Writing in the Digital Age

Recently I attended a symposium on digital publishing organized by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI. I learned about the proliferation of e-books, POD, and apps, as well as interactive books and transmedia (multiple media). Lisa Rutherford from Coliloquy taught us about active fiction, and a new concept (at least to me) of “living books, […]

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Characters and Emotion

Over at TheWildWriters last week, Claudia Cangilla Macadam wrote a blog post describing her method of getting into a character’s emotions. She acts them out! I can’t specifically recall ever having done that, but I’m planning to give it a try. A way that I frequently use to pick up ideas for describing a character’s […]

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The Wild Writers Launch Joint Web Site

A few weeks ago, my critique group launched a joint web site/blog. Hosted by WordPress, it’s called The Wild Writers. We did this for a number of reasons. First, our combined wisdom about writing is deeper than any one of us alone could claim. Committing to writing two blog posts over the course of several […]

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Sir John Soane’s Museum

The first time we visited London, several years ago, we decided to check out this small museum. It was once the home of Sir John Soane, a great English architect. To be honest, at the time I wasn’t all that interested, but my husband thought it would be fun to see an actual home rather […]

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Research in England

I just returned from a trip to England, where my husband and I walked on the Shropshire Way with a group of friends. Afterward, we visited several towns so I could get a firsthand look at architecture, artifacts, landscape, history, and anything else to help me create believable settings for my books. Here are some […]

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Kissing Shakespeare

My debut novel… KISSING SHAKESPEARE is scheduled for publication by Delacorte Press in 2012. This story of romance, intrigue, secret alliances—and a little bit of magic—is aimed at teen readers. I’d like to thank my amazing agent, Steven Chudney, for the suggestions he made for strengthening the manuscript, and for believing in the story. I’m […]

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