Category Archives: Authors

Writerly Peptalk: You are MAGIC

Writing does not always feel like magic. There are days when revisions feel more like climbing a smooth rock wall with no gear. There are other days when my house gets cleaned before I open the doc I’m working on. Days when I’d rather match socks than open my computer. These are not “happy writer” […]
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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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#CharactersWelcome – author Courtney Stevens

HOW WE MET: I met Courtney before either of us were agented – 2010? 2011? We’d both entered in a one-sentence pitch contest, and I begged her to let me read her submission. It was fab. (ME AND COURT AT SCBWI 2012 – SHE NO LONGER HAS THAT HAIR, AND I NO LONGER HAVE THAT EXTRA […]
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YA SCAVENGER HUNT – (hosting author Nina Berry!)

SCAVENGER HUNT HAS FINISHED!!! CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!! I’VE EMAILED YOU!! – JO Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At […]
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LEARN. PROPEL.

I use these two words a LOT – especially when I’m revising. After working through agent notes on one MS, and my first beta reader notes on another, I find myself going back to the basics. When a writer shifts something near the beginning of their MS, especially when it has to do with the […]
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Psst… You’re Going to get it Wrong

I was involved in several plays in college. One of the characters in a production was a pregnant woman and there was AN ACTUAL PREGNANT WOMAN cast in that role! Perfect! Think of all the research of “pregnant woman movement” she won’t have to do! When the review was printed in the paper after opening night, […]
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5 Things I Wish I’d Known about Publishing

Everything in publishing takes freaking forever. FOR. EVER. You have to make the process the destination, or you will always be frustrated. The chances of your book(s) making you rich are like 3%. If you’re not writing for the love of writing, then find something else to do with your time. There are already too many […]
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I Write What I Write

I remember after reading 20 Boy Summer and Fixing Delilah that I thought to myself – I wanna write a book like that. And then I went on a John Green binge, even though I threw Looking for Alaska across the room when I reached THAT part. And I was like – I wanna write a book like […]
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