Malcolm and Me: author interview and book giveaway

Author-interviews are especially fun when a good friend has a debut coming out! Congrats to Robin Farmer on this month’s…

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Domestic Violence in MG Fiction: interview & giveaway

When I began Shannon Doleski‘s upper-middle grade debut Mary Underwater, the sparse and powerful prose hooked me on page one.…

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How to Build Suspense: author interview & giveaway

When I asked author Tina Athaide how she made her debut novel so suspenseful, she gave me a mini-course on…

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Blue Skies: author interview & giveaway

In Blue Skies eleven year-old Glory Bea believes her daddy will come home from the war. He has to. He…

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Chance Comes Once: author interview and giveaway!

I’m still choked up after reading Her Own Two Feet, just out from Scholastic’s FOCUS imprint, about a Rwandan girl…

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Middle Grade Sci-Fi: interview & giveaway

Last month, our protagonist realized she “could believe in science without giving up on magic.” This month, we’re looking at…

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When a Theater Nerd Writes Fiction: interview & giveaway!

Look what’s out in paperback tomorrow (June 4)! The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider. It’s LOL funny—the…

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Telling the Truth: Slavery’s Descendants

My essay “So Many Names” is out this week in an anthology from Coming to the Table: Slavery’s Descendants: Shared…

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The Humility to Keep Trying

Barbara Kingsolver says, “[Writing is] a project of balancing the audacity to do this work, and the humility to keep trying until you’ve gotten it right.”

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