Creating the Perfect Foil

“Whenever I marry,” she continued after a pause which none interrupted, “I am resolved my husband shall not be a rival, but a foil to me.” —Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Ask a friend to tell you about the last book she read that made a big impression on her, and chances are she will tell you about the characters. If I think about my own favorite books, the characters are what come to mind […]

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February Releases

So, even though it’s the shortest month of the year, there are LOTS of awesome-sounding books releasing in February—so many that my wallet is already weeping. In the interest of space, I’m highlighting the February Releases that I’m most excited for. But for a complete list of February releases, definitely check out the calendar on Teens Read Too! It’s a GREAT resource for any book lover! February 1st (OUT NOW!) Wings of the Wicked by […]

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D.E.A.R Time Just Wouldn’t Be the Same

Alright guys. Time for a history lesson. …Huzzah? I promise it’s cool! Most people assume, if not know, that books haven’t always been books as they are today. First they were clay tablets in the Ancient Near East, then papyrus all over the Roman Empires, then parchment took over in the Middle Ages when colder, wetter climates in the north turned out to be not so hot for how fragile papyrus was. But it wasn’t […]

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Interview with Erica O’Rourke, author of Tangled

Today I am ELATED to present a fantastic YA writer (and winner of the Golden Heart—HOLY CROW!): Erica O’Rourke. In her own words: I write books about girls who make their own fate and fall for boys they shouldn’t. I live outside Chicago. I like to travel but I’ll never really leave this city. I prefer cookies to cake (even cupcakes), television to movies, and autumn to all the other seasons. I like sushi, naps, coffee, […]

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On Inadequacy

When it comes to having faith in my own writing, I am decidedly agnostic. My mindset, when it comes to my own work, is characterized by ambivalence and indecision. Some days, I have a large amount of faith, other days very little. Sometimes, I only have faith every tenth time I look at that dreaded word document containing my manuscript. In my experience, with writing, it is never enough. I can tell myself that where […]

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