I've been thinking a lot about how I work. How I'm most productive. What would help me be most productive and the type of creative person I want to be. This isn't news, if you've read previous posts on this blog. I'm a bit obsessed with this type of self reflection. But I'm going to self-reflect … Continue reading How I Work: Thinking about Process as a Writer with a Dayjob
Sadness is an element that invades my books, regardless of category or genre. In the District Ballet Company books, grief and depression permeate both Aly and Zed's experiences in the world. In my magicballoonbook, displacement and the volatility of 'home' as a concept reign. In my killing mists book, large scale loss rips apart community and families. In … Continue reading Finding Sunlight: On Writing Sad Stories
I've been thinking a lot about stealing time. Victoria Schwab aka V.E. Schwab (who writes an utterly obscene number of books every year) wrote a great post last spring about making time. I loved that idea, that you create time, you're in charge of it, and the busier you are, the more you're going to accomplish. … Continue reading Stealing Time
I wrote in July on meeting my first balletbook deadline. Since then, I've gotten titles and an editor change, asked for and received a deadline extension, written another book for the series, revised that book twice, turned in my first round of edits on Turning Pointe and Second Position, and I'm about to hit send on … Continue reading Staying Creative Under Deadlines
'Careful fear and dead devotion' is a line from The National's Don't Swallow The Cap. The alternative title to this post is My friends are amazing, my agent and her team are brilliant, and you'll get it done, I promise. Today I emailed a Serenade/balletbook project to my editor and met my first deadline. Yay, fire … Continue reading On Careful Fear and Dead Devotion
I'm sure that everyone has that ONE question that they get asked all the time about their debut book (or maybe, for every book! I guess we'll find out!). For me, the conversation goes a little like this. Me: I wrote a romance about two ballet dancers after a horrible car accident and how they try … Continue reading So, Do You Dance?
“It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” -Albert Einstein I was saying to a friend, Paul Krueger (go say hi to him on Twitter. He's pretty fantastic and his debut out from Quirk next year is going to be AMAZING), that I felt like my writing got … Continue reading All Roads Lead Somewhere: What My WIPs Taught Me
I KNOW RIGHT? This week I accepted an offer of representation from Louise Fury of The Bent Agency! She offered on my book SERENADE, a New Adult contemporary romance about ballet dancers (Yes, the one I summed up in this synopsis in gifs here) but that was actually the second book from me Louise had … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: I Signed With An Agent!
It sounds, and feels, like a horror movie. WHEN PLOTTERS MEANDER. AN OUTLINE DIVERGED IN A YELLOW WOOD. In reality, it's been my process in writing Five of Hearts, my YA contemporary about the kids in the band and a televised competition for a record deal. The Glee meets THE DISENCHANTMENTS book. I outlined this book … Continue reading Writing is Roadtripping, or Meandering in an Outline
I don't want to think female readers of YA are uncomfortable with strong emotions like rage in stories about teenage girls. I don't want to think that women are afraid of women with problems. I'd like to think that it's because it's easy to forget how hard it can be to be a teenage girl … Continue reading On Anger and Internalized Sexism