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Why Do You Write for Young People Instead of Adults?

5 young adults lounge on the floor to sort playing cardsI ought to understand this question by now. After all, people usually mean well when they ask it. The same types sometimes ask teachers why they teach at a high school rather than a college. A genuinely curious bird might ask a fish why it doesn’t fly.

Yet, like the fish, I sort of don’t know how to answer. How can you explain to a bird what it’s like to swim?

I write for young people because I can. I… Continue reading

Fierce Reads Tour Ahead!

FierceLeg1Next month, I’m departing on an 8-stop book tour with two other young adult novelists, Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Curse) and Ann Aguirre (Mortal Danger). This will not be any book tour. It’ll be Fierce!

The team at Macmillan launched the Fierce Reads Tours back in the spring of 2012, when they first started sending groups of YA writers out together to speak at libraries and bookstores all over the country. I joined two of those… Continue reading

Upcoming PW Webcast: August 20th

What happens when three YA writers embark in new directions? Come find out what’s ahead for Julie Kagawa (Talon), Carrie Ryan, who is teaming up with John Parke Davis (The Map to Everywhere), and me when John A. Sellers interviews us on a Publishers Weekly Live Webcast. The free event runs next Wednsday, August 20th, at 1:00, and  to follow along, all you need to do is register.

Layout 1Webcast description from Publishers Weekly:

The Next Chapter: Three… Continue reading

What’s Your Dream?

dream2I once asked my students what their dreams were for their futures. We were contemplating how the American Dream crosses through different works in American Literature (Gatsby: the green light, Of Mice and Men: rabbits/a farm, Streetcar Named Desire: safety/desire, Frederick Douglass: freedoms), and we realized how central dreaming was to us as individuals, quite aside from specific desires for nice cars, independence from parents, or saving the world. Dreaming lights us up inside and… Continue reading

A Couple Early Reviews

I don’t normally read reviews of my books because I’m sensitive, but recently my editor sent me one from Publishers Weekly, and another came directly from my niece. You can probably tell which is which.  Spoilers redacted.

Review #1

The Vault of Dreamers

Caragh M. O’Brien. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (432p) ISBN 978-1-59643-938-2

Rosie Sinclair’s one shot at becoming a film director is attending the Forge School, so she’s willing to put up with certain oddities. The school broadcasts students’… Continue reading

Not Your Typical Author Photo Shoot

Tomy O'Brien, standing, focuses his camera and flash umbrella at Caragh O'Brien, with car, forest, and cabin in background.

Photo Shoot

Readers are often curious to see what an author looks like. I know I am. I like to look at an author’s photo to see what it might convey about his or her character or personal style. I look for hints of the writer’s background and age, and I think about how the author chose to present himself or herself. Chances are good that the photo wasn’t taken by accident. What I really want to determine from a… 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 September 13, 2014.

Upcoming Events

September 14, 2014: We'll have a launch for The Vault of Dreamers at the UConn Coop Bookstore, Royce Circle, Storrs, CT on Sunday, September 14th at 3:00 p.m.


September 16, 2014: The FIERCE READS TOUR begins as Ann Aguirre, Marie Rutkoski and I visit Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove, IL on Tuesday, September 16th at 7 p.m.


September 17, 2014: The FIERCE READS TOUR continues with a stop at Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH on Wednesday, September 17th at 7 p.m.


September 18, 2014: The FIERCE READS TOUR continues. We'll be visiting the Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, MA on Thursday, September 18th at 7 p.m.


September 19, 2014: With the ongoing FIERCE READS TOUR, I'll be visiting Books of Wonder in New York, NY with moderator Emmy Laybourne, on Friday, September 19th at 6 p.m.


September 20, 2014: The FIERCE READS TOUR continues with a visit to R. J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT on Saturday, September 20th at 6 p.m.


September 21, 2014: I continue with the FIERCE READS TOUR, visiting Towne Book Center & Cafe in Collegeville, PA on Sunday, September 21st at 2 p.m.


September 22, 2014: The FIERCE READS TOUR continues with a visit to Politics & Prose at the Bethesda Library in Bethesda, MD on Monday, September 22nd at 7 p.m.


September 23, 2014: The FIERCE READS TOUR will wrap up with a visit to Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, SC on Tuesday, September 23rd at 5:30 p.m.
Check out the second leg of the tour with other FIERCE authors Gennifer Albin, Nikki Kelly, Marissa Meyer, and Jessica Brody.


October 2, 2014: Tui Sutherland, Dayna Lorentz, Kristin Cashore, and I will be on a panel moderated by Jim Shepard about Writing for Young People at Williams College in Williamstown, MA on Thursday, October 2nd at 8:00 pm.


October 3, 2014: Tui Sutherland, Dayna Lorentz, Kristin Cashore, and I will visit Northshire Books in Manchester, VT on Friday, October 3rd at 4:00 pm.


November 15, 2014: I'll be visiting The Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, MN on Saturday, November 15th at 4:00 pm.

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