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Why I Vote

Partnering with HeadCount, a non-partisan voter participation organization, Penguin Random House has started an initiative encouraging people to register to vote, called: And in honor of that, I’m here to tell you…drumroll…WHY I VOTE! (You’re surprised, right? I’m sure you are.) So, why do I? Well, because OF COURSE I DO! Except, it’s more complex […]

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Hitting the Road!

Hello lovelies, I have news! In the next month, I’m hitting the road! Through October, I’ll be making stops in Tacoma, Minneapolis, and Denver to chat with indie booksellers about Immoral Code. Are you an indie bookseller? Fellow author? General book fan? If so and you’ll be at any of the conferences below, come say hi!

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A Little Help From My Friends

**warning: sentimental ramblings coming your way in 3…2…1…** Writing is a solitary process. We writers (hunched over desks, faces lit by the bluish glow of our computer screens, mumbling to ourselves about coffeeses and deadlineses and preciouses… Oh wait, that’s Gollum. Anyway…) spend hours working alone, wadded up tight inside our imaginations with the characters […]

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School Book Donations

Hello everyone! This Saturday, after speaking with a friend (a wonderfully generous person and incredibly dedicated teacher) about her school’s need for books, I tweeted this, reaching out to the kidlit and book-loving community for help. The response has overwhelmed us in the best way! We are in absolute awe of your generosity. As I write […]

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Your Book is Not Your Baby aka It Only Takes (the Right) One

Ok. This post is going to do double duty. First, your book is not your baby. Honestly, I hate this expression. Not because your book isn’t an intensely important personal creation. I get that. What I take issue with is the assumption that your art is inviolable. You write a book. Unpaid. For years. Pouring […]

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Who are you anyway?

Here I am, at the beginning again, in the infant stages of that infamous endeavor “Book Two.” And, you know what? A new book idea is just that: New. Bright and shiny and brimming with possibility and, well, not much else. After finishing a manuscript, rewriting, revising, editing, rinse and repeat for a few months […]

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With A Grain of Salt

A couple months ago I did one of those “One like = One…” threads for writing advice on The Twitters, and as I am now making a concerted effort to add actual content to this here site, I thought, hey! Why not write a post about that? So, here goes… 0.) Take all writing (all […]

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The Road is Long and Full of Potholes

Obligatory “how I got here” post! Hahaha. Kidding. This isn’t an obligation. This is a doing-a-backflip-while-happy-crying delight. Also one I’m not too proud to admit that I’ve been drafting in my head for years. Really, years. Eleven, to be exact. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. This post, this “I SOLD A BOOK!!” post has been rumbling […]

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Starting Over

So, I am terrible at posting. Maybe it’s a time thing. Maybe it’s that I’m not very comfortable talking about myself. But last I posted, I’d finished a complete rewrite of my YA speculative novel and was waiting to see if that rewrite would sell to a publisher. As it goes, it has not. Yet? […]

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Emerging from the Rewrite Cave

Hello from outside the Rewrite Cave! Or maybe I should call it a tunnel as there was an entrance, a very long (as in, eight-plus months long) middle, an exit, and even the metaphorical light at the end, at first a pinprick and then daylight, searing the near-translucent skin of my hermitage. In either case, […]

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