YA Lit event & Other News

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Yesterday was the launch of The Wicked Will Rise, which is the sequel to the fabulous Dorothy Must Die by wonderful author Danielle Paige. Danielle, and fellow authors Soman Chainani, Sara Benincasa, and Christopher Healey celebrated Danielle’s launch at 92Y last night. I was so proud and happy that I was able to bring such a great group of authors together, and the event was so much fun! Having read the first book, I can’t wait to read The Wicked Will Rise and experience more of Paige’s version of Oz.

One of the best aspects of my job is being able to put together these wonderful events with incredible authors. I’ve met some truly amazing people over the past year and a half, and I’m grateful for the opportunity this job has given me. Up next is Kiera Cass and Jodi Picoult!

In my personal writing news, I’ve finished Chapter 4 of the sequel to The Other Inheritance. Maybe I’m not writing daily, but at least when I am writing, I’m finishing a chapter at a time. I call that pretty good progress. It sure beats feeling frozen and guilty about being unproductive.

The blog Miki’s Hope reviewed The Other Inheritance today and it was a rave! You can find the link in my News sections. I’m so proud!

Until next time, keep reading, writing, and finding joy!

Is the Curse Broken?

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Over the weekend, I had a writing breakthrough of sorts. For months I haven’t been able to sit and write at my computer. I know this is partially due to my Granny’s death; I’ve been too depressed to care about writing. But I’ve been feeling better lately, and I still couldn’t make myself put pen to paper so to speak.

And then it hit me, instead of sitting at my computer, what if I literally put pen to paper? Part of my problem with sitting at my computer is the delete button. I’m trying to bang out a first draft, and all I want to do is debate myself about word choice or if my writing is too clunky. But in reality, this is a first draft! It’s supposed to be clunky; it will need to be cut with a large pair scissors.

So I took a step back and grabbed a notebook. And guess what? Almost 2K words later, my writer’s block was broken–at least broken for now. I finished Chapter 4, and started Chapter 5 last night. I’m no longer frozen or pissed at myself for my inability to move forward on this novel. So if any of you are suffering from writer’s block out there, trying taking a step back from your computer and grab a pen instead. It may work for you too.

Stuck on Chapter 3! The Joys of Writer’s Block

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Hi all,

My reading is going very well these days. I discovered a wonderful Fae fantasy series by Jeffe Kennedy, and I’m on the second book in the trilogy, Rogue’s Possession. There are power games, weird rules, and those Fae are tricky creatures. Highly recommend the series.

The theory–and normally it’s a correct one–is that the more you read, the more you write. I’ve read a lot of quality fiction these days too, but despite that, I can’t seem to the get past the third chapter of my sequel to The Other Inheritance. It’s annoying, it’s frustrating, and to be quite frank, disheartening.

I need to find my groove again, whether it be joining a writing group or making my publisher, Robin, give me a deadline and then threaten me with a blunt object. I’m only partially kidding about the blunt object; it might be a good motivator.

Here’s to finding my writing sweet spot and moving beyond that pesky chapter 3!