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It’s a Book Deal!

I’m delighted to announce that the first book in my young adult science fiction trilogy will be published by Month9 Books in April 2017. It’s been one of my dreams to publish science fiction stories. I love all kinds of … Continue reading

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Before You Publish Your Book, Write Yourself A Bad Review

I don’t mean write a review to put up on Amazon or Goodreads. I mean sit down and really think about what other readers will not like in your story. If you read that last sentence and you’re thinking to … Continue reading

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Ten Tips Writers can take from Star Wars

  Even if you don’t like Star Wars, and I know a few people who don’t, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the first Star Wars movie created millions of fans, myself included. The photo above includes only a … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal – BEEN THERE DONE THAT, coming 11/15 from Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap

Lots of writing news coming this year! First up, I am very excited to have my work included in a middle grade anthology, which I think will be great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents interested in encouraging their children’s creative … Continue reading

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Sidekick Characters – C3PO’s role in Star Wars

I’ve learned so much about storytelling from studying the original Star Wars’ movies-as well as given myself an excuse to watch movies as part of my job-and one of the things I’ve discovered is the value of a good sidekick … Continue reading

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Great Writing Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

I found these two tips from Kurt Vonnegut which really struck me: Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the … Continue reading

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Why I Encourage Beginning Writers to Write Fan Fiction

I do frequent Skype visits with classes, and often the students are working on creative writing units. As a parent and a parent volunteer in classrooms, I know creative writing isn’t easy for a large number of students. It just … Continue reading

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