Am I a poet and I didn’t even… know.

poetry magnetic Okay, I’ll admit it.  In the spirit of experimentation and commitment to craft that is at the heart of my book This is Not a Writing Manual (TINAWM), I am writing a series of Twitter poems called #TINAWMDaily.  This is week 3, so I guess the pilot phase is over, and I’m making it official. I’m [...] Continue reading →

The LA Times Freakin’ Festival of Books!

2013-festival-of-books-logo In case you haven’t seen on Twitter or Facebook–or on the Today Show with Ryan Seacrest and Veronica Roth this very morning!!–I was lucky enough to moderate a panel at the LA Times Festival of Books called “Outer Limits,” and if there ever was a fantasy panel of YA writers, it was this one: Veronica Roth, Lauren Oliver, Lissa Price, [...] Continue reading →

A poem for National Poetry Month

Image courtesy of graybeard ( In the hopes of inspiring other to participate in my literary journal YARN‘s cool National Poetry Month poem-a-day project, I have written a short poem in response to Day 3‘s prompt:  ”Write directions for preparing food.  The food can be simple (a glass of rain) or outrageous (cooking the world’s last antelope)—you decide.” TO DO [...] Continue reading →

California Dreamin’

2013-festival-of-books-logo I’m going to be at the LA Times Festival of Books: Saturday, April 20, 3pm I’ll be moderating a panel of 4 amazing YA fantasy writers: Lauren Oliver, Lissa Price, Victoria Schwab, and Veronica Roth!!  Talk about a “fantasy” group of writers!!  (Do note, though, that the schedule of events won’t be final until MArch 25! [...] Continue reading →


Picture by Peter Su Hello, and welcome to my author webpage. This site has been a long time in coming–not just because I’m not so hot with the technical stuff and it’s taken me an absolute AGE to get this thing up and running, but because, well, it’s taken me a while to publish a book that would merit such a page. [...] Continue reading →

Around the corner!

ManualBanner[1] The book’s release is right around the corner!  Hard to believe. Even harder to believe, you can PRE-ORDER it now–you know, so you don’t forget later.  Available on Amazon, Powell’s, or your fave indie bookstore (my first choice). Continue reading →

April Event at the Weston Public Library

Image courtesy of vidalia_11 ( Weston Library (Weston, MA): Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30pm “Be an Editor for an Evening” This one-hour workshop will help you develop the keen eyes of an editor–a useful skill for any teen who writes and edits their own papers, college essays, or creative writing.  I will bring real poetry and prose submitted to my [...] Continue reading →
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