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Research, Research, Research: How to Write Historical Fiction

Imagine you’re at the theatre. The lights are going down, and the curtain to a show you’ve been waiting to see for years is about to rise. Let’s say it’s Hamilton since we’re talking historical fiction. The orchestra begins to play and slowly on stage actors are revealed. But something’s wrong. Our lead is wearing a Confederate soldier uniform and waving the Dixie flag. You know Hamilton takes places during the Revolutionary War. To make […]

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Guest Post: Giving Up On Writing. Again. And Again.

When Patrice asked if I’d be willing to write a post about not giving up, my first response was: oh, but I’m not the right person for this—I gave up so many times! But Patrice made a good point: writing isn’t about not wanting to give up, but about knowing when to keep going. The first book I ever wrote seriously (by which I mean I wrote “The End” and actually let another human—aka not […]

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Guest Post: Who Is This Book For?

I always get a very particular kind of nervous when my mother reads my books. She’s a voracious reader and isn’t afraid to tell me what she really thinks, which is both incredibly valuable and maybe a little bit terrifying. So when I gave her the ARC of my upcoming release (the young adult novel Questions I Want to Ask You, which comes out today, yay!), I wasn’t surprised at her first question: “Why so […]

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Guest Post: Finding the Middle Grade Voice

Back when I first started writing YA, I was still a young adult myself. I was seventeen when I began drafting the book that became What’s Left of Me, where the main characters were fifteen years old, and I never spent much time figuring out how a fifteen-year-old spoke, or acted, or thought, because I’d been one myself just two years back. Even as I got older and continued the Hybrid Chronicles, writing in a […]

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Guest Post: Things I Know with my Second Novel I Wish I’d Known with my First

In a lot of life’s uncertain situations, you can ask everyone you know for advice. Wonder if you’d look good with bangs? Your mom, your sister, your BFF, your coworkers, your Uber driver will probably have some kind of thoughts. But when you’re preparing to do something that most of the people in your circle have never done and never plan to do—going on a scientific research expedition to Antarctica, for example, or publishing a […]

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