If only the Internet gave out (legitimate) MFAs

I do not have an MFA, and I’ve barely taken any writing classes. Oh, there were a few in high school and undergrad — my book is actually dedicated to my high school creative writing teacher — but when I think about my development as a writer, those aren’t the experiences I think about. No. Instead, I think about what might be the writers’ equivalent to the school of hard…

Monday, April 23, 2018
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FROM UNSEEN FIRE Release Eve

Monday, April 16, 2018

“So tedious is this dayAs is the night before some festivalTo an impatient child that hath new robesAnd may not wear them”–Juliet, Romeo and Juliet So tomorrow’s the day. I’ve wanted to be a novelist since I was 11. I’ve been working on this book for six and a half years. And tomorrow, it becomes real. Really, truly real. Is it okay to admit I sort of don’t know what…

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THE DIMINISHED: It’s What You’re Looking For

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Diminished scratches so. many. itches. Kaitlyn’s book is the one of my fellow 2018 Debs’ that is closest to being in the world I know. YA SFF and adult SFF do not live that far apart, and sometimes the distinguishment is really down to where any given bookstore feels like shelving things. Many authors of one also write the other (I don’t know if I ever will, being over-fond…

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Interview with Zoraida Córdova

Saturday, April 7, 2018

This week, I am so excited to introduce Zoraida Córdova to the ball! Zoraida has written adult, YA, and short fiction; Labyrinth Lost was a fantastically inventive YA fantasy novel, and it’s one of the most exciting books I read last year. Zoraida’s also a fantastic public speaker. Her keynote at last year’s Sirens Conference was thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking. The second book in her Brooklyn Brujas series comes out in June,…

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Dealing with Toxicity: Tough Relationships in Lara Lillibridge’s GIRLISH: GROWING UP IN A LESBIAN HOME

Monday, April 2, 2018

You do not owe toxic people a place in your life. Whoever they are, whatever they tell you, whatever strings they think they can tug on, you don’t owe them. This is something I thought about a lot while reading Girlish. Lara’s life looks nothing like mine, but a lot of the feelings resonate. I know what it’s like to be gaslit. I know how confusing, disorienting, and infuriating that…

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Whiskers on kittens, certainly

Monday, March 26, 2018

This week, the Debs are discussing our favorite things, and I’ve decided to resurrect and cobble together some good old-fashioned surveys to the purpose: Favorite fast food restaurant? Five Guys Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chocolate chip Favorite chocolate candy? Snickers Favorite fruity candy? Jujubes Favorite flavor Starburst? Strawberry (there is no other correct answer to this question) Favorite Asian dish? Chicken fried rice Favorite food of all time? Beignets…

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Interview w/ Lindsay Ribar + Winner’s Choice Giveaway!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

This week, I have the pleasure of welcoming to the ball one of my oldest friends within the publishing industry, Lindsay Ribar. Lindsay was actually one of the first people who ever knew anything about From Unseen Fire, as she was one of the agents I pitched the book to back at a Harry Potter convention in 2012! I was brave enough to pitch to her, honestly, only because her younger sister…

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Things That Aren’t Writing

Monday, March 19, 2018

The vernal equinox is tomorrow, and in the spirit of balance, this week, the Debs are talking about the importance of not writing. But first, enjoy these photos I took as scientific proof that winter will end, dammit. Every once in a while, the internet will spit out advice to aspiring authors that if you want to be a writer, you must write every day. To this, I say: bullshit. There’s a…

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A taste of the surreal

Monday, March 12, 2018

Here’s where I was standing when I got The Call from Connor Goldsmith: Yeah. It was kind of a bonkers day. But my life has often seemed a strange and haphazard thing, so it only seems appropriate that one of the most significant moments of it should also be one of the most surreal. It’s actually not out of character at all. I seem destined to have important conversations in…

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How Deadlines Control My Chaos

Monday, March 5, 2018

I love deadlines. Seriously, I do. Always have. I work better with them. I’m someone desperately afflicted with what I call butterfly brain — so many ideas, so many things I could be doing, that actually completing any of them has always been an issue. Right now, for instance, I’ve been putting off writing this blog post because I keep wanting to tweak my concept for the space opera WIP…

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