Emily McPherson’s Top 5 Favorite Books 1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black First off, this an impossible list. I have a lot of favorite books, but I’ve narrowed it down to five of the 20 tied for first place. The Cruel Prince is definitely a favorite (I love a good faerie story), but I … More Guest Post with author Emily McPherson plus a spotlight on her upcoming YA novel, Mother of the River
I am absolutely thrilled to feature a guest post today by Siobhán O’Brien Holmes, Developmental Editor of Middle Grade and YA Genre Fiction. Siobhán is a total rock star in my eyes! I had the good fortune of winning a full manuscript critique from her and **WOW!** it blew me away. Siobhán provided comprehensive, succinct, and … More Guest Post: Siobhán O’Brien Holmes, Developmental Editor of Middle Grade and YA Genre Fiction, discusses a common fear, what to do if you’re worried an editor will steal your work
I thought I would answer a few of the questions that I’ve received from students during Zoom school visits. Kids always ask the best questions. 1) How did you get the idea for the book? I got my first car when I was born. A friend of my dad’s made me a wooden dump truck. … More Guest Post: Author Danielle Joseph talks about her new PB, I Want to Ride the Tap Tap
Creating Dog Girl — From Start to Finish by Gabi Justice Dog Girl’s journey began on March 20, 2015, on a plane to Puerto Rico. I was supposed to be working on another manuscript, book 3 in a trilogy, but instead, I watched television. The screen carved into the headrest in front of me on … More Guest Post: Author Gabi Justice discusses writing her latest novel, Dog Girl, From Start to Finish…plus a giveaway!
Lori Orlinsky reflects on finding inspiration for her book Being Small… I was inspired to write “Being Small” after my daughter came home from preschool crying when she was three-years-old. It turns out her teachers had hung a growth chart in the classroom, and while all of Hayley’s friends were at the top and middle … More Guest Post: author Lori Orlinsky on Finding Inspiration, plus a book spotlight and giveaway!
Guest Post on the writing process by Doug Wilhelm Every book has been different, but it always has been a multi-phase process. I think that’s important — as you go through rewrite after rewrite you find things, develop characters, and even discover what something in the story really is about. Sometimes I’ve counted how many … More Guest Post & YA Spotlight: Author Doug Wilhelm with an excerpt from STREET OF STORYTELLERS and a giveaway!
Guest Post from Janet Gurtler, the Editor of You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories I think my biggest concern with this book is that caregivers or educators will be afraid to give a book like this to teens to read, because it is a hard read at times. I’m worried caregivers will think … More Guest Post & YA Spotlight: You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #MeToo Stories by various authors and edited by Janet Gurtler…with a Giveaway!
The Art of Drafting…and Revising (how I approach it all): Hi everyone! *waves* I’m stoked to be here and share some of my weirdness, dreams and most importantly how I draft and revise novels. I’m Rebecca Sky, the author of ARROWHEART, which is about the strong female descendants of Greek God Eros who have the … More Guest Post: Author Rebecca Sky discusses the art of drafting and revising (plus a fun giveaway!)
Maria Gianferrari joins us today to discuss the best and most interesting parts of researching for science topics in her books. Field research and direct observation is the most fun by far! I don’t get to do it all that often, but when I was researching Coyote Moon, I would often take walks in the … More Guest Post with author Maria Gianferrari
HAPPY NATIONAL DOG DAY! Guest Post: Five Reasons Why Dogs Are A Writer’s Best Friend–by Maria Gianferrari and guest starring Becca 1) They like to “work” side by side with you. 2) They know when it’s time to stop and smell the … magnolias, or the turtles, as the case may be. 3) They’re the … More Happy National Dog Day! Guest Post: Author Maria Gianferrari shares Five Reasons Why Dogs Are A Writer’s Best Friend (plus a giveaway!)