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Exciting News!!!!! (and it’s been a long looooonnnggg time coming)

I’ve been sitting on this for over four months and it was like perching on a gigantic sea urchin. It was painful 🙂 but finally (and serendipitously on my birthday), the news was finally broken. I am so grateful and … Continue reading

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Balance and the Bookstore

I’ve always worked in ‘different’ jobs- the independent music industry for over twenty years back when it was fun, as a landscape gardener, as a tree surgeon, as a bookseller. The most ‘regular’ jobs I’ve ever had were marketing for … Continue reading

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Sick Lit

There was an article recently in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper (which by the way is not high-brow journalism at its finest AT ALL) but still I wanted to talk about it a little here. Here’s the link for that if … Continue reading

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The Comfort in Books

So my life has taken a turn recently. My husband and I have decided to divorce after 16 years together. He is moving out January 1st. It is as amicable as we can make it but of course we are … Continue reading

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YA (reinvented as a genre rather than a category)

So the other day I read a GoodReads review of Ashes, Ashes written by a 20-something year old man who bemoaned the lack of violence and also, boobs (yup, BOOBS) in the book. This puzzled me exceedingly. It says right … Continue reading

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Read to Write

I don’t know about the rest of you but I spend entirely too much time in my own head. Part of it is being a writer. I haven’t really found (nor do I really want to find) a way of … Continue reading

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K-I-S-S-I-N-G/ Romance in YA

It seems appropriate that it’s the month of Valentine (or more accurately/grossly/bloodily the feast of Lupercalia- go google it. I’ll wait). Back? Wondering why Hallmark didn’t make a card for that? Enlightened? Good. So once again I am wondering about … Continue reading

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The Film of the Book

Isn’t this a crazy dream that most crazy authors share? It means you have arrived somehow. You have been validated by the machine that is Hollywood and all those marketing people who spot trends and decree fashion. And decide what … Continue reading

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ARCS!!!!!!!

ARCS! ARCS are advance reading copies. They have nothing to do with Narcs. Or arks. They are exciting things because they go to reviewers and they are the first proof that in fact one is not dreaming and that there … Continue reading

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My 10 Best YA Picks of 2010

1) Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins 2) White Cat- Holly Black 3) Wasted- Nicola Morgan 4) Behemoth- Scott Westerfeld 5) Will Grayson Will Grayson- John Green & David Levithan 6) Before I Fall- Lauren Oliver 7) Going Bovine- Libba Bray 8) Seth … Continue reading

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