Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come to us like a lightning bolt, through the lyrics of a song, or in the fog of a dream. Ask any writer where their stories come from and you’ll get a myriad of answers, and in that vein I created the WHAT (What the Hell Are you … Continue reading Tara Gilboy On Knowing What Your Characters Want… And Why
A common mistake among authors who write for the younger set is to refer to young adult and middle grade as genres. That's not the case - middle grade and young adult refers to the age range of the target audience, also called a category. That's where things stop being simple. Middle grade and young … Continue reading Is it MG or YA? Tips To Discover Who Your Audience Is
i am the girl manny loves. the girl who writes our story in the book of flying. i am alice.Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone. Something inside Alice is broken: she remembers words, but struggles to speak them. Still, Alice knows that words are for sharing, … Continue reading Book Talk & Giveaway: THE STARS AT OKTOBER BEND by Glenda Millard
Fovea Munson is nobody's Igor. True, her parents own a cadaver lab where they perform surgeries on dead bodies. And yes, that makes her gross by association, at least according to everyone in seventh grade. And sure, Fovea's stuck working at the lab now that her summer camp plans have fallen through. But she is … Continue reading Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: THE MORTIFICATION OF FOVEA MUNSON by Mary Winn Heider
A vibrant fantasy-adventure debut about a girl who can see lies.You're a Fallow of the Orchard. You're as tough as a green apple in summer . . .Only Fallow was just six harvests old when she realized that not everyone sees lies. For Only, seeing lies is as beautiful as looking through a kaleidoscope, but … Continue reading Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: HEARTSEEKER by Melinda Beatty
Twelve-year-old Caroline is a Hurricane Child, born on Water Island during a storm. Coming into this world during a hurricane is unlucky, and Caroline has had her share of bad luck already. She's hated by everyone in her small school, she can see things that no one else can see, and -- worst of all … Continue reading Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: HURRICANE CHILD by Kheryn Callender
A new episode of the podcast is up, featuring fellow Ohio author Tricia Springstubb, who was one of my first guests on the blog all the way back in March of 2011. In this episode, Tricia joined me to talk about the transition of changing from being a lover of stories to a writer of them, … Continue reading New Podcast Episode With Tricia Springstubb PLUS – ARC Giveaways for GIVEN TO THE EARTH and DREAD NATION!
My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here … Continue reading Book Talk & Giveaway: YORK by Laura Ruby
Today the Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire podcast welcomes our first Middle Grade writer, Janet Sumner Johnson, author of THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY. She joined me to talk about querying when you already have a book published, and the complexities of having different agencies handling your separate projects.We also discuss the … Continue reading First Middle Grade Podcast Episode & GIVEN TO THE SEA Giveaway!
My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here … Continue reading Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: FOREVER OR A LONG, LONG TIME by Caela Carter