Mental Illness, Misconceptions, and YA lit

I’ve read in a few places now about how Robin Williams was suffering from a form of dementia, which would explain his suicide. All I can think is – and DEPRESSION DOESN’T??? Every morning I take Synthroid to keep my thyroid running normally – this keeps my brain working and my heart working and myContinue reading “Mental Illness, Misconceptions, and YA lit”

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 likeContinue reading “I Write What I Write”

Are We Reading too Fast?

I was asked to moderate the agents and editors panel at the Alaska SCBWI/AWG conference last weekend, and the one question I WISH I’d had time to get to is this: With how our society devours something and moves on to the next, will we see a lack of new “evergreen” novels? Novels that stickContinue reading “Are We Reading too Fast?”