Category: Blog

How I Learned to Love (and Learn From) My Kids’ Favorite Books

I’m excited to have a guest post from author Michael Noll today. I love talking about craft, learning about craft, and, especially, books on the craft of writing, so I’ve been looking forward to checking out Michael’s book THE WRITER’S FIELD GUIDE TO THE CRAFT OF FICTION, which comes out on Tuesday, Feb. 27. How…
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A Year Ago I Sold My Book

This week marks a year since I accepted an offer from Simon & Schuster to publish my novel THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST. It’s been an amazing, strange, glorious, surreal, wonderful year. This novel was first written in 2010 under a name that’s a bit of a spoiler name, so I won’t share…
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Author Kim Tomsic Talks About Dares and More…

It’s wonderful to share a debut year with friends, and when their middle-grade novel is as fun and heart-warming as Kim Tomsic‘s THE 11:11 WISH, it’s delightful. So, we thought it would be fun to interview each other about our books. (My interview will be on her blog later this year, so look out for…
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Coming Soon… Parties For Books

It’s a new year! New possibilities. New opportunities. And most importantly new BOOKS! We’re now in 2018, the year my debut middle-grade novel, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, will be on bookstore shelves. The hardcover is already available for pre-order at numerous retailers, as well as on Kindle from Amazon. It’s a strange…
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2018 Will Be a Great Year For Books

What a year 2017 has been. At the end of January, I got two offers on my middle-grade novel THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST and now the book has a publisher, a cover (isn’t it pretty?!), a jacket, chapter illustrations, and it’ll be on shelves in six months from today! It feels like…
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A Writer’s List of Thanks

I just finished writing the acknowledgements for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, and they’re extensive! Nothing we do in this world is done within a vacuum, and this book has been blessed by a lot of people during its life so far. With Thanksgiving next week, I thought I’d highlight some of the…
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My Book Has a New Name

I have a confession to make: I’m terrible at coming up with titles for my books. It’s true. One of the novella’s on my harddrive is called “Death Story”. (It’ll change before the book gets published.) The novel I’m working on now is called “Trees”. Very inventive. (Not really.) And the title for my book…
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10 Reasons to Read Banned Books

It’s Banned Books Week, and while it’s sad that we need a Banned Books Week, I’m so glad we have it. In case you’re new to Banned Books Week, it started in 1982 after the number of books being challenged in schools, bookstores and libraries swelled. Challenged books are ones that have received requests for…
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Lessons From C.S. Lewis and Tolkien’s Hobbit

I’ll never forget reading about how J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis sat around in a pub in England having heated discussions about the way books should be written. Oh how I wanted to be a fly on that wall! I can just imagine them, sitting in a dark corner, pints on the table in front…
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Read a Book Day! 10 Reasons Why You Should

Yes, today is National Read a Book Day. The special day and extra spotlight is always welcome, but personally, I think reading a book should be celebrated every day. Books are amazing things and reading them has even more amazing benefits. (I’m biased, of course, seeing as I write books, but before I was a…
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