Interview with Kristina Pérez, author of SWEET BLACK WAVES

I am thrilled to introduce my friend and fellow Class of 2k18 author, Kristina Pérez. I absolutely adored her debut novel, Sweet Black Waves, and I know all of you will love it as well.  Kristina Pérez is a half-Argentine/half-Norwegian native New Yorker. She has spent the past two decades working as a journalist and academic in Europe and Asia. She is the author of The Myth of Morgan la Fey…

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Julie Clark is a Master of Craft

My fellow Debs have (QUITE RIGHTLY) extolled the many virtues of The Ones We Choose. They have talked about how relatable and well-drawn Julie’s protagonist, Paige, is as well as the brilliant and fascinating science in the book, and how easy it is to sink into this gorgeous novel. I want to talk about it on a craft level. Julie Clark has written one of the most brilliantly paced, beautifully written…

Friday, May 11, 2018

Writing Books is Your Job. Selling Them is Not.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Caveat: I’m talking about the YA world here. I really don’t know very much about self-promo of books outside my genre. I recognize that I may be the odd one out on this particular topic, and I certainly didn’t practice what I preach with THE DIMINISHED, but I learned a lot. I was recently at a conference and had the great joy of spending a lot of time with a…


If Kaitlyn Designed an MFA

Friday, April 27, 2018

Background: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is the proud owner of an MFA in poetry from the University of Memphis. Her thesis is a collection of poems that no one should ever read ever. EVER. Kaitlyn has not written a single poem since defending her thesis in 2012. Don’t ask her to try. She really doesn’t want to. I really value the time I spent in my MFA program, particularly the workshops…


The Wrong Kind of Fat Girl. An Essay by Kelly deVos

  I am so glad to bring you this incredible by my dear friend, Kelly deVos. I read Kelly’s debut, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, in one sitting and fell absolutely, utterly in love with Cookie and her journey. Kelly knows just how to pull on your heartstrings. So when Kelly sent me this essay, it is no great surprise that it spoke deeply to me. About Kelly deVos A…

Saturday, April 21, 2018

From Unseen Fire: A Triumph

Friday, April 20, 2018

As a writer of fantasy, I am thoroughly impressed with the incredible storytelling, research, and imagination that it took for Cass Morris to construct From Unseen Fire. So often, historical fantasy focuses on the machinations of men. Not so here, From Unseen Fire sings the song of powerful, ambitious women taking their due. I am so impressed by the way Morris managed to use the framework of a Roman-esque society to tell…


The Diminished: A Love Letter

Friday, April 13, 2018

I’ve been trying to write this post for a week, but between launch party and Book Two deadlines, I am just flat out of words. This week has been like: But, I am steeped in gratitude. I am so grateful to my husband, for letting me spend weekends behind closed doors and in another world. To my agent, for shepherding me through the wild and weird world of publishing. To…


Girlish: How Lara Broke My Heart and Put Me Back Together

I am so grateful to have had the great privilege of getting to know Lara through The Debutante Ball. She is one of the most thoughtful and considerate people I’ve ever known, and that beauty shines through in her stunning debut. I absolutely could not manage to put this book down. I read it in two sittings and was consumed by the thought of it between the two. Lillibridge manages…

Friday, April 6, 2018

Kaitlyn’s Favorites

This week we’re writing about our favorite things, and this, my friends, is a topic I’m well versed in. I love to love. So, without further ado and in no particular order, my favorite things. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. I have extremely dry skin and have since I was wee, and this stuff is the only thing that can keep me from drying out like a tumbleweed. Chai with lots of black…

Friday, March 30, 2018

On Giving Yourself Grace

Friday, March 23, 2018

I have an MFA in poetry. For three years I read 3-4 books a week– novels, critical theory, craft, and everything in between– plus countless essays and poems and short stories. Not to mention the endless reams of classmates’ work, student papers, and submissions to the literary journal where I served as poetry editor for some of that time. On top of all that reading, I wrote. I wrote furiously…