Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: The Twice-Born Book

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Twice-Born Book:   I wrote my first book because I wanted to read it – Toni Morrison I’m a voracious reader. I admit it. I started young – one of my favorite books came in to my possession when I turned nine. A friend of the family gave me Anthony B. Lake’s A Pleasury of Witticisms and Word Play. Inside those pages I learned all about anagrams and palindromes,…

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Farewell and See You Soon!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

  This has been an amazing year! I’ve learned so much — about publishing, about myself as a writer, about the writing and reading community. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to write for the blog every week, to push me to think about topics I might not have otherwise. I have four amazing friends who have my back, and I’m so thankful for that.   The writing community…

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Bloopers and Embarrassing Moments

Thursday, August 23, 2018

  This week is all about mistakes we’ve made. I’m sure I made plenty over the last year, but thankfully I don’t remember them. As far as I know, there is one typo in my printed book. My friend, Lindsay, is holding onto that information for me, with strict instructions not to say more until I ask. But one funny thing that happened to me in the process, is something…

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All About Launch Parties

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Launch parties are fun! But you don’t have to stress about them. My top tips below:   Choose an independent bookstore to host your party. They are the best allies for writers, and your success depends on them. Bring them gifts and say thank you. Return often to sign stock. Bring them more gifts. Buy books. Let all your friends and family know about your launch party. But count on…

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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…

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Research in The Ones We Choose

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Everyone who has been following this blog knows that I am not a geneticist. Or a scientist of any kind.  I’m a fifth grade teacher. Therefore, in order to make my main character, Paige, believable as a preeminent geneticist on the cusp of a major genetics breakthrough, I had to do a lot of research.   First, I read some books. Three were heavily influential in the development of both…

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Julie’s Five Minutes of Zen

Thursday, July 19, 2018

I am the queen of low expectations. Especially in publishing. But I’m also a believer in setting your intentions, because the universe is listening to what you put into it, and is ready to give it back to you.   Did I expect my book to hit the New York Times bestseller list? No. I knew early on The Ones We Choose wasn’t going to get the kind of push…

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Hidden Gems in The Ones We Choose

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I don’t have very many hidden Easter eggs in my book…aside from locations that Angelinos might recognize — Pitfire Pizza is a real restaurant on Venice Blvd, Annesley College where Paige works is located where Pepperdine University resides, although I completely rewrote the architecture and overall vibe to match my own University of the Pacific in Stockton (Pepperdine architecture is much more modern than the brick and ivy buildings I…

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Women Get the Job Done

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The other day I sent the following text to a good friend: I have to write a post about publishing as a woman and I really don’t know what to say that hasn’t been said a thousand times already. “Fewer review opportunities” blah blah “80 cents to the dollar” blah blah. Truth is…I’m surrounded by incredible women in publishing. My agent is a woman. My editor, marketing team, and publicist…all…

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Interview with Editorial Assistant Sara Quaranta

Thursday, June 28, 2018

I’m so excited to introduce you to the amazing Sara Quaranta, who is the editorial assistant to my editor, the indomitable Lauren McKenna. In case you don’t already know this…editorial assistants are the ones who literally keep the publishing world running smoothly. Sara is a magician when it comes to editing, but she’s also got her hand in everything else, from coordinating with the art department and sales and marketing…

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