Category Archives: YA

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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Self-Worth and YA fiction

I was reading my horoscope the other (cue eye roll). I know, I know. But I don’t read it to see if I’m going to win the lottery. I use it as sort of an introspection tool. And I only … Continue reading

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WIP it!

Just finished the first draft of my new book after nightmare marathon session lasting until the wee hours of the morning. Jo don’t do late nights well. Yesterday I sent it to two of my betas and printed it out … 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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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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The Boy With The Purple Hair

Yesterday the family and I took a little trip to Annapolis Royale on the north shore of Nova Scotia. It’s a 1 and 1/2 hour drive straight across the mainland, through woodland and past signs warning drivers to look out … Continue reading

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YA Inspiration

I formally state here that I co-opted this blog topic from fellow author Nova Ren Suma. You can find her original post here at her blog Like me, she started as a middle grade witer and then found herself writing … Continue reading

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Are Women Writers dominating YA and Middle Grade?

No less a luminary than Roald Dahl said that writing for children was the hardest sort of writing there was. He was also of the opinion that women made better childrens lit authors. I dont remember his reasoning. It was … Continue reading

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Genre Hopping

My first published book was a middle grade fantasy. Its called “The Curious Misadventures of Feltus Ovalton” and you can look it up if you want. It looks like this: I was contracted to do a series of at least … Continue reading

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