COVER REVEAL and WINNERS!!

Thank you for all the awesome comments on my cover! And thank you to all those who tweeted and facebook-ed and blogged it too! It was great to see all that cover love. 🙂 As part of my cover reveal, I had giveaways: two $20 Barnes & Noble gift certificates and a signed copy of BLIND… Read more »

BLIND SPOT HAS A COVER!

There’s nothing quite like seeing the artwork someone else has created to represent the words I’ve written! Wow! I am in awe! Before I get to the big unveiling, I thought I’d share a wee bit about the design process. After HMH acquired Blind Spot, several people asked me what I wanted my cover to… Read more »

Happy 2012!

It is crazy to think it is already 2012! The new year is bringing with it lots of awesomeness: I am looking forward to revealing the cover to BLIND SPOT soon. I have a tentative release date of October 23, 2012 🙂 And. . . I will be announcing some more good news this month,… 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

#7: A Writing DNA Selection on Character Building Over on the Sleuths, Spies, and Alibis blog we have a feature called Writing DNA where we share writing tips, inspirations, etc. Here is one of mine from 2011:   Could you write the life story of the person in this photo? Of course not! You don’t… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

“Tis the season for countdowns. My personal favorites are the top 100 songs of the year or decade — especially when the radio station playing the countdown is mostly commercial-free. I also enjoy countdowns of top books because usually I haven’t read most of them — which is why I am NOT doing a ‘top… Read more »

My 2012 Blog Resolutions

In the words of Staind, a favorite band, It’s Been A While. I am slowly getting a handle on all this book writing stuff. The journey has been so fun, but I am finding it hard to keep up sometimes — especially now with the holidays barking at my heels. As a result, I have… Read more »

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 »

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 »