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The audio books of BIRTHMARKED, PRIZED, and PROMISED have been released by Tantor Audio. They're available through Tantor, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and



PuzzleNo doubt I’m not the first to compare writing a novel to working a puzzle. The difference between a jigsaw and book, however, is that a jigsaw comes in a box with a picture to guide you, and someone has provided the precise pieces to fit together. The puzzle of a novel, by contrast, is a wild amorphous thing that rarely lies flat on the table and is just as like to have a piece of cheese mashed in where a corner piece belongs.

I feel, these days, like a… Continue reading

Writer Alums Visit Williams

​Caragh O'Brien, Dayna Lorentz, Kristin Cashore, and Tui Sutherland at Williams College, October 2, 2014​

Caragh O’Brien, Dayna Lorentz, Kristin Cashore, and Tui Sutherland at Williams College, October 2, 2014

Returning to Williamstown to be on a panel with other writer alums and visit a class on Children’s Literature was a pleasure for me last week. I was intrigued to meet up with alums from different eras, knowing we now have writing YA in common, and I felt warmly included by Dayna Lorentz, Kristin Cashore, and Tui Sutherland, who were all friends with each other already. Moderators Mary Cotton and Jim Shepard, also writers, brought… Continue reading

YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!

scavenger hunt-2This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck to give readers a way to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors, and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only access exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue number for the hunt on each site you visit. Add up the clues, and you can enter for the prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the team! But… Continue reading

Heading to Williams: YA Panel, 10/2/14

I’ll be visiting Williams College tomorrow to join a panel of other alums who write YA—Kristin Cashore, Tui Sutherland and Dayna Lorentz.  Our disussion will be moderated by writer Mary Cotton and Prof. Jim Shepard, and it’s open to the public. The facts, Ma’am: Thursday, October 2, 8:00 p.m., Goodrich Hall, Williams College, Williamstown, MA.

Here’s why I’m excited to go:

1. I’ve devoured novels by Kristin (Graceling), Tui (The Menagerie), Dayna (No Safety in Numbers) and Jim (Project X), and… Continue reading

The Fierce Reads Tour Wraps Up in Charleston


Bookseller Jessica, librarian Andria Amaral, Ann Aguirre, Caragh O'Brien and Marie Rutkoski at Blue Bicycle Books.

Bookseller Jessica, librarian Andria Amaral, Ann Aguirre, Caragh O’Brien and Marie Rutkoski at Blue Bicycle Books.

Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, SC, welcomed Marie Rutkoski, Ann Aguirre and me for our final stop in the Fierce Reads Tour yesterday.  We had a great moderator, librarian Andria Amaral from the Charleston County Public Library, who asked us thoughtful questions about our fierce characters, and let us go off on tangents about scary clowns and the way we’ve teased each other on tour.  

It was a special way to finish… Continue reading

Fierce Readers, Writers, and Friends at the Bethesda Library

Ann Aguirre, Marie Rutkoski and I stopped in at the Bethesda Library yesterday for another Fierce Reads panel and we had a great time.  Librarian Kathie Weinberg had thoughtful questions to get us started, and the audience added more so we were able to talk about favorite YA novels, writing discoveries, favorite characters, and much more.  We had a chance to linger afterward, and I was delighted to catch up with a few of my friends who live in the area.  

Ann Aguirre, Marie, Steph Sinclair from Cuddlebuggery, Stephanie Brown of No BS Book Reviews, Jessica who? Of Step Into Fiction, Sandy Chen Huffington Post, Me,  Front Lindsay Smith, Jessica Spotswood (writer), Leah Cypess, Diana Peterfreund. Not pictured: Liza from Reading with ABC, and Sanna Darwish and Noha Darwish of Just Counting the Stars.

In back: Ann Aguirre, Marie Rutkoski, Steph Sinclair from… Continue reading

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For a chance to win a signed copy of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, enter here! The Goodreads giveaway ends November 1, 2014.

Upcoming Events

November 9, 2014: I'm presenting at the CT Children's Book Fair at 12:45, on Sunday, November 9th, at the Rome Commons Ballroom of the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, CT. Signings will follow at 1:15 and 3:00. The Book Fair runs the weekend, November 8th + 9th, and promises gads of fun, books, and writers.


November 14, 2014*: I'll be visiting The Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, MN on Friday, November 14th at 7:00 pm. *Please note new date and time.

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Caragh's Latest Favorite Reads

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Every Day
The Dog Stars
The Reinvention of Edison Thomas
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The Fault in Our Stars
Two of a Kind
Until It Hurts to Stop

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