Blog Posts filed under “General”

New Contest!

May 23rd, 2012

Want to win a signed copy of “Where She Went”? Here’s your chance: All you have to do is “like” or “follow” my Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr (links below) and then either reblog this post or retweet my message about the contest on Twitter — bonus points if you do both! Facebook: Tumblr: […]

Writers’ Advice? I’ll Give You Writers’ Advice!

May 16th, 2012

  So I just got back from a whole bunch of traveling and touring and got asked a zillion questions, but one of the most popular ones was this: What advice do you have for aspiring writers? I answered it so many times that I managed to edit down my usual blathering to a single […]

a tale of two movies

March 26th, 2012

  WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. This weekend something unprecedented happened, and I’m not talking about the fact that a movie with a teen female heroine earned a record-smashing $155 million dollars at the box office, though that did indeed happen. No, I went to two movies in a weekend. Since I have had kids, […]

before and after

February 29th, 2012

This is part of the awesome Maggie Stiefvater’s series on dissecting drafts: Some books come out in draft form basically in tact. Of course, they will require revision, but the essentials of character and plot are set. Others require much of the heavy lifting in revision. Or, as was the case with Where She Went, […]

the perfect song

February 9th, 2012

I started this blog post a few months ago. I never posted it. But now with the Grammy’s coming up and my draft not feeling so hideous, it feels germane. WHAT I WROTE THEN: I have been thinking a lot about the perfect song in the last few months as I’ve been working on a […]

doors and books and doors to books

February 6th, 2012

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: I am stripping a door. Funny what owning a house will do to you. Yesterday, my husband was walking around sporting a measuring tape snapped to his pocket—and I’m more of the guitar-over-hips fantasy, but whoah Nellie, I get the construction worker thing now!—and I am stripping […]

some days…

January 19th, 2012

Some days, I have fantasies about returning to the Pacific Northwest and having lots of room and being near family. And then I see things like this: And I change my mind. I’m such a sun whore.

armchair traveling

December 15th, 2011

Here’s what I’ve been looking at today instead of working on my book:   And this:   And a bit of this: You might call this procrastination. Or armchair traveling. Or daydreaming. But I happen to have a character who goes to Mexico. So I call it research. Work. Which means I’m actually working right […]

the curse of cakewalks

December 13th, 2011

I have been working on this book for six months. I though it was going to be easy. Never, ever think a book will be easy. It’s like thinking the guy you just met is going to be the one you marry. Inevitably, he will sleep with your best friend and steal your wallet. Anyhow, […]


November 6th, 2011

Ugh, that title—transitions—sounds so ominous, like I’m going to talk about death, or my new career as the owner of a chain of Baskin Robbins franchises (wait, that doesn’t sound so bad). Actually, I’m talking about transitions like moving out of our apartment, which I am, imminently, and into another apartment, in the hopes of […]