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What Your Hogwarts House Says About How and Why You Write

Apologies, y’all. This is a bit of a frivolous post for today as I am under deadline for book 2 and therefore do not have the mindspace for anything more significant or useful. Anyway! The other week, I was out to dinner with Roshani Chokshi and a friend of hers, who was also an aspiring writer. We got to talking about our Hogwarts Houses and the reasons for why we write, so I thought I’d write a […]

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Books that Shaped Me

The other day I read an article about the top 10 world events that I found enlightening. I know what events I remember most clearly. The Challenger explosion, the Berlin Wall coming down, the transfer of Hong Kong back to China, the dismantling of the U.S.S.R., and the Iraq War and 9/11 to name a few. The article also broke it down by demographic and generation. Not surprisingly, the Kennedy Assassination was high on the […]

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Suspension of Disbelief

I read a lot, and one of the things I love about reading is the opportunity for escape that books offer me. People don’t get cut in half. Rabbits don’t live in hats and coins aren’t magically hiding behind my ear. I know that teenagers seldom run around catching bad guys or saving the world, and dead people usually stay dead, but in a well-written book, I can enjoy the story without thinking too much […]

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Other Girls: A Discussion With Author Jessica Cluess

You’ve read about Other Girls in books and heard your favorite characters talk about them on TV. You know that anytime a protagonist says or is told they’re “Not like other girls”, that Other Girls are a kind of girl you don’t want to be. But why is that? And what does it really mean when to be Not Like Other Girls? It’s a trope that has angered me time and time again, but putting […]

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Violence in YA

The other day I was having a conversation with a high school Teacher Librarian and she mentioned that her students are not into violent books, but they are fine with books like Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, both of which are pretty violent. This lead us to start considering whether we are somehow classifying violence differently in different genres, and I realized that this is definitely true of me. Don’t get me wrong- I’m […]

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