rule of mirrors

Look What Arrived!

The Rule of Mirror arrives!

The Rule of Mirrors arrives!

My editor sent me copies of The Rule of Mirrors!  I have the actual book in my hands. It’s a thrill to see this novel in its final stage after all these months of labor and conniving. Thank you to my lovely editor, Kate Jacobs, for helping me all along the way!  

My brother Tomy O’Brien was visiting when I opened the package, and he snapped this happy photo. It was great to have him here to help celebrate. He even read… Continue reading

ARC! Squee!

IMG_5135My editor sent me an ARC of The Rule of Mirrors so I have an actual, book-shaped item to hold in my hand. It has flipable pages and a life-size cover, and it tempts me to start counting down the months (four!) until February. The nicest thing? It has arrived just as I’m finally past the second-guessing agony of writing this book and into the joy of completion. I love how this book turned out, and I can’t wait until I’m able to share it! For all of my friends… Continue reading

Rule of Mirrors, 1st Pass Pages

1st pass pages of The Rule of Mirrors

1st pass pages of The Rule of Mirrors

My first pass pages for The Rule of Mirrors arrived last week so I’m seeing what the novel looks like on paper in its real format for the first time.  It looks nice, and reading this paper copy gives me a chance to feel like an outsider, a reader, rather than the writer.  At the same time, this is my last real opportunity to catch any details I want to change, so I don’t want to lose my… Continue reading

Linus’s House

Linus's House in Rule of Mirrors

Linus’s House in Rule of Mirrors

To design a map for The Rule of Mirrors, I first sketched a view of Linus’s house as seen from the Lookout Tower at the Forge School. His house is the second one behind the water tower, so I imagine it looks roughly like this, with Molly’s doghouse in the back yard. This way, from Linus’s upstairs bedroom, his windows look back on the Forge School.

Works in Progress

IMG_4647 - Version 2My first batch of line edits for The Rule of Mirrors (Vault 2) came a couple days ago, so I back-burnered my new draft of Book 3 to work on them. On my breaks, I’m writing the Q&A for the back matter of the paperback of Book 1, which takes me to thinking about where the series started. So, essentially, I’m mentally in all three books right now, and I like that.

At the same time, I’m hyper-aware that it’s summer, and the season has become inextricably intertwined with… Continue reading

The Rule of Mirrors Update

The description of the novel has been released, so I’m sharing it here.  The novel is due out next February 16, 2016.  Just a heads up: the description of Book 2 is a spoiler for the ending of The Vault of Dreamers, but I think that’s okay.  Here goes! 

RuleofMirrorsCoverThe Rule of Mirrors (Vault of Dreamers #2)

The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair… Continue reading