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Creating space

I’m now seven books into my career, with four more contracted through 2020, so this might seem strange for me to say, especially to those of you still trying to break into publishing or just getting started, but I often fantasize about the freedom of writing without contracts or deadlines. Some authors can write and write and write indefinitely without feeling like they need more space for the book they’re working on. And some authors […]

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On Publishing, Goals, Life and Balance (Or Lack There Of)

The last few months, I’ve been a bit MIA. Not enough for anyone who doesn’t know me well to notice. But enough. Because things have been happening. Good things, which I hope to share down the line. But bad things, too. Difficult things. Today marks two months since the day I lost my father. And tomorrow is my birthday. The first I’ll celebrate without him. It’s going to be hard. The last year has been […]

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Writing Alone Together

As you probably know if you’ve been following this blog, the concept of writing as a lonely pursuit is often a fallacy, or at least a melodramatic representation of the writer as a lonely, angst-ridden individual. Sure, some of us are–and I know many writers are introverts–but one of my favorite things about being an author is that I’m part of a community, or several communities. (In my case, primarily speculative fiction and children’s fiction.) […]

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On Waiting As Writers

It’s no secret that writers spend a lot of time waiting. When drafting: We wait for inspiration. We wait for time to write. When revising: We wait for critique partners to send feedback. When entering online writing contests: We wait to be chosen. When querying: We wait for agents to fall in love with our work. When on submission: We wait for editors to fall in love with our work. When the book deal is signed: We […]

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Building Writerly Friendships

Hi all! Today I want to talk a little bit about friendships between writers. As I was searching for a topic for this post over the past few days, I also was looking forward to having lunch with Meghan Rogers, an author I met last year. Meghan and I both debuted in 2016 and published sequel novels this year (if you’re unfamiliar with Meghan’s amazing Raven Files books, you can read about them on her […]

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