February 11, 2019

Happy 2019, everybody! (Can we still say that? I’m making an executive decision that we can.) I'm returning to the blog for the first time in a while to share with you the cover to my newest book baby, Bad Bella!

Before we get to the good stuff, though, I want to tell y...

February 26, 2018

This past summer, a discerning teenage journalist wrote an article outlining the reasons she doesn’t enjoy YA novels. I read through the list, nodding to myself as she ticked off many of the most common tropes of the genre, then summarily destroyed each one as outdated...

January 5, 2018

Well, 2017 was…a year.

A year in which I remained largely publicly silent about my writing life as I privately struggled to figure out just where that life was leading me.

Writing book two has been the hardest experience of my professional life, with the possib...

March 27, 2017

Ever wonder what life is like for a children’s author? Or are you a Snoopy Sally like me who wonders what life is like for OTHER children’s authors?

Then this, my friend, is a post for you!

A couple weeks back, I was preparing to give a presentation to a group of aspirin...

February 15, 2017

She's come, she's come! And she's left a beautiful surprise in my inbox.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. As an author, one of the best moments of the prepublication process is seeing the cover of your book for the first time. It honestly feels like being a k...

February 12, 2017

What follows is the speech I gave at the launch party last week for The Ethan I Was Before at Raleigh's Quail Ridge Books. 

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First, I need to thank Quail Ridge for having me here to their gorgeous shop. Even if you have already bought the book and brought it...

January 24, 2017

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make somethin...

January 16, 2017

Last fall, I wrote a post about the role that children’s literature professionals should be taking on in our post-election society. Now, with the inauguration looming near on the horizon, I want to write some follow up thoughts.

Earlier this month, President Obama bade...

November 16, 2016

In the wake US presidential election, and with populist movements sweeping the western hemisphere, it seems as though we are on the doorstep of dark days indeed. It is tempting to surrender to that darkness. As a writer, it’s difficult not to give into the idea that my...

October 30, 2016

Writing a book is a funny thing. For a long time, you are the sovereign over a world that grew out of your brain jungle. Not only that, but you are the world’s only resident. And then suddenly, one day, someone new reads it, and the versions of the world you created mu...

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