Archive | October, 2014

Nine Halloween Reading Recommendations!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, READERS! Some of the members of Team PubCrawl wanted to share our recent Halloween-esque favorites! I hope you’ll let us know what spooky reads you’ve discovered recently in the comments section. Adam Silvera Rooms by Lauren Oliver breathes new life into ghost stories. There’s an ensemble cast, and my favorite narrators were Alice and Sandra, two ghosts inhabiting the walls of this old house. There are family secrets, the sudden appearance of a new ghost, […]

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The Between Book

I recently turned in two YA novels–one to my publisher, the other to my agent–and then I didn’t know what to do. It was the first time in all of 2014 I wasn’t on a deadline. I have plenty ideas for what I want to do next, which is great but also problematic. Do I try out one of these ideas with the November beast that is National Novel Writing Month? Do I take a couple […]

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In the Afterlight releases today!

I am so incredibly excited that the final installment in Alex Bracken’s Darkest Minds series releases today. These books are special and dark and moving in a way I (Sooz) can’t even begin to describe. Commence the gushing. And the freaking out because I’ve been waiting a YEAR for this last book! And finally—finally—it’s here! That’s right: In the Afterlight hits stores TODAY. And oh my gosh, if you haven’t seen the trailer for it, then prepare for CHILLS. Wow, […]

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Writing Out of Order

A lot of my writer friends look at me sideways when I say I write my books out of order. The horror on their faces only grows when I admit I even write scenes out of order, jumping around from time-point to time-point until it’s all filled in. I never realized how odd this seemed to other people–I guess because I’ve always written this way. Way back when I first started writing stories as a […]

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Letters from your Characters

Wouldn’t it be great if, when you went to your mailbox today, you found a letter inside from the main character of your work-in-progress, telling you just how she feels about the central conflict of your story? Or maybe she wrote a love letter to another one of your characters, and somehow it was misdirected to you? Imagine what a resource a letter like that would be… When I do my outlining for a new […]

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