Five Book Loves

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

This week’s topic is a tricky one – It’s the books we love and wish we’d written. As I stacked up the books I loved (which inevitably became a mountain), I quickly realized something. I would never want to have written them because then I would never have been able to enjoy reading them for that first, glorious time. I remember vividly when I nearly tackled the UPS guy as he…


Critique Partners: The Secret to Writing Success

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New writers often ask about the secret to being a successful author, the steps needed to get their book out in the wild. They want the shortcut, the one piece of infallible advice that if they follow religiously will guarantee an agent and a book deal. Well, dear reader, there isn’t such secret, but the nearest thing I can offer is this—GET THEE SOME CRITIQUE PARTNERS. “But Amy,” you ask….


The One Where I Use Too Many Gifs

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I’ve been watching a lot of ARROW recently. For those who are unfamiliar, it’s a show on the CW based on the Green Arrow comic books from DC. It’s fantastic. Solid plot, great actors, and a fearlessness in the writing. Their writer’s room goes for the crazy, the unexpected, and the heartbreaking–I’m still recovering from the mid-season finale. Everyone on this show makes it look easy, but I know that behind it…


Great Gifts for Readers (Like Me)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Don’t get me wrong, I’m always happy with a gift card to a local book store, but given the size of my to-read pile, the last thing I need is a new book. Or maybe you want to give a present that requires more wrapping than an envelope. Here’s a handy gift guide for when you buy me the book lover in your life a Christmas gift. I kept it to five,…


The Pit of Despair

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I’ve been writing seriously for about four years, not counting my years as a grad student when I wrote papers on equivocation in Shakespeare’s Macbeth (we won’t talk about how bad that paper was). The clock started when I outlined my first ideas for what became THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. During those four years, I’ve seen a lot of days where I love writing, but I’ve also racked up (pun…


A Trio of Tips to Make the Words Flow

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

You know the deal, writers are like Doug from Up, we’re easily distracted. But there comes a time when, if we want to keep calling ourselves writers, we actually need to write. So here are three little tricks that help me get the words on the page. Set a deadline: I’m a deadline girl. I once wrote a seventeen page paper in eight hours and still earned a B (I…


A New Perspective on Culture in Lori Rader-Day’s The Black Hour

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A huge congrats from all of us Debs to Lori on the launch of THE BLACK HOUR! I feel so lucky to have seen (just a small part of) the hard work and dedication Lori’s put into not just this book, but her writing career, and I know that huge things are ahead for her. Congratulations, Lori! Being a Peruvian-born writer who grew up in the U.S., I get asked…