Book Promotion for the Long Haul

Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 9.48.13 AMI was talking to a writer friend yesterday about art, our writing careers, book promotion, and how they’re related. Of these, promotion remains the wildest mystery. My first thought was that I don’t do much promotion because I don’t understand how it works. My feeling is that my publicist at Macmillan is the expert, and the success of my books is largely in her hands.

Then I realized I actually do quite a bit of promotion in my own, laid-back way. I just don’t much notice my efforts because they suit… Continue reading

Happy Solstice

Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls

It’s the longest day of the year, and we’re having a full moon, too.  Take a moment to find east and feel the way our earth is rolling in that direction, looping through space.  The sun, at noon, is as high overhead as it can be, sending us light from 8 minutes ago, and tugging us constantly with its gravity. As planets go, Earth is a nice one to be on.

Q. How Do I Finish My Novel?

Q. I’ve started a novel, (more than one, actually), but I can’t seem to get to the end. How do I finish my novel?


Badwater Basin

A. I find myself in this situation more often than I’d like to admit. Starting a novel is hard. So is writing the middle. It makes sense that the ending would be equally difficult to write, if not more so. We know that an ending is supposed to wrap up everything, or almost everything, and that it’s supposed to leave the reader both satisfied… Continue reading

We Care

IMG_6656We care about each other. That’s why it troubles us to learn of senseless violence. We want to believe we’re safe, and that innocent people can go out for a night of clubbing without risking their lives. We want to stop the cruelty and we don’t know how. It’s a helpless feeling, once again.

If you find you’re heartsick, you’re not alone. The feelings are real, even if you don’t personally know someone who has suffered the latest tragedy first hand. It’s okay to do what you need to take care… Continue reading

B-Fest: A Nationwide Book Fest for Teens

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 2.15.15 PMBarnes & Noble is hosting a huge teen book festival this weekend, June 10-12, with games, trivia parties, giveaways, author panels, writing workshops, cosplay, spelling contests, and bookish prizes. Tons of YA authors are showing up to be part of the B-Fest fun, and the events are free for everyone. Check out B-Fest Events at a B&N store near you and drop in to be part of the story.

I’m doubly involved with B-Fest. First, Friday evening, I’ll be joining fellow Connecticut writer Emily Bain Murphy (whose debut YA novel The Disappearances… Continue reading

Happy Trails


I distinctly recall sitting at my desk in my 5th grade classroom, looking out the window past the pencil sharpener to the green of the playground and longing for summer vacation. Soon, I thought. Soon I’ll be free.

June freedom still calls to me, and I luxuriate in the long sunny evenings and weekends of adventure. I hope you soon find yourself on a hammock with a book, on a screen porch with a frosty glass of lemonade, or in a canoe with a dog. Embrace the kid in your heart heart. Happy trails.

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For a chance to win a signed, paperback copy of BIRTHMARKED, enter here! The Goodreads giveaway ends July 25th, 2016.

Upcoming Events

July 12, 2016: I'll be joining four other YA and MG writers at the Avon Free Library Local Author Festival to highlight characters in fiction on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:00.
July 21, 2016: I'm leading a free Teens/YA Writing Workshop (Ages 12+) at the Scotland Public Library in Scotland, CT on Thursday, July 21st at 6:30.
August 2, 2016: I'm joining the CT Authors Trail with a visit to the Saxton B. Little Free Library in Columbia, CT on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

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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

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