September 26, 2011
Last week I celebrated the book birthday for my latest YA novel, DRINK, SLAY, LOVE, so I thought I'd take a moment to tell the story of how this book came to be. Here's a rough transcript:
MY BRAIN: So, what are we writing about next?
ME: I really like unicorns.
MY BRAIN: What are you, four years old?
ME: What's wrong with unicorns?
MY BRAIN: Unicorns are not cool. Unicorns are sparkly.
ME: My unicorns would be cool!
MY BRAIN: You just miss your Lisa Frank sticker collection from your Trapper Keeper.
ME: I loved those stickers.
MY BRAIN: Think of something else.
November 04, 2009
In ICE, Cassie journeys over the sea ice, across the tundra, and through the boreal forest. And today she has crossed the Atlantic Ocean! Today, ICE is coming out in the UK! I have very fond memories of the UK. After college, I lived for a year in Cambridge, England. My boyfriend (now husband) had a fellowship there, and I trailed along because, hey, England! Castles! Stonehenge! King Arthur! It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. That year in England, my husband and I got engaged. Also that year in England, I really became a writer. I'd known I wanted to be a writer pretty much since I was a cute little blastula. But despite my...
October 07, 2009
Book birthdays are a bit like real birthdays. You can't help but look back at how you got here. My mom is the one who hooked me on books. We used to visit the library constantly and come back with these mountains of books that nearly required a U-Haul to drag home. My mom finally imposed a rule that I was only allowed to take out as many books as I could carry. And so I got really good at stretching my arms out as far as I could and balancing an enormous stack of books between my fingertips and my chin. She was the one who encouraged me to read fantasy. She introduced me to Lloyd Alexander and Anne McCaffrey and David Eddings, and I introduced her to...