A young writer asked me the other day why I liked to write, and I told her I liked the ability to slip into another world whenever I wanted. I can be in a room at a table with half a dozen other people, and as soon as I set my pen to my paper, I’m gone to somewhere else entirely. The writing of the words pulls me away from the present and into my mind and out some back door to a deeper, different, wilder place… Continue reading
When I was a kid, my father liked to take my siblings and me up to the roof to look at the stars. I well remember how scary it was to climb the ladder and the awful, pivotal moment at the top when I had to step around the ladder onto the roof itself. For an instant, my weight would hover above a drop of dark air, the crickets would crescendo, and fear would suck the breath out of me.
It was worth it, though, once I reached the flat,… Continue reading
I’m visiting the East Granby Public Library at 24 Center Street in East Granby, CT, this Thursday at 7 p.m. for a talk about writing and the process of creating a novel, with examples from how I wrote the Birthmarked trilogy and my latest YA series, The Vault of Dreamers. Where do ideas come from? How does one get published? Should you quit your day job? What are young adult novels and who reads… Continue reading
We have a cover for The Keep of Ages (Vault of Dreamers 3)! I am so thrilled with the striking design. Beth Clark did an amazing job. This cover captures the mood of the story and creates a perfect visual with the first two novels, which were both leading up to this moment in Rosie’s story. Yay! The book feels so real to me now, and I’m eager to wrap up revisions. It’s due out July 11, 2017!
I hiked the Franconia Ridge Trail this weekend with my family and tested my mettle. Famous to hikers in New England, the trail is a rugged, 8.5-mile loop with stunning views above tree line as it follows the ridge along four peaks. It took us nine hours to go up and down. We passed waterfalls,… Continue reading
Having snapped this photo of a rainbow, I was delighted to discover afterward that the picture includes three flying saucers as well. What a fortunate coincidence that they happened to be orbiting in range. Enjoy!