Suspect turned up on the Kansas NEA’s Reading Circle Catalog! The list appears to cover fiction and nonfiction for grades K-12. Cool beans!
In an effort to make my goal of finishing an edit of Calyn’s story by the end of November, I’ve neglected the blog. But the additional focus on story has been helpful. I’ve been able to find some transitions to link together the scenes that I’ve already established. For me, such things have always been … More NaNoEdiMo Goal
Another positive review for SUSPECT: “Mystery fans will root for Jen and speculate away as they try to figure out what really happened…” ―Booklist
One extremely wise writer compared good reviews to crack and bad reviews to poison. And she’s right. It would probably be wiser to stay away from places like GoodReads where you run the simultaneous risk of becoming addicted to the “Attagirl!” feedback and being injured by the people who just don’t buy into your book’s solution. So … More Reading Reviews
SUSPECT was nominated to YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list! A group of fifteen will evaluate the nominees at the American Library Association Midwinter conference and come up with the 80 or so finalists. I’ll add the link once this list is updated. Right now, it only shows the nominees through September 30. My … More Best Fiction for Young Adults 2011
First Page Panda is a relatively new blog that shares the first pages of new novels. SUSPECT was posted today. This does look like a great place to taste books by familiar and unfamiliar authors.
Once upon a time, I used to do the combination grammar/spell checker with Microsoft Word on my middle grade novels and short stories. I’d reach the end where I’d find that I was writing on the 12th grade level. Well, it wasn’t a matter of dumbing things down. It’s a matter of accessbility and meeting … More Lexile Score
Writers are magpies. We can’t help ourselves. If we see something interesting, we want to twist it into our plots, our settings, our characterizations. Weaving these things into story can often be safe. My extended family can’t help but notice little scraps of our lives turning up here and there in my books. In SUSPECT, for example, … More Ooo! Sparkly!
One of the reasons that there are so many books in the world is that different things appeal to different readers. While the New York Journal of Books reviewer felt that the writing was tight and focused, one blogger felt my book was about fifty pages too short and ended too soon. I have to … More The Flip Side of Tight and Focused
While I was delighted by the suggestion from THE NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS that I’d written something with a bit of edge, my publisher pulled out the following quote: The story is sharp and lean; the writing is tight and focused. I’m sure that my mentorship with noted author and all-around great guy Gary … More New York Journal of Books Review Revisited