My ‘Writing Crib’

This week on The Nightstand we are sharing our ‘Writing Cribs’ so I thought I would re-post here too. It is my first official vlog — even though I am not in it — so be nice! My Writing Space

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 »

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 »

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 »

Su-Su-Summertime!

I love summer. So many memories as a kid are tied up with summertime. There are specific events I remember – like the time the Bureau of Land Management helicopter landed in front of our house to tell us a forest fire burning miles away had turned and we needed to evacuate. Or the time my… Read more »

Five Tips for the Apocalypse

As a 2012 debut YA author, I belong to the Apocalypsies – a group of YA and MG authors whose books are all coming out in 2012. As part of our bio on the website, we are all listing five things in relation to the Apocalypse such as the five books we’d want with us,… Read more »

Finding the Magic

I just returned from a truly inspiring vacation in Disney World. It wasn’t the first time I’d been – in fact I think it was about the fourth time we had visited the park as a family – and since all three of my children (18, 12, and 9) have long outgrown the “magic” stage where… Read more »

To the Love of Story

One of my most favorite things about being a writer and reader of children’s books is being able to share and discuss books with my children. I love when they come to my ‘library’ – the wall-to-wall bookshelves in my home office – looking for a book to read. I love when one of them… Read more »

What I’ve Learned About Writing from Watching Project Runway

I’m guilty. I watch reality television. Not all of it; some shows are simply a flimsy platform created for idiots in search of quick fame. I do have my favorites though, like Survivor, Amazing Race, and Project Runway. My husband rolls his eyes when I say one of those shows is about to come on…. Read more »