The Obligatory Old Year / New Year Post

I came home from my writing retreat right before the New Year. I can’t spend that night apart from E. Yaddo is a secretive place. I cannot post photos or give many details, but I can say I shared some inspiring conversations, laughed and learned many things, and slept with the light on because I sawContinue reading “The Obligatory Old Year / New Year Post”

The Book of Your Heart Series: Ryan Graudin

When an author says a book she’s written is the Book of Her Heart, what does that mean? In this completely irregular ongoing blog series, I’ve invited guest authors to reveal what they consider the Book of Their Heart—and share why this book holds a distinct and special place apart from all others they’ve written.Continue reading “The Book of Your Heart Series: Ryan Graudin”

The Book of Your Heart Series: Amy Reed

When an author says a book she’s written is the Book of Her Heart, what does that mean? In this completely irregular ongoing blog series, I’ve invited guest authors to reveal what they consider the Book of Their Heart—and share why this book holds a distinct and special place apart from all others they’ve written.Continue reading “The Book of Your Heart Series: Amy Reed”

The Book of Your Heart Series: Andrea Hannah

When an author says a book she’s written is the Book of Her Heart, what does that mean? In this completely irregular ongoing blog series, I’ve invited guest authors to reveal what they consider the Book of Their Heart—and share why this book holds a distinct and special place apart from all others they’ve written.Continue reading “The Book of Your Heart Series: Andrea Hannah”

More About the Cover of THE WALLS AROUND US

I am thrilled to share the gorgeous cover of my new novel, The Walls Around Us, which was revealed on Tumblr Books (the first-ever cover reveal by Tumblr!) on August 4! Here it is, and this author couldn’t be happier: This is a novel about killer ballerinas, a girls’ juvenile detention center, and yes, ghosts.Continue reading “More About the Cover of THE WALLS AROUND US”

Teasing Excerpts from THE WALLS AROUND US

Tomorrow—Monday, August 4!—my new book cover will be revealed on books.tumblr.com, and in the meantime, my publisher Algonquin has been sharing little teasers from the book, to hint at some secrets and to hopefully draw you in… Here are all the teasers my wonderful publisher has shared on Tumblr (each image links to the originalContinue reading “Teasing Excerpts from THE WALLS AROUND US”

The Very First Djerassi YA Novel Workshop and Retreat

Earlier this month, you could find me high up in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California, not so far from San Francisco, at a beautiful artists’ sanctuary called the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. I was gifted a writing residency there once before, in 2012, but my visit this month was to share my loveContinue reading “The Very First Djerassi YA Novel Workshop and Retreat”

Turning Points: Choose Your Own Adventure by Jon Skovron

This guest post is part of the Turning Points series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Now, to celebrate the release of his new YA novel, Man Made Boy, out in stores on October 3, here is Jon Skovron sharing his… Guest post byContinue reading “Turning Points: Choose Your Own Adventure by Jon Skovron”

The Two Weeks and the 43,258 Words

I am home now, from a stroke of good luck: a two-week “emergency residency” at the MacDowell Colony, a perfect artists’ colony in New Hampshire. I decided to do something different while there. Instead of my usual slow, plodding pace for writing a first draft of a novel, where I circle in on myself and revise as IContinue reading “The Two Weeks and the 43,258 Words”

The Night You Read with One of Your Favorite Authors

I wanted to tell you about last week, Wednesday night. It was probably the best experience at a book event that I’ve ever had. I was excited to be invited to read at the wonderful Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel and held, once a month, at theContinue reading “The Night You Read with One of Your Favorite Authors”