I've been thinking a lot about how I work. How I'm most productive. What would help me be most productive and the type of creative person I want to be. This isn't news, if you've read previous posts on this blog. I'm a bit obsessed with this type of self reflection. But I'm going to self-reflect … Continue reading How I Work: Thinking about Process as a Writer with a Dayjob
Focus and I are not friends. It's never been my friend, to be honest. I always find something else that I'd rather be doing than whatever I need to do. If I needed to do my homework, I was on Horseland, Livejournal, and the website where I fandom-RPG'd in the Wheel of Time world. That's … Continue reading Chasing the Illusive Unicorn, Productivity
We talk a lot (but never enough) about why representation matters in books. It's important, if not crucial, essential, and life-saving, to see ourselves reflected in literature. We need to see characters who look like us, move like us, think like us, feel like us, struggle like us because books are doors. They allow us … Continue reading Time To Write A Broader Spectrum of Mental Health
Last night I attended yet another brilliant event at Children's Book World of Haverford. I want to hug them close, those ladies at CBW. They get the best authors, they're absurdly kind in ways that we rarely see in the world, and they produce very well run events considering their very small space. (I totally … Continue reading Rattling the Stars: The Importance of YA for YAs
I'm sure that everyone has that ONE question that they get asked all the time about their debut book (or maybe, for every book! I guess we'll find out!). For me, the conversation goes a little like this. Me: I wrote a romance about two ballet dancers after a horrible car accident and how they try … Continue reading So, Do You Dance?
Last week, I wrote about depression. I'm treading water right now, and before you say, "Oh no!", know that treading is good. Treading is active. I won't lie. Announcing the book deal buoyed me through the week and I'm grateful for that high, and for everyone's congratulations and their excitement to read balletbook. Today was a … Continue reading The Anatomy of a Good Day
“It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” -Albert Einstein I was saying to a friend, Paul Krueger (go say hi to him on Twitter. He's pretty fantastic and his debut out from Quirk next year is going to be AMAZING), that I felt like my writing got … Continue reading All Roads Lead Somewhere: What My WIPs Taught Me
I missed last Monday's recap, and I'm late for this week's recap for YAB Bootcamp...but this is why? So can I get a pass because last week was a whirlwind of AWESOME? So that's what I've been doing and to be honest, everything else has been set aside to get all of that done. My goals … Continue reading Quick Monday Recap for YAB Bootcamp
1. My cousins, my siblings, and I used to hold chicken therapy sessions in the attic of the barn. My grandparents own a farm in Central Pennsylvania where we spent Easter and parts of each summer, running wild in a space still free of cell phone towers, the internet, where I remember when the house … Continue reading A Constellation of Memories
I KNOW RIGHT? This week I accepted an offer of representation from Louise Fury of The Bent Agency! She offered on my book SERENADE, a New Adult contemporary romance about ballet dancers (Yes, the one I summed up in this synopsis in gifs here) but that was actually the second book from me Louise had … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: I Signed With An Agent!