Truth or Dare Challenge — My teamTEENauthor Initiation

Would you believe, I have NEVER played Truth or Dare? I know! Crazy, right? But now as a married, mother of three, I am about to play. Why? Because I was dared to by Julie Cross author of Tempest as an initiation into the super cool “Team TEENauthor” — an awesome network of soon-to-be or already published Young… Read more »

Laura Ellen and the DEAR TEEN ME Anthology

Zest Books has teamed up with E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally to publish an anthology based on their popular Dear Teen Me blog, and I am thrilled to announce that I will be one of the 70 YA authors included in the anthology! Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves will… Read more »

To Swag or Not to Swag — THAT is the question!

As I get closer to my book release, my focus is shifting from edits to marketing, and more specifically, swag. Now some of you may be asking: what the heck is swag? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Six months ago I thought it was what guys like Mick Jagger have — but no, that is… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

#1  5 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… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

#3 Oh, the Places I Had to Go: My Rocky Road Writing BLIND SPOT My novel BLIND SPOT walks a fine line between two very different genres: thriller/mystery and contemporary/literary ‘issue’ book. I found as I was writing that it is difficult to balance between the two. When I began writing BLIND SPOT, I wanted… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

#4 Putting the ‘creep’ in Creepy Photo by Brenda Mihalko 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 readers pick up a book… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

#5 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… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

#6: How I Became a Writer I was very jealous at age three. I didn’t understand why my sister got to go to kindergarten every morning and bring all these exotic looking papers and books home, and I couldn’t. I took to eavesdropping and spying on her while she did her homework – especially when… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

#8: The Scary Art of Query Writing Let’s face it, query writing can be scary. Most of us would much rather begin writing a new novel than boil down the one we just finished into a short, concise pitch. But if the rest of the world is to read that finished novel, you’ll have to… Read more »

Previous ‘Current Inspiration’

One of the most common questions Laura Ellen is asked is this: Where do you get your inspiration? MUSIC  “Music is how I connect myself to my stories.”  — Laura Ellen Although she finds it in many things, music is the most common source of inspiration for Laura Ellen. From the first few rumblings of… Read more »