My Debut Novel!

Photo of Chatsworth House, the seat of the Dukes of Devonshire.  By Timelapsed on Flickr. Hi!  It’s been a long time, I know!  I’m sorry.  But I’m back with some really fantastic news. First, I have a new agent: The wonderful and amazing Margaret O’Connor of Innisfree Literary!  She is an absolute dream, AND SHE SOLD MY DEBUT NOVEL, THE DEBUTANTE: A Novel of Kick Kennedy!  To the fantabulous Kate [...] Continue reading →

Writing, writing, writing

Image courtesy of Melissa W. Edwards ( Hi Folks, Just letting you know that you won’t be seeing much of me here, as I am WRITING.  Yes, that thing that keeps us awake in the night with characters, plots, epiphanies, fears, loathing, and fantasies of appearing in O Magazine.  I’ll tell you this much about my project: It’s HISTORICAL FICTION.  Never done [...] Continue reading →


teenreads In other catching-up-from-a-busy-but-fun-summer news, I was featured on Teenreads!  They posted a fun listicle (GREAT word, right?) I wrote of the Top 5 Classic Novel Every Young Writer Must Read.  I even surprised myself with this list.  Let me know what you think. They were also kind enough to interview me, and they asked some [...] Continue reading →

More Free Help for Teachers!!!

Image © Thomas Favre-Bulle ( I know how busy you teachers are.  I’m one myself, on hiatus for a while with kid/book/YARN/other to care for at the moment.  But I do know.  I know how hard it is to find time for anything new, and to figure out how to fit it into your crowded classroom syllabi….and I also know [...] Continue reading →

Random Word Contest “Entry”

Image © VH Hammer ( So my literary journal YARN is hosting this super cool contest during National Poetry Month. In brief: Pick 10 words from one of four poems we published last year during NPM, and write your OWN poem using those 10 words. Winner to be selected by hot-shot YA author John Corey Whaley [...] Continue reading →

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Image courtesy of vidalia_11 ( Good Monday morning, Everyone! I’m here to talk writing (What else?).  My friend, fellow YARN editor and YA writer Diana Renn tagged me in a fun My Writing Process blog tour.  Last week, she dished about her upcoming mysteries, Latitude Zero and Blue Voyage, globe trotting teens, and her messy-despite-her-best-organizational-attempts writing process. And now it’s [...] Continue reading →

The Writing-Working Balance

reviewreviewbook-1 The nice folks over at The Review Review–which, by the way, is an AWESOME resource for writers researching literary journals and where to send short stories, poetry, and essays–asked me to contribute to their Publishing Tips blog, and after some back-and-forth with the editor, I decided to write something about the intersection of teaching and [...] Continue reading →

Judging for Scholastic

scholastic_awards_logo-300x200 Okay, so I was super flattered when the folks at Scholastic asked if I would judge their Art and Writing Awards this year. Teens from all over the country submit their best stuff and get recognized for it. How cool is that? Previous winners include people like Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, and Stephen King. Seriously–I know! [...] Continue reading →
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