Pondering Next Ideas with Agent

Ever since I talked to my agent Kirby Kim last week about what to write after the Birthmarked trilogy, I’ve been feeling optimistic and encouraged, both about the ideas themselves and the open-ended direction of my writing.  I’m normally optimistic anyway, but I did wonder if Birthmarked was a fluke.  Now I believe my brainstorming is leading me in good directions, and I’m grateful once again that I have a great agent to work with.

Food for Thought

As far as I know, there’s no prescribed way… Continue reading


Coincidences tend to be unbelievable in fiction, but I’m living with a couple of curious ones now in my real life.  A year ago, when my daughter told me she wanted to study in France, she applied to a program at the University of Rennes, and Rennes just happens to be the city where Hélène Bury, the French translator for Birthmarked, resides.  What are the chances that my daughter and my translator would end up in the same city, giving me ample excuse to visit?

Off to France… Continue reading

Becca the Highland Cow

Becca the Highland Cow (c) Becca Hart 2011

And now for an inspiring photo by my talented niece, Becca Hart. Thanks for the laugh, darlin’.