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I Wish I Could Visit a Different School Every Day

I Wish I Could Visit a Different School Every Day

I did my first author visit in August, 2014, and I’m hooked. I love talking with middle school and high school students about writing and publishing and following their dreams. I’m not kidding when I say I’d visit a different school every day if I could. I’ve […]

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What if I Hate the Cover?

What if I Hate the Cover?

“Didn’t your mother talk to you about judging a book by its cover?” “Yes—and books with tattered covers stay on the shelves.” –Emmett and Elle, in Legally Blonde the musical.   I’ve been a part of the cover selection for every one of my books. Cover art […]

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Getting to Know Your Secondary Characters

Getting to Know Your Secondary Characters

I spend a lot of time with Tommy and Careen. I know about their childhoods, their fears, and their triumphs—tons of details that never actually make it into the finished books. They’re as real to me as my daughter and my nieces. Their circle of acquaintances expands […]

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The Rules Don’t Apply to You

The Rules Don’t Apply to You

How would you feel if you knew, no matter what you did, you couldn’t be punished or held accountable? How would it change the way you treated people? Would you decide to cheat…steal…or kill? How far would you go? In the 2013 film The Purge, citizens were […]

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What Shall I Be? 60s Board Game Spotlights Rapid Social Change

What Shall I Be? 60s Board Game Spotlights Rapid Social Change

I’ll be giving a talk about themes in dystopian fiction at the Free Women Forum in Austin this weekend. All that thinking about individualism, feminism, and choice brought back memories of a board game we had when I was a kid. I dug around on Ebay until […]

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Counteract Selected for 2015 Ohioana Book Festival

Counteract Selected for 2015 Ohioana Book Festival

I was so pleased to learn that Counteract has been selected for the 2015 Ohioana Book Festival, a day-long celebration of reading, writing, and Ohio authors. This year’s festival will be held at the Sheraton on Capital Square in Columbus on Saturday, April 25, from 10-4, and […]

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How to Create Portraits of Your Fictional Characters

How to Create Portraits of Your Fictional Characters

In my last post I mentioned that I was having an artist do portraits of Tommy and Careen. I just got the finished artwork and I’m so excited to share it! I knew what my characters looked like, but my artist, though he’s talented and awesome, was […]

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Visualizing Your Characters

Visualizing Your Characters

It’s a huge pet peeve of mine when characters depicted on the cover of a book don’t match the author’s description of them in the story. Part of the fun of reading is using your imagination, but we can’t help being influenced by artwork associated with a […]

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Preparing For the New Arrival

Preparing For the New Arrival

I’m preparing to welcome a new ink-and-paper child into the world, and just as if I were awaiting a new arrival of the flesh-and-blood variety, I feel the need to nest. Resist, the second book in The Resistance Series, will be joining its older sibling, Counteract, this […]

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Choreograph Your Characters: 6 Tips for Writing Action Scenes

Choreograph Your Characters: 6 Tips for Writing Action Scenes

I’m a dance teacher and choreographer-turned author. I’m retired from teaching in a studio setting, and writing is my primary focus now, but I satisfy my passion for dance by choreographing middle school and high school musical theater productions. My daughter recently observed, “Mom, your choreography has […]

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Resist: Book Two of the Resistance Series won a Silver Medal in the 2016 International Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Resist was named Best YA Fiction 2016 by the Texas Association of Authors Book Awards