how buffy saved my life

May 25th, 2012

So, one night, I was walking through this graveyard when this evil beast jumped out at me and tried to drink my blood when all of a sudden this hot, kickass slayer chick came out and shoved a wooden stake through his heart, turning him to dust. Okay, maybe that didn’t really happen. And maybe […]

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, […]

2012 new york teen author festival

March 2nd, 2012

It’s here! Like all good things that come annually: birthdays, Christmas, Arbor Day! It’s the New York Teen Author Festival. The super-awesome news: more amazing authors than ever!!! The slightly less-awesome-in-a-totally-selfish-way-news: I’m traveling most of that week, so I have to miss a lot of this. But I’ll be at The NYC Big Read and […]

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 […]