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...]

To Market, To Market To Buy a Fat Book

A few weeks ago I was asked to give a lecture on how I built my author platform to create a market for my books. Well...okay. I didn't set out to build a platform; actually, I didn't know I was standing on one. So I talked about how I have a website and this blog, how I use Facebook and Twitter, how Instagram and tumblr are the best social media sites for interacting with teens but I don't go … [Read more...]

AWP Conference Minneapolis

For a number of years now, I've been attending and speaking at the annual AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) conference, and this year is no different. I'll be participating in two panels - one on magical realism in YA and children's literature with Laura Ruby, Samantha Mabry, Nikki Loftin, and Nova Ren Suma on Friday at 4:30PM, and one on the "geography of nowhere", examining … [Read more...]