a new interview!

i was interviewed over at the fantabulous blog, rich in color.

among other things, i discuss writing realistic fiction, making the transition from writing for teens to writing for younger readers, and creating the neighborhood of bronxwood!

thank you, crystal, for interviewing me!

rich in color is a fantastic blog, an important blog. it’s updated regularly and always interesting and informative. it was great to be asked to be a part of it.

check out my interview here!

a new book!

i just got back from a cruise with my whole family. it was so relaxing and fun ā€” just what i needed.

while I was away, my new book came out. so yes, kinda like brothers is available right now! I’m really, really excited, especially since this is my first middle-grade novel, and i love these characters so much!

i was also interviewed on npr’s all things considered last weekend. if you missed it, you can listen to it here.


journaling in the cloud

photo courtesy of dayoneapp.com photo courtesy of dayoneapp.com

my new blog post is up on the write at your own risk blog. i write about switching from keeping a physical journal to keeping a digital one. while i miss using my beautiful fountain pens and notebooks for journaling, using a digital journal makes me want to write more often. and it’s so beautiful.

check out my post here.

back to school time

over at the vcfa faculty blog, i’ve posted my list of back-to-school supplies.  yes, i was that kid who loved shopping for new notebooks and pens for school.  and that love has never faded.  actually, i still get a little dizzy when i step foot in a cute little stationery store, like this one, papier plus, in paris.  

so, check out my post here, and please let me know what’s on your back-to-school list this year? 

why i (sometimes) need to read the memo

over at the write at your own risk blog, my post “read the memo” is up!  

here’s an excerpt:  

Every now and then, whenever I think the scenes Iā€™m writing are kind of flat, kind of useless, I turn to my personal writing mentor, David Mamet!  Yes, David Mamet, the playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross, as well as a bunch of other awards for his plays and movies!

Well, evidently, he created and was the executive producer of the TV show The Unit, and while he was there he wrote a memo to his writing staff that has become known as a Master Class on Writing.

This memo is great!

check out the whole post  ā€” and read the memo!