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Author Talk at the Tolland Public Library September 23rd

This upcoming Saturday, September 23rd, I’ll be speaking at the Tolland Public Library at 1:00 as part of the Eaton-Dimmock-King Authors Series. I’m expecting to read a bit from my latest novel, The Keep of Ages, and talk about writing young adult novels. Having taught at Tolland High School for six years, I have warm connections to the community, and I’m honored to be invited. I’ll be happy to answer questions about publishing, how to get started writing, and better yet, how to keep going.  

Living as a… Continue reading

Launched!

The Launch for The Keep of Ages at the UConn Barnes & Nobles

We had the nicest launch for The Keep of Ages on Sunday evening at the UConn Barnes & Noble! I’m grateful to my family, friends, and readers for coming out in force and joining the celebration. Special thanks to Bob and Sharon for hosting the event, complete with flowers and homemade brownies.

It’s the greatest feeling, being part of a community of book people and sharing the happiness of one key milestone. Thank you! 

The Keep of Ages Is Out!

Yahoo! The Keep of Ages is out today!

I’m so happy. This book wraps up the Vault of Dreamers trilogy in the perfect dazzling way, and I’m so excited that readers can finally learn what happens to Rosie and all her friends. Yay!

The Keep of Ages Blog Tour ends today, too, with a fitting stop at Mundie Moms. Katie, the force behind Mundie Moms, interviewed me back when Birthmarked first came out, and I had the fine pleasure of meeting her in person when I visited Texas a… Continue reading

A Blog Tour Playlist at Bookish Lifestyle

I can hardly believe The Keep of Ages is out tomorrow!

Today, the penultimate jump of the Keep of Ages Blog Tour takes me to Bookish Lifestyle, where a playlist of songs reflects the moods, characters, and key moments of The Keep of Ages. Choosing just the right music was a pleasure and gave me the chance to think about the novel in a new way.

Music has always been important to me. More than hearing it with my ears, I tend to feel it around my… Continue reading

The Jump from Teacher to Writer

Today, the Keep of Ages Blog Tour takes me to YA Books Central where I’m talking about how my life as a high school English teacher prepared me for writing YA novels.

Writing Rosie’s story, especially the first book in the Vault of Dreamers series, gave me a chance to draw directly on my experiences in a high school, both as a student when I was younger, and as a teacher. The energy and daily anxiety of high school are unforgettable, and it was a natural leap to… Continue reading

The Blog Tour Stops at Reading Teen

Today the Keep of Ages Blog Tour swings by Reading Teen, where I’m playing Two Truths and a Lie about myself and Rosie’s story. I’m a truthful person, normally, but it was fun trying to come up with lies that sound plausible. 

If you are not already familiar with Reading Teen, Andye’s site is cool because aside from providing book reviews and giveaways, she invites discussions of sensitive topics (like sex in YA novels) and supports methods for turning books into art. It’s an inspiring… Continue reading

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