Rule of Mirrors Cover

We have a cover!


We don’t have a proper description yet, but this is the sequel to The Vault of Dreamers, and it’s coming out February 16, 2016.  Thanks again to Elizabeth Clark, Associate Art Director at Macmillan, for the cover design.

Happy Readers Occupy the Gym for the WHS Lock-In

Writers, readers, and ECSU volunteers at the Lock-In for Literacy and Culture. Photo credit: Susannah Richards

Writers, readers, and ECSU volunteers at the Lock-In for Literacy and Culture. Photo credit: Susannah Richards

When a hundred high school students gather to celebrate literacy and culture, expect a lot of fun. That’s what characterized the night at the 4th annual Lock-In for Literacy and Culture at Windham High School last Friday. From the moment of entering down the red carpet and receiving my event tee-shirt, I knew I was among new friends, and I kept meeting cool readers for the next five hours. The students were amazing: funny,… Continue reading

Getting Locked In

logo with textI’m psyched. Tomorrow night, I’m getting locked in the gym at Windham High School with a hundred students for the 4th annual Lock-In for Literacy and Culture. I’ve been looking forward to this since I was first invited to attend last fall. Senior Rebecca Bowling asked me personally when we met at the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair, and she was impressively poised and earnest. What most appealed to me was the way the lock-in was organized by the students, for the students. It’s geared to celebrate reading, writing, and… Continue reading

Expecting Green

forsythiaapril2015We have forsythia. I doubt 
any sign of spring and warm 
days ahead could wax 
more distinctive. The blast 
of yellow is both defiant 
and joyful, a snub 
of the nose to winter past 
and a gauntlet to summer. 
As I drove south to New Haven 
yesterday, the roadside trees 
went from leafless 
to budding green, 
predicting over distance 
what will happen in time 
here in my own yard.
I hope.
Once the leaves burgeon
and the world transforms,
I’ll quickly switch to denial
about the six preceding months of… Continue reading

Write Faster!

IMG_4369When I receive an email from a reader asking me to write faster, I always wish I could oblige. The truth is, I’m a steady writer, but not a particularly fast one. I put the hours in and need to go through layers of revisions to produce anything worthwhile. Sometimes my drafts go quickly, but other times they go backwards. I’m amazed at my friends who can write three or four books a year, and I wish I knew how to do the same. Maybe someday I’ll learn.

For now,… Continue reading

More Feels!


He was as happy as stone. (Or, how emotional writing doesn’t always work.)

When my brilliant sister Nancy O’Brien Wagner gave me feedback on a recent draft of The Rule of Mirrors, she keyed in on certain moments and wrote “More emotion!” in the margins. This is hugely helpful to me, but it does not involve an easy fix, like adding more tears or labeling that my characters are passionate, angry or relieved. Saying “She felt so happy!” only goes so far.

The challenge with writing emotional scenes is… Continue reading

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