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Thought Unlocked

We try to clean up and organize our thoughts when we express them so others can understand us and like us and follow our trains of thought, but in our own minds we don’t need to explain. And sometimes if we can write only purely what we’re thinking, if the mash and muddle of the confusion behind our lids could land on a page like bird bone black twigs light as pepper, they could fall into miniature runes, messages from the gods or the jungle or the fairy dust, and… Continue reading

Minute by Minute

flowersIf I could only revise novels and never have to write a first draft again, I’d be a happy camper. As it is, I’m delving into a new novel, with new characters and new terrain, and after two tries, I’ve made it past the first 100-page milestone of my first draft. I may end up cutting much of what I’ve written, but it seems solid enough to keep going, and that’s a relief.

Every morning, I return to the spot where my characters ended the day before, read the last… Continue reading

Book People in Tolland

Sarah Gorman, Caragh O’Brien, and Lucas Knight Vezina at the Tolland Public Library, September 23, 2017

I had a happy visit to the Tolland Public Library where I was invited to speak as part of the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series on Saturday, September 23rd. Reconnecting with readers I’ve known for several years was delightful, and I relished the chance to meet new ones.

I especially enjoyed talking with relatives of students I had when I taught in Tolland and current students from the high school now. It’s exciting to know many… Continue reading

Author Talk at the Tolland Public Library September 23rd

This upcoming Saturday, September 23rd, I’ll be speaking at the Tolland Public Library at 1:00 as part of the Eaton-Dimmock-King Authors Series. I’m expecting to read a bit from my latest novel, The Keep of Ages, and talk about writing young adult novels. Having taught at Tolland High School for six years, I have warm connections to the community, and I’m honored to be invited. I’ll be happy to answer questions about publishing, how to get started writing, and better yet, how to keep going.  

Living as a… Continue reading

Twitter Takeover This Thursday

On Thursday, September 14th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm EDT, I’ll be taking over Young Entertainment‘s Twitter feed to chat about writing, books, and whatnot. I’m secretly hoping we’ll cover the important stuff, like the best snacks for writing and how nicely the actor in Anne with an E matches my expectations of Gilbert Blythe.

Look for the #YAuthorTakeover hashtag and ask me a question about Rosie from The Vault of Dreamers or Gaia from Birthmarked. Share your opinions about YA lit these days and tell me… Continue reading

Launched!

The Launch for The Keep of Ages at the UConn Barnes & Nobles

We had the nicest launch for The Keep of Ages on Sunday evening at the UConn Barnes & Noble! I’m grateful to my family, friends, and readers for coming out in force and joining the celebration. Special thanks to Bob and Sharon for hosting the event, complete with flowers and homemade brownies.

It’s the greatest feeling, being part of a community of book people and sharing the happiness of one key milestone. Thank you! 

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Upcoming Events

November 4, 2017: I’m appearing at the CT Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, November 4th in the Rome Ballroom at UConn. The event is free and open to the public.

 

November 5, 2017: I’m appearing at Anderson’s YA Fandom Frenzy on Sunday, November 5 in Lisle/Naperville, IL. Details to follow.

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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Audio Books

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