Posts Tagged Writing

Writer…Interrupted: How to Minimize the Fits and Starts

Writer…Interrupted: How to Minimize the Fits and Starts

When I’m writing well, I feel happy and exhilarated. When I’m not, I stare at an empty screen or page, chafing at my lack of productivity. I look at it this way: A little old man in a green plastic visor is in charge of my internal […]

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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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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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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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How Did You Develop Your Characters? Q&A with my nieces: Episode 10

How Did You Develop Your Characters? Q&A with my nieces: Episode 10

Sixteen year-old Madison asked: “How did you develop your characters?” These characters began as empty shells—as types, rather than real people. It took a while to get to know them, their stories, and their motivations. Both the characters and the plot went through a lot of changes! […]

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Is it hard to publish a book? Q&A with my nieces: Episode 3

Is it hard to publish a book? Q&A with my nieces: Episode 3

Welcome to the third post in this series, in which I answer questions posed by my five nieces, who range in age from twelve to sixteen. Today’s question is: Is it hard to publish a book? Yes. But it’s also fun and exciting. And tedious and frustrating. […]

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Creating Careen Part 1

I think I got a real sense of Careen Catecher the day she first spoke to me. When I created her character, I wasn’t exactly sure who she was. I knew she’d be driven, and smart, and maybe even a little annoying. The first time I wrote […]

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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