Alas and alack, SUSPECT did not win through to the final list of 99 titles. But then, I didn’t really expect it to. A quick tour through the nominations assured me back in November that my book was quite light by comparison without having the high concept of something like Natalie Standiford’s CONFESSION OF THE … More Best Fiction for Young Adults 2011
While acceptances from children’s magazines usually come through the mail, acceptances from publishers usually come in the form of a phone call from the editor or the author’s agent. Struggling writers often wonder if they’re ever going to make it to that point. Eight writers from the Erin Murphy Literary Agency have joined together to start … More The Call
I’ll be serving as the guest author for THE WRITERS’ RETREAT December 6th-8th at the Institute of Children’s Literature’s website. The basic topic is mystery plotting, but I’ll also go into setting, characterization and so on.
A reviewer from THE NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS had some nice things to say about SUSPECT: “Suspect is a quick and easy read that will satisfy lovers of mystery and suspense. The edgy romantic component will capture the imaginations of others who will certainly want to know, at the very least, how that particular … More Review from NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS
Sure, Amazon has been selling SUSPECT for weeks now. But today, October 1, is the official release date of SUSPECT. It’s a bit like the due date for a baby. The little one may arrive early unless the author is a big name like J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins.
I wrote up a writing prompt for My Word Playground. It shares my technique for putting two or more characters together and letting them interact without worrying about trying to build a scene complete with action and dialogue. I enjoyed checking out writer Lynne Marie’s playground while I tried to figure out what I wanted to write about. This … More Letting Your Characters Talk
You’re invited to the launch party for SUSPECT at Literary Life! WHEN: Thursday, October 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 WHERE: 758 Wealthy Street SE Grand Rapids, MI Things should be lively since the Wealthy Street Autumn Stroll will also be going on. I’m hoping to have coloring pages available from SAVING THE GRIFFIN as well. A … More Mix and Mingle
I did an interview for Luke and Nemo at Biscuit Break for their “Sit, Stay, Write!” series. These two shelties belong to Jeanie Franz Ransom. They love hanging out with her on the front porch in her outdoor office when she works.
SUSPECT’s first review came in from Kirkus, and it’s a good one! In fact the title of this post was also the subject line from my editor when she sent me the review. She noted that it can be hard to get a good review for mysteries, especially in the world of YA. But here … More A Sparkly, Sparkly Review
My author copies of SUSPECT arrived today. The computer screen really doesn’t do justice to just how vivid the pink is. I held the book up to the computer screen. It’s not quite a match.