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I'm an author and arts administrator living in New England with my family and pugs. I'm also a caffeine addict and voracious reader. My latest middle grade fantasy novel, COMET RISING, is available now from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky!

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A Year to Debut

2015This is IT, guys! 2015. The year Monstrous will be out in the world! I’m so flipping excited! *muppet flails*

If you happen to be in the Boston area, consider yourself invited to my launch party on Tuesday February 17, 2015, 7pm at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA (it has parking and it’s T-accessible). If you’re not and you’d like a signed copy of Monstrous, you can pre-order one from Porter Square Books here and just put “signed” in the order comments. AND if you’ve already pre-ordered Monstrous, you rock and I’d love to send you a Swag Pack!

Over the past couple years, my resolutions have focused on setting goals for things I want to accomplish and treating my writing like a job (because, hey, it IS). I’m a list person, so I’ve found it very beneficial to have benchmarks to go by and to help me prioritize. The result: I’ve been super productive and you know what? I kind of love this whole writing-as-a-job thing. If 2015 goes well, maybe I can keep doing it for a while longer 🙂

Despite some craziness during the year, I actually managed to accomplish all of the items on my 2014 Must-Do list, and about half of the Want-To-Do list. Since 2015 has the added unknown factor of promoting Monstrous, I have fewer items on my Must-Do list, but I’m still hopeful that I’ll be able to complete most of my Want-To-Dos. We’ll see how that goes!

MUST DO:

WANT TO DO:

MIGHT DO:

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2015? Share in the comments!

2014 – Year of Too Much To Do, And Not Enough Time

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile 2013 was a rough year, 2014 was all about DOING ALL THE THINGS. And I did manage to accomplish most of them, though I can’t help wishing there was more TIME. Most of those things were writing-related, but not all.

One of the non-writing related “things” I’ve been doing over the last couple years is helping to care for my elderly parents. They’ve had some health issues and many hospital visits in the last few years, so helping them out has become a weekly ritual on top of my part-time jobs, my writing time, and  in 2014 the addition of planning and preparing to promote Monstrous.

This year it became a bit overwhelming. Unfortunately, my parents have been living in a hotel (all year. seriously. they just moved back home this week.) while the house they’d lived in for 30+ years was gutted to remove deadly mold.* This + having to eat takeout every day for a year + the health issues they already had, ended with my dad checking himself into the hospital to have lots of tests and eventually heart surgery right before Thanksgiving.

This also happened to be right about the time I got my edit letter for my Winter 2016 book.

I love my parents (Obviously. Even if they do drive me batty sometimes), so I’ve been wrestling a lot with the desire to help and the need to take care of my own responsibilities. It’s a juggling act to say the least–one I’ve been doing more or less successfully all year–but the last couple months have been tougher than usual with the addition of a deadline. The good news is, my dad is recovering from surgery, my parents no longer have to live in a hotel, and I’m just about finished with my revision and on track to make that deadline. So, all’s well that ends well 🙂

Though there was a lot of crazy family stuff going on in 2014, a lot of awesomeness happened too. Here are some of my favorite highlights from 2014:

HOW DID 2014 TREAT YOU? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEW YEAR? HERE’S TO A FABULOUS 2015! 

 

*Really Random PSA: The mold contamination is nothing new in my parents’ house. I have fond childhood memories of fishing my Barbies out of the water in the basement as they floated by the stairs. I also have not-quite-so-fond memories of having to wet-vac the basement before slumber parties, and wondering why everyone always woke up the next day feeling sick. The cause of the flooding was a crack in the foundation, and it wasn’t addressed until recently. Instead, the mold spread throughout the walls and was tracked throughout the entire house. Not a pleasant situation!

Seriously though, mold contamination in a house is no laughing matter. Long-term exposure can have serious health effects – so if you think you might have a mold problem, don’t ignore it. Check it out and resolve the root cause. If you just treat symptoms, it will come back.

Monstrous Pre-Order Party!

In case you are not aware, pre-ordering is one of the nicest things you can do for an author, especially a debut.  Early sales are SO important to show a publisher that there is demand for a book and this in turn can help increase support for the book both in bookstores (where those lovely pre-orders are taking place) and on the marketing side. It can also factor into the support the author’s next book in the pipeline receives and whether additional books are purchased.

In a very tiny nutshell, people who pre-order books RULE.

Many of you have told me you’ve already ordered Monstrous which makes me so absurdly happy that I decided I needed a way to say THANK YOU. That’s why I’m throwing a little pre-order swag party!

ELIGIBILITY:

Have you pre-ordered Monstrous? Then 1) you ROCK and 2) I’d love to send you a Swag Pack!

THE SWAG PACK INCLUDES:

HOW TO REQUEST A SWAG PACK:

Simply fill out this form after you have placed an order for Monstrous (We’re operating on the honor system so you do not need to provide proof of purchase.). Limited to one swag pack per pre-ordered copy of Monstrous. Offer open internationally until midnight 2/9/2015.

WHERE TO PRE-ORDER

“But wait! What do I do if I want to pre-order and I haven’t yet?”

I’m so glad you asked. You can pre-order from just about any retailer. You can also pre-order a signed copy directly from my fabulous local indie bookstore, Porter Square Books. Simply put “signed copy” and the name to make it out to in the order comments and I’ll sign your book before it’s shipped to you!

Monstrous is also available for pre-order through any of these retailers:

Barnes and Noble Amazon Kobo iBooks BAM2 bookdepository HarperCollins Direct indiebound3

 

Again THANK YOU to everyone who’s pre-ordered Monstrous! You are the best! 😀

The Long, Winding Road to Bookshelves – November 2014

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GUYS. It’s less than 2 months until Monstrous is out in the world!!! How crazy is that?

Since it’s getting so close, November was mostly about preparation:

Of course, if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably heard me babbling about NaNoWriMo. It’s one of my favorite things and a great opportunity to write with abandon. This year, much like last year, I was working with the knowledge that I had an edit letter looming on the horizon. And also like last year, this really lit a fire under me. I drafted what I hope will be my option book in 10 days – exactly one day before I received my edit letter for Book #2! Obviously it will need an absurd amount of revision before it’s ready for anyone’s eyes besides mine, but it feels good to have a draft under my belt. Having something concrete to revise (a.k.a tear apart and completely rewrite) is a good thing!

And for the rest of the month, you may have noticed I’ve been on Twitter sparingly. That’s because I’ve been hunkered down with edits for Book #2 (can’t tell you much yet, but hopefully soon! :D). Fortunately, this edit letter is only 8 pages long and not another 20 page single-spaced behemoth like I got for Monstrous. It’s nice to feel like I learned a ton doing that first revision of Monstrous and I was able to apply that knowledge to Book 2 before I handed it in.

So if I’m not around as much on social media, know that I’m hard at work polishing another book for you all to read!

 

November Reads – 2014

This month I read 6 books, leaving my Goodreads Challenge goal in the dust!