I'm always up for promoting wonderful authors, so when I heard about the Summer Author Blitz, I jumped on the chance to participate. The Summer Author Blitz is organized by Belle Whittington and Tabatha Perry of the Montgomery County Book Festival. Thanks, guys! And there will be a Twitter party for the #2013SummerAuthorBlitz on July… Continue reading Interview with Kimberley G. Little, author of When the Butterflies Came
Debut author Lynda Mullaly Hunt's novel One for the Murphys doesn't come out until May 10, but it has already received lots of praise, including a starred review from Kirkus. So, who better to talk writing with? I met Lynda at a Writer's League of Texas event in March and as soon as I heard… Continue reading Author Interview: Lynda Mullaly Hunt, One for the Murphys
I've been mulling over this post for a while, ever since I read Salon's Laura Miller praising two young adult novels, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Meg Rosoff's There Is No Dog. Not that I have any objection to her praise. On the contrary, what concerned me is the reason for their classification… Continue reading Book categorization: Protagonist’s age or story’s theme?
Editors and agents talk a lot about "voice," that seemingly elusive quality that every good book possesses. As soon as I started reading Between Us Baxters by Bethany Hegedus, I was immediately struck with one thought: "Wow, what a voice!" Between Us Baxters is a middle-grade novel set in the fall of 1959, a time… Continue reading Beautiful Beginnings: Bethany Hegedus’ Between Us Baxters
For my last post in Random Acts of Publicity Week, I'm sending out some love to my author friends: Jaqueline Kelly's debut novel, The Evolution of Capurnia Tate, won the 2010 Newbury Award. The book tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who takes an interest in nature as she learns what's it means to… Continue reading Author Recommendations
So, it's Random Acts of Publicity Week — an idea I love — so this week, I'll be posting book recommendations. First up is the Zack Proton series by Brian Anderson, a writer in my local Austin area. When I moved to Austin and started attending the SCBWI meetings here, I kept hearing from people,… Continue reading Book Recommendation: Zack Proton series
Staying on the topic of revising, I talked to someone who knows a lot about making children's literary the best. Deborah Halverson has been on both sides of the desk, working as an editor for Harcourt for 10 years and later as an author of two teen novels, Honk If You Hate Me and Big… Continue reading Writing Young Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson
Browsing my Google Reader subscriptions the other day, I realized that the majority of the author blogs I follow are by young adult authors. And, although I love those blogs, as I write middle-grade fiction, I figured it was time I broaden my scope. So, I started looking around for blogs by middle-grade authors and… Continue reading Keeping up with middle-grade