I’ve been wanting to redesign my website for well over a year, and after turning in my first draft of STOLEN earlier this week, I finally implemented a long overdue face-lift. For those of you viewing this post in your rss readers, here’s a peek at the new homepage: It wasn’t easy getting everything in working order, but I’m thrilled with the results. The new site has a robust books section, with individual detail pages for each novel. The good ‘ol blog you already know is still kicking around. Plus, there’s now a designated extras section where I can collect much needed info like FAQs, #namethatbook info, and so on. I’ll be continuing to fill it out over the next few weeks–I have plans to add a “resources for writers” section, as well as a mailing list signup, so stay tuned. Until then, please click through and poke around! What do you think of the new look? Let me know in the comments. Read More
Finally! A month in which I managed to read a decent number of books. Here’s what I enjoyed this July: To start, some nonfiction for a change. Michael Pollan’s IN DEFENSE OF FOOD is an illuminating read. The mantra, printed right on the cover, is simple: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Well of course you should eat food! Duh. How hard can that be? Well, the evolution of the American food industry has pushed a lot of things that are anything but food into our grocery stores. Fed up with not being sure what, exactly, was in the food I was buying (and after Susan Dennard recommended it to me), I eagerly picked up Pollan’s book. He outlines the history of food science/engineering, the constantly changing diet fads in America, and how it has impacted our food and agriculture; then goes on to provide some common sense suggestions to eating thoughtfully and responsibly. (In short, don’t eat anything with long ingredient lists, especially if you can’t... Read More
I’ve been totally MIA lately, and I apologize. I miss the days when I was able to blog about fun topics–be it craft posts, industry insight, or even just freebies like dusk jackets. Hopefully some more of those will pop up in the future. Until then, a dull but straight-forward list of news: 1) The first draft of TAKEN3 is in the hands of my editor! Okay fine, it’s actually more like the tenth draft, but this is the first time she’s seeing it. It’s the beginning of the end for me, and this is in incredibly bizarre. Gray’s been in my head since early 2010! I realize most of the world is just meeting him and the rest of the cast, and how cruel that my time with them is almost up. I’m not ready to say goodbye! (Fun fact: I sobbed a ton while writing this book. I’m sure I’ll sob even more during revisions.) 2) I’m also hard at work on a novella in the TAKEN world. Did I mention this yet? I honestly can’t remember, so how... Read More
I spent the first half of June on the road for the YAGB Tour, and the second half, unfortunately, wasn’t filled with a ton of reading. (More on that later). But first, the two books I did get to this past month: Having heard so many amazing things about Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series, I finally snatched up the first installment, THE THIEF. After bragging that he “can steal anything,” Gen ends up in the King’s prisons, only to later be selected by the King’s scholar, the magus, to accompany him on a journey to seek out–and steal–and invaluable ancient treasure. I found the beginning of this one a little slow, but the second half made up for it tenfold. Talk about twists and turns and surprises. (Like Jellicoe Road, I would tell hesitant readers to give this one ~100p before quitting.) Gen’s voice is blunt and humorous–he’s lazy, and yet completely sympathetic, likely because he does have the... Read More
After 2.5 weeks on the road, I’m (finally) home! The Young Authors Give Back tour was exhausting, but a huge success. We visited a bunch of cities, did some sight-seeing, and sold books. But without a doubt, my favorite part of the tour was the reason we did it in the first place: the giving back. Meeting with young writers and talking to them about craft and publishing was incredibly rewarding. So many of the teens we met with were super talented, not to mention fearless. Their writing was pure and daring, not yet weighted down by their inner editors or publishing woes. I’m so glad we hosted these free writing workshops. I hope they were as inspiring for the teens who attended them as they were for me. Other fun highlights included attending BEA, meeting readers, being interviewed on live TV, seeing news of the tour in print, and doing it all with three of my best friends! photo credit goes to the one and only Alexa Susan wrote a fabulous recap post of the tour on... Read More
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