Category Archives: Writer Life

So Much Good Stuff

Around here, everything is swiftly tilting to launch day. (Which is, um, a week from tomorrow!) I’m really excited about all of the amazing giveaways and blog promotions going on, so I wanted to get my self-promote on and list … Continue reading

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Old Friends

Things have been quiet here on the blog front. Behind the scenes, I have been busy finishing a second draft of Pretty Sly (aw yeah), getting the trailer ready for prime time (soon, soon) and generally doing some marketing activities … Continue reading

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Philly Kid Lit Peeps

Last night I got to go to my first authors and illustrators night at Children’s Book World. This is an annual event (20 years running) for local kidlit folks that’s a meet-and-greet for an hour and then it’s open to … Continue reading

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Inching Toward Publication

Back in May when I first joined the Apocalypsies, I had a moment of panic. I’d just finished my copyedits for Pretty Crooked, and I hadn’t even begun to think about what came next. Clueless. Completely clueless. Suddenly, there was … Continue reading

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Blurbage

I feel like I’m hitting the blurb jackpot. First Melissa de la Cruz, and now Sarah Mlynowski. Check it: “Packed with romance, humor, and adventure, PRETTY CROOKED will steal your heart.” –Sarah Mlynowksi, author of Ten Things We Did (But … Continue reading

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Nice Ink

A few months ago, I decided to self-publish JUNE OF ROCK to Kindle, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads, not really knowing what to expect, but figuring it was worth a shot. This was the book that got me my agent … Continue reading

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Real Live Author Stuff

Yesterday, as that saucy meteorological minx Irene crept up toward Philly, I drove out to West Chester for the PAYA Festival. First of all, this event was organized by a 15-year-old named Skyanne Fisher and raises money for libraries across … Continue reading

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Where the Magic (?) Happens

I do some of my best writing in cafes, but I’m kind of superstitious about what constitutes a great writing spot versus a place where I’m doomed to sit with fingers frozen over the keyboard, the caffeine pulsing through my … Continue reading

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So Completely Back

I’m back from the SCBWI conference. It was a whirlwind few days but I got to meet a bunch of my Apocalypsies pals, take some great workshops and hear some LEGENDARY people speak about their life and work. John Green … Continue reading

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Going West!

Tomorrow I leave for L.A., where I’ll be attending the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) summer conference. It’s my first national conference for this amazing organization that’s filled with the nicest, most dedicated people you could ever … Continue reading

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