When I listen to Itzhak Perlman’s violin in the Theme from Schindler’s List, it reaches a wordfree place inside me that resonates and curls around the melody. It brings me a kind of hovering freedom that hurts. The plodding and soaring notes take me wide, across time to other people, and simultaneously, they bring me into myself, solitary.
A Skype visit took me to the Seaman High School Library in Topeka where I had a chance to talk with Marian Sweany’s most excellent book group this morning. The seven lively students were full of insights and questions about the Birthmarked series. It was cool to hear their observations about the reversal of the power dynamics between men and women in the first two books, and they seemed to think a fourth book is in order so they can see what happens ultimately for… Continue reading
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: