Monthly Archives: May 2016

Rant: on DNF Reviews

I get twitchy and maybe a little stabby every time I see a DNF (did not finish) review for a contemporary YA, or any novel, where the MC was a terrible person in the beginning, and the person didn’t keep reading for this reason. Um… If the character was perfect, conflict would be a little […]
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Rant: Teens Aren’t Dumb (the mini version)

Psst. Teens aren’t dumb. 90% of the teens I know could handle my TV and logins better than me. When I need an App for something specific, I ask the teens I know. And they have always steered me well. So, why, why, WHY would anyone feel the need to “dumb down” a book for them […]
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In Brief: Maintaining Perspective in Publishing

The older I get the less I believe in correct and incorrect decisions. I’m not saying I don’t look back at my “regular life” and my “writing life” and go – WHAT THE VERY HELL WAS I THINKING??? But I will say that most often, I remember WHY I made a given decision at a […]
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Introduction of THE FEAR LIST

Because this is release week, I feel okay about flooding my blog a bit 😉 *language warning for you tender-eyed souls* This is the scene where the fear list is brought up. Hailey has just puked on Kyle’s shoes, and he’s giving her a ride home… “Your voice is nice,” Hailey said. “Low but not […]
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My LIST of reasons that everyone should know and love Christa Desir

When you write a novel with someone, you get an inside look at how their brain works, how their family works, and how their life works. The more time I spend with Christa, the more I think she’s an amazing person. So today, instead of sharing a FEAR LIST, like we did w/ our characters […]
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