When I stepped up to home plate last Sunday night for a friendly game of softball, I was a bit worried. It had been almost six years since I’d faced an opposing pitcher. Most of my practice swings since that time had come during various school visits around Michigan. During one of my talks, I share … More Practice Swings
I’ve never liked selling things. In fact, I could hardly sell Girl Scout Cookies. I did try, but I usually felt physically sick as I climbed the steps to press someone’s doorbell. As a writer, I have to sell my words. But one lovely aspect of this, is that I typically don’t have to make a … More Peachtree Publishers: People Who Share Books
It was such a pleasure to spend a couple of days in Chicago at the ALA National Convention talking to people who love books. Jeanie Franz Ransom and I kept returning to the Peachtree booth like a pair of homing pigeons. One highlight for me was getting a chance to meet the talented illustrator, Yoshiko Jaeggi, … More ALA National Conference
I’ve been struggling with a new first chapter for a novel revision. It’s been a process of arranging and rearranging words instead of adding to the plot. But it can be really difficult to draw the reader into the world of your character especially if it’s a fantasy. It’s important to throw out clues about … More Letting Go For Awhile
I’ll be signing books at Peachtree’s booth in “The Stacks” during the ALA National Conference on July 11 at 12:30. Please feel free to drop by and say hello. I’d be delighted to answer any questions about SAVING THE GRIFFIN or DEFENDING IRENE or talk about the process of writing them.
Late last week one of my writing friends sent out a notice. Somehow she missed the fact that she was supposed to bring a completed novel to a master class with Linda Sue Park at the SCBWI National Conference. Clearly this was a writing emergency that required drastic measures. Lynnea decided to embark on a … More NaNoWriMo in July