Interview with L.L. McKinney, Author of A Blade So Black

Saturday, August 11, 2018

L.L. McKinney is a writer, a poet, and an active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests. She’s also a gamer girl and an adamant Hei Hei stan. A Blade So Black is her debut…


Trunked: A Love Story

Friday, August 10, 2018

I have a veritable stockpile of poems none of y’all are ever going to read, and you should thank your lucky stars because those words– though they taught me about imagery and evoking emotion and storytelling– they are not good words. There are 23 versions of my first novel sitting on a hard drive next to 3 years of MFA poetry work that you’re also not going to read. And that’s…


The Manuscript in the Drawer Might be Your Best Teacher

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The first book I ever wrote lives in a drawer. I learned a lot from writing it. I learned how fun it was to sit with an idea and think “What next?” To put myself inside the mind of people of my own invention and realize I could have them say or do anything…and then watch the fallout. I learned that I didn’t know anything about plot, or pacing, or…


Kimmery’s Dream Book

  see the stars you say, in the gloaming night my tiny hand in yours here is the world through my daddy’s eyes up higher than high on a shoulder ride in from our porch with the day’s dying light   sleep tight, little flower, good night   build it strong you say, as the summer melts but i make my house from a heap of sticks that blow away…

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Manuscripts In Lara Lillibridge’s Drawer

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

  I write a lot. I devote the majority of every day to writing, reading, and editing. (It really helps to have a work-and-home SigO who is always working.) I know I’m both incredibly lucky to be able to do so and also incredibly boring by most people’s standards.  I get antsy when I’m away from my work for too long. Even when I travel—and I travel a lot—I write…


Characters in Search of a Plot

Monday, August 6, 2018

I don’t have a drawer of abandoned manuscripts; I have a goddamn vault. I’m not even slightly exaggerating when I say I’ve started scores of projects since the age of eleven, when I first decided I wanted to be a writer. It’s probably over a hundred, but that sounds so ridiculous, right? Like I might as well say a million. But if I were to comb through all my files…


[News Flash] August 5, 2018

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Congratulations to Jessica Reed, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of By the Forces of Gravity by Rebecca Fish Ewan.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Emily Giffin! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of All We Ever Wanted. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview With Emily Giffin, Author of All We Ever Wanted + Giveaway —…


Interview With Emily Giffin, Author of All We Ever Wanted + Giveaway

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Emily Giffin is the gold standard when it comes to women’s fiction. Her success surges past a writer’s wildest dreams into the realm of the fantastical, encompassing everything from multiple New York Times bestsellers to movie deals to dozens of translations around the world. I think it’s fair to say she’s struck a chord with her readers; in fact, during a recent event in my city, the woman sitting next…


Book Two and the Reviewers in My Ear

Friday, August 3, 2018

I wrote The Exalted, the sequel to The Diminished, in late 2016 and early 2017. By the time I began editing The Diminished, I’d already written the sequel as well as another book. By the time reviews started rolling in, I was already halfway through the initial edit on The Exalted. I turned in my first round of major revisions the day The Diminished was released. In a lot of ways, I think that gave me…


Being An Author Is A Lot Like Teaching Long Division

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Ah…the next book. The Everest for debut authors. When you say I’m working on my second book, non-writers will say Great! Can’t wait to read it, as if that’s a guaranteed outcome. But other writers will give you a sympathetic look and say, Oh dear. How’s it going? and then possibly offer you alcohol.   I’ve discovered that writing as a career is a lot like teaching long division to…