I 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
Next 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
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.
The Next Chapter: Three… Continue reading
I 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
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.
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
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