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...]

On Being A Writer

ON BEING A WRITER Writing is my passion, and if you share it, then I think you are truly blessed! Here are some thoughts I have about being a writer: Noted children’s author Jane Yolen has a slogan for writers: BIC. It stands for “butt in chair”, and it helps to remind me that I need to write in order to be a writer. Even when white paper stares me in the face, I must start somewhere, with … [Read more...]