Category Archives: On Writing

New Interviews

I’ve got a couple of new interviews to share! I was honored to be interviewed by fellow author and Sweet Sixteen admin Dee Romito for her excellent Query.Sign.Submit.Debut! series.  Dee has amassed a treasure trove of information from published authors about … Continue reading

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Everything You Want to Know, and Even Stuff You Don’t

I’ve posted a round-up of the most common questions I get about Sword and Verse, my writing process, and my favorite stuff.  Which Hogwarts House would I be Sorted into? Do I write longhand on a computer?  What’s my favorite … Continue reading

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ASL Interview

I’ve been fortunate to participate in lots of great interviews about Sword and Verse in the pas few weeks, but this is my favorite!  That’s because it was conducted by Ruth Lehrer, a fellow American Sign Language interpreter and the … Continue reading

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7 Years

Exactly 7 years ago today, I got an email from agent Lindsay Davis saying that she wanted to work with me to revise the manuscript that eventually became Sword and Verse.  I was leaving an interpreting job, and was walking … Continue reading

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Overnight Success in 45 Months or More!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending KidLitCon, right here in my hometown of Baltimore, and presenting a session on “Connecting with Debut Authors” with Alyssa Susanna of The Eater of Books! blog.  I wanted to give attendees a sense … Continue reading

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GeekyCon Recap

A couple of weeks ago I got to go to my first GeekyCon, and it was fabulous!  I left the con and went directly to a camp in the woods, which is why I haven’t gotten to post about it … Continue reading

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Celeste Lim on Diversity

Today we’ll hear from author Celeste Lim, who shares her thoughts on diversity in children’s fiction as part of The Sweet Sixteens’ #SixteensBlogAbout May theme. Born in China and raised in Malaysia, Celeste holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and an MA from … Continue reading

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An Interview with Megan Morrison, Author of GROUNDED: THE ADVENTURES OF RAPUNZEL

I recently had the enormous pleasure of interviewing my good friend, Megan Morrison, about her debut middle grade novel, GROUNDED: THE ADVENTURES OF RAPUNZEL, for the Sweet Sixteens’ debut author interview series, The Debut Club. This is an extended version … Continue reading

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Fantasy vs. Reality

Things that I irrationally believe will help me get writing done: Finding the perfect time of day to write Lighting a candle (in the perfect scent to match my story, of course) Complete silence The perfect music at the perfect … Continue reading

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A Debut Author Photo Shoot in 10 Easy Steps

There’s one piece of this whole publishing a book thing that has caused me an inordinate amount of stress, and that’s getting my author photo taken care of.  I wanted it to be lovely and professional and fun and full … Continue reading

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