Kiera Cass & Other News

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Hi all,

I met the wonderful Kiera Cass a week and a half ago when she participated in my YA Lit series at 92Y. The event was amazing; girls came dressed in full ball gowns with tiaras. I even had a few girls travel all the way from Brazil! Apparently, Brazilians are obsessed with Kiera. Who knew? That’s one of the best parts of running the YA Lit series, the fans are seriously amazing.

It makes me proud of writing YA. If these young kids read your work and love and take something good out of it, there’s no better feeling in the world.

As part of breaking my writer’s block, I’ve been trying to read more. I just finished two great books: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews and Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Clean Sweep was really original with great humor. Cruel Beauty had a heroine who wasn’t necessarily likable, but I loved her! Such a great book with beautiful prose. And reading both of those worked! I was inspired to write a bit. Two pages. Okay, it’s not much, but it’s something!

That’s all my rambling for now. Until next time! Kiera Cass

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!

Book Club Guest!

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My former colleague, Dara, invited me to be the guest author at her book club. I met with the ladies last night, and I had such an amazing time. They were lovely women, and they all liked my book! The scariest part about putting your work out there is the fear that no one will like it, so it’s especially nice when you find out people do like and appreciate your work.

It’s also great to get their perspective on your story and know what they wanted to see more of and what questions were important for them to get answered. The meeting really inspired me to get busy and finish my second novel because I have people out there who are actually waiting to read it! That’s a pretty damn good feeling.