No 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
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
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt!
This 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
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:
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
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.