Online Resource Guide for Aspiring Authors

This past week I spent four amazing days at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Everywhere, groups tucked into corners between panels to help each other get ready for the great and scary pitch sessions. Someone mentioned feeling intimidated to come to their first conference, ready for battle in the Hunger Games of aspiring authors. Instead, they found themselves wrapped …

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Why I Write for Kids and Teens

Sometimes, when I tell people that I write for kids and teens, they respond with something along the lines of, "Oh that sounds fun! Do you think one day you'll be good enough/serious enough to write for adults?" I then launch in to all the reasons I love writing for young people. The challenge of …

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Create the World You Want to See

I’ve been thinking a lot in the past couple weeks about the subtitle I chose for this blog. Why not, "Story time!" or "Who brought the marshmallows?" or "Why to be careful checking out a stack of books about witchcraft because a student might think you're trying to summon the devil"? (Another story for another time.) See, …

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Urban Legends: The Hook

The babysitter and the creepy phone calls. The woman followed home by someone flashing their headlights. The “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the lights?” message. I only recently discovered that not everyone’s childhood innocence was ax-murdered by these stories. For me, all you have to say is "urban legends" and I experience a mixture of …

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