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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Where do ideas come from?

“Where do you get your ideas?” I’ve noticed that fiction writers tend to answer this question in a tone I’ll call…cutsey sarcastic. “A unicorn brings them to me every full moon.” Cool, cool. The wisdoms of the masters—always super helpful… Don’t get me wrong, I get it. It’s a weird question for fiction writers to …

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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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Collecting and Connecting – Two Years of Interviews

I not only tell stories, I collect them. I interview people about their complicated career paths and publish the articles once a month. After two years, I’ve found there’s a key factor that separates the interviews I find interesting and the ones I get fully sucked into, head first. But before I talk about other people’s stories, …

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