some authors I know to join me in answering this question: What haunted YOU at 17? TheyContinue reading “Haunted at 17: Featured Story #3”

Haunted at 17: Featured Story #2

Thank you so much for reading the Haunted at 17 blog series to celebrate the publication of my new novel, 17 & Gone! To mark the release of this story about a 17-year-old girl haunted by the missing, I asked some authors I know to join me in answering this question: What haunted YOU at 17? TheyContinue reading “Haunted at 17: Featured Story #2”