Getting To The Story Heart

Today, a blog post for writers: getting to the emotional heart of your writing. This is one exercise in a series of exercises I've got planned for my talk at our Montana spring SCBWI retreat in two weeks. Readers want stories that touch them in a deep way. They want stories that resonate long after the reading is finished. To write such a story you must be willing to push outside your comfort … [Read more...]

Holiday Break

For the next two weeks, I'll be taking a holiday break, and I hope you will, too. But before I go... If you haven't pre-ordered The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, there's still time to get a signed copy and "charming" gift, if you go here. The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle is garnering raves, including a Kirkus starred review: “Witchy magic, Nazi menace, and clockwork all … [Read more...]

Setting Writerly Goals

Yes, I know. It's summer. You are lounging on a beach, or hiking in the mountains, or fishing a great creek, or...or...anything except writing. Goals are not on your mind. I'm not here to jerk you away from a much-needed rest! I'm just here to inspire you so that when September rolls around (and it will) you'll be ready to tackle those dormant writing plans. Here are a few exercises that … [Read more...]

Books With Diversity: Cross-cultural Relationships

In this moment when diversity is finally getting the attention it deserves, and publishers and readers are discovering books that represent diverse cultures, I'd like to make mention of young adult novels that feature cross-cultural and/or interracial relationships. My interest in the subject stems from my own work. In my backstory construct of FORGIVEN, I imagined that Kula Baker's … [Read more...]