Ten Reasons Aspiring Fiction Writers Should Take Journalism Classes, and Lots of Them

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This week, celeb YA authors Jill Williamson and Stephanie Morrill invited me to share my best advice for aspiring young writers on their blog called Go Teen Writers. Their blog is packed full of great insights for young writers and a regular must-read for high school and college students considering a writing career.  I didn’t have to think […]

Cinderella: My Favorite Bully Story (YALSA Blog)

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Reposted from the YALSA Blog (posted October 28, 2013)   The best story I ever read about a girl who was bullied is Cinderella. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which means a lot of really cool people will tell their stories of how they suffered and overcame. I love the new voices that lend themselves […]

Stay Classy, Young America

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(From the Blink YA Books blog of Zondervan / HarperCollins) If you’re a young adult looking to size up the state of your peers these days, never fear. It will never be measured by the depths pop culture sinks to grab your attention. Those cringe-awful moments are merely the setting of a flood line—reflections of […]

Relating with David Baldacci (oh, sure)

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My Hour with the #1 New York Times Best Selling Author David Baldacci’s office suite in a Washington, D.C. suburb looks exactly how yours would look if, you know, your books had sold more than 100 million copies. The walls are lined with warm mahogany shelves and framed book jacket posters, as if Baldacci opened […]