Posts Tagged ‘author interviews’

Where do YA authors get their ideas?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Today I’m taking you on a field trip. We’re going to visit the Children’s Book Insider Clubhouse website, where you can read my post on where YA authors get their ideas.

Find out what inspired Beth Revis, Kathy McCullough, Angie Smibert, and Sonia Gensler to write their latest books!

Exciting news: CBI Clubhouse

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I have two pieces of exciting news for writers…and for me! The first news item is that Children’s Book Insider, the outstanding magazine for writers of children’s literature, has just launched its revamped website, the CBI Clubhouse!


According to CBI publisher Laura Backes and Managing Editor Jon Bard, CBI Clubhouse is ” a groundbreaking new community for children’s writers” which “brings together writers from across the globe to learn, share and support one another’s journey toward a publishing contract.”

Sound fabulous? Believe me, it is. On the Clubhouse website, not only can you download the latest edition of Children’s Book Insider, but you can take classes, post on message boards and forums, and get advice on the craft of writing and the arts of publication and promotion from a team of “Expert Guides,” one for each genre from picture books to YA, all of whom are published authors.

Which brings me to the second piece of good news: The Expert Guide for YA is…me! I’m honored to be a member of the illustrious team of authors who will be posting monthly on the website, answering questions on the message boards and forums, and offering webinars and critiques. And I’m in fantastic company. I’ll be surrounded by such luminaries as mulit-published Natasha Wing, Picture Book Expert Guide; the intrepid Anastasia Suen, Easy Reader Expert Guide; and my friend and Newberry-Award-winning author Kirby Larson, who holds the title of Middle Grade Expert Guide.

Together, we’ll be leading all levels of writers through CBI’s 1-2-3 System. Step 1: Create a bulletproof manuscript; Step 2: Choose your path to publication; Step 3: Get out there and market like a pro. You can expect informative posts, fascinating interviews, and special features such as audio, video, and free e-books. And of course you can count on friendly, helpful answers to your questions on the message boards and forums.

I’m so thrilled to be part of this new venture. Go, Fightin’ Bookworms!

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

FLYAWAY is on the shelves, and it’s the last day of the FLYAWAY Blog Tour (come visit me for a This or That interview at A Backwards Story and comment to win a copy of FLYAWAY). It feels like it’s time to let the dust settle and take a bit of a holiday break.


FLYAWAY has flown!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Yesterday was release day for FLYAWAY! It was a day of basking in congratulations from friends, flowers from my agent, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from knowing I worked my little tushie off to make this dream come true. Now my book is on the shelves, and hopefully is flying into the hands of readers.

And on top of all the excitement of yesterday’s release, I’ve got some great news to share: FLYAWAY was chosen by Kirkus as this weeks top teen release!

To celebrate all this wonderfulness, I’ve got a few goodies for you. First, take a look at the FLYAWAY trailer! It was created by my friend and talented writer Megan Bostic, whose own debut YA novel, NEVER EIGHTEEN, releases this month.

And for more media fun, listen to my podcast interview on Authors are Rockstars.

Now, just because FLYAWAY is available in stores doesn’t mean you can’t still nab yourself a free copy. You have three more chances to enter to win a hardback on the FLYAWAY blog tour.

Come join me today for a Teenage Garage Sale on What’s on the Bookshelf.  On Thursday, Me, My Shelf, and I interviews FLYAWAY character Aunt Mindy. The tour finishes on Friday with a This or That author interview on A Backwards Story.

And if you’re into entering giveaways, check out my Elevensies Launch and Lunch post. You have till the end of the day today to enter to win a hardback copy of FLYAWAY, a $10 Starbucks gift card, and a cool bird-on-a-Scrabble-tile pendant.

Having a book release is thrilling…and exhausting. Excuse me now while I hit the couch for a post-release nap.

What have been your favorite book releases this year?


Countdown to FLYAWAY

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Okay, friends, it’s now less than two weeks until FLYAWAY releases, and I’ve got some special events in store for you. Mark these dates on your calendar, and follow me as I zoom through cyberspace.

December 9: Yes, that’s today! Check out the interview and ARC giveaway on Kimberlee Conway Ireton’s blog.

December 13: Read the first page of FLYAWAY on First Page Panda.

December 14: Launch Party! (Okay, so it’s not in cyberspace, but if you live in Seattle, I’d love to have you join me at 7 p.m at Secret Garden Books.)

December 16: Check out my Fun Five interview on Chick Loves Lit.

December 18: FLYAWAY trailer reveal on The Teen (Book) Scene!

December 19 -24: I’m headed off on a blog tour hosted by The Teen (Book) Scene:

Monday, December 19:      Reading Angel (Character Interview: Stevie)

Tuesday, December 20:      A Good Addiction (Author Interview)

Wednesday, December 21: What’s on the Bookshelf (Teenage Garage Sale)

Thursday, December 22:      Me, My Shelf and I (Character Interview: Aunt Mindy)

Friday, December 23:            A Backwards Story (Author This or That)



December 29: Read my guest post on “out-of-the-box research” on TeenReads.

There’s also a podcast in the works on Authors are Rockstars. Stay tuned for details.

That’s what’s on my agenda from now till the end of the year. What’s on yours?