Occasionally People Can Be Wonderful

I need to tell a story about a horrible thing that led to a lovely thing.

I recently participated in an online auction called Authors For Grenfell, which was created to raise funds for the victims of the horrible fire in London. One of the items available to bid on was the chance to name […]

We Need Diverse Books (of course)

Well, I might have just cried a little bit at the video below.

There are a lot of good and important causes out there, but I can’t think of many nearer and dearer to my heart than the We Need Diverse Books campaign.

What began as a social media uproar due to the lack […]

WINTERKILL, or The Book I Didn’t Write But am Proud of Anyway

Almost four years ago, in October 2010, I exchanged emails with another writer I found on the Absolute Write writers forums. For those who don’t know, the Absolute Write online forums are a huge and helpful, if slightly daunting resource, for aspiring writers. Whether you’re writing picture books or poetry, memoirs or thrillers, that website […]

Great YA Mystery Series: Win an Advance Copy of Book Two (and peek at the cover for book 3!)

One of the greatest elements of being a writer now, as opposed to, say, the 1500s (in addition to the printing press), is the the fun of finding other writers online. I’ve been incredibly lucky this way – I’ve found critique partners and writing buddies and a tribe of talented people who sympathize and celebrate […]

In Which I Greatly Admire Rick Riordan

This quote below from wildly crazily best-selling author Rick Riordan is ALL KINDS OF RIGHT. (His newest book, House of Hades, is the latest in the gods of Olympus/Percy Jackson series. If by some odd chance you haven’t heard of him or his books, learn more here. http://www.rickriordan.com/home.aspx) I’m currently navigating the wild world of […]

Us Lions, or Being In the Club

There’s a passage in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that Large Son gave me reason to remember recently. It’s not a huge important scene, but his reference to it was perfect, and I remembered it immediately. It is in the White Witch’s castle after Aslan has breathed on all the stone statues and […]

Book Expo America: Why BEA Doesn’t Matter to Me (and Why it Does)

For those of you not working in the publishing or writing worlds, BEA is just another alphabet soup of an acronym, (although a far pithier one than SCBWI, as I wrote about here). But for those in those worlds, BEA falls somewhere between Dante’s seventh ring, a candy shop, and a vital business meeting with […]

Heck. To. The. Yeah. (A Repost of author Mike Mullin)

This could almost work as Monday Book Love, because I really enjoyed Mike Mullin‘s book ASHFALL. It is a very cool premise: a normal fifteen-year-old boy Alex is home alone when the supervolcano brewing under Yellowstone National Park explodes. The world is covered in ash and Alex begins his journey away from his ruined home […]

Monday Book Love on MLK Day

Today’s choice is easy.

My amazingballs aunt Elizabeth Levy, who is a children’s book author, has a problem. (Well, it’s not really a problem, unless you’re not the kind of person that likes every single surface of your home covered in books, especially your children’s rooms). Luckily, I am not that person.

So my aunt’s…let’s […]

Monday Book Love and Identifying with a Stuffed Buffalo

One of the wonderful parts of falling in love with books is finding the “me too!” moments when you’re reading. Authors strive to create realistic emotions and reactions, so that readers can identify with the characters. It’s one of the best parts of enjoying a well-written book. I just didn’t expect to find such connection […]