Posts Tagged writing a book

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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Favorite Moments While Writing Counteract Q&A with my nieces: Episode 8

Favorite Moments While Writing Counteract Q&A with my nieces: Episode 8

Jules asked, “What was your favorite part about writing Counteract?” Several things came to mind, but they all had a common element: getting in touch with the details and the characters. Initially, my enthusiasm for creating the characters and the story was like falling in love. Then, […]

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Busting Through Writer’s Block Q&A with my nieces: Episode 7

Busting Through Writer’s Block Q&A with my nieces: Episode 7

Everyone seemed to want to know what I do when I get writer’s block. At the 2012 Ohioana Book Festival, I attended a panel discussion of authors of YA books. Mindee Arnett, who was on the panel, said she doesn’t get writer’s block because she looks at […]

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How Did You Come Up With the Books’ Titles? Q&A with my nieces: Episode 5

How Did You Come Up With the Books’ Titles? Q&A with my nieces: Episode 5

My niece Jules, age 11, asks: How did you come up with the books’ titles? Choosing book titles is hard! Counteract had two or three different titles that I rejected along the way because they didn’t have the right tone or connotation. It took a while before […]

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Q&A With My Nieces: Episode 1

Q&A With My Nieces: Episode 1

I asked my nieces Reagan, Madison, Alex, Jules, and Ainsley to send me their questions about writing, and I’ll be answering them in blog posts as we move toward Counteract’s release on August 6. Today’s question comes to you courtesy of Madison, aged 15 ½. Yes, that […]

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We All Need an Editor

We All Need an Editor

I remember one playmate, a girl two years older than me, being so delighted with herself for learning to barrel-roll on the huge cardboard tube that my dad had brought home from the warehouse where he worked. She jumped up and down and crowed, “I done it! […]

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Writing Workout

Writing Workout

It’s gratifying to watch someone enjoy something I’ve created—whether it’s a pot of chili, a quilt, or in this case, an engaging story.  My personal trainer, Dawn, is one of my beta-readers for Counteract, and we’ve grown accustomed to discussing plot, characters, and revisions while she makes […]

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I Have Something to Say

If you know me, the title of this post might make you laugh. I’m never at a loss for words. Some might even call me annoyingly chatty. But for a long time, my inner storyteller was silent. I always intended to be a writer. In third grade, […]

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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