It’s Friday, Featuring . . .

Possess by Gretchen McNeil Published August 23rd 2011 Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare… Read more »

It’s Friday! Featuring…

For my first blog back after a very long-lasting, not-so-fun eye infection, I have decided to start a regular Friday post featuring upcoming or just-released must-reads. Here’s my first installment: Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan Published September, 2011   Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteen-year-old, her… Read more »

Thank You and Congratulations!

Thank you to all who visited my redesigned website as I kicked off my first official month! Many of you left comments, tweeted, blogged, and followed me – thank you, thank you, thank you! Yesterday was the last day to get your name in the hat for my Welcome Giveaway, so if you missed it—… Read more »

Back from SCBWI-LA

I just wanted to post a quick note to say: I’m back from the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles! Now, for those that don’t know, SCBWI is the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. If you are a children’s author and/or artist, or aspiring to become one, the SCBWI is a must. There are… Read more »

WELCOME and GIVEAWAYS!

My website has officially launched! After months of melding creativity with technical mumbo-jumbo, my wonderful web designer, Stefanie Gilmour of S. Gilmour Design has given me the green light.  Woo-hoo! To celebrate, I want to give something away! Ideally, it would be my book, BLIND SPOT, but since that isn’t due out until Fall 2012,… Read more »

Putting the ‘creep’ in Creepy

Yup, I’m blogging on The Nightstand again and thought I’d share part of it here. In his vlog post ‘Who’s This Guy? Why Does He Write Weird Junk?‘ Daniel Marks mentioned how the king of horror, Stephen King, uses kids to put the ‘creep’ in creepy in his classic Salem’s Lot. King knows that when… Read more »

The Lyrical Long and Short of How I Found My Agent

Today on The Nightstand I am blogging about how I found my agent, but I get asked the question so often, I thought I’d post the blog simultaneously here too. I am represented by the awesomely brilliant agent-extraordinaire, Jill Corcoran of Herman Agency. My friend and fellow critique group member, author Jacqui Robbins, introduced me… Read more »

How I am Learning to ‘Pimp Myself’

Since I accepted my book offer from Karen Grove at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in mid-March, I have discovered there is volumes to be learned about marketing a book. Most of my education on this topic has come by way of The Apocalypsies, all 2012 debut authors who have banded together to help promote and support… Read more »