Presenting: My #NaNoWriMo Project

Six continents. Six perilous races. Complete any one of them in the allotted time and win prizes and acclaim. Complete all six in a row, and you become the first person in history to complete the Seventh Race – winning money, glory, and a chance at a far better life anywhere in the world. Only one group of youngers is allowed to compete every year, and Ree is determined to win it all and save herself and her older sister from a life of indentured servitude. She’ll have to watch her back – the others are as determined as she is, and now they’ve all become targets. There’s a sinister reason no one’s won the Seventh Race in the thousand years since its inception – and the secrets unearthed could cost them their lives.

I’ve been living this one in my head for a looong time – can’t wait to write it out! Wish me luck!

Two Weeks Until The Philadelphia Writing Workshop!


The Philadelphia Writing Workshop will be taking place two weeks from tomorrow. Have you registered yet?

Don’t miss out on all the great writing advice you’ll get from a terrific group of authors (including yours truly!), the chance to rub elbows with agents and editors, and the opportunity to have your manuscript professionally critiqued.

It’s guaranteed to be well worth your while! If you are attending, be sure and stop by the two sessions I’ll be teaching on writing for MG/YA aand outlining your manuscript using the grid method.

Hope to see you there!

Wonderful Wednesday With Waterbury Arts Magnet School


My son and I had a wonderful Wednesday courtesy of Waterbury Arts Magnet School in Waterbury, CT. They chose TRAVELER and DREAMER as their spring book club reads and invited me to be their guest of honor for a dinner and book discussion.


(Special thanks to Sydney for posing with me!)

They were awesome! Such a great group with so much insight and so many clever comments. And they were especially welcoming to my son, who happens to be the real-life inspiration for the character of Danny. Author life can be a real joy some days, and this was one of them. I also walked out with a swag bag full of terrific stuff! Total win!



A Song Of Character Arcs And Spin-Offs


So. It’s finally over. Finito. Done.

Game of Thrones ended last night and depending on which of my friends you follow on social media, it either ended with a bang or a fizzle.

I’m sort-of between the two camps. Parts of the finale were tremendously satisfying –  I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t watched yet by going into detail – but the new ruler of Westeros was a complete surprise and a good one.

And yes, we lost some fabulous characters, but those that remained will no doubt remake the world. There were also characters in that mix that will cause a good bit of friction, so my mind – like any good readers mind – plays those scenarios into the future.

Really  – what more could any author ask? Continue reading