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The North Texas Teen Book Festival Was Fabulous!

Nearly 8,000 readers came by the busload to Irving, TX for the NTTBF16. Photo credit: Jennifer Mathieu

Nearly 8,000 readers came by the busload to Irving, TX for the NTTBF16. Photo credit: Jennifer Mathieu

Every time I think about my trip to the North Texas Teen Book Festival, I grin. You would not believe how amazing it was. Middle Grade and Young Adult readers came by the busload for a day of panels with their favorite writers on Saturday, April 23rd, and I tell you, the energy was off the charts. I had the best time!

Here are a few photos from the day.

Howdy, Texas!

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As easily as I say “Pass the butter,” teens in Texas say “Ma’am” and “Sir,” and to my Northern ears, it’s a gracious sound. When I write about characters from Texas, I recall the kind, polite readers I’ve met there, and when I think about going back, I smile.

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Texas

In the YA community, Texas is known for its book enthusiasm. The librarians (Yay for the TAYSHAS Reading Lists!), booksellers, bloggers, teachers, local writers (Yay for Jennifer Mathieu!), and readers are fun loving and first rate. There’s no… Continue reading

Keeping It Simple

Version 2Some days, when I face another day of writing and my book is frankly confusing me, it takes extra effort to get started and keep going. I want solutions to appear quickly so I can let my fingers fly into a new scene, but I suspect from past experience (yesterday’s), that won’t be the case. Still, I won’t get anywhere unless I start. So I do.

I just open up the draft and find where I left off and keep trying. Sometimes, writing a novel is that simple.

What YA Novel Should Our Book Group Read?

13262783One of my friends recently asked me to suggest a YA novel for our book group, and I relished the chance.  The women in our group are avid readers with thoughtful, perceptive observations, and they help me discover new books—fiction and nonfiction—that I’d never find on my own.  Of different generations and backgrounds, they bring unique, nuanced perspectives, and I appreciate the moments we disagree in our interpretations of a novel as much as I do the times when we agree.

17564519I came up with the following suggestions for YA novels that would… Continue reading

The Questions

View of the Pacific from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, March 2016

View of the Pacific from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, CA, March 2016

Though I still have a long way to go with revising the third book in the Vault of Dreamers series, I’m starting to think about ideas for what might come afterward. I’m facing a wide-open horizon, with potential everywhere I look. It’s unnerving to have so much uncertainty before me. Part of me is tempted to lock onto an idea just so I can have something solid and sure.

I’m resisting that urge, though, because when I… Continue reading

Good Times at WonderCon

WonderCon Building Worlds with Words Panel, March 25. L to r: Cecil Castellucci, Aditi Khorana, Margaret Stohl, Victoria Schwab, Lisa Yee, Gretchen McNeil, and Caragh O'Brien

WonderCon Building Worlds with Words Panel, March 25, 2016. L to r: Cecil Castellucci, Aditi Khorana, Margaret Stohl, Victoria Schwab, Lisa Yee, Gretchen McNeil, and Caragh O’Brien. Photo: Julia Hart

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Approaching the Games area

WonderCon was a blast, as expected. I arrived at the L.A. Convention Center last Friday with ample time to sit in on a couple of other presentations and wander the floor. I liked how the visitors in costume totally owned the conference, like when a couple of Spidermans encountered a J. Jonah Jameson (Peter Parker’s boss)… Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

May 13, 2016: I'll be signing at the Barnes & Noble in Manchester, CT on Friday, May 13th at 6:00 in conjunction with the Manchester High School Book Fair. It should be a fun night!
 
Summer 2016: I'll be visiting libraries and bookstores in Connecticut, including the Avon Free Public Library on July 12th. 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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