Happy birthday, little book. It’s been a wildly strange year full of ups and downs and stress and joy and every emotion in between, but we made it to publication day!!! I started an early draft of this story back in 2015 and put it on hold when the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER series sold,… Continue reading KINGDOM OF THE WICKED is now OUT!!!!
i’m so excited to share the second behind the scenes video of CAPTURING THE DEVIL that i shot with JIMMY Patterson Books and my editor, Jenny Bak! this one is dear to my heart because Audrey Rose isn't able-bodied and it means the world to see a character like me on shelves. part two: "the… Continue reading Behind the scenes with CAPTURING THE DEVIL part 2: the importance of diversity
dear readers, for someone who works with words on a daily basis, i'm finding it EXTREMELY difficult to express how excited i am that ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI is in stores TODAY!!! this whole publishing journey has felt like a wonderful dream, and it's totally surreal that my THIRD book is now in the world. i… Continue reading ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI is now available everywhere!
AND TWO DAYS LEFT UNTIL PUBLICATION DAY OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. in other non-freakout news, there’s only one more day left to snag your copy of MEETING THOMAS CRESSWELL before the preorder incentive disappears like Cinderella at midnight. (September 18th going into the 19th.) if you’d like to get a copy, please take a screen shot of your… Continue reading One day left for preorder prizes!
Five days left until publication….Honestly, I don’t know how it’s possible. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m thrilled. I’m hyperventilating. I’m so ready for it and so terrified. I never knew it was possible to have so many emotions all happening simultaneously. That laughing and crying and being anxious could all intermingle at once. That something… Continue reading pre-pub: Stalking Jack the Ripper updates
Original Query: Almost fainting onstage should be a foolproof way to lose a battle of the bands. But seventeen-year-old singer Charlie’s sabotage backfires, and her all-girl band the Wretched Gretchens takes first place anyway. Cue the sappy “Hallelujah” music. It’s not that Charlie wants her band to break up—she’s just sick of her stage persona… Continue reading Query Letter Critique (YA Contemporary)
The Original Query: Address Address Address To Whom This May Concern, GO BLOG YOURSELF! What better way to showcase concrete research on blogging as a legit form of writing for students then to place it next to blog entries from the researcher, and teacher, herself? My book, GO BLOG YOURSELF, would include entries from two of… Continue reading Query Critique (Non-fiction)
Original Query: Dear (Agent), Small-time thief, big-time troublemaker, Tristan Storey has been accused of a murder he didn’t commit. And is going to hang for it. With a rope squeezed tightly around his neck, Tristan knows it’s the end, but just as his consciousness flickers, lightning tears down from the sky. It smashes the gallows, freeing the thief.… Continue reading Query Critique
I know I said I’d post a query critique each Wednesday, but this week I’m bumping it out to Friday (sorry!) to share some news with you. One of my dear friends (and the person I often refer to as “Critique Goddess”) is launching a new website for writers, and I cannot say enough about… Continue reading The Girl with the Green Pen
The Original Query: THE LOST STORY, completed at 80,000 words, is the tragic and triumphant story of Danielle (Dani) Caldwell, an American girl who meets a Cuban boy and falls in love, only to find their world-views divided over the Cuban Revolution. The story opens in 1980. Dani's walking through the streets of Manhattan when… Continue reading Query Critique